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Director General of NDPC calls for strategic relations between Ghana and China

Feb. 4, 2015, noon

The Director-General of the National Development Planning Commission, Dr. Nii Moi Thompson, has called for a strategic relationship between China and Ghana for the mutual development benefit of both nations. He said this when the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs. Sun Baohong, called on him in his office to discuss with NDPC leadership issues of mutual benefit to Ghana and China.

Dr. Thompson said that potential areas of collaboration include manufacturing, agricultural modernisation and tourism, which take centre-stage in President John Dramani Mahama’s Coordinated Programme of Economic and Social Development Policies, otherwise known as the President’s Transformation Agenda.

Ambassador Sun Baohang, who was accompanied by officials of the Chinese High Commission, on her part promised to help strengthen the relationship between Ghana and China. She stated that it would be worthwhile for Ghana and China to team up more in areas of comparative advantage.

Dr. Thompson indicated that development transformation thrived on energy. This is why there had lately been great emphasis on finding long-term solutions to Ghana’s current energy challenges. He mentioned that one major challenge that stands in the way of Ghana’s developments efforts was the inability to ensure thorough implementation of policies by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in a sustainable manner. He said this challenge had prompted NDPC to seek the necessary legislative backing to sanction MDAs which, for no tangible reason, fail to implement government policies.

On his part, the Chairman of NDPC, Dr. Kwesi Botchwey, indicated that it was high time Ghana took inspiration from China and paid special attention to the agriculture sector where cooperative practices had been the backbone of the success story of this sector in China and other countries.