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Ghana News Agency to establish China-Africa Desk

GNAThe Ghana News Agency (GNA) is to establish a specialised Desk devoted to the production and dissemination of news on China and its relations with Ghana and the rest of Africa.

Dr Bernard Otabil, the General Manager of GNA announced this on Thursday when Mr Wang Sheng, Counsellor and Head of Political Section at the Chinese Embassy in Accra paid a courtesy call on him at the Agency’s headquarters.

Dr Otabil said with China’s ever-growing influence in Africa, there was the need for institutions on both sides to collaborate to meet the information needs of their people.

“China is a big space in Ghana and Africa, and the GNA would in its own small way do its best to promote the sharing of information on business and investment opportunities both in Ghana and China for the benefit of the business community”, he said.

On his part, Mr Wang Sheng observed that this year, 2015, marked the 55th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral relations between China and Ghana.

He said relations between the two countries had grown from strength to strength over the years, and emphasised the need to strengthen that bond of friendship even further.

He noted that an agreement of collaboration signed between the Xinhua News Agency of China and the Ghana News Agency in January 2013 is up for renewal, and said the Chinese Embassy would work to facilitate the sharing of news and information between the two news agencies.

The Counsellor acknowledged the challenges posed to Chino-Ghana relations due to the involvement of Chinese nationals in “galamsey” or small-scale gold mining activities in the country, but said the issue was often blown out of proportion.

“There are a lot of positive developments too, and I think our focus should be turned on those positive achievements which will enable us to forge a stronger bond of friendship and co-operation between our two countries”, he stated.

Accompanying Mr Wang on the visit was Mr Li Jiangwei, a staff of the Chinese Embassy.

Source: GNA

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