ACCRA, March 18 (Xinhua) ? The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Gong Jianzhong, on Monday handed over to Ghana?s ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration a 16 million-dollar ultra-modern office complex built through the assistance of the government of the People?s Republic of China.
The twin five-storey edifice constructed over an area of 11,550 square meters and comprising offices and conference hall, library, canteen, and logistics services, among other facilities, was put up to replace the ministry?s former 10-storey office building gutted by fire in October 2009.
Gong said the project was just one of the manifestations of the friendly cooperation that had existed between China and Ghana since the establishment of diplomatic relations in the early 1960s, with the two countries supporting each other increasingly in a variety of fields.
?Our fruitful cooperation has brought about tangible benefits to our two peoples, as our traditional cooperation has endured the vicissitudes of international situation,? an elated Gong observed.
He expressed joy that the cooperation between the two countries had been growing from strength to strength, with both learning from each other as they endeavoured on the socio-economic development and improvement of the livelihoods of their peoples.
?While Ghanaians are committed to building a better Ghana, the Chinese are devoting themselves to building a well-off society in an all round way. China and Ghana are on the path of developing forward,? Gong stated.
Gong told Xinhua in an interview the construction took into account the safety and quality of the building with people from the government?s side, the construction firm and the China Embassy doing technical inspection of the project.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Hannah Serwaah Tetteh said the 141-room office complex came from earlier Interest-free financing agreements signed between the Chinese government and its Ghanaian counterpart under the China Aid.
?Considering the excellent political relations and the increasing economic transactions between our two countries, it was not surprising that the Chinese government came to Ghana?s aid to house the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration in this magnificent five-storey structure,? Tetteh said.
She expressed gratitude to the government of China for not only stopping at the provision of the structure but also going further to provide furniture and office equipment for the ministry.
?Indeed, Ghana and China have enjoyed very friendly and fruitful relations since 1960, during which time Ghana has benefitted from various forms of financial and technical support from the Chinese government,? Tetteh noted.
She listed some of the assistance Ghana received from China as the construction of the National Theatre, Ministry of Defence building, the Afife Irrigation project, Drama Studio of the University of Ghana, and the Dangbe East District Hospital.
?You will all concur that the construction in record time of such a complex requires sacrifice, and dedication to duty,? the minister remarked, in praise of Messrs Yan Jian Group which constructed the edifice in record 17 months, one month earlier than the scheduled 18-month period.
She also lauded Ambassador Gong and Gao Wenzhi, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor at the Embassy of the People?s Republic of China in Ghana, as well as former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohammed Mumuni, and his deputy, Chris Kpodo for instituting the project.
Tetteh said the ministry would over the next two weeks complete the process of occupying the new premises, as the different bureaux would be moved in one after the other. Enditem.
Source: Justice Lee Adoboe