- Bawumia has assured Ghanaians that the Chinese are not buying Ghana with the latest loan facility given out
- The Chinese government agreed to a $15 billion loan for Ghana
- The fight against galamsey in Ghana has led to the arrest of some Chinese individuals including Aisha Huang, often referred to as "Queen of Galamsey"
The Vice President of Ghana, in an action to allay the fears of population, has stated that the New Patriotic Party government's fight against artisanal mining will continue despite loan from the Chinese government.
Earlier, some Ghanaians had expressed concern that a $15billion loan from the Chinese was to "shut down" government operations against galamsey.
However, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia noted that the Chinese government was pleased with the stringent action that Ghana was taking to protect the environment and would thus not interfere or try to stop it.
The VEEP, had only returned from a working visit in China when he met with a section of the media on Sunday, 25th July.
According to Bawumia, he is "sure" that there "[no] string attached" to the loan offered to Ghana by the Chinese.
He asserted that he discussed the terms and conditions of the loan with the Chinese counterparts with "our own thinking in terms of how we want the financing model to be". Bawumia noted that China's investment in Ghana is a good thing for Ghana as it is for the lender.
The fight against illegal mining in Ghana, known as galamsey, has picked up in the last few months under the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led administration.
There have been several seizures of machinery used in the activity and a Chinese national, named Aisha Huang was arrested and named as one of the main leaders in the "galamsey" business in Ghana.
Her arrest made headlines and was interpreted by many as a crackdown on Chinese nationals in Ghana.
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