By Papisdaff Abdullah.
The government of the People’s Republic of China has donated US$302,311.00 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration to support the operations of the Ministry as well as its plans to refurbish its current head office building.
The Chinese embassy in Ghana also donated two buses to the Ministry to support the transportation needs of the Ministry.
At a brief ceremony held at the Foyer of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, the Chinese Ambassador Designate to Ghana, Shi Ting Wang, noted that, “in order to demonstrate the Chinese government’s commitment to supporting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana, the Chinese government decided to grant 2 million RMB in cash, which is equivalent to US$302,311, to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana.”
Additionally, “the Chinese Embassy in Ghana also decided to donate two mini buses to the Ministry. I believe that these donations will help the capacity building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana,” Ambassador Wang stated.
The Ambassador in his speech said in September this year, the Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation will be held in Beijing, China. He added that Ghana has confirmed her participation and he is therefore looking forward to a fruitful summit that would be mutually beneficial to both countries.
“H.E. President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has confirmed to attend the Summit. The Chinese Embassy will work closely with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana in preparation to ensure that H.E. President Akufo-Addo’s trip to China will achieve substantive results,” the Ambassador added.
The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, who received the donation on behalf of government registered Ghana’s sincere appreciation for the significant contribution of the Chinese government towards the operations of the Ministry and the maintenance of the offices of the Ministry.
She added that discussions are currently underway to secure funding from the Chinese government to construct an office annex to the current office complex of the Foreign Ministry. She was hopeful that the negotiations will soon be firmed up to enable the construction of the proposed building to start.