China-Africa Media Think-tank Investigation Team Inspect Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project
On August 11, Li Zhaoxing –President of China Public Diplomacy Association and Zhao Qizheng – former director of the State Council Information Office of China led about 150 people, including representatives of China Public Diplomacy Association, famous Chinese and foreign reporters, authoritative scholars, members of research institutions and think-tank to inspect Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project. His Excellency Liu Xianfa, the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, also participated.
The Investigation team was divided into three groups, inspecting Port of Mombasa Station, Mombasa West Station and Mazeras Super Major Bridge. Sun Liqiang–Vice President of CRBC and General Manager of Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project and An Aijun –Vice President of CRBC and Chief Engineer of Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project were in the company of the discussion team and introduced relevant situation.
General Manager Sun Liqiang of Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project introduces the project construction situation to the China-Africa Media Think-tank Discussion Team
At the Port of Mombasa Station, the discussion team learned the relevant situation about East African Railway Network Planning, Port of Mombasa Station, and Mombasa Special Economic Zone in detail.
At Mombasa West Station, Mr. Sun Liqiang focused on introducing the overview of Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project, significance and concept of the project, project progress, local elements, talent training, environment protection, public security, Party building and enterprise culture. The discussion team listened to the discussion carefully, received and carefully read the Social Responsibility Report of Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project, spoke highly of the current achievements and standard management of the project, and made targeted inquires about relevant situation.
The discussion team visits Mazeras Super Major Bridge
Mazeras Super Major Bridge was considered to be the most characteristic by the discussion team and the inspection on it took the longest time. Mazeras Super Major Bridge is a key control project of the whole line; it is 679.9km long in total, with 18 spans, and the highest pier is 43.6m high. The towering bridge post, roaring laying and erecting machinery and quiet pavilion under the breadfruit trees showed the harmony between the railway and nature; Stories about Mombasa-Nairobi SGR prepared by the General Manager Department vividly showed the moving stores about Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project; the narration of excellent local employees on the spot displayed the great changes in Kenya from Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project.
Mr. Li Zhaoxing spoke highly of the achievements in project construction progress and social responsibility. He encouraged the employees to make concerted efforts and build the railway well according to the established goals.
His Excellency Liu Xianfa conveyed the important speech of Minister Wang Yi of Foreign Affairs recently on the spot. “Chinese railways are becoming a beautiful card of China-Africa production capacity cooperation. Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project closely links with the actual demands of Kenya and it is one of the railways with the highest standard, the best quality and the best cost performance in African continent at present”. He required that the Company should try to build Mombasa-Nairobi SGR Project to be an immortal project and make it become an example of the belt and road initiative, China-Africa cooperation in the three networks and industrialization and China-Kenya production capacity cooperation.