China Daily: Engineering firm doubles as ambassador

China Daily: Engineering firm doubles as ambassador


China Daily: Engineering firm doubles as ambassador As a leading
international engineering contractor and service provider, the China
Machinery Engineering Corporation helps to foster closer ties between
Africa and China through its high-quality projects in the Republic of
Congo.Over the past decade, CMEC has seen robust growth in the country
by committing itself to such large national projects as power
infrastructure, highways, water treatment facilities and
telecommunication networks.Those projects have had an incredible impact
on the local quality of life, the company said.One example is the
Imboulou Hydropower Plant, the largest Sino-African cooperative project,
which was launched in 2004.Located in Brazzaville, capital of Congo, the
plant consists of four electricity units and has a gross capacity of
120,000 kilowatts.One of the country’s major power stations, it is
expected to generate an annual average electricity capacity of more than
681 million kilowatt-hours, which will meet the surging demand in the
western and northern regions of the nation.”Behind the glorious
achievements are our engineers’ grueling efforts against the adverse
weather conditions and harsh living environment in the area,” said the
project manager.Now, the Imboulou Hydropower Plant has become a landmark
of Congo and a must-see destination for visiting foreign leaders.CMEC is
also providing lots of skilled workers during the process, injecting
prosperity into the local market, according to the company.It is a
responsible and helpful corporate citizen in the eyes of local
residents, the company said.Over the years, CMEC has donated a variety
of goods to institutions in the area, including stationery and sports
equipment to schools as well as medicines to hospitals.Its employees
also share the burden of looking after sick villagers who are stricken
with malaria and other diseases.This year, the company was awarded the
title of ” the Chair of the Association of Chinese Enterprises in
Congo”.The company said it will strive to deliver more high-quality
projects in the nation in a bid to further deepen the friendship between
the two countries.Founded in 1978, CMEC is China’s first large
state-owned corporation to integrate engineering, contracting and
foreign trade with industry.As of the end of last June, the company has
generated revenue totaling some 10 billion yuan ($1.6 billion), with
gross profit amounting to over 1.9 billion yuan, according to its
financial report.To date, the company has extended its business to more
than 150 countries and regions in the fields of international
contracting and foreign trade.Its contract business covers a broad range
of industries, such as power and energy, transportation, electronic
communication, housing and architecture, manufacturing and processing,
environmental protection, mining and resource prospecting.Based on the
financial data derived from the European Neighborhood Policy’s top 225
international contractors list, CMEC is ranked sixth among all the
global contractors, accounting for some 4 percent of the total revenue
from the power sector generated by those companies, according to an
official report.The company is ranked among the top 10 overseas
contractors in China by completed business volume, according to the
Ministry of
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