Ghana’s vice president asks China to solve Bui labour dispute

Construction on the Bui dam project by Sinohydro only started late last year despite protests by environmentalists (see previous post on Ghana and this article). But according to a 16 January article in the Ghanaian newspaper The Daily Guide (Chinese translation here), the vice president, John Mahama, has already asked China to help solve a labour dispute that was “not conducive for the completion of the project on schedule. He “also mentioned the concerns of local businessmen about the influx of Chinese goods on the local market at the expense of local ones.” But he called on China to increase its engagement with Ghana:

He commended the trade relationship between the two countries with particular reference to the fact that Ghanaians continue to patronize more Chinese products, but lamented that there was no strong reciprocal overtures from the Chinese people. (…)

He commended the Chinese government for supporting the construction of some important projects like the National Theatre which was constructed and presented to the government of Ghana free of charge, Afife Rice project in the Volta Region, the Bui Dam, and for supporting the Ofankor Nsawam road with $30 million.

Mr. Mahama appealed to the Chinese government to help make the Accra-Kumasi highway a dual carriage.

In his response, the Chinese ambassador reminded Ghanaians that the Chinese government was also “putting up” three schools in the country.

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