Hold­ing Hands with Rwanda

Chi­nese en­ter­prises have won trust by achiev­ing win-win de­vel­op­ment in Rwanda.

China Pictorial (English) - - Contents - Text by Wang Lei

In Rwanda, qual­ity roads and city land­marks con­structed with the as­sis­tance of China or built by Chi­nese en­ter­prises can be seen ev­ery­where. Chi­nese en­ter­prises have el­e­vated the lo­cal in­fras­truc­ture, im­proved the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment and liv­ing con­di­tions, cre­ated jobs for lo­cals, cul­ti­vated a group of pro­fes­sion­als and spear­headed sci­en­tific man­age­ment modes in the African coun­try.

Con­struc­tion Aid to New Vi­sion

Li Jianbo, gen­eral man­ager of the Rwanda of­fice of China Road and Bridge Cor­po­ra­tion (CRBC), has lived in Rwanda for more than 20 years. He calls him­self a “Rwan­dan lo­cal” and has de­vel­oped great at­tach­ment to this land.

In Ki­gali, the cap­i­tal and largest city of Rwanda, Li is most proud of the Crbc-built roads. Over the past four decades, his com­pany has been con­tracted to build 26 projects. The cu­mu­la­tive length of roads

con­structed by CRBC ex­ceeds 1,200 kilo­me­ters, ac­count­ing for nearly 70 per­cent of Rwanda’s to­tal.

A prime ex­am­ple is the 160-kilo­me­ter Ki­gali-rusumo road, which was built in 1974. To­day, the road re­mains in good con­di­tion and has main­tained its rep­u­ta­tion as a “Model African Road.” CRBC also re­ceived Rwanda’s Engi­neer­ing Qual­ity Award and Dis­tin­guished Con­tri­bu­tion to the Beau­ti­fi­ca­tion of Ki­gali City award for a 36-kilo­me­ter-long ur­ban road up­grade project in Ki­gali.

China Civil Engi­neer­ing Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion (CCECC) ar­rived in Rwanda in 1983 with a project to build Ama­horo Na­tional Sta­dium, a ma­jor sports venue. To­day, this sta­dium re­mains the top choice in the coun­try to host im­por­tant sport­ing and other ma­jor events. Abun­dant ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies from China have been em­ployed by CCECC in its work. For ex­am­ple, the 20-story Ki­gali City Tower, a city land­mark in which the lo­cals take pride, was com­pleted with a num­ber of ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies. Wang Lei, gen­eral man­ager of CCECC Rwanda of­fice, tal­lies 30 projects un­der­taken since the com­pany en­tered the Rwan­dan mar­ket.

Ar­rival to In­te­gra­tion

Gifted with ex­cel­lent public se­cu­rity, good man­age­ment, and a pleas­ant en­vi­ron­ment, Rwanda has at­tracted an in­creas­ing num­ber of Chi­nese en­ter­prises, in­clud­ing STECOL Cor­po­ra­tion.

Chen Wuqing was dis­patched to Africa by STECOL in 2004 to over­see the cor­po­ra­tion’s engi­neer­ing projects in Kenya. In 2013, the cor­po­ra­tion be­gan work­ing on the se­cond-phase of an in­fras­truc­ture project in Ki­gali Spe­cial Eco­nomic Zone and has since been ac­tive in Rwanda.

“Be­cause most parts of Rwanda are moun­tain­ous, the lo­cals are used to meet­ing their own needs,” ex­plains Chen. “Al­most ev­ery­one is a ma­son, and they build their own houses.

A panoramic view of Ki­gali, cap­i­tal of Rwanda. In the dis­tance is Vi­sion City, a hous­ing de­vel­op­ment project in the Rwan­dan cap­i­tal built by China Civil Engi­neer­ing Con­struc­tion Cor­po­ra­tion. The name of the hous­ing project hear­kens to the Rwan­dan gov­ern­ment’s great ex­pec­ta­tions for na­tional de­vel­op­ment. VCG

June 28, 2018: Lo­cals per­form a dance at the launch cer­e­mony of a dig­i­tal satel­lite TV project from China to aid Africa in Mu­sanze, north­ern Rwanda. This project, mainly im­ple­mented by Star­times, has provided dig­i­tal tele­vi­sion sig­nal to 10,112 vil­lages in 25 African coun­tries since it kicked off in Au­gust 2017. cour­tesy of Star­times Group

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