Sata misses another presidents’ meeting

Sata misses another presidents’ meeting

Just last week, president Micheal Sata absconded from the African Union Summit in Ethiopia despite having comfirmed that he would attend.

Barely a week later, Sata has missed another meeting of presidents in China.

Most Africa president  like Jacob Zuma and Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema are currently in China attending  the fifth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation.

President Sata had confirmed attendance of the meeting which opened today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing but instead Sata sneaked into Zambian Thursday morning from some country.

Last week, when Sata was supposed to travel to Ethiopia, he left the country supposedly for UK.

Meanwhile, at the meeting with Sata has missed China has pledged $20 billion in new loans to Africa over the next three years to help development projects on the resource-rich continent.

Chinese President Hu Jintao announced the loan offer Thursday at the opening of a summit with African leaders in Beijing.

Hu said the funding would support agriculture, manufacturing and the development of small businesses in Africa.

The $20 billion figure is double the amount China offered at the last Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, which was held in 2009.

Trade between China and African countries has surged as Beijing looked for resources to fuel its economic boom, reaching a record $166 billion last year.

Critics of China’s dealings in Africa have expressed concerns about labor abuses and what they say is an unequal partnership between an emerging economy and poorer nations.

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