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while not getting nearly enough media attention, China is helping develop African countries by constructing massive railways, new "mega cities" and constructing ports.
these projects will help bring prosperity to the people of these African countries.
I will post some of the major projects we have going in these places.
 
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www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-05/13/c_137175965.htm
Mozambique's Maputo Bridge project.
MAPUTO, May 13 (Xinhua) -- The southern African nation Mozambique is set to launch in June the Chinese-built Maputo Bridge and Link Roads, a project that will become the nation's key international passageway linking southward to South Africa.

The following are some key facts about the landmark project:

-- The project of Maputo Bridge and Link Roads is built by the China Road and Bridge Corporation and designed and implemented with Chinese standard.

-- It serves as the arterial highway that will directly link capital city Maputo to the border of South Africa. It includes north link road, north approach bridge, main bridge, south approach bridge and south link road, with a total length of 187 km.

The main span of the twin-tower suspension bridge extends 680 meters over the Maputo Bay of the Indian Ocean and links to the outlying district of Katembe. The elevation of the tower top is 141.2 meters and the navigation clearance is 60 meters.

-- The bridge is bi-directional and has four lanes. The design speed is 80km/h, and the bridge is only for vehicles' passing.

-- Construction of the project, with a contract period of four years, started on June 6, 2014. The project is scheduled to be launched on June 25, Mozambique's Independence Day.

-- The contract amount is 785.8 million U.S. dollars, with 95 percent of the funding provided by China through preferential and buyers' loans.
The project has created over 20,000 jobs, both full-time and part-time, for the locals since the project commenced. Currently, the project still hires 3,788 local people compared to a Chinese staff team of 467.

-- CRBC also trained over 5,000 locals for various job posts required for the project, including welding, steel bending, and machinery operation.

-- The bridge is expected to significantly ease passenger and cargo transport between Mozambique and South Africa, boosting trade and tourism development. It will also drive the economic development of various sectors in the underdeveloped Katembe district, including land development, commercial services, logistics, and modern industries.
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www.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-12/24/c_135930199.htm
The Nigerian Lagos-Calabar Coastal Railway
AGOS, Dec. 24 (Xinhua) -- The rehabilitation of old railway lines and completion of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Rail line are a focus of the federal government, Minister of Transportation said on Saturday.

In a statement made available to Xinhua, minister Rotimi Amaechi said the rehabilitation of the old railway lines of Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri and ensuring that the construction of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Rail line is completed within the specified time remain its target.

According to him, the government is determined to ensure that works on Lagos-Kano Rail line commence in earnest to facilitate the movement of goods and passengers unhindered.

"The construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Coastal Rail line will commence in January 2017," he added.

The transport minister said President Muhammadu Buhari is eager to reflate the economy and deliver to the people the gains of his administration.

Amaechi said one of the core mandates of the present administration is to fulfill the needs and aspirations of Nigerians, adding that government would ensure it achieve its promises.

On the issue of the National Fleet for the maritime sector, the minister said government had gone far in attracting interested investors.

He said the government is mindful of the provision of the law which stipulates 60 percent for local investors and 40 percent for foreign investors.
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The Projected Egyptian Capital city
With 700 sqkm of desert being roped off for the new capital—a vast inhabited stretch of sand nearly the size of New York City—the city is expected to require USD45 billion to get off the ground and will include smart villages, 1,000 mosques, and an Indian-financed medical center and university.
Work has already begun on the first 210km of roads. As yet unnamed, the city's first phase is slated for completion by 2020.
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Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway
Ethiopia just unveiled the even more ambitious USD4 billion Chinese-built-and-financed 756km Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway.
It connects the country's heartland capital of Addis Ababa (elevation: 2,355m) to the nearest natural sea port in neighboring Djibouti on the Red Sea.
Essentially the same route as the original French-built line—completed in 1917 but inoperable as of 2009—it is the first electrified cross-border rail system in Africa, not to mention a vital access point to the sea for the landlocked country.
After all, 90% of goods entering Ethiopia pass through the ex-French colony of Djibouti, all of which have come by road since the rail's closure in 2009.
However important the new rail, it represents but a fraction of Chinese projects in the country and its immediate hinterland.
In addition to building Addis Ababa's USD475 million light-rail system and the African Union's new Ethiopia-based headquarters for USD200 million, the Addis-Djibouti line comes just in time for what is arguably Beijing's most significant post-Vietnam foreign adventure to date: the June 2017 opening of its first foreign military base, a 90-acre naval facility that will house up to 10,000 Chinese soldiers in Djibouti, just down the road from the new train terminus.
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Zambia's new copperbelt airport project
missioning of works to construct a new international airport in Zambia's Ndola city in the Copperbelt Province recently goes to exemplify Chinese efforts to help Zambia's infrastructure development drive.

The 397 million U.S. dollars project, being undertaken by Chinese contractor AVIC International and funded by the Export and Import Bank of China, is but one among other projects China has funded as Zambia rolls out its infrastructure projects.

The new airport will not only boost the economic prospect of the province but also add to the improvement in the country's infrastructure landscape.

The project, to be completed within three years, involves a 12,000 square meter modern terminal building, a 3.5 kilometer runway, cargo terminal as well as a hotel.

"I am sure that the new airport will significantly improve traffic connections of the Copperbelt both within Zambia and with Zambia's neighboring countries, thus promote more trade exchanges, attract more foreign investment, and increase flow of goods and personnel," Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said in remarks delivered during the launch of construction works in June this year.

His comments have been supported by Zambian President Edgar Lungu who feels that the project will result in the creation of jobs in the province and boost the economic prospect of not only the province but the entire country as a whole.

According to him, around 3,000 jobs will be created during the project's construction, and 5,000 jobs are expected to be created once the project is completed.

The Zambian leader noted that his government has prioritized infrastructure development because no development could take place without good infrastructure.

"Government has prioritized transport and communication because it is critical for development. For us to diversify the economy, we must construct infrastructure necessary for the level of develop we envision," he said.

Infrastructure development has been at the core of Zambia's development agenda since 2011 when the Patriotic Front (PF) came into power after winning the elections, and there is no doubt that the Chinese government and enterprises have been playing an important role in driving the agenda.

In another case, the expansion project at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the country's capital is underway with funding support from China. The project is expected to be completed by 2019.

According to Mweembe Sikaulu, spokesperson of the Zambia Airports Corporation, the country's biggest airport would have a new international terminal, air traffic control tower, rescue and fire services as well as two hotels within the airport.

The 360 million dollars Chinese-funded project will result in an improvement in passenger-handling capacity from the current two million to six million passengers.
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Kigamboni bridge project in Tanzania

Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Tuesday inaugurated a 135 million US dollar Kigamboni Bridge built by Chinese in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, saying the bridge will contribute to the country's economic growth.

"The Chinese contractors have done a good job," Magufuli told the Chinese ambassador to Tanzania, Lu Youqing.

The President thanked China for the excellent job done by China Railway Construction Engineering Group (CRCEG) in a joint venture with China Railway Major Bridge Group (CRMBG).

The CRCEG/CRMBG project manager, Zhang Bangxu, said they employed over 5,000 Tanzanians as local foremen and technicians who have gained on-job experience.

"They can now be able to manage projects of similar proportions," said Zhang, adding that the construction of the bridge has given CRCEG and CRMBG credibility to undertake other construction works in the east African nation.

The 680 meter-long bridge, the first of its kind in east and central Africa, connects Dar es Salaam's business district to Kigamboni creek.

The bridge, measured 32 meters in width, has six lanes, three in each direction. It also has two pedestrian and cyclist lanes with a width of 2.5 meters, one on each side.

The president said the bridge was also expected to boost the domestic tourism sector in the planned Kigamboni city, making it a holiday beach.

Magufuli declined an offer to name the bridge after his name and suggested that the bridge should be named Nyerere Bridge in recognition of the country's founding leader -- Julius Nyerere.

The project was jointly funded by the Tanzanian government and the National Social Security Fund.

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Tech city in Morocco
Some 200 Chinese companies are looking to set up shop in Morocco, following an agreement between the Moroccan government and China’s Haite group to launch an industrial park near the city of Tangiers.
Moulay Hafid Alami, the Moroccan Minister for Industry and New Technologies said: “As we all know, there are structural changes in China, where economic operators are now looking for competitive platforms. They have chosen Morocco as one of those competitive platforms.”
With an initial investment of US$1 billion, the “Mohamed VI Tangier Tech City” aims to generate 100,000 jobs, including 90,000 for employees from the Tangiers area
The project is scheduled to take 10 years and work will start in the second half of 2017.
It will serve as the North Africa base for Chinese companies operating in the sectors of automobile manufacturing, aeronautics and textiles.

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Some 2,300 workers, engineers and construction managers are working to complete the Great Mosque of Algiers in Algeria
Algeria is going to have one of the largest mosques in the world, as China State Construction Engineering Corporation is doubling efforts to finish this mega project in 2018.

The 265-meter-high minaret of the Great Mosque of Algiers, or Djamaa El Djazair, can be seen from all places in Algiers. It is the highest minaret in the world, and stands as a symbol of Muslim Algeria.

Present in Algeria for 30 years, CSCEC has already been taken part in the construction of mega projects, including housing, roads, highways, bridges, schools and hospitals.

Around 2,300 workers, engineers and construction managers are working hard for the timely delivery of the project despite its complexity, its numerous stakeholders, and the financial crisis that hit Algeria in recent years.

"By the end of the year, you will notice from the outside that all work will be accomplished," said project manager Wang Liangxue, adding that "for the sake of meeting deadlines, the workers have been subjected to an accelerated pace".

"They are working 24-hour shifts, and only bad weather could prevent them from working outside," he said.

Atop the minaret, reached after a climb of 37 floors, the Bay of Algiers can be seen in a breathtaking - some might say dizzying - view, looking down to the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and the ships loaded with goods awaiting for their turn to dock at the port.

On the far south side, the fertile Mitidja plain spreads over tens of kilometers before running into the majestic mountain ranges of the Blida Atlas.

Despite the rapid urbanization experienced by Algeria since independence, particularly in large cities such as Algiers, one can still distinguish the green orchards that are the pride of the country, since fruits are among the few products that this oil-rich nation does not import.

On the west, east and south sides, Algiers neighborhoods offer an alternating show of ancient architecture and modern buildings.

For those standing atop the minaret, everything is within reach of the eye, including famous places and monuments of the capital such as the ancient city of the Casbah, the Cathedral of Notre Dame d'Afrique, and El Aurassi Hotel.

While the Xinhua team went from one corner of the minaret to another, seeking out the best angles for photographs, the workers remained concentrated on the project before them, without even looking up.

"They are dedicated to their tasks; they do not have a minute to lose," said Cao Qi, deputy director of the planning department of CSCEC. Cao added that currently, a team is finalizing coating work of the dome.

That task requires the installation of a suspended platform of 33.6 meters high, demonstrating the firm's technical prowess in the field of construction and civil engineering, Cao said.

On the roof of the prayer hall, 40 meters from the ground level, Ali Djema, a young Algerian architect, is in charge of monitoring the implementation of the facades.

Djema said it is for him "a dream comes true" to work on such a giant, innovative and ingenious project. He showed how it is possible to shed daylight on the prayer hall through a system of reflectors installed between the inner and outer part of the dome.

Meanwhile, a rainwater drainage system is also being integrated in this project; rainwater will be collected in a huge tank, then used for gardens that adorn the mosque.

Once completed, Djamaa El Djazair will be the largest in Africa and the third largest in the world, after the Masjid al-Haram in Makkah and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina, both in Saudi Arabia.

Also, the mosque will include several independent buildings totaling more than 20 hectares, with a built-up area of more than 400,000 square meters.

Djamaa El Djazair will also be equipped with a conference room, a museum for Islamic art and history, a research center on the history of Algeria, the Koran House center, commercial buildings, a restaurant, a library, an amphitheater, a plaza, an underground parking with a capacity of 7,000 cars, and outbuildings dedicated to the security and maintenance of the building and its occupants.
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Tanzania's Bagamoyo Port Project
he project is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2014 between the Tanzanian Government, the Sultanate of Oman through the State General Reserve Fund (SGRF) and China Merchants Holding International (CMHI), a Hong Kong based company involved with port operations, general and bulk cargo transportation.

The Bagamoyo Port and SEZ’ total cost has not been disclosed yet by any of the MoU’s members, but it is known to be around the USD 11 billion with the majority being financed by the Chinese Government through the China Development Bank (CDB).

The whole project’s construction works including the port, SEZ, roads, and railways are expected to last 10 years.

The Bagamoyo port will be able to handle shipping traffic from mega deep sea ships with container vessels size of 8,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) with the possibility of being expanded and is expected to process 20 million containers annually.
The port will also reduce burden on Dar Es Salaam port’s that is working over capacity with traffic from mega deep sea ships having increased from 26.0 million gross register tonnage (GRT) in 2011/12 to 26.4 million GRT in 2012/13, according to Tanzania Ports Authority (TPA) latest statistics.

The Bagamoyo SEZ is expected to host more than 1,000 factories and raise the current labor demand 31,923 generated by 130 registered companies at EPZs, to 500,000 jobs.

SEZs were established in Tanzania in 2006 to promote quick and significant progress in economic growth, export earnings and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).

Among the benefits the SEZs offer to investor are exception on corporate and withstanding tax for the first ten years, on custom duties for any good used for purposes of development of infrastructure, on value added tax (VAT) on raw materials, capital goods and administrative vehicles, and unconditional transferability of profits, dividends and loyalties abroad.
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