He urged them to take advantage of pro-business environment created by the Akufo-Addo administration and do business in the country.
Dr. Dwamena made the call at the Kumasi-Wenzhou dialogue in China, which was attended by the Vice Chairman of the Wenzhou Municipal Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the Mayor of Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi.
He said with the sister cities cooperation between Wenzhou and Kumasi, businessmen and women on both sides should take advantage of the business-friendly environment created by Ghana’s stable democracy and resilient economy, which is currently growing at rate of 8.3% making it the fastest growing economy on the African continent.
“We are open for business and the Government of H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has instituted numerous business friendly policies under the one-district-one-factory program, a program that is aimed at attracting massive investment into the fastest growing economy in Africa,” Dr. Dwamena told Chinese investors.
He said Ghana’s Central Government is actively encouraging City and District governments to actively seek partnerships and cooperation with sister cities so as to fast track development at the local levels.
“I therefore welcome the news of the Kumasi-Wenzhou Sister City cooperation and wish to encourage all stakeholders involved to be very proactive in the implementation of the relevant clauses that will be agreed upon at this meeting.
“We, at the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Beijing, stand ready to facilitate the implementation,” the Deputy Ambassador to China gave assurance to Chinese investors.
He appealed to leaders of both cities to always explore ways of developing their cities in the spirit of friendship and win-win cooperation.
The aspiring national treasurer of the governing NPP noted that Ghana is a home to about 35,000 Chinese nationals with a significant percentage being Wenzhou natives.
“The bond of friendship of the people of our two countries has remained warm since the time of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, our first President and Chairman MaoZe Dong, the great Chinese Leader.
“This warm friendship has resulted in numerous bilateral cooperation and exchanges and today’s historic visit of the Mayor of Kumasi to the City of Wenzhou is one of such examples.
“I have no doubt that this visit will bring about mutual benefits to the people of both cities. I say this because I know the numerous opportunities that abound in these two cities. Kumasi City is my home, where I was born and bred and Wenzhou City is my second home, where I studied and worked some years back.
“In fact, some few days ago, I received an official communication from the authorities of Wenzhou Medical University, my Alma Mater, indicating their acceptance to an earlier proposal made to set up a joint Vision Centre in partnership with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi to advance research and healthcare in the field of ophthalmology,” Dr. Dwamena pointed, saying this one clear example of the benefits of such cooperation.
According to him, such Cooperation creates the needed platform for genuine business people from both sides to explore business opportunities so as to bring about prosperity.