Ghana’s stand at the Africa United Pavilion at the on-going World Expo in Shanghai, China, is receiving overwhelming patronage and praise from people who visit the stand
This came to light when Deputy Minister of Information, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, led a team of Information Ministers from developing countries to visit the stand.
A statement issued by the Ministry of Information in Accra on Tuesday said a permanent feature at the stand from 8am to 10pm were long queues of visitors.
Activities at the stand include expositions on Ghana’s culture, her people and the progress and potentials in development from Stand Director, Ms Esther Ansah and her team, visual sessions on Ghana, a kente wearing session, special stamp souvenirs as proof of visit and photo opportunities with artistic versions of Ghanaian football icons (the most popular at the moment).
It said entry ticket statistics to the Ghana stand together with the African United Pavilion was about 9,800,000 visitors and a ceremony had been planned to herald the tenth million visitor on Tuesday, July 27.
The World expo being observed under the theme: “Better City, Better Life” has already received 33 million visitors with Shanghai Authorities indicating that 70 million foreigners have made reservations to attend the classy showpiece which is lasting six months.
At least 260 countries and institutions are exhibiting in what largely has been described as the future of the world.
Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa conveyed the greetings of President John Evans Atta Mills and the people of Ghana to the Ghanaian officials calling them worthy ambassadors.
He assured them that their efforts to keep Ghana in an enviable place in the comity of nations was appreciated by all and that they represented the many patriotic citizens of Ghana both home and abroad who were indeed the unsung heroes Ghana must and would always be grateful to.
Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa presented special souvenirs to his colleagues from the 15 developing countries.
He attended a special Conference for Information Ministers from developing countries at the instance of the Chinese Government and took the opportunity to lead the Information Ministers of Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Deputies and officials from China, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, Sierra Leone, Myanmar, Columbia, Pakistan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Malawi and Nigeria to the Ghanaian Stand.