China marks New Year Spring Festival in Ghana with spectacular performances

Godwill Arthur-Mensah/Simon Asare, GNA

Accra, Jan. 21, GNA
– Governments of Ghana and China have renewed their commitment to deepen
diplomatic relations in their mutual interests, during a reception to mark the
Chinese New Year Spring Festival in Accra.

Their diplomatic
relations dates back to 1960 and has grown from strength to strength,
culminating in the signing of many bilateral partnership agreements in the
areas of trade, infrastructural development, education, cultural exchange programmes,
water and sanitation.

China is now one of
the major sources of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ghana with volume of
bilateral trade between the two countries amounting to US$7.25 billion in 2018,
attaining 8.7 per cent of year-on-year growth.

According to
statistics from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), China is ranked
among the top 10 sources of FDI in Ghana and in 2018 alone, a total of 37
projects across the various sectors of the economy valued at US$159.3 million
were signed.

At a Gala Show
hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Ghana and Ministry of Culture and Tourism of
China at the Accra International Centre (AICC) to mark the Chinese New Year
Spring Festival, Mr Shi Ting Wang, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, said the
relations between their nations was flaming brightly and kept the values of
friendship, justice and shared interests.

He said the economic
and commercial cooperation made the relations stable and was convinced that
more Chinese entrepreneurs and investors would make major investments in Ghana
in the coming years.

The event was
attended by Ministers of State including; Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah, the
Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, who was the Special Guest of
Honour, Mr Dan Botwe, the Minister of Regional Re-organisation and Development,
Dr Mohammed Ibrahim Awal, the Minister of Business Development and Mohammed
Habibu Tijani and Charles Owiredu, both deputy ministers of Foreign Affairs and
Regional Integration.

Other top public
officials included; Ambassador Victor Gbeho, a former Minister, Ambassador
Albert Francis Yankey, the Chief Director of the Ministry of foreign Affairs
and Regional Integration, Ambassador Kojo Amoo-Gottfried, President of
Ghana-China Friendship Association, Mr Xu Ningquan, President of Ghana Overseas
Chinese (Fujian) Industry and Commerce Federation.

The Chinese New Year
is symbolically represented with a rat in Chinese Zodiac, representing
smartness and intelligence and is believed that rat is the first in the
12-cycle of Chinese Zodiac.

The gala also marks
the beginning of series of activities to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the
diplomatic relations between Ghana and China.

The audience
witnessed spectacular and nerve-racking choreographic performances and songs
from the Chinese Oriental Performing Arts Group and Chinese National Symphony
Orchestra who wowed them with Chinese classical and folk music and dance
styles, displaying Chinese cultural diversity.

The dance troupes
displayed the Mongolian Swan Goose painting wind, flying high in the sky, thus,
making people miss the homeland in the north.

There were solo
performances of “You Raised Me Up”, “Drunken Feeling”, ”Deep Night” and
“Blossoming Jasmine” that exemplified Chinese cultural elegance and riches.

Madam Cecilia Abena
Dapaah, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, on behalf of Ghana
Government, congratulated over 1.4 billion Chinese worldwide for the celebration
of the New Year Spring Festival and wished them well in all their endeavours.

She said the two
countries had every reason to celebrate sixty-years of friendship and
cooperation as the bilateral relation stood the test of time and continued to
develop and deepened.

“I hope the
cooperation between the two countries will be enhanced and grow from strength
to strength and mutual understanding between their peoples in the coming
years,” she said.