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03.04.2007 General News

Korean Ambassador Calls On Asantehene

By Daily Guide

Otumfour Osei Tutu II, Asantehene has called on the Korean Government to build good relationship between Korean and Ghanaian investors for the mutual benefit of the two countries.

That he hoped would help promote economic growth in Ghana which is a developing country.

The Asantehene who made the appeal when the Korean Ambassador, Mr Wikeyi Chu, paid a courtesy call on him at the Manhyia Palace said the private sector, considered the engine of growth should be encouraged and specifically mentioned small scale entrepreneurs in the Kumasi Central market.

He noted that Korea and Ghana had collaborated well in the past years with Ghana's political system and economy on track as the government provides good governance.

The Asantehene suggesting partnership between Korea and Ghana said Agriculture which is the main source livelihood for the people in the region is an area where the two countries could collaborate easily.

He said chiefs being the traditional custodians were prepared to make agricultural lands available so that they could use for both agricultural purposes and for estate development.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu pointed out that the inland port at Boankra needs funding and appealed to the ambassador to assist by getting investors to partner the Ghana Shippers Council adding enough lands had been released for that project.

He said Ashantis and Koreans could also establish cultural ties to keep the peoples from the two countries to understand themselves, pointing out Koreans could visit the country to enjoy the Ghanaians hospitality.

With regards to educated, the Asantehene said Korea could offer support to the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in the fields of science and technology.

Mr Chui said since Kumasi is the second largest city in Ghana he would work hard to have a twin city relationship with Busaa, which is also the second largest city in Korea.

He disclosed that he was working to bring a group of Koreans to participate in some of the cultural activities in Kumasi in the later part of the year. The Ambassador promised to make follow up visits to cement the cultural ties to the Ashanti region.

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