Members of Parliament have made a passionate call to government to study the development model that the Chinese applied to transform their country, which has made her the pride of world development today.
According to the House, it is possible to develop Ghana using indigenous methods as evident by the Chinese infrastructure success story.
The calls came during contribution to a statement by member for Nsawam-Adoagyiri constituency, the Hon. Annor Dompreh, on Ghana-China relationship.
MP for North Tongu, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who contributed to the statement argued that the Chinese infrastructure miracle must awaken Ghana to the fact that using indigenous models for development is a viable option for the country.
He noted that before 1978, Ghana and China were pegged on the same level in terms of stability and general level of poverty with Ghana given a slight urge over the Chinese and yet 40 years afterwards China has not only overtaken Ghana but has now become a world example for infrastructure development.
He noted that Ghana should ponder the model of development suited for its purpose likewise the mode of governance because the Chinese have demonstrated it is possible to develop without western type of administration.
According to him, it is therefore possible for Ghana to develop using her own model and methodology, which can become an example for the rest of the world.
In his statement, Hon. Annor Dompreh noted that Ghana and China have complimented each other in development and diplomatic support for decades and stressed that China had been instrumental with the construction of some important and beautiful landmarks of Ghana.
The bond between China and Ghana, he said, derives its root from the late Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah, who lobbied the United Nations to reinstate the China republic and further supported it during the 1962 Sino-India War.
The Chinese, he said, is not an alien to the Ghanaian but a strong partner in development.
“Thus from Dr Kwame Nkrumah’s era down to Jerry John Rawlings, John Agyekum Kufuor, the late John Evans Fiifi Attah Mills, John Dramani Mahama and now Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, our diplomatic relations with China continue to evolve each new day with a strong tie, which must be tightened and not broken till the end of time considering how useful ithas been to the people of Ghana and the economy as a whole.”
“We have had visits from Zhou Enlai in 1960, President Hu Jintao, 2003, Premier Wen J iabao, 2007 and the Vice President of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China Zhou Tienong, 2011.”
According to Hon. Dompreh, these events took place after Ghanaian presidents had made high level visits to China.
He noted that the Chinese government has assisted Ghana with US$435 million between 1964 and 1970, and has written US$25 million of debt, which Ghana appreciates and holds China in high esteem for.
He pointed out that China has indeed proven to Ghana that it is not a nation that puts others down and pulls itself up but rather, it is a nation that goes up on an equal tangent with every other nation regardless of the strength of the nation it is helping.
China’s relationship with Ghana, he said, will continue to blossom and remain strong from generation to generation as the gates of Ghana remain permanently opened to them and prayed for the bond between the two nations to get stronger and stronger.
By Osumanu Al-Hassanfirstname.lastname@example.org