On April 16, 2019, His Excellency Mr Shi Ting Wang, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, gave a public lecture at the School of Medical Science (SMS) Auditorium at the University of Cape Coast between the hours of 2: 30 pm to 4: 30 pm.
Professor Johnson Nyanko Boampong, Provost for the College of Health and Allied Sciences was the Chairman for the occasion. Other important dignitaries who were also invited were Prof. F. E. Amuquandoh (Provost for the College of Humanities and Legal Studies ), Dean of the faculty of Arts, Board Directors and Members of Confucius Institute. Deans of the University of Cape Coast were also invited for the occasion. Cape Coast Technical University, University Primary School, Mfantsipim students and students of the University of Cape Coast were also there to grace the occasion.
The Chairman, Professor Johnson Nyanko Boampong, gave an opening speech and said the two countries have known each other for a long time since Ghana’s independence so there is a strong relationship between the two countries.
Excellency Mr Shi ting Wang’s speech, he said he was pleased to visit the University
of Cape Coast. He pointed out that China is a country with over 5000 years of
history, but before the revolution, there were many dynasties which later
became the People’s Republic of China. 50 years ago, China was very poor, but
through hard work and dedication, China is popular not only in Ghana but many
other countries around the world. He emphasized we should learn from each other
but should not copy from other countries system of governing. He made mention
that, China has also made progress in the rule of law. In his lecture, he said China
emerged as a pillar of stability in a turbulent world, and that every country
is equal, stressing that no country should control the other.
1961 – Chairman Mao, the then Premier of China, visited Ghana and established a
close relationship between the two countries and this has yielded a fruitful
result. The economy and trade cooperation between the two countries have
developed steadily. Currently, the total investment volume has reached $1.6
billion and it has benefited the Ghanaian community very much. He gave an
example of Ghanaians importing tiles from China and other countries but due to
China’s investment in Ghana, there are currently 3 big ceramic companies in Ghana that produce
tiles for the people and export some to other neighbouring countries. All the
resources used for production are tapped from Ghana. The Ghanaian working
forces in these companies are 95%.
His Excellency Mr Shi Ting Wang also encouraged students to come to the Confucius Institute to learn the Chinese language and get more opportunity for employment in Chinese firms in the country. In his final speech, he said China will remain open to the outside world.