Avic hails State

Daily Nation Newspaper - - FRONT PAGE - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

AVIC In­ter­na­tional Pro­ject En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany has praised Gov­ern­ment for mak­ing a wise de­ci­sion to im­ple­ment the Lusaka 400 Ur­ban Road Up­grad­ing Pro­ject. Com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lei Yingqi says Avic has com­pleted 90 per­cent of the pro­ject’s sec­ond phase, which is about 500 kilo­me­tres and worth US$600 mil­lion. Mr. Lei said this in Lusaka yes­ter­day when he of­fi­ci­ated at the com­pany’s lo­cal staff pro­fes­sional skills com­pe­ti­tion aimed at im­prov­ing em­ploy­ees’ zeal un­der the L400 (II) pro­ject. The con­test was fur­ther aimed at en­cour­ag­ing the work­ers to im­prove their pro­fes­sional work­ing skills and en­hanc­ing re­la­tions among them. “Avic In­ter­na­tional acts as a main con­trac­tor im­ple­ment­ing the whole de­sign and con­struc­tion work. Dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod we fol­low up the gov­ern­ment’s in­struc­tion to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties to the lo­cals as much as we can. “So far the num­ber of our lo­cal em­ploy­ees is around 1,500. We have also sub-con­tracted the works to around 50 lo­cal small and medium con­trac­tors. The tech­ni­cal knowhow, dis­ci­pline and hard­work­ing men­tal­i­ties are be­ing trans­ferred to our fel­low lo­cal mates. The high stan­dards of the roads are the best an­swer to all the ef­forts Avic has made,” Mr. Lei said. He was happy to see lo­cal em­ploy­ees ben­e­fit from the pro­ject and the com­pany’s skills trans­fer pol­icy, adding that train­ing and trans­fer­ring skills to oth­ers is the work­ers’ so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity. He said Zam­bia and China have close co­op­er­a­tion in the ta­lent train­ing pro­gram, which has seen a num­ber of ben­e­fi­cia­ries have chance to study and train in China. “More Chi­nese engi­neers and tech­ni­cians are sent to Africa to train the ma­jor­ity in dif­fer­ent fields… there will be more chances and pro­grams to be ar­ranged and con­ducted in the ta­lent train­ing. Ev­ery­one should be part of the pro­gram.

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