On 8 February 2017, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Mdm. Sun Baohong paid a call on Hon. Ms. Alima Mahama, the new Minister for Local Government and Rural Development of Ghana. The two sides exchanged views on China-Ghana relations as well as cooperation and exchanges between local governments of the two countries. Mr. Chai Zhijing, Economic and Commercial Counselor of the Embassy attended the meeting.
Ambassador Sun said that Ghana is China's traditional friend. In recent years, China has not only built projects such as schools, roads, hospitals, water supply projects in the rural areas of Ghana, but also provided many training opportunities in fields of the local government and rural development for Ghana. The power, steel and pesticide plants invested by Chinese enterprises have increased the local employment and driven the local economic development of Ghana. The exchanges between local governments are ever increasing. There are sister provinces and cities established between the Volta Region and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, Northern Region and Jiangxi Province, Greater Accra Region and Fujian Province, Kumasi and Wenzhou, Accra and Shenzhen. She wished that both the Chinese and Ghanaian side can work together to push forward the bilateral friendly cooperation.
Hon. Alima Mamaha expressed her sincere thanks to Ambassador Sun for her visit on the first working day since she assumed the duty as minister, and said that Ghana wants to learn China's advanced experience on local government management and rural development. The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has begun to formulate Ghana's local development plan and hopes China will deeply participate in the development causes of local government and rural development of Ghana as well as the "One District, One Factory" initiative. She also wished that the Chinese side would continue to provide support and assistance to the Ghanaian side.