By Theodora Amedetor

Ghana is among 150 countries that will participate in the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), in Beijing. Set for April 25 to 27, 2019, in Beijing, the second BRF aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative framework.

At a media briefing, China State Councilor and Foreign Minister, Mr. Wang Yi, announced that State President, Xi Jinping, will attend and deliver the keynote address and chair the Leaders’ Roundtable Summit, during the forum.

Events planned for this year’s forum, include 12 sub-forums, focusing on practical cooperation. Unlike the first forum, a conference, specifically for the business community will also be organised.

On the theme “Belt and Road Cooperation: Shaping a Brighter Shared Future”, Mr. Wang noted that the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative is not a geopolitical tool or a debt trap for participating countries, but a platform for win-win cooperations.

37 Heads of States and leaders from 150 countries and representatives of 90 international organizations are expected to attend the forum. Mr. Wang said the number of participants will be double that of the first forum, in 2017. This is an indication that “more and more countries believe that the new silk route are” a win-win relationship between China and participating countries and partners.

Representatives from the Ministry of Trade and Industries, led by Trades and Industries Minister, Alan John Kwadwo Kyerematen, will represent Ghana at the second edition of the BRF.

It is expected that Ghana will further deepen her relations with China, by drawing inspirations and best practices from the Belt and Road Initiatives framework, to better her lot.

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