Ghana and China hold economic co-operation forum
Madam Sun Baohong, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, has urged the two countries to intensify agricultural co-operation as China is willing to commit resources to agricultural activities to improve the production capacity of Ghana.
She said China would help Ghana in crop cultivation, animal husbandry, pest control and grain storage and processing to help boost agriculture within the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) zone.
Madam Sun was addressing a forum dubbed the “China-Ghana Economic and Trade Cooperation,” held in Accra on Friday.
It was on the theme: “Jointly Developing the SADA Zone by Ghana and China,” and provided participants with information on investment opportunities in Ghana’s ecological zone.
The forum, organised by the Chinese Embassy, was attended by more than 200 Ghanaian and Chinese participants that sought to establish a platform to facilitate the understanding of enterprises of market demands and policies on investment opportunities with particular emphasis on the SADA Zone.
Madam Sun said the Chinese Government had rendered support to agricultural modernisation in Ghana through funding projects such as the Bui Dam.
She urged Ghana and China to strengthen exchanges on governance and share experiences on how to develop hydro, solar power and other clean energy projects to help solve the issue of reliable energy supply in the SADA region.
The Chinese Ambassador urged the Government of Ghana to introduce feasible policies which would encourage Chinese companies to develop the SADA Zone.
Mr Adam Sulley, the Chairman of SADA, said the zone, which comprised the three northern regions and stretched to the north of Brong Ahafo and Volta regions, had over 60 per cent of its inhabitants practising small scale agriculture.
He said the SADA Zone was rich in natural resources such as gold, iron ore and manganese with great potential for solar energy generation and highly enhanced irrigation.
Mr Sulley said the SADA Zone was also characterised by a number of feeder roads for enhanced access making the region an ideal choice for prospective investors.
He said by its mandate, SADA was authorised to facilitate investment initiatives by Chinese companies and urged such companies to take advantage of the conducive investment atmosphere to do business in the region.