On 23 February 2017, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong paid a call on Hon. John Peter Amewu, the newly appointed Minister for Lands and Natural Resources of Ghana. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on China-Ghana relations, cooperation on mining industry and human resource development between two countries.
Ambassador Sun spoke highly of the traditional friendship between China and Ghana. She said the China-Ghana cooperation in the field of mining has a bright prospect. The Chinese side wishes to establish working mechanism together with the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources to promote personnel exchanges and expand mutually beneficial cooperation. Ambassador Sun also said that the Chinese government supports the Ghanaian government's efforts to tackle the illegal mining issue in accordance with law. The root causes of illegal mining problem are complex. Strengthening source control is fundamental and taking coordinated action is key.
Minister Amewu thanked China for its contribution to Ghana economic development and thanked Chinese Embassy for providing training opportunities for the capacity building of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources. He said the new government attaches great importance to Ghana-China relations and always welcomes Chinese investors to cooperate with Ghanaians in the field of resource development and utilization. He also said that a comprehensive approach should be adopted to solve the illegal mining issue. The Ghanaian side is ready to deepen cooperation with China in the future.