General News Thu, 24 May 2001

Kufuor receives Chinese delegation

President John Agyekum Kufuor on Wednesday commended China for remaining steadfast to the promotion of world peace and development co-operation.

He said it is also gratifying to note that China as the world most populous nation and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council has shown interest in the development process in Ghana and the rest of Africa.

Speaking during a meeting with Mr Xu Jialu, Vice-Chairman of the standing committee of the National People's Congress of China at the State house, President Kufuor lauded the over 40 years of bilateral relations between the two countries and appealed for the strengthening of development co-operation in the area of agriculture, culture and education.

Mr Xu is leading a 16-member delegation to the country, comprising six legislators and 10 government officials as part of an official visit to Africa.


He asked the delegation to be good ambassadors by whipping up the interest of Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in the industrial sector especially the establishment of garment factories to process the large harvest of cotton.

"We would also be happy if China helps Ghana to add value to its raw materials and strengthen the information technology sector."

President Kufuor said efforts to streamline the economy by reducing high inflation and interest rates have created an enabling environment for investment.

He commended the Chinese for donating 25 million cedis to victims of the stadium disaster, adding, "no donation is small since what is important is the spirit and motive behind it."

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