By Bukola Ogunsina, Sichuan Province, China
The Vice President of Dongfang electrical corporation (DEC), Hu Weidong, has said that Africa ought to focus on power and transport to drive its economy. This he said while hosting African journalists participating at the 2017 China Africa Press Centre (CAPC) at its headquarters situated in Chengdu.
“If your economy wants to take off you need power and transport,” the Vice President of the government owned company said, while adding that Africa was the heartland of the world in the future.
“I think African countries should make full use of the policies given by the Chinese government as well as the bank loans.” According to the Project Manager, Thermal Power Division I, DEC, Mei Yong, DEC is poised to visit Nigeria later this year 2017, as it views the country as a potential solar energy partner. Queried on how environment friendly coal source energy is, he noted that coal energy emission by the company was close to zero emission, and 70 percent of China is coal source.
The Director General, Department of Publicity and Communication DEC, Ms Yan Haiyong said that the company had presence in Africa. In Ethiopia it manufactured the Gibe Hydro Power Project, in Zambia, the thermal Power Plant while in Egypt it constructed the clean coal Power Plant. The company has over 100 projects in 20 countries along the Belt and Road valued at 12 million US dollars. “We hope to visit your country in the future to strengthen the relationship,” she concluded.
DEC has achieved power production generation of over 40,000 MW in areas of hydro (water), thermal, nuclear, wind. It also enjoys domestic markets one third in thermal power and two fifths in hydro power. The company, established in 1958, is also involved in construction and manufacture.
Similarly, China Railway No. 2 Engineering Group Co., Ltd (CREGC), awarded the Luban prize known as the highest construction prize in China has assisted Africa to facilitate transportation in countries like Ethiopia and Rwanda among others. In terms of infrastructure, the company built the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria. CREGC is also responsible for the Rwanda railway project among others.
A senior official of CREGC, Cui Hongli explained that the company also directly and indirectly created jobs hiring locals on site. “China has been more involved in works in Africa and currently participates in projects, taking local responsibilities, providing welfare.”
The General Manager of the company’s international department, Rao Huamin added that CRECG has made great contributions towards Sino-Africa relations focusing exclusively on railways and providing construction work of infrastructure. After the BRI it is making West Africa a focus.
On his part, the Counselor of Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Liu Yutong noted, “CRECG is a company with a good long term traditional history with many great historical projects in Africa and in China with historic achievements.”