The Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA) has launched activities marking the 55th anniversary of the signing of the treaty of friendship between the people of the two countries with a call on Ghanaians to make this election year a period of peace and friendship.
“2016, which marks the 55th anniversary of the Ghana/China Friendship Treaty, also happens to be the election year in Ghana so GHACHIFA prudently saw it fit to declare the month of August as the month of peace and friendship,’’ the association stated.
The association is also calling on Ghanaians to preach peace and observe peace before, during and after the forthcoming general elections as it is in peace that all Ghanaians can prosper.
At the launch of the 55th anniversary of the signing of the treaty, the President of GHACHIFA, Ambassador Mr Kojo Amoo-Godfried, stated that “it is in peace that we can attract genuine investments and it is in peace that our dreams and visions will be realised.’’
He said the association had, therefore, lined up a number of activities to celebrate the signing of the treaty of friendship between Ghana and the People’s Republic of China.
Some of the activities are the setting up of a Joint Strategic Committee to assess the needs and areas of co-operation between the two countries and the re-enacting of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship at a special ceremony on August 18 at the Tang Palace Hotel at Roman Ridge in Accra.
He stated that the Ghana-China Friendship Treaty had become the bedrock of GHACHIFA in the promotion of friendship between the peoples of Ghana and China.
Mr Amoo-Godfried conceded that there existed presently several hiccups such as poor understanding of each other, communication and disparities in development.
He, therefore, urged Ghanaians not only to crave for Chinese loans but to also look for partnerships that would bring capital and technology transfer and expand the export sector of the economy.
Mr Amoo-Godfried said the GHACHIFA was, therefore, focused on developing an industrial park to be known as Friendship. The association is also promoting a West Africa /Sino Chamber of Commerce and West Africa-Sino Business Network to be headquartered in Accra.