China’s Ambassador to Ghana and the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana on Tuesday bid farewell to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House after serving Two and four-year term respectively in the country.
In an address, the outgoing Chinese Ambassador, Mr Shi Ting Wang stressed the deepening relations between China and Ghana and commended the President for his commitment to strengthening the age-old relations.
He said China-Ghana relations have been strong particularly after President Akufo-Addo visited China in 2018.
He also commended the President for taking bold initiatives such as One District One Factory project and Ghana Beyond Aid agenda to make the economy homegrown and self-reliance.
In a separate event, the outgoing Australian High Commissioner, Mr Andrew Barnes commended Ghana for maintaining good relations with Australia.
He said the relations between Australia and Ghana had grown and continue to grow stronger in the past four years he stayed in the country.
He said these good relations have enabled Australia to continue to invest in Ghana especially in the mining sector adding that new mines and prospects are ongoing in the countryside to help Ghana develop and manage her gold resource responsibly.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo thanked the Chinese Ambassador for his dedicated service to China and Ghana.
However, the President said the day of Mr. Wang’s departure saddens his heart because it was the eve of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Ghana and the People’s Republic of China.
To the outgoing Australian High Commissioner, President said relations between the two countries continue to be strong, adding that “as you know it is the earliest diplomatic relations that Ghana has”.
He said it was Australia that gave meaning and expression of the relations by naming the President’s main guest house, ‘Australia House’.
“It is the extent to which you’re a central feature of the official life of our country”, he said.
President Akufo-Addo said Ghana has benefited immensely from Australia’s investment in Ghana’s natural resources—especially in gold mining.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD