- Vice President denies claims that $15bln loan has anytihng to do with anti-galamsey fight
- Says it's normal for Ghana to use its resources to get what it needs
Vice Preident Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia has dismissed calls from the public that China's $15 billion financial aid to Ghana has anything to do with the administration's anti-Galamsey campaign
According to Vice President Bawumia, China's $15 billion loan has nothing to do with the anti-galamsey initiative, echoing President Nana AKufo Addo's comments that no one will be allowed to breach Ghana's laws especially when it comes to small scale mining.
President Akufo-Addo added that regardless of the anti-galamsey initiative, Ghana would continue to have a cordial relationship with China, but added the law would be fully enforced regardless of whoever it is that flouts it.
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China's $15 billion financial loan has been a caused for much controversy within Ghana's political class. The loan, aimed at helping the current administration's one district, one factory initiative, will have the China National Building Materials and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CNBM) shouldering up to 85 percent of the financial costs.
In return for China's generous financial handout, Ghana would like to accommodate potential Chinese investors interested in the exploitation of natural resources, resources that were being plundered by illegal small scale miners.
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Speaking at the Kotoka International Airport upon his arrival from the 4 day visit to China, Vice President Bawumia expressed that for Ghana to use it's resources to get what it needs "makes economic sense".
“I don’t think there is any linkage between the fight against galamsey and our support from China. China wants us to do the right thing and we want to do it even more," said Vice President Bawumia.
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