ACCRA, Ghanaian Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia will pay an official visit to China from Tuesday to Sunday invitation of Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao as part efforts to boost bilateral relations.

Dr Bawumia will meet Chinese leaders and leaders of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to exchange views on bilateral ties and discuss regional and international issues of common interest. The visit will be the first by a high-level government official to China since the New Patriotic Party (NPP) took office in January this year.

As part of the visit, the two sides will explore co-operation in areas of capacity building, investment, financing and infrastructure development. Dr Bawumia will also attend the China-Ghana Investment, Production and Capacity Co-operation Forum and meet representatives pf a number of renowned Chinese financial institutions and entrepreneurs.

Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Sun baohong said in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) here over the weekend that the Embassy would work closely with the government of Ghana to ensure the visit was successful and attained positive outcomes.

Sun said China had become the largest trading partner of Ghana with bilateral surging from less than 100 million US dollars in 2000 to 5.976 billion USD in 2016. In addition, she said, the trade volume between the two countries in the first quarter of this year reached nearly 1.4 billion USD.

Statistics from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre indicate that China’s investments in Ghana reached 323 million USD in 2016 with 36 new investment projects.

Sun said both China and Ghana attached great importance to the visit since it would enhance bilateral relations and expand co-operation between the two countries in various fields and push China-Ghana relations to a new level.

She said the major social and economic development plans of the Government were consistent with the Belt and Road Initiative of China as well as the relevant content of China-Africa co-operation plans under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC).