First Lady leaves for China to follow up on key investment talks

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo has left Accra for the People’s Republic of China.

Travelling with her on Monday were the Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kojo Yankah, Director of Crop Research Institute (CSI) Dr. Stella Ennim, and Millicent Degraft-Johnson of the Ministry of finance.

The First Lady’s trip follows the visit of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to China in June and the subsequent visit of China’s Vice Minister of Commerce, Qian Keming, to Ghana in September.

It is expected to further deepen relations as well as strengthen economic cooperation between Ghana and China.

During the visit, the First Lady will support the President of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) to open the first Ghana Trade and Investment Office in Qingdao in China.

In addition, the delegation will travel to Hunan, where they will meet provincial officials and visit the laboratory of ‘The Father of Rice’, Yuan Long Pin, who is known for his investment into the hybrid rice variety.

The two will discuss how China could assist Ghana to improve its yield in her rice production.

The First Lady will then proceed to Shenzhen in the Guangdong Province to meet officials of China National Building Materials (CNBM) who are working with Ghana on her ‘One-District, One-Factory’ initiative and also visit Huawei Headquarters to hold discussions with their officials.

On her way to Ghana, Mrs. Akufo-Addo will make a stopover at Hong Kong to meet with the Hong Kong Financial and Investment community.

“The visit by the First Lady follows recent high level exchanges between the two countries and is an indication of the importance His Excellency, Nana Akufo-Addo’s government attaches to Ghana-China relations,” says Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng.

The First Lady will return on Wednesday, November 29.


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