Mills says China development package will benefit Ghana

President John Atta Mills

President John Evans Atta Mills has stated his commitment to the judicious use of the development package from China, and pledged to ensure accountability of the resources to the maximum benefit of all.

He said under no circumstance would the confidence of the Chinese Government in his administration, which propelled the massive development assistance to realise the “Better Ghana” programme would be wasted.

“The President will never disappoint the Chinese. They have given the money for specific purposes,”  Mr Koku Anyidoho, Head of Communications at the Office of President, said in Tokyo, the Japanese capital.

Mr Anyidoho was speaking to journalists on Tuesday,  ahead of the arrival of President Mills in Japan, to kick start a four-day State visit on Wednesday.

President Mills was in China last week for a State visit, during which he signed a multi-billion- dollar agreement for development assistance for the private sector in Ghana.

The package is meant for the development of the energy sector and allied industries, health, rail and road transportation services, the bauxite and aluminium industries, telecommunication and the growth of Ghana’s democracy through the e-governance programme.

Mr Anyidoho said Ghanaians voted the Mills  Administration into office, based on its manifesto pledge of a “Better Ghana”, under which Government promised to improve the lives of Ghanaians through job creation, investment in people, infrastructural development, a strong economy, creating opportunities for all, and running an open, honest , transparent and accountable  government.

He said the President’s role is critical in redeeming the pledge to Ghanaians and would not waver to ensure that the funds are used to the specific targets outlined in the package.

Mr Anyidoho said President Mills credibility runs exceedingly high.

Consequently the Head of State has made it clear that the success of the deal touches on his personal integrity and that of the nation and would therefore ensure that transparency is adhered to in the implementation of the projects that the package covers.

The President’s itinerary in Japan, include bilateral talks with his counterpart, Prime Minister Naoto Kan, and a courtesy call on the Japanese Emperor, Akihito.

He would also interact with the Japan Federation of Economic Co-operation, a federation of leading Japanese companies and interact with the African Diplomatic Corps.

President Mills who is being accompanied by Ministers of State and entrepreneurs is expected back home in Accra on Sunday, October 3.

Source: GNA

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