China-Ghana relations: Takes of Chinese Ambassador to Ghana – Mr LU Kun
Ghana and China established diplomatic relations since 1960 with both countries providing diplomatic and material supports to one another.
GNA: What would you say is the state of bilateral relations between your country and Ghana, politically and economically?
GNA: What is your own assessment of how Ghana is developing, and how is your country supporting this process?
Taking infrastructure as an example, China supports Ghana’s “Year of Road” policy actively by building numerous trunk roads, interchanges and traffic signal systems. In addition, China also constructed gas processing factory and national fiber backbone nets for Ghana. These projects laid a solid foundation for Ghana’s industrialization and informationization.
In the past two decades, China and Africa have always put people first and been committed to developing a high-quality China-Africa comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership. The outcomes of FOCAC cooperation have benefited both China and African people. In the 2018 Beijing Summit of FOCAC, President Xi Jinping announced the “Eight Major Initiatives” covering industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, green development, capacity building, healthcare, people-to-people exchange, and peace and security. President Xi Jinping also put forward specific measures including; building economic and trade cooperation zones in Africa, implementing agricultural assistance programmes, human resources training, supporting African countries to better use financial resources of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and the Silk Road Fund, supporting the building of the African Continental Free Trade Area, promoting e-commerce cooperation with Africa etc.
To facilitate the smooth implementation of the eight initiatives, China provided US$ 60 billion financing facilities to Africa in the form of government assistance, investment and financing by financial institutions and companies. We warmly welcome the Ghanaian friends to take an active part in the “Eight Major Initiatives” and achieve revitalization and development with the support of FOCAC. A new session of FOCAC will be held in Senegal this year. I believe this will provide more development opportunities to African countries including; Ghana.
GNA: Can you disclose how China is helping Ghana and Africa win the battle against COVID-19?
President Xi Jinping pointed out that China cherished its longstanding traditional friendship with Africa.
GNA: Last year marked 60th Anniversary of China-Ghana diplomatic relations. China and Ghana are standing at a new historic starting point and marching toward the common goal of development. What are your expectations of the future of bilateral relations?
H.E. Kun: 60 years ago, Chairman Mao Zedong, President Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and other leaders of older generation of our two countries made the historic decision to establish diplomatic relations. This extraordinary strategic vision ushered in a new epoch in bilateral relations. A bosom friend brings a distant near. Though thousand miles apart, China and Ghana have been fellow travelers on the road to development for 60 years. In particular when facing the Covid-19 pandemic, we are battle companions offering timely help to each other.