Accra, Ghana — The West African Republic of Ghana will later this month receive four patrol boats from China’s State-owned defense manufacturing company Poly Technologies headquartered in Beijing as part of a military cooperation deal between the two countries. China has also offered the Ghana Armed Forces a $7.5 million assistance package.
In November 2016, China donated $3 million worth of equipment including four naval patrol boats, machine guns, rifles and ammunition to Ghana. Six Chinese instructors will train Ghanaian personnel in their operation. Deliveries will take place later this month.
On 13 July Chinese ambassador to Ghana Sun Baohong and defense minister Dominic Nitiwul signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the country’s defense ties. China also offered $7.5 million in military assistance to Ghana. The MoU was signed at the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) headquarters in Accra.
“The biggest problem with us is that, the navy is down with boats so our coastline is not as rigorously guarded as we have wished especially the eastern sides. So we appealed to them and they decided to help us with boats,” Nitiwul said. “By this month, the patrol boats will be here and then they will be sending six people to train our navy on the usage of the patrol boats.”
Baohong said the MoU underlined her country’s commitment to enhance bilateral security ties through the provision of financial aid and logistics to turn the GAF into a viable regional and international peacekeeping force. “We need to implement the follow-up actions of this visit and the MoU is the first step in fulfilling that promise,” she said.
Ghana will also benefit from 28 full scholarships in which selected military officers will be sent to China to study subjects that include security and defense. The beneficiaries will be drawn from the navy, army and the air force. Separately, China has pledged a further 100 Million Chinese Yuan to train and equip the Ghana Police Service.
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