Chinese ambassador calls for deeper cooperation with Ghana to boost tourism
Source: Xinhua 2014/03/03
Accra, Mar. 1 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Gong Jianzhong, on Friday called for a deeper cooperation by way of ideas sharing and experience to promote tourism between the two countries.
Gong said during a public forum on the theme: "Investment in tourism in Ghana and in China" organized by the Ghana China Friendship Association.
"As we all know that tourism is an important economic sector in the world today. It is necessary for us to share ideas and experience to further promote the development of the tourism sector and strengthen our cooperation in this regard," the Ambassador stated.
He observed tourism in China has greatly expanded over the last few decades since the introduction of reform and opening up making the Asian country the most-watched and hottest inbound and outbound tourist market in the world.
The Chinese Ambassador predicted all the fronts of China tourism, including the domestic and inbound and outbound will further prosper in the coming years.
He noted the boom of China's tourism will provide important opportunities for the development of the Ghanaian tourism sector and welcomed investment from competitive foreign companies to China, including Ghana.
In a speech read by Joel Soun, a director at the ministry on behalf of Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Ghana's Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts noted she would support every move that will bridge the gap between Ghana and China in terms of developing the tourism, culture and creative arts sector.
According to the minister, she was making the promise on the premise that the United Nations World Trade Organization (WTO) has recognized for this decade the increase in terms of the inflow of Chinese tourist globally and especially in the context of Africa where there was more Chinese coming to Africa than any other continent.
The Ghanaian minister stressed that the country has recognized that and will take full advantage of the potential of the Chinese.
"Every country in Africa is making strife to have a share of the cake. We in Ghana have seen the signal and we are making the strife and that is the more reason why this interaction is important," the minister emphasized.
The Ghana-China Friendship Association is an organization formed to promote and improve the relations between the two countries.
The association has lined up a number of such public fora for the year to discuss topical issues that are of mutual benefit to both countries.