African pupils and expatriates in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were very last 7 days issue to forced coronavirus testing and arbitrary 14-working day self-quarantine, regardless of the latest vacation history, amid heightened fears of imported infections.
Having reportedly contained the virus within just China, fears have grown in new weeks above a so-known as 2nd wave, introduced into the region by overseas vacationers.
In Africa, even so, governments, media outlets and citizens reacted angrily to the obvious rise in anti-foreigner sentiment, as films of Africans staying harassed by law enforcement, sleeping on the streets or currently being locked into their homes less than quarantine circulated on the web.
On Saturday, the entrance web page of Kenya’s greatest newspaper guide with the headline, “Kenyans in China: Rescue us from hell,” as a member of the country’s parliament called for Chinese nationals to leave Kenya immediately. Television stations in Uganda, South Africa and Nigeria also ran stories on the alleged mistreatment.
The fallout threatens to undermine China’s diplomatic attempts in Africa. In latest several years, African nations have come to be important diplomatic and trade partners to Beijing, with China’s trade with Africa worth $208 billion in 2019, in accordance to official figures from China’s Standard Administration of Customs.
In a statement introduced Sunday, Chinese International Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian denied China had been singling out foreigners.
“We are however experiencing terrific dangers of imported scenarios and domestic resurgence. Specifically, as the pandemic spreads all about the globe, imported circumstances are causing mounting force,” stated Zhao.
“All foreigners are treated similarly. We reject differential treatment, and we have zero tolerance for discrimination,” he included.
This report at first appeared on:https://starrfm.com.gh/2020/04/beijing-faces-diplomatic-crisis-just after-alleged-mistreatment-of-africans-in-china/
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Chinese President, Xi Jinping
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, his excellency Shi Ting Wang has made it recognized to both the Ghanaian and the Chinese group that this calendar year marks 60 years of diplomatic ties involving Ghana and China.
He produced it acknowledged during the fee of the 4.0km Ghana-China friendship road in Kpone Katamanso.
He drew the consideration of the persons to the previous projects carried out in the state. The Ambassador outlined the National Theater, University of Allied Science and several other developmental initiatives commenced by the Chinese.
China and Ghana established diplomatic relations on 5th July, 1960. The founders of the two new-born laid a strong cornerstone for the development of bilateral ties.
“China and Ghana share lots of factors in typical. Equally, we also share numerous points together. China is now the most significant trading companion to Ghana and the most important investor in Ghana. China will support the agenda Volchok of Beijing summit” he mentioned.
He also said China will engage in an active function in the building of our streets. As a result, every time President Akufo-Addo calls upon them, they will adhere to his phone calls.
This write-up initially appeared on:http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/2020-marks-60-yrs-of-diplomatic-ties-among-Ghana-and-China-879145
President Akufo-Addo has created a passionate enchantment to the Diplomatic Local community in Ghana to report any of his appointees who interact in acts of corruption in the study course of their formal dealings with them or with their workplaces.
The President designed the simply call Tuesday the 28th of January 2020, when he addressed the Diplomatic Corps at the annual Fulfill & Greet and Diplomatic Reception held at the Peduase Lodge, Aburi.
“Should you, members of Diplomatic Corps be notified of any proof of corruption towards any of my appointees, I insist that they be shared with my business office to enable action to be tree taken on the subject. That is greater for our relations than unspecified generalized pronouncements on corruption” President Akufo-Addo reported.
Making a circumstance for his Government’s combat versus corruption, the President indicated that “it is a subject of community document that 20 one officers of the preceding administration are standing trial more than their involvement in alleged acts of corruption or producing financial reduction to the State and prosecutions of the individuals, that is, the regulators and the individuals responsible for the banking sector crisis have commenced”.
On the PDS saga that grew to become a topical concern in the country past yr, the President pressured that “despite self-serving allegations primarily based on deliberate misinformation the actions govt took to provide the PDS concession agreement below the Millennium Company Agreement to an finish was to reduce fairly than condone wrongdoing”.
“The war in opposition to corruption will not be received overnight, but with political will, it will be gained. I did not come into politics to enrich myself but to serve the general public desire. I am established to aid make in Ghana a design and society of clear open and accountable governance that will be the equal of any on the experience of the planet” President Akufo-Addo addded.
President Akufo-Addo also hinted that two officers or appointees of his federal government are currently experiencing investigations. He did not nevertheless point out any certain title.
Dean of Diplomatic Corps
The Colombian Ambassador to Ghana and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Her Excellency Mrs. Claudia Turbay Quintero, in an address on behalf of all her colleagues expressed guidance for the various social interventions and flagship programmes of the Akufo-Addo led authorities. She indicated that the Diplomatic Community in Ghana figure out the worth, impact and successes of the initiatives and they stand completely ready to support further more the development of identical. She was brief to add that the success story of the “Year of Return” initiative of Governing administration last year, is a testomony of the tourism opportunity of Ghana and that the Diplomatic Local community is completely persuaded that during the new initiative of “Beyond the Return”, Ghana will reap the added benefits of it tourism wherewithal.
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey in her welcome address observed that past yr was a fruitful one particular for her business office and the Ministry as far as the working partnership with the Diplomatic Community is concerned. She pledged the International Ministry’s determination to do all the things within just their power to guide the Diplomatic Local community in Ghana as they go about their responsibilities.
“Last year, the Ministry started off a common briefing session for Users of the Diplomatic Corps, aimed at furnishing foreign Missions in Ghana with credible, precise and responsible facts on Federal government policies, programmes and emerging socio-economic and political developments in the state. The final of these briefings highlighted Ministers for Finance, Nationwide Stability, Information, Inside, Electricity, and my superior self. At the function, all of us took turns to address issues pertaining to our respective spots of competence. In view of the large patronage and desire shown by the Diplomatic Corps in this work out, the Ministry has now institutionalized these standard briefing periods. Likely ahead, therefore, the Ministry would operate in close partnership with the Council on Foreign Relations – Ghana toward enriching the programme” Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey said.
Nigeria’s international affairs ministry has dismissed reviews of a likely diplomatic row with Ghana following stories eviction of the country’s Higher Commission in Ghana.
A assertion signed by the spokesperson of the ministry Ferdinand Nwonye said “The attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been drawn to information circulating in the social media that its property on No. 10 Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana has been ‘violated’ by the host authorities and that there is a diplomatic row concerning Nigeria and the Republic of Ghana. The Ministry wishes to state categorically that the news studies are untrue.
“The Ministry needs to clarify that the explained assets less than reference was in use by the Federal Ministry of Finance, considering that 1957, on leasehold and was later on bequeathed to the Ministry of Overseas Affairs”.
It added: “The lease is mentioned to have expired a short while ago and the Large Fee has been checking out the possibility of renewing the lease agreement with the host authorities. It should really be observed that the creating is not bodily occupied but the Mission has some of its properties within the premises.
” It ought to further more be reiterated that the house is not housing possibly the Home of the Substantial Commissioner or the Chancery or personnel quarters. Even so, talks are nonetheless on-heading concerning the Mission and proper host authorities. There is thus no imminent diplomatic row with Ghana as becoming speculated by a area of the media. We desire to assure all and sundry that the Ministry is on best of the situation”.
The Embassy of Israel in Accra has suspended daily diplomatic actions in Ghana right up until additional observe, a assertion from the Middle East state has mentioned.
The embassy has attributed the suspension to it calls “internal budgetary problems among the Israeli Ministry of International Affairs and Israel’s Ministry of Finance”.
The said, “internal budgetary issues” have resulted in strike actions by all Israeli missions overseas thereby influencing the country’s diplomatic functions in Ghana much too.
The impacted companies of the embassy include “consular providers, conferences and events” and the strike actions, according to the statement starts from Wednesday 30th August 2019,
Beneath is the entire statement from the embassy as introduced by Juliana Yorke, the Push and Media Coordinator for the Israeli Embassy in Ghana:
The Embassy of Israel in Accra would like to explain that, the embassy has experienced to suspend all its daily diplomatic routines this sort of as consular companies, conferences and situations, as of Wednesday 30 August 2019, owing to internal budgetary concerns amongst the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Israel’s Ministry of Finance.
This strike motion is staying carried out by all Israeli Missions abroad.
Israel and Ghana have great and extensive-long lasting relations, that with any luck , will past until finally the end of days.
The Embassy will continue on to give companies and resume its diplomatic functions in Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone the moment the inner difficulties are settled.
Time check, its 19:05 on the 21st of October, in the year of our Lord and guess what, the pages of the travelogue gets flipped one more time! The mission is a multilateral stopover in Baku, Azerbaijan for the 18th edition of the Non Aligned Movement conference.
Turkish Air Flight TK 0630 enroute to the Heydar Aliyev Airport in Baku via Istanbul, Turkey, is ready for boarding. The six and a half (6:30) hour flight to Istanbul and the two and a half hours (2h 30 minutes) subsequent trip to Baku, Azerbaijan were both very smooth and trouble free inspite of the nearly six hours transit wait at Istanbul.
Arrival and Visa Self Service
At about 15:30 hours local time in Baku (11:30am in Ghana) on the 22nd of October 2019, the team of three journalists arrived in Baku. Upon disembarking, we were confronted with a self-service free visa-on-arrival automated system. After scanning my passport and keying in all information demanded by the digital system, I got my visa print out and a soft copy delivered to my email in real time. I proceeded to assist my two other colleagues to obtain same. The team thus proceeded to boarder agency where we were cleared and admitted into Baku.
Off to the Hotel
An assigned embassy official, already stationed at the airport, promptly identified us and ushered the team out of the airport to begin out 30-minute journey from the airport to the Boulevard Hotel.
The Blend of Old and New
Our drive from the airport in one old traditional taxi and another modern Toyota vehicle quickly registered in my mind how that the Azerbaijani people make do with both their tradition and trendy worldwide as well. It was therefore not surprising to see how the architecture of the City of Baku reflects both the old and new era of building construction.
The efficiency of the Azerbaijani people will quickly come to play by virtue of the speed and enthusiasm with which they assisted us to get our bags into the hotel lobby. As if that was not enough, our media accreditation tags had already been printed and all they were waiting for was our arrival to deliver same. Even though there were a few issues with the hotel reservation made on behalf of the team, the issues were resolved after a few hours of consultations and our rooms were allotted to us. The team settled in, effectively bringing day one to a close.
The Ministerial Meeting
As a prelude to the meeting of the NAM Heads of State, Ministers and Foreign Affairs officials from all member states met ahead of the formal engagements to prepare the way for the Heads of State meeting. Madam Mavis Esi Kusorgbor, the Director of the Multilateral Bureau at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Daniel Okaiteye, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations (UN), led the Ghanaian team at the meeting.
Arrival of the President
Ahead of the NAM conference, President Akufo Addo was in Sochi, Russia where he attended the first ever Russia – Africa Summit. The President thus departed the black sea city of Sochi enroute to Baku, Azerbaijan. Ever though the media team did not make it to the airport, we were made aware that the President Akufo Addo touched down in Baku AR about 23:00 hours local time in Baku, (19:00 GMT). The President and his entourage recessed into their hotel, bringing the 24th of October, 2019 to a successful end.
The NAM Conference
The over one hundred and ten Heads of State and Governments, from about 9am, started arriving at the conference venue (the Baku Congress Center) to a warm reception and photo session with the host, President of Azerbaijan IIham Aliyev.
The general debate of the 18th NAM Conference was on the theme, ‘Upholding the Bandung Principles to Ensure Concerted and Adequate Response to the Challenges of Contemporary World.’
In his address as the 11th speaker during the debate, President Akufo Addo, stated that the socio – economic transformation of Africa is likely to occur at any moment even though it had taken a lot of time for same to be achieved even after a successful liberation of the continent from colonial rule. President Akufo Addo indicated that he remains highly optimistic about the ability of the African continent to liberate itself economically.
In his address, the President noted that the successful struggle against colonialism and imperialism, one of the aims of the Bandung Principles that gave birth to the NAM, has been accomplished.
“An independent Africa, the beneficiary of the work of the conference, must always remain thankful for its intervention.
“But I have no doubt that the promoters of the conference wanted more than just to fulfill the dreams of political freedom and independence of the peoples. The promise implicit in the drive for liberation was that freedom will inspire the rapid enhancement of the quality of life of their people and banish the specter of mass poverty bequeathed to us in Africa by the long period of colonial exploration,” President Akufo Addo said.
He further said, “Alas that has still not happened for a variety of reasons, internal and external. Be that as it may, our generation has an opportunity to re-dedicate ourselves to guarantee the liberties and freedoms of our peoples and eradicate mass poverty in Africa.”
In registering his confidence in the ability of African to overcome its rather difficult economic crisis currently, President Akufo Addo reiterated the fact that he is an incurable optimist and that he believed in the continent’s capacity to achieve these ends.
“The socio-economic transformation of Africa is imminent, which would permit us to build a new progressive Africa on the values of freedom and justice and allow us to make our own unique contribution to the growth of world civilization. It is within reach if we in Africa work together,” President Akufo Addo opined.
The Non-Aligned Movement
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) was created and founded during the collapse of the colonial system and the independence struggles of the peoples of Africa, Asia, Latin America and other regions of the world and at the height of the Cold War. During the early days of the movement, its actions were a key factor in the decolonization process, which led later to the attainment of freedom and independence by many countries and peoples and to the founding of tens of new sovereign states. Throughout its history, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries has played a fundamental role in the preservation of world peace and security. The founders of NAM have preferred to declare it as a movement but not an organization in order to avoid bureaucratic implications of the latter.
Primary of Objectives of NAM
Thus, the primary objectives of the non-aligned countries focused on the support of self-determination, national independence and the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states; opposition to apartheid; non-adherence to multilateral military pacts and the independence of non-aligned countries from great power or block influences and rivalries; the struggle against imperialism in all its forms and manifestations; the struggle against colonialism, neocolonialism, racism, foreign occupation and domination; disarmament; non-interference into the internal affairs of states and peaceful coexistence among all nations; rejection of the use or threat of use of force in international relations; the strengthening of the United Nations; the democratization of international relations; socio-economic development and the restructuring of the international economic system; as well as international cooperation on an equal footing.
During its over 60 years of existence, the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries has gathered a growing number of states and liberation movements which, in spite of their ideological, political, economic, social and cultural diversity, have accepted its founding principles and primary objectives and shown their readiness to realize them. Historically, the non-aligned countries have shown their ability to overcome their differences and found a common ground for action that leads to mutual cooperation and the upholding of their shared values.
The Ten Principles of Bandung
The ten principles of Bandung are; respect of fundamental human rights and of the objectives and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, respect of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all nations, recognition of the equality among all races and of the equality among all nations, both large and small, non-intervention or non-interference into the internal affairs of another -country and respect of the right of every nation to defend itself, either individually or collectively, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations. The rest are, non-use of collective defense pacts to benefit the specific interests of any of the great powers, as well as non-use of pressures by any country against other countries, refraining from carrying out or threatening to carry out aggression, or from using force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any country, peaceful solution of all international conflicts in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations, promotion of mutual interests and of cooperation and respect of justice and of international obligations.
After the first day of debate, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, IIham Aliyev, hosted all his guest to an official dinner at the Heydar Aliyev Center. The first day of the two day conference slowly grinded to a halt with this event.
The President Departs
At about 14:00 hours Baku time, President Akufo Addo departed his hotel in the company of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, and other members of his team to the Heydar Aliyev airport back to Ghana.
Time to Explore
Having successfully seen the President off, it was time to experience the city of Baku as much as was possible with the time left before the departure of the team.
The Burning Mountain
Yanar Dag (Azerbaijani: Yanar Dağ, meaning “burning mountain”) is a natural gas fire which blazes continuously on a hillside on the Absheron Peninsula on the Caspian Sea near Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan (a country which itself is known as “the Land of Fire”). Flames jet into the air 3 metres (9.8ft) from a thin, porous sandstone layer. Administratively, Yanar Dag belongs to Absheron District of Azerbaijan.
Unlike mud volcanoes, the Yanar Dag flame burns fairly steadily, as it involves a steady seep of gas from the subsurface. It is claimed that the Yanar Dag flame was only noted when accidentally lit by a shepherd in the 1950s. There is no seepage of mud or liquid, which distinguishes it from the nearby mud volcanoes of Lomb at anor Gobustan.
The territory of Yanar Dag, State Historical-Cultural and Natural Reserve was established by the Presidential decree dated 2nd May, 2007, which operates under the control of the State Tourism Agency of Azerbaijan. After major hauling between 2017 – 2019, Yanar dag Museum and Yanar dag Cromlech Stone Exhibition were launched in the area of the Reserve.
Love for Wood
I just couldn’t help but take note of the usual public facilities that are made of wood. From chairs in the park way and hotel lobby to lighting facilities in the city as well as in the hotel restaurant, it was obvious that the Azerbaijani people have a deep love for and a special attachment to wood products.
Under Bridge Road Crossings
As part of the Architectural design of the city of Baku, road crossings in the heart of the city are built underground. The underground facilities are fitted with escalators to aid quick access to same. Road accidents resulting from pedestrian road crossing are almost nonexistent.
Wi-Fi in the Park
As part of efforts aimed at boosting domestic tourism, the city managers have provided free Wi-Fi to persons visiting the city park for recreational purposes. City managers of Accra perhaps need to take a cue from this Baku principle I guess, if they so desire to boost domestic tourism in Ghana.
Facing the Sea
It is obvious that the city of Baku has been undergoing some major reconstruction to reflect a modern outlook ahead of the very much anticipated Azerbaijan Expo 2025. As part of this re-engineering of the city Baku, the city planners have decided to turn the sea to face the only water body in their region, the Caspian Sea instead of turning its back to the largest lake in the world. Ghana unlike Azerbaijan is blessed with over 450 kilometre coastline (The Atlantic Ocean), are the city planners of Accra, Cape Coast, Ho and Takoradi. Who is willing to give consideration to turning our cities on the coastline to face the beautiful Atlantic Ocean? Ghana stands to be the ultimate beneficiary with such a policy if you ask me.
Photo Request on the Streets of Baku
While on an hour walk along one of the principal streets of the city of Baku, the team was pleasantly surprised at the several requests by both young and old to take pictures with the “Black Caucus” roaming their streets. It was interesting to hear from some Azerbaijanis that we were the first ever blacks they had met.
Even though Azerbaijan is in a hurry to catch up with the modern world, there clearly still exist the rural Azerbaijan. During my road trip to the “burning mountain”, I captured one such area.
Uber in Baku
Uber has become an international phenomenon and it was not any surprise to note the services of same in Baku. What was different though was the fact that every Uber vehicle was branded in the city. Obviously, the authorities in Azerbaijan have decided not to subscribe to the international transportation service blindly.
In a country where the three most controversial religions in the world (Christianity, Judaism and Islam), are all practiced through their churches, synagogues and mosques, it was very refreshing to know that the three dwell together in perfect harmony. What a pleasant world we would have if the rest of the world would emulate this Azerbaijanis blessing.
As I interacted with a few people who could express themselves in English in Baku, I noticed that as a country, Azerbaijan is on a collision course to do away with everything Russian and to embrace fully the Azerbaijanis heritage after gaining independence from Russia control. It turns out that the current generation of young people are prevented from learning and studying in the Russian language. So the older generation can speak both Russia and the Azerbaijan language but the younger generation are made to speak only the Azerbaijan tongue. If this agenda goes according to plan, in a few years, no one will be able to speak Russian in Azerbaijan.
The food Fact
Food is certainly a religion in Azerbaijan. From a variety of baked bread, to vegetables and real grilled meat, the peoples of Azerbaijan love their food.
The “Land of Fire”, Azerbaijan is surely on fire and as long as the burning mountain continues to burn, the quest of the European/Asian state to stand up and be counted amongst the world’s greatest will be pursued unabated. The Gold Coast, Ghana, our beloved Republic, must as a matter of urgency set her own fire. Let’s set fire on all the mountains hindering our progress and let’s allow the perpetual flame of the black star of Africa to burn afresh in our hearts. The travelogue takes a bow for now while we yet await the destination.