Hon Mi- nority Leader, I thought he told us that, it is a name, ZTE Corporation of China. That is the name of the company. So, let us get somebody to second the presentation of the Report, then we look at it. When we subject it to debate, these matters could be addressed.
Ranking Member of the Committee (Mr Kennedy O. Agyapong): Mr Speak- er, I beg to second the Motion but with reservations. Why I have a reservation is because when you look at the Report, page 7, paragraph 7.2 “Indemnification” “Indemnification”
“The Committee observed that the
indemnification by Purchaser as per article 37(2) of the Contract does not, in any way, favuor the Purchaser (Government of Ghana) but is fully skewed to favour only the Contractor. The Purchaser shall pay all the costs, expenses and rea- sonable attorneys' fees incurred by the Contractor in connection with any defence, unless the Contractor chooses to defend itself. The rec- ommendation, therefore, is that it must either be modified accordingly or deleted altogether.”
Mr Speaker, we do not have any docu- ment here indicating that they have deleted that and it is very serious.
So, I would recommend or ask permis- sion from the Hon Minister to explain to us if this has been captured. Indeed, if it has been captured, it is not before the House and we do not have any information on that. Secondly, we are seeking the interest of Government, so, we would want the Hon Minister to give us explanation, if indeed, they have captured it.
I would want to be on record, that we are Members of Parliament, representing the interest of this country. Therefore, I would plead with the Hon Minister to do his due diligence better. This is because, we do not want any excuses whatsoever. I am saying that because this particular company has a bad record. I have to speak the truth.
If you go to Philippines, a contract that was US$120 million was increased to US$330 million; and because of that, as I speak, the President's wife is under house arrest. When you go to Mongolia, a simi- lar thing happened. Africa, that is Kenya, this same company had a problem there. And in Lusaka, Members of Parliament
voted against whatever loan agreement they were signing.
So, I am cautioning the Hon Minister, with all due respect, to do his due diligence well. He should check his facts, so that next time, he does not come to tell us that, he has a problem with the company.
With these reservations made, I beg to second the Motion.