|Ghana, China parliamentary leaders confer|
ACCRA, Nov. 11(Xinhua)—A 19-member Chinese delegation led by Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress Zhou Tienong conferred with the leadership of Ghana’s parliament here on Friday.
The two parties committed themselves to further strengthening existing bonds between them while supporting each other for mutual benefit.
He appreciated the vibrant atmosphere on the floor of Ghana’s parliament as well as the finesse with which the Speaker of the House, Joycelyn Bamford-Addo, handled affairs.
The leaders were happy that their two countries were expanding the frontiers of their friendship and cooperation beyond existing fronts into culture, tourism and health.
“Since President John Evans Atta Mills took office, our traditional friendship marched forward, especially when he joined us in China to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of bilateral relations,” the Chinese delegation leader noted.
He said that the related departments in China had since last year been working earnestly to implement the agreements reached between President Mills and his Chinese counterpart, President Hu Jintao, in September last year when the Ghanaian leader visited China.
“We are waiting eagerly for the results,” he said, adding that the traditional ties between the two countries should be beneficial to their peoples.
Lauding Ghana’s deepening democratic practice and political stability, Zhou expressed the readiness of the Chinese legislature to work with their Ghanaian counterparts to deepen the existing ties between the two countries.
This, he said, could be achieved through exchanges, cooperation and close contacts between the two parties.
On her part, the Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Bamford-Addo, thanked the government, parliament and people of China for the unending support for Ghana.
She said the Ghanaian parliament was committed to forging closer ties between the two countries through parliamentary associations, visits at high levels and learning from each other’s experiences and practices.
“China has been of great assistance to Ghana in all spheres of national endeavor,” she observed.
Between 2005 and 2008, the Chinese congress donated large numbers of office equipment to the Ghanaian legislature in addition to the 30 million Yuan for the rehabilitation of the parliament complex.
“We are perpetually grateful to you, and I believe we will also one day be able to reciprocate these gestures,” said Bamford-Addo.
Zhou Tienong and his delegation, who arrived here on Thursday night following their visit to Zimbabwe, is scheduled to leave on Sunday for Benin, the last stop of their three African tours.