“Good Deeds Are the Best Name Card”: CFMCC’s Philosophy in Aiding Foreign Countries
Nowadays, Chinese workers and constructors have been playing a major role in the world’s construction industry. CFMCC (China First Metallurgical Group Co., Ltd.), a Hubeibased company, is a pioneer in developing the overseas construction market as well as one of the first corporations dealing in global business.
The company has engaged in hundreds of projects in more than 20 countries and regions in Asia, Africa, Europe, and America, covering such fields as metallurgy, building construction, energy, construction materials, infrastructure, and steel-work.
Representative projects of
CFMCC include: Mohakhali Flyover, the first flyover in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh; the 300-MW Photovoltaic Power Generation Project in Pakistan, the world’s largest operational single site solar project; the Kuwait Jaber Al Ahmed, N2 Housing Project; Kempinski Hotel & Residences in Malaysia, with a height of 306 meters; the world’s 2nd largest municipal solid waste incineration power plant project in Vietnam.
All these projects represent international friendship and Sinoforeign collaboration. CFMCC’s efforts and contributions have been praised by local people, for these projects will provide longlasting convenience in their life. CFMCC is committed to its works sincerely, paying attention to the communication and mutual respect between workers from different cultural backgrounds, thus exploring its own way in providing foreign aid.
Communicating with Mutual Respect
CFMCC is always giving priority to local public welfare, and promotes its construction with good intentions. The company maintains that the mutual understanding between the constructors and the local people is the key to its development. Therefore, CFMCC pays special attention to local customs and cultures, and gains support and respect from the locals.
Photovoltaic Power Generation Project is located in a deserted area of Punjab Province. When the Chinese workers learned that their Pakistani colleagues had no place to practice their religious activities as the only mosque in the area had been abandoned, they set up a special team to repair the mosque for Muslims to worship in. It was widely welcomed by CFMCC’s Muslim staff, the local security personnel, and the villagers.
CFMCC’s Kuwaiti New City Project, which covered 1475 villas in 11 respective districts, was later honored with the China Construction Engineering Luban Award, the highest reward for the construction industry in China. It was constructed by the joint efforts of employees from 8 countries including North Korea, Pakistan, and Greece, which were nicknamed the “UN Corps of Construction Workers.” Their effective and and efficient cooperation resulted from the company’s respect for the customs and culture of each person. During the period of construction, when the North Korean workers needed to mourn their late national leader, the project department built a mourning hall for them. When Muslims needed a place for Wudhu and Ghusl, the company drilled a deep well to meet their needs. Moreover, the company set up shelters, provided cold drinks (such as Chinese plum drink), and performed many other detailed works that brought the “multinational force” mutual respect and harmony.
In March of 2017, CFMCC’s branch in Malaysia held a series of public charity activities together with the local universities in order to help the disabled. In December of 2018, CFMCC’s branch in Cambodia organized an activity to visit the Cambodian Central Orphanage, sending schoolbags, school supplies and books to the children. In November of 2019, CFMCC’s branch in Vietnam and local volunteers visited the widowed elders in Hanoi and
Shoshan County, helping them by cleaning up their houses and denoting daily necessities to them. In early 2020, during the COVID-19 epidemic, the branches of CFMCC in 8 countries organized both Chinese and foreign staff to donate money and materials for the regions in need, in order to jointly build a “Community with a Shared Future for Mankind.”
Heartwarming with Cultural Integration
The cultures of all countries in the world shall learn from each other in the course of their development, and cultural integration is a result of such development. Being aware that all cultures are equally valuable, CFMCC attaches great importance to helping its Chinese staff understand foreign cultures, while helping the foreign employees get familiar with Chinese culture so as to increase their commitment and loyalty and develop their sense of belonging to the company.
In February of 2017, for the first time, five representatives of outstanding foreign employees were invited to attend the annual commendation conference at the CFMCC headquarters in Wuhan. These employees said that it was a valuable experience in their lives, and that they were excited and proud to accept their awards.
Later, they strolled along the beautiful river bank of Wuhan, visited the Yellow Crane Tower, one of the three most famous towers in China, enjoyed the breathtaking views in the three towns of Wuhan, and marveled at the mighty Yangtze River rushing eastward. They also visited the world-famous Wuhan East Lake Greenway, rode the bicycles, and viewed the scenes of “The Chicago of the East.” Traveling through the multicultural Han Street and watching an exceptional performance directed by foreign artists, they understood Wuhan’s international flavor and China’s spirit of cultural inclusiveness.
Every year when the Spring Festival and the Lantern Festival came, the Chinese staff would invite their foreign colleagues to celebrate the festival together by having a dinner, making dumplings, watching a Spring Gala, figuring out the lantern riddles, eating rice glue balls, and giving red envelopes.
CFMCC was the birthplace of Chinese industrial engraving art, which has been part of the company’s long-kept tradition. This unique art form presents the beauty of steel structures and industrial strength, and provides a channel for foreign employees to understand the company culture. At the end of January 2018, when four foreign employees and two Zimbabwean interns came to Wuhan to visit and study CFMCC’s industrial engraving art, they were amazed at the company’s profound cultural heritage.
In 2016, CFMCC Overseas established its first “Chinese and
EPC Contract signing ceremony between CFMCC and ZTE Energy for the 300-MW photovoltaic power station中国一冶与中兴能源300MW 光伏电站 EPC合同签订仪式
Foreign employees enjoy CFMCC Spring Festival Gala 2018外籍员工参加中国一冶 2018 年春晚
R. K. Singh, an Indian employee of CFMCC, experiences Chinese Peking Opera印度员工辛格体验中国京剧文化