Deputy Ranking Member of Parliament’s Finance Committee, Isaac Adongo has intimated that it will be difficult for Ghana to secure any form of debt forgiveness from China due to the current economic and geopolitical position of the Asian giant.
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Citi FM on the difficulties facing Ghana’s plea to China for softer conditions to repay debts owed to China, Mr. Adongo said the political and economic ideology of China is not in sync with the conditions of the Paris Club which poses a greater risk for any debt relief.
“We need our friendly nations and the bilateral countries to come together and form a committee, but it has been difficult to get China to come to the table even though China is our biggest bilateral lender. The complexity of the China situation is that there are some bits of geopolitics involved where China does not see the Paris Club as anything other than a Western influence and would always want to have equal arrangements with individual countries.”
Mr. Adongo also stressed that the timing of Ghana’s engagement with China is not encouraging as there are other African countries seeking the same help from the Asian powerhouse.
“Unfortunately for us, we have arrived in China at a time when other African countries are already queueing to borrow from them and so it will be difficult for Ghana to jump that queue because whatever China agrees with Ghana will have to be fair with the other countries we came to meet. And also, traditionally, China does not believe that a sovereign country can be poor but does believe that a country can be broke like we are broke but have assets and other means through which they can collect their money and so China is not a believer of forgiving debts.”
The Bolgatanga Central lawmaker further bemoaned Ghana’s insignificant progress in achieving debt sustainability though the government had decided to conduct its infamous domestic debt exchange programme in hope of reducing the nation’s debt stock.