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China Road and Bridge Cooperation Starts an Urban Road Upgrading Project in Kigali

Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Rao Hongwei (C, Front), Mayor of Kigali Nyamulinda Pascal (2nd L) and other Rwandan officials visit an urban road upgrading project carried out by a Chinese company in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, on May 2, 2017. China Road and Bridge Cooperation (CRBC) has started an urban road upgrading project in Kigali, which is expected to improve the overall traffic situation in Kigali and the landlocked country. (Xinhua/Lyu Tianran)

KIGALI, May 2 (Xinhua) -- China Road and Bridge Cooperation(CRBC) has started an urban road upgrading project in Rwanda's capital city Kigali, which is expected to improve the overall traffic situation in Kigali and the landlocked country.

The 54.56 kilometers road upgrading project, invested by China Export-Import Bank in form of preferential loan, will effectively enhance the road traffic capacity in the urban areas of Kigali, facilitate the local residents to travel, promote the development of tourism, so as to promote the development of the local economy.

Kigali is growing fast with many people coming into the city, the road upgrading project is being built for the perspective of making Rwanda's roads wider to meet the needs of growing population, Mayor of Kigali Nyamulinda Pascal told Xinhua Tuesday after visiting the site, adding that he is happy that the Chinese company is doing a good job and the progress of the project is good.

Kigali's City Engineer Nkurunziza Alphonse told Xinhua that this project will improve traffic and other conditions of the city's central business district, employment, public transport and etc. He also said the work is going very well.

Pascal, Alphonse, Director General of Rwanda Transport Development Agency Guy M. Kalisa and other Rwandan officials on Tuesday jointly visited the project, accompanied by Chinese ambassador to Rwanda Rao Hongwei.

CRBC will deliver a good road to the city and has taken measures to ensure that the project will be finished on time and with good quality, according to Li Jianbo, Director General of CRBC Kigali Office.

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), one of the four large state-owned companies in China which earliest entered the international project contracting market, mainly focuses on the contracting of such projects as roads, bridges, ports, railways, airports, tunnels, water conservancy projects, municipal works and dredging works both at home and abroad. Meanwhile, its business scope also covers investment, industrial development, trade, leasing as well as services. With more than 50 branches and offices in over 50 countries and regions in Asia, Africa, Europe and America, CRBC has established an efficient and rapid operation and development management network. Now, it is an important carrier, window and platform of CCCC’s overseas businesses.

Growing out of the Foreign Aid Office of the Ministry of Communications of China, CRBC has been undertaking overseas projects aided and financed by Chinese government since 1958. In 1979, CRBC was formally established and entered the international project contracting market. It became a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) after a major corporate restructuring in 2005. As one of CCCC’s leading companies engaged in overseas business, CRBC has successfully completed a number of highly acclaimed landmark projects, some of which have won domestic and international awards. CRBC, now a well-known brand in the international project contracting field, is enjoying a high reputation worldwide.

CRBC has been rooted in Rwanda 43 years, the company's first project in Rwanda is Kigali-Rusumo road of 160 kilometers long and has been completed for 40 years which is still in good condition and has maintained the reputation of "African Model Road".

CRBC was awarded Engineering Quality Award by the city in March for another urban road upgrading project of Kigali, which also presented the company Distinguished Contribution to the Beautification of Kigali City in 2010.
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