President John Evans Atta Mills has described his five-day state visit to China as very rewarding although there have been attempts to criticize him for signing too many loans with harsh conditions that could eventually supress the country’s growth.
The President made the remarks when he arrived in the country on Saturday September 25, to be part of the census night on September 26 2010, before he travels to Japan for another state visit.
During his visit to China, President Mills signed various bilateral agreements worth 16 billion dollars with some Chinese banks, multi-national companies and the Chinese government.
The loans some of which are in the form of grants are expected to be used to revamp, the Road, Health, Education and private sectors of the economy.
Some business leaders from Ghana joined President Mills to visit the Chinese President Hu Jin Tao, at his invitation in a bid to strike some deals for the benefit of both nations.
Moments after president Mills touched down at the Kotoka International Airport, he indicated his satisfaction with the visit describing it as a move that will greatly propel his better Ghana agenda.
“During this visit, the Chinese proved beyond all doubts that they really have our interest at heart. They gave us a very warmth reception and placed at our disposal excellent facilities. We were able to sign a number of agreements which we believe when implemented, will greatly inure to the benefit of our dear nation and help us to realize out better Ghana Agenda” the President said.
President Mills who was addressing several journalists also took turns to respond to criticisms that he had abandoned the UN General Assembly in New York, which discussed the way forward for meeting the Millennium development goals (MDGs).
He said such criticisms were unwarranted explaining that Ghana was duly represented.
The sixty-fifth ordinary session opened on Tuesday, September 14 2010, and Ghana was represented by a delegation led by Foreign Minister Alhaji Mohammed Mumuni.
President Mills justified his absence by stating that the China State visit which he chose to attend would only serve the interest of Ghana, that which he as president has sworn to ensure.
“I was at the UN Summit last year (2009) and I don’t know why they didn’t ask me why I went there and didn’t go to China. I think that one must get his priorities right. I went to China because I considered the programme there alongside the UN programme and I believe that our nation will benefit more by my presence in China”.
” In any case we did not abandon the UN Summit. I am very well represented by a competent Foreign Affairs Minister so I don’t think Ghana has lost anything” the President said.