EYEAFRICA TV: New York, USA: Addressing the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York, Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has praised the Africa-China relations, saying it is not a new phenomenon.
He said it has not been lost on “us” that the developed, rich and well-established countries have been paying regular visits to China and seeking to open new economic ties and improve upon existing ones. “It is also not lost on us that a lot of anxiety is being expressed about the possibility of a recolonization of the African continent by a new power. We should, indeed, learn from history.”
President Akufo-Addo said Africa must get its population educated and trained, and it is already setting about it. “We must address our infrastructure deficit. The traditional methods of tackling this problem will not provide the answer. We are looking for new ways to resolve It. Ghana, like many countries in Africa is forging relations with China to make arrangements to help address part of our infrastructure deficit.”
He said it was at the turn of the 20th century that China’s first railways were built by Western companies and financed by Western loans to a nearly bankrupt Qing Dynasty, and it was under those circumstances that a certain strategic port called Hong Kong was leased for 99 years, and the rest is history.
The bold speaking Ghanaian leaders said the former victim of Western Railways imperialism is lending billions to countries throughout Asia, Africa and Europe to construct not only railroads, but also highways, ports, power plants and other infrastructure, and many businesses.
“The historical echoes are certainly worrisome, but, yes! Surely, we must and can learn from history. We, in Ghana, must build roads, bridges, railways, ports, schools, hospitals, and we must create jobs to keep our young people engaged.”
He said it is obvious that the development trajectory “we” had been on for many decades is not working, saying they are trying a different one, and they would appreciate the support and goodwill of the world, especially in helping to stem the huge flow of illicit funds from the continent.
President Akufo-Addo told the general Assembly that it is in everybody’s interest that they, who are counted amongst the poor of the world, make a rapid transformation from poverty to prosperity, saying they are determined in Ghana, and, increasingly, in more and more parts of Africa, to chart their own paths to prosperity, and pay their own way in the world.
“We are no longer interested in being a burden on others. We will shoulder our own responsibilities and build societies and nations that will be attractive to our youth. We have the necessary sense of enterprise, creativity, innovation and hard work to engineer this transition. Hence, our vision of a Ghana beyond Aid, indeed, of an Africa beyond Aid.”