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Diasporans key to Africa’s development – Ghana’s Ambassador to China

Diasporans key to Africa's development - Ghana’s Ambassador to China

Ghana’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Edward Boateng is the latest diplomat to emphasize the importance of nurturing Africa’s youth and providing them with opportunities for growth and leadership.

Speaking to participants at the Forum for African Diaspora in China as part of events marking the 56th Anniversary of Africa Day, Ambassador Boateng called on Africans in the Diaspora to support the ongoing transformation agenda being championed by Africans in Africa and added that all developed nations attained their feet with the support of citizens who returned with knowledge, skills, experiences and ideas acquired from other countries.

Referencing statistics from development agencies, H.E. Boateng stated that if remittances from the diaspora to sub Saharan Africa was $46bn in 2018; higher than aid to an extent and excluding valuation of their skills and knowledge, the diaspora had a critical role to play in Africa’s growth.

He juxtaposed Africa’s growth trajectory to that of China and asserted that even though there were differences in certain areas, both sides shared similar history and values such as the power of social relationships and deep cultural sense.

He stated “There are so many strategies we can learn and modify to suit our individual development paths from China’s 40 years of opening up and development agenda. The lifting of over 500million people from poverty, giant strides in digital economy amongst others have lessons to be learnt, compared with what we have on the continent and with solutions from nations, devise tailored made solutions viable within an African context”.

He was however quick to add that the Africa-China comparisons must be done tactfully because where as China is a country, Africa is a continent with 54 sovereign countries each having its political system, governance, history and culture. That notwithstanding, initiatives such as the African Continental Free Trade Agreement can minimize the barriers if well implemented.

Ambassador Boateng explained the 1D1F policy of the Government of Ghana and informed participants of the benefits and incentives available for investors to set up business that will add value to Ghanaian produce and by extension Africa. With flexible trading agreements within Africa taking shape and Ghana’s efforts in becoming the regional hub for production and industrialization, investing in Ghana was strategic.

He also shared the creative “Year of Return” initiative launched by His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo; President of the Republic of Ghana in 2018 as some of the initiatives Ghana is taking to attract Ghanaian and African diaspora into the country.

Themed “The Role of the Diaspora in Building the Africa we want”, the forum was organized by Duapa Africa in collaboration with the African Group of Ambassadors, the African Union Representative Office to China and the African Diaspora in China for Africans and people of African descent in China. Other diplomats and speakers present were; His Excellency Charles Namondwe; Malawian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Lt. Gen. Charles Kayonga; Rwandese Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Martin Mpana; Cameroonian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Her Excellency Tania Romualdo; Cabo Verdean Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Rahamtalla Mohammed Osman; Permanent Representative of the African Union to the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Ma Zhenxuan; President of the Public Diplomacy and Cultural Exchange Center and Musa Frimpong; CEO of Duapa Africa.

Use Your Chinese Guanxi To Drive Investment to Ghana(Deputy Ambassador to Ghanaians)

 

Use Your Chinese Guanxi To Drive Investment to Ghana(Deputy Ambassador to Ghanaians)

Dr Dwamena, made the call when he inaugurated the Ghanaian Community in the Lanzhou City of the Gansu Province of China on Saturday, September 28th, 2019. According to him, the Chinese ‘guangxi’ is an effective social networking and business system in the Chinese culture that makes it possible for friends of friends to become good friends thus making it possible for new acquaintances to benefit from opportunities. He therefore encouraged members of the Ghanaian Community in China to utilize their guangxi to drive home investment to support Government’s 1D1F program. He however cautioned that, for the guangxi to be effective, there is the need for one to be honest, transparent and hardworking as these are essential in building effective relationships.

He informed the gathering that H.E. President Akufo Addo places a lot of importance on the contributions of Ghanaians in the Diaspora and has therefore set up a well-resourced Diaspora Affairs Bureau at the Presidency to coordinate activities of Ghanaians in the Diaspora. He encouraged students undertaking researches to choose topics that are capable of solving identified challenges in Ghana so that their hard work could be immediately put to use in making Ghana a better place. This, according to him, will also be beneficial to such students as they could then be easily engaged as experts in the resolution of such challenges.

The Envoy also tasked the leadership of the Ghanaian Community to explore ways of buying group insurance for members so as to safeguard the welfare of members.

Mr Sylvester Achereko, the Minister-Counsellor in charge of the Consular Section who accompanied the Deputy Ambassador advised students to stay away from illegal employment and cautioned members against giving out their bank account details to others to receive money transfers. According to him, this is one of the current tricks money launderers are employing and a number of innocent people have fallen victim to them. He further advised members to learn to cope with the system instead of challenging it.

The occasion was also used to swear-in the newly elected officers of the Ghanaian Community- Lanzhou Chapter.

The new Executive Committee is made up of the following people:

1. President - Gloria Owusu-Ambrose

2. Vice President - Francis Chimsah Azumah

3. Secretary- Francis Frimpong

4. Deputy Secretary- Lawrencia Agen-Davis

5. Treasurer- Victus Elikplim Lumorvie

6. Welfare Officer- Philip Kofi Alimo

7. Organizer - Solomon Boamah

Beijing Mission recognised for its hardwork and contribution to the economic growth of Ghana.

Beijing Mission recognised for its hardwork and contribution to the economic growth of Ghana.

 

 

 

This evening at the prestgious ballroom of the Kempinski Hotel in Accra, and at a very well organised event which brought together several leading captains of industry, academics, diplomats and civil society, the Beijing Mission was recognised for its hardwork and contribution to the economic growth of Ghana. The Mission's citation read among others things, the historic openingof the Guangzhou Consulate which continues to boost and assist Ghanaian SMEs business transactions in China, Ghana's selection to participate in the 3rd China International Tea Expo held in Hangzhou in May, 2019 as the first African country to be given the honour of 'Guest Country of Honor' with the privilege of promoting our chocolate and other cocoa products in a tea dominated expo, and Mission's contribution to the success of 1D1F which has created an estimated 30,000 jobs. The top Award for the evening went to the Founder and Chairman of Kasapreko.

Help Each Other Whiles in China (Deputy Ambassador to Ghanaians)

Help Each Other Whiles in China (Deputy Ambassador to Ghanaians)

Ghana’s Deputy Ambassador to China, Dr Charles Dwamena, has appealed to Ghanaians to help each other and be each other’s keeper whiles living as foreigners in China.

The envoy said this when he inaugurated the Ghanaian Community in Wenzhou City of the Zhejiang Province of China on Saturday, April 6th 2019. According to him, there is strength in numbers and that if members of the community are to come together to advance their welfare issues and look out for the interest of one another, they will collectively achieve more success that will impact positively on their various families back home and the country at large. He encouraged members of then newly inaugurated Community to consider forming partnerships so as to expand their various businesses instead of always going solo and ending up with small-scale businesses, buttressing his point with the ancient saying that ‘if you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go with others’. He informed the gathering the H.E. President Akufo Addo places a lot of importance on the contributions of Ghanaians in the Diaspora and has therefore set up a well-resourced Diaspora Affairs Bureau at the Presidency to oversee activities of Ghanaians in the Diaspora. He went on to inform the gathering that the processes leading to the recent reduction in port charges in Ghana started with Ghanaians in the Diaspora who complained of the high cost of import duties to the President on his trips abroad and as a listening President, he tasked his Government to look into it resulting it the eventual reductions. He mentioned that the 2019 edition of the Diaspora Homecoming Summit, which is an annual event organized by the Diaspora Affairs Bureau, will take place from the 3-6 of July and encouraged all members of the community to fully participate in it to build their networks and explore more investment opportunities in the country. He used the occasion to advise the over 100 members of the community to desist from illegal employment as the number of arrests and deportation due to illegal work in China has increased several folds in recent times.
The occasion was also used in swearing-in the newly elected officers of the Ghanaian Community- Wenzhou Chapter. The new Executive Committee is made up of the following people:
1. President - Dr David Percy Papa Akuetteh
2. Vice President - Mr Emmanuel Tackie
3. Secretary- Mr Boahene Adu Agyei
4. Deputy Secretary- Miss Francisca Arthur
5. Financial Secretary - Madam Yasmine El-Aziz
6. Organizer - Mr Frank Attakorah
7. Public Relations Officer - Dr Opoku Williams Marfo

Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, At The Official Launch Of The Gog-sinohydro Mpsa Project

Address By The President Of The Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo, At The Official Launch Of The Gog-sinohydro Mpsa Project

On 6th March, a month ago, we witnessed the historic celebration of our nation’s 62nd Independence Day anniversary here in Tamale, the first time it has been held outside of our nation’s capital, Accra. I am happy to be back again in Tamale, this time, to launch the Government of Ghana – SinoHydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA), and cut the sod for the construction of the Tamale Interchange, the first interchange in the northern sector of our country.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, everybody in Ghana has heard about the arrangements we have made with the Chinese company, Sinohydro, and I am glad that work is now about to begin to on the construction of roads earmarked under the project. Ghana will witness a dramatic and very welcome change to our infrastructure, especially in the roads sector.

 

Under the deal, Government has signed a Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) with Sinohydro for the delivery of US$2 billion worth of priority infrastructure projects across the country, in exchange for the delivery of Ghanaian manufactured aluminium products to Sinohydro. This has necessitated the establishment of the Ghana Integrated Aluminium Development Corporation, a statutory public corporation, to oversee the development of the exploitation of the full value chain of our bauxite resources, so we can have a vibrant aluminium industry in Ghana, and ensure that we live up to our end of the barter transaction. This innovative arrangement, the first of its kind on the continent, is not going to add to our country’s total debt stock.

 

Indeed, each of the sixteen (16) regions is set to benefit from the Sinohydro arrangement, with hospital projects, extension of electricity to rural communities, and construction of court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, landfill sites and industrial parks, set to be undertaken.

 

The projects under Phase 1, which have been approved by Parliament, are as follows:

 

Lot 1 – Construction of Accra Inner City Roads. A total of eighty-four (84) kilometres of roads located in Trobu, Anyaa-Sowutoum, Dome-Kwabenya, Adenta and Teshie will be constructed;

 

Lot 2 – Construction of Kumasi and Mampong Inner City Roads. A total of one hundred (100) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed in Kumasi and Mampong. In Kumasi, the affected road networks are in Manhyia, Suame, Tafo Pankrono, Asokwa, Kwadaso, Oforikrom, Subin, Nhyiaeso and Bantama;

 

Lot 3 – Construction of the Tamale Interchange;

 

Lot 4 – Construction of the PTC Roundabout Interchange, in Sekondi-Takoradi, the first interchange in the western part of our country;

 

Lot 5 – Dualisation of the Adenta-Dodowa Road. Fourteen (14) kilometres of the Adenta-Dodowa Road will be dualised so as to reduce congestion, improve road safety, and reduce travel times on the corridor;

 

Lot 6 – Construction of Sunyani Inner City and Berekum Township Roads. A total of thirty-nine (39) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Sunyani and Berekum Township. In Sunyani, twenty-nine (29) kilometres of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Berekum Township will see ten (10) kilometres of its roads constructed;

 

Lot 7 – Construction of Prestea Township and Cape Coast Inner City Roads. A total of thirty-two (32) kilometres of roads will be constructed in Cape Coast and Prestea. In Cape Coast, twenty-two kilometres (22) of inner-city roads will be constructed, whilst Prestea Township will see ten (10) kilometres of roads constructed;

 

Lot 8 – Upgrading of Selected Feeder Roads in Ashanti and Western Regions. Sixty-eight (68) kilometres of feeder roads in Ashanti and Western North regions will be rehabilitated. The roads that will be rehabilitated are mainly in communities that have bauxite deposits;

 

Lot 9 – Rehabilitation of Akim Oda-Ofoase Road. This lot involves the rehabilitation of the thirty-eight (38) kilometre Akim Oda-Ofoase road, which is part of the trunk road network, IR3, and passes through several rural communities that connect Akim Oda to Ofoase;

 

Lot 10 – Construction of the Hohoe-Jasikan-Dodo Pepesu Road of the Eastern Corridor. This will involve the construction of the sixty-six (66) kilometre section of the Eastern Corridor Road between Hohoe to Jasikan and Dodo Pepesu;

 

These projects are to be implemented on Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis, and will be completed within thirty (30) calendar months after commencement. To ensure the smooth implementation of the projects, project risk management and implementation teams have been formed from various stakeholder organizations and project partners.

 

Under Phase 2 of the Sinohydro deal, which should come on stream after approval by Parliament, an additional one thousand, three hundred (1,300) kilometres of roads, three (3) interchanges, and sixty-nine (69) steel bridges will be constructed, at an estimated $850 million dollars. Additional housing projects, rural electrification projects, industrial parks, hospitals, sanitation projects, and additional court and residential buildings for the Judicial Service, are components of phase 2.

 

Government is also ensuring that, in accordance with the local content law, a minimum of 30% of works will be undertaken by Ghanaian contractors, and supervised by Ghanaian consultants. Thousands and thousands of jobs will be created for our youth, our country will be opened up for sustained growth and development, and, thereby, help put Ghana onto the path of progress and prosperity.

 

I am excited about the prospects of this project for our nation, and I urge the Ministry of Roads and Highways and its implementing agencies to ensure that adequate and proper supervision is given to all the works being undertaken, guarantee that the country gets value for money, and ensure strict adherence to completion dates.

 

As co-Chair of the United Nations Group of Advocates for the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, I have a particular responsibility for the protection of the environment, and I, thus, urge the contractors to be mindful of the environmental protection laws of this country, and institute measures to mitigate against the negative health impacts the projects may have on citizens. Let me also stress that I will not countenance any delays in the execution and delivery of the various infrastructural projects. Thirty (30) months is thirty (30) months.  

 

Ladies and gentlemen, I believe we are on the verge of something remarkable in Ghana, and I urge all Ghanaians to join hands in building the Ghana we want. We can realise this if we all work at it.

 

Accordingly, ladies and gentlemen, I declare the Phase 1 projects of the Government of Ghana – Sinohydro Master Project Support Agreement (MPSA) duly launched.

 

May God bless the Chinese and Ghanaian peoples, and may God bless us all, and our homeland Ghana, and make her great and strong.

 

Remarks By H.e. Edward Boateng On The Occasion Of The 2019 Silk Road Language Of Art

Remarks By H.e. Edward Boateng On The Occasion Of The 2019 Silk Road Language Of Art

His Excellency Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo First Lady of the Republic of Ghana,

Hon. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in Charge Tertiary Education

Hon. Ziblim Barri Iddi, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Art and Culture

Ambassador Wang Shi Ting,

Ambassador Kojo Amoo-Gotfred

Ambassador Anani Demuyakor

The Registrar of the University of Ghana

Prof. Ablade Glover

The Leader of the delegation from the Chinese Behavioral Law Society

President of Ghana Association of Chinese Societies and Ghana Chamber of Commerce

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Green House International

The Managing Director of Greenhouse International Development, Ghana Limited

It is an honour to be amongst you today, and a privilege for me to deliver these brief remarks at this special event, the SILK ROAD LANGUAGE OF ART Exhibition.

Excellency, Ladies and gentlemen,

Cultural Exchange is one of the eight (8) Focac initiatives put forward by President Xi Jinping during the historic Focac Summit in Beijing in September 2018. This event today is therefore commendable, and I would like to thank the organizers.

In many ways, the relationship between China and Ghana has been one of FIRSTS. Ghana was one of the first countries in Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China. It is therefore commendable that Ghana is also one of the FIRST African countries in which the Silk Road Exhibition is beginning. As someone who has worked in the creative sector, I believe strongly in the power of Art to stimulate and influence behavior and human thinking.    

 

Excellencies, Ladies and gentlemen,

This exhibition is yet another testament to the enduring bonds of friendship between Ghana-China.  It is also one of many tangible and practical benefits arising from the visits to China by Her Excellency the First Lady to China in 2017 and the subsequent follow ups by the President and Vice President in 2018.

As you may be aware, Ghana – China relations are longstanding, dating as far back as July 1960 when formal diplomatic relations were established, thereby making Ghana one of the first countries in Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China. Since then, Sino-Ghana relations have been forged on the principles of mutual respect, solidarity and cooperation and common prosperity.  Staying true to these principles has served both our countries very well for almost Six decades.

 

Your Excellency

I believe that we have now become aware of the endless opportunities and possibilities that the great Country of ours has to offer the world in terms of our art and creative skills and, more importantly, that we stand a better chance of achieving our developmental goals if we promote the creative sector which will help us to forge understanding and enduring and mutually beneficial partnerships with our development partners like the  People’s Republic of China.

Through art, we can create sustainable understanding and  practical opportunities for reducing poverty and promoting understanding amongst our people.

Thank you  

Long Live Ghana-China Relations
Long Live Ghana-POWERCHINA Cooperation

Ghana’s Participation At The China International Import Export

Ghana’s Participation At The China International Import Export

 

 

Ghana participated in the maiden China International Import Expo (CIIE) which was held in Shanghai from 5th to 10th November, 2018.  The Expo attracted more than 5000 companies from 190 countries and territories.

Ghana’s delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry (MOTI), Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah.  Other members of the delegation included the private sector, Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA), COCOBOD, Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA), Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), among others.

Ghana Business and Investment Forum

The Business and Investment Forum was held on 6th November, 2018 in the margins of the Expo.  Presentations were made by top government officials from Ghana and China on various topics of interest to an audience made up of Chinese businessmen and women and their Ghanaian counterpart. 

Among the seasoned speakers were the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry in charge of Trade, Hon. Carlos Ahenkorah, Ghana’s Ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Edward Boateng, Deputy Chief Executives and Deputy CEOs from GEPA, GIPC, GFZA, Economic Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Accra. 

Samples of quality and well packaged Ghanaian goods were displayed to afford the Chinese audience the opportunity to have first hand information of the products as well as interact with their producers.

Ghana Country Pavilion

Ghana’s pavilion was unique with its design and construction which depicted Ghana’s rich and diverse culture and heritage.  An average of 300 visitors visited the Pavilion each day during the period.  A sizeable number of visitors expressed the interest to either buy some of the products or to be agents in China.  Contacts of both exhibitors and potential partners were exchanged.

The most sought after products included Sheabutter, Coconut Oil, alcoholic beverages from GIHOC and Kasapreko, soaps, and cocoa products and derivatives.

Hon. Minister of Railway Development visits China and Hong Kong
Hon. Minister of Railway Development visits China and Hong Kong

Hon. Minister of Railway Development visits China and Hong Kong. He was accompanied by Ambassador Edward Boateng to meetings with CRRC Guangdong Co. LTD in Jiangmen in Guangdong and TMI in Hong Kong

First Lady Sports Programme Beneficiaries In China
First Lady Sports Programme Beneficiaries In China

The delegation in a group photograph with Ambassador Edward Boateng

A delegation of fifteen (15) participants made up of school children from Ghana has arrived in China to begin a Sports and Cultural Exchange Programme.

The programme is under the auspices of First Lady Rebecca Akufo’s Rebecca Foundation and its Chinese partners.

The beneficiary students were drawn from SOS schools in Tamale, Kumasi, Tema, Asiakwa and other parts of the country.

This arrangement represents the implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Rebecca Foundation, the Ministry of Education,
the Education and Sports Bureau of Lincang and the Qingdao Belt and Road Collaborative Innovation Centre when the First Lady visited

China last year.

The delegation, upon arrival in China, was met at the Beijing Capital International Airport by Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng.

They were hosted to a brief reception and taken on a tour of the Embassy and offered some rudimentary knowledge about China by staff of the Embassy.

The Ambassador told the students to be worthy representatives of Ghana, and conduct themselves with respect and civility.

They then proceeded to Qingdao, where they were met by officials of the Qingdao Licang Experimental School, the venue for the Sports and Cultural Exchange Programme.

Envoy Assures China
Envoy Assures China

 

Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, has assured Chinese investors that Ghana will offer them opportunities to invest in areas that will provide the needed commodities to feed the Chinese market.

He said Ghana is prepared to work with China to mutually benefit their peoples.

The envoy gave the assurance to Chinese investors, who attended a business and investment forum organised by Ghana as part of the China International Import Exposition in Shanghai to enable the country penetrate into the Chinese market.

Mr Boateng said in the current global competitive environment, countries would have to find new markets to expand their trade and remain relevant.

He thanked the Chinese government for inviting and supporting Ghana to participate in the exposition themed, “New Era, Shared Future.”

Ghana was one of seven African countries supported by China to participate in the exposition.

Mr. Boateng said the challenge was for Ghana to take advantage of what China has offered and make inroads into the vast potential market that has been opened up to the whole world.

He said the Embassy was prepared to support Ghanaian exports to China and pointed out that “there is the need for Ghanaians to fill the containers that China exports to Ghana with relevant items useful to the Chinese such that the containers will return from Ghana filled to the brim and not empty as is happening now.”

Ambassador Boateng expressed his gratitude for the selfless commitment and devotion of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah and Beryl Agyeiwaa Lomotey of the Ghana Embassy in Beijing towards the holding of the exposition.

Economic Counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Accra, Mr. Chai said there was the need for Ghana to reduce its trade deficit with China and pointed out that although Ghana is among the 10 leading trade partners of China in Africa, China enjoys a huge trade surplus with Ghana.

He said the exposition was to open up the Chinese market to the outside world.

Ghana’s theme for the exposition was “Ghana- Your most preferred investment destination in Africa.”

Ghana High Commission, Beijing

Honorary Consulate, Hong Kong