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Wen Jiabao Holds Talks with Ghanaian President Kufuor

2006/06/19

On the afternoon of June 18, 2006, local time, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao of the State Council, who was on an official visit to Accra, capital of Ghana, held talks with Ghanaian President John Agyekum Kufuor and both sides exchanged views on enhancing bilateral cooperation.

Wen said that Ghana is one of the first countries in Africa south of the Sahara to establish diplomatic ties with China and has made positive contributions to promoting Sino-African friendly relations and cooperation. Over the past half a century, China-Ghana ties have withstood the test of time and ever-changing international situation and have been progressing steadily. In particular in recent years, bilateral mutual political trust has been deepened with economic cooperation enlarging continuously and China is satisfied with sound momentum in the development of bilateral relations.

Wen noted that China attaches great importance to developing bilateral relations and would like to work with Ghana to establish comprehensive cooperative relations of equality, mutual trust and mutual benefits. To this end, both sides should make efforts in the following four aspects. First, high-level exchanges and all levels of friendly contact should be kept closer to continue mutual support on major issues involving national interest of the two countries. Second, cooperation should be expanded in the areas of infrastructure, telecommunications, textile, agriculture and fishery to tap potential and conduct all forms of economic and trade cooperation. Third, exchanges and cooperation should be improved in the fields of health, culture, education and tourism. Fourth, cooperation should be reinforced in international affairs to jointly safeguard rights and interests of developing nations.

Wen emphasized that though China, as a developing nation, is still not prosperous in itself, it is ready to offer assistance to African countries within its available resources. China decided to send a medical team to Ghana, donate anti-Malaria medicines, help Ghana build a malaria treatment center and a rural primary school as well as help Ghana train personnel in various fields. It is hoped that these sincere and disinterested measures would play a positive role in promoting medical health, education and economic development in Ghana. Wen also highly appreciated the Ghanaian government's precious support for China in the political area, especially its adherence to the one-China policy.

Kufuor noted that both countries are old friends. Bilateral friendship established and cultivated by the older generations of leadership of the two countries has been deeply rooted in both peoples. Both sides have conducted sound cooperation in all areas. Ghana thanks for China's support and assistance over the years and deems China an important cooperative partner. Currently more and more Chinese companies take part in Ghana's economic development and the Ghanaian government welcomes that and hopes the Chinese businesses will expand investment in Ghana and cooperate with Ghanaian companies. Ghana is willing to conduct cooperation with China in agriculture, fishery, transportation, information communications, textile and electric power. He believed that Premier Wen's visit would necessarily push for better development of bilateral relations.

Following the talks, Wen and Kufuor attended the signing ceremony of the agreement on economic and technological cooperation between the two governments and other bilateral cooperation documents. Both sides also issued a joint communiqué.

On June 19, Wen and President Kufuor jointly attended the completion ceremony of Ghana road rehabilitation and expansion project built with Chinese assistance. Wen also met with the staff of the Chinese Embassy in Ghana and representatives from Chinese-funded institutions and overseas Chinese.

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