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CHINESE AMBASSADOR TO GHANA, H.E. MR. SHI TING WANG PAYS A 2 DAYS WORKING VISIT TO THE CENTRAL REGION OF GHANA
2019/07/13

From the 16th to 17th of April 2019, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Mr. Shi Ting Wang paid a two day working visit to the Central Region of Ghana. Ambassador Wang met with the Regional Minister, Hon. Kwamena Duncan, held a lecture on the China-Ghana relations at the Confucius Institute in the University Cape Coast (UCC) and visited some Chinese-funded projects in the region. During the visit, Ambassador Wang presented volumes of the book entitled “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” to Hon. Kwamena Duncan and the Cape Coast University respectively.

During his meeting with Hon. Duncan, Ambassador Wang said that this was his first visit to the Central Region. He thanked Hon. Kwamena Duncan for his hospitality and long-term support to the Confucius Institute at UCC. The Central Region of Ghana is richly endowed in cultural, tourism, natural and human resources. China is willing to encourage Chinese citizens and enterprises to invest in the Central Region and expects Ghana to roll out preferential policies to enhance cooperation between the two sides in various fields to achieve win-win results.

Hon. Duncan said that he witnessed China's tremendous development achievements when he visited China last year and Ghana should learn from China's development experience in an earnest manner. China has made important contributions to supporting the economic and social development of Ghana. The construction of the Kotokuraba Ultramodern Market and the Cape Coast Stadium have provided much conveniences for the lives of local people. He welcomed more Chinese companies to invest in the Central Region.

H.E. Mr. Shi Ting Wang presented Hon. Duncan with the book entitled “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” and expressed that the book contains the valuable experience of Chinese leaders in governing the country and superb political wisdom in economic development. Hon. Duncan accepted it with pleasure and said that he would meticulously study hard. After the meeting, Ambassador Wang was interviewed by the Ghanaian Times and JOY News and answered questions on China-Ghana relations.

On the afternoon of the 16th of April, Ambassador Wang went to the Confucius Institute at UCC and delivered a lecture on " The Path of China's Development and China-Ghana Relations". More than 500 people attended the lecture including Prof. Johnson N. Boampong, the representative of the Chancellor of UCC, Prof. F. E. Amuquandoh, Provost of the College of Humanities and Legal Studies, Prof. Hu Liangcai, the Chinese Director of the Confucius Institute, Prof. Ishmael Mensah, the Ghanaian Director of the Confucius Institute and teachers and students of the Confucius Institute.

Ambassador Wang firstly introduced path of China's development. He pointed out that looking back at history, "harmony is the most precious" has been the core value of Chinese culture. China has adhered to the path of peaceful development and engaged in friendly exchanges with countries around the world through the land and maritime Silk Road in the long history of more than two thousand years. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, China, under the leadership of the Communist Party of China, has undergone earth-shaking changes. It has successfully lifted more than 700 million people out of poverty and become the world's second largest economy. China has embarked on a socialist road with Chinese characteristics that is in line with China's national conditions.

Talking about China-Ghana relations, Ambassador Wang pointed out that since Ghana gained independence 62 years ago, the China-Ghana friendship ties has lasted for a long time and became more strong than ever. Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the founding and first President of the Republic of Ghana forged a profound friendship with Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, Chinese leaders of older generation. In 2018, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo paid a state visit to China and attended the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). He reached series of important consensus with President Xi Jinping. The ties between the two countries has become more and more close in various fields such as economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Ambassador Wang encouraged the students to learn Chinese as a language for the future and welcomed them to come and study in China and become the ambassadors of China-Ghana friendship and exchanges.

The auditorium was packed and filled with warm atmosphere and waves of applause. After the lecture, Ambassador Wang had a cordial interaction with the students and answered questions from the floor. H.E. Mr. Shi Ting Wang presented the school with the book entitled “Xi Jinping: The Governance of China” as well as other Chinese books. He was also interviewed by GTV and the Ghanaian Times, during which he answered questions on China-Ghana relations and education and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

On the 17th of April, Ambassador Shi Ting Wang visited the Kotokuraba Ultramodern Market project and the Cape Coast Sports Stadium built by Chinese companies. He held discussions with the heads of the enterprises to understand the situation of the project operation and enterprise development.

Founded in 1652, Cape Coast was once the administrative center of the British colonists and one of the oldest trading ports in West Africa. It is now an important educational and cultural centre in Ghana. The castle in the city recorded the sinful crimes of the Western colonists and witnessed the dark days of slave trade.

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