General News of Fri, 7 Sep 201873
African leaders lining up for China sad – Gabby
Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko, Cousin of President Akufo-Addo has bemoaned the seeming eagerness by African leaders to catch the eye of China for financial support as sad.
According to him, the situation is a reflection of how Africans have failed themselves over the years.
A two-day summit in Beijing brought together the leaders of China and 53 African nations on Tuesday, with a declaration and an action plan being adopted.
China is emphasizing the strengthening of relations with African countries with natural resources and huge markets. At the opening ceremony on Monday, Xi announced $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans over the next three years.
Tweeting on the development, Mr. Otchere-Darko who attended the conference said: “Watching 40-odd African leaders lined up to be hosted by China was indeed a sad spectacle, necessitated by 2 things: how we’ve let ourselves down, historically; how eager we are today to catch up. I believe in the promise of Africa now than ever before. Destiny and duty beckon”.
“The $2 billion Sinohydro deal was also signed between the Government of Ghana and Power China.”
The barter trade facility will be used to construct roads, hospitals, houses, rural electrification, interchanges, bridges and other government priority projects.
Watching some 40-odd African leaders lined up to be hosted by China was indeed a sad spectacle, necessitated by two things: how we have let ourselves down historically; how eager we are to catch up now. I still believe in the promise of Africa. Destiny is our collective duty call pic.twitter.com/B3NyWqG4BZ— Gabby Otchere-Darko (@GabbyDarko) September 6, 2018
The agreement received parliamentary approval in July despite protest by the minority who insisted that agreement is a loan.
In a Facebook post, President Akufo-Addo said, “Amongst others, I held separate bilateral talks with President Xi Jinping, and Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, with the talks centered on deepening the ties of co-operation and the bonds of friendship between the two countries.