… Heads of states and government summit successful
MASERU – Prime Minister Motsoahae Thabane says the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in the People’s Republic of China for heads of States and governments in Africa was a resounding success.
Dr Thabane told the press conference held in Maseru on Tuesday that amongst the top and favourable issues to Lesotho, the meeting agreed on two main declarations; Beijing Declaration and Action Plan for 2019/2021.
“The Beijing Declaration is where China led by President Xi Jinping, vows to support Lesotho in the areas of global society and protection of environment amongst others. The Action Plan covers issues of strengthening agriculture and food security as well as quality health,” he explained.
He said the Chinese president commended Lesotho for supporting the one China policy. “This is to say that there is only one China not what the Taiwan were advocating for,” he stressed.
Dr Thabane disclosed that as a result of good relationship, Lesotho is due to receive grants and loans from China with M300 million to be allocated to deserving projects, rice worth M50 million and M60 million for food related issues through the World Food Programme (WFP).
He added: “Furthermore, the President of China also pledged cancelations of debt and providing some free loans to African Countries.”
He said China also promised to continue with its developmental projects in Lesotho such as construction of road from Ha Mpiti to Sehlabathebe and construction of the Maseru District Hospital. He therefore appealed to relevant government departments to actively ensure successful implementation of these projects.
According to the Development Planning Minister, Tlohelang Aumane, the cancellation of debts signals good relations between Lesotho and China as well as other involved African states. “In addition, it is also an indication that China wants to carry out its government plans on a clean page,” he added.
While in China, Prime Minister Thabane and his entourage performed the laying of wreaths to cemeteries of Chinese people who died fighting for their freedom, visited the country’s television known as the Star line and the Great Wall.
“I have also asked President Jinping to consider visiting Lesotho at his convenient time,” said Prime Minister Thabane.
Prime Minister Thabane and his delegation arrived back home on Monday following a week’s business trip that also involved meeting with prospects investors.