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04.11.2008 General News

DRC opens Consulate in Ghana

By The Statesman

The Democratic Republic of Congo at the weekend officially opened its first Honorary Consulate in Ghana as part of efforts to further deepen the bilateral ties between the two countries.

The consulate is in Kumasi.

According to the Honorary Consul, Ngeleka Dimata, the opening of the office in Ghana was not just to fulfill diplomatic formalities but more importantly, "learn the tricks that have made Ghana's democracy an envy for all nations in Africa' and implement them back home.

Mr Ngeleka noted that the ties linking Ghana and the DRC date back to the 1950s when Patrice Lumumba of Congo and Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana joined forces to seek the total independence and economic liberation of the people of Africa.

 He said his country had learnt a lot from Ghana in the past and will continue to study the deeds that had made Ghana a household name in Africa.

'Ghana is our hope; she is a great example to DR Congo as well as Africa. Ghana makes Africa proud and represents inspirational source because she is now experiencing great economy coupled with a peaceful environment'.

'For DR Congo, Ghana remains a model to follow when it comes to political and institutional stability in Africa, a light for economic integration of the continent', Mr. Ngeleka stressed, noting that greater ties with Ghana will make send a message to the world that DRC was ready to take its rightful place in the comity of nations.

He expressed President Joseph Kabange Kabila"s gratefulness to Ghana for her readiness to work with DRC to promote peace and unity among the people in the country and congratulated President Kufuor for his role in ensuring peace in Ghana and Africa as a whole.

Marie Jeanne Wayikani Ukurango, Charge de'ffairs at the consulate urged Ghana to 'stop at nothing' to safeguard its pioneering role in building peace in Africa. She was confident the December poll would be free, fair and peaceful.

'Peace in Ghana is peace for us all in Africa; if Ghana fails Africa has failed. But I believe that as a peace loving people and nation you will rise up to the occasion and make Africa proud.'

A Deputy Director of Golden Star Resources Ltd, Daniel Owiredu who was the guest speaker noted that Ghana stands to boost its timber as well as the agriculture industry if they take advantage of the DRC's rich experience in that sector.

He called for continuous partnership in order to enhance productivity in the two nations.

The Asantehene was represented by Nana Owusu Nyanne I, Kwamuhene. Also in attendance was the Ashanti Regional Minister, Emmanuel Owusu Ansah.