2021-09-18 10:09 来源：《一带一路报道》中英文 2021年第5期
A long journey dotted with remarkable achievements. Eight years ago, the BRI was proposed; today, projects have been completed. During the period, we witnessed the smooth proceeding of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, arduous efforts devoted to the building of the China-Laos Railway, and the role of Addis Ababa–Djibouti Railway in ensuring people’s livelihood during the COVID-19 pandemic. We also felt mutual trust, cooperation, and inclusion between countries and people, which is touching, over the past eight years.
The eight years saw China directly invested roughly USD 136 billion in countries along the Belt and Road;
The eight years saw countries along the Belt and Road invested about USD 60 billion and established about 27,000 companies in China;
The eight years saw China signed new construction contracts valued at more than USD940 billion along the Belt and Road and registered nearly USD 640 billion worth of revenue;
The eight years saw the China-Europe Railway Express mushroomed, with a total of exceeding 10,000 trips and goods from China traded in 92 cities in 21 countries。
The Belt and Road Initiative has become the most extensive and largest international cooperation platform in the world; trade between China and the Belt and Road Initiative partners has exceeded USD 9.2 trillion.
It’s Fruits of the Belt and Road Initiative harvested over the past eight years have influenced the global economy, trade, and culture. Eight years ago, the Belt and Road Initiative was just a concept in 2013; in 2021, it is advancing on the path towards high-quality development. We have realized innumerable great achievements during the eight years, and will maintain sustainable growth!
The Democratic Republic of the Congo: “Green mine” and a paradise for migratory birds
From desolation to vibrancy, the mining area in the southwest of Kolwezi, Lualaba Province, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has been turned into a paradise for migratory birds.
In early 2021, the country and China signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation on the Belt and Road Initiative. As the “green footprint” on the Belt and Road, the mining area will support China-Africa cooperation in creating a “green” future. The straight-line distance between the mine, built by La Compagnie Minière de Musonoie Global Société par Actions Simplifiée (COMMUS) under Zijin Mining, and the residential areas is less than 100m. Rarely, a mine can harmoniously coexist with the local natural environment.
Development of the “green mine” required not only tree and flower planting, but also green development and ecological transition. Since the end of 2018, COMMUS has been controlling the off-gas from smelting to significantly reduce the off-gas pollution parameter, promoting the construction of such infrastructure as solar lighting systems and exploring and using more clean energy.
Central African Republic: Joins hands with China to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic
On July 6, President of the Central African Republic (CAR) Faustin-Archange Touadéra and Prime Minister Henri-Marie Dondra went to the Bangui M’Poko International Airport to welcome the Chinese vaccine donation.
Facing the pandemic, China and the CAR are side by side in a joint fight, demonstrating a community with a shared future. The Chinese government’s donation of home-made vaccines to the CAR once again demonstrates the deep amity of the Chinese people in supporting their fight against the pandemic.
China is not only the first friendly country to provide a large amount of anti-epidemic supplies to the CAR, but also the first friendly country to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the CAR, said Pierre Somse, Minister of Health and Population of the CAR. A friend in need is a friend indeed. China is a true friend of the CAR.
Nigeria: Lagos-Ibadan Railway is officially open to traffic
On June 10, the opening ceremony of Lagos-Ibadan Railway in Nigeria, contracted by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), was held in Lagos.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said at the opening ceremony that the opening of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway marks another “milestone” in the Nigerian government’s effort to revitalize the railway system, which is of great significance to the economic development of the country. The railway will facilitate people’s travel, and help improve the efficiency of port and inland cargo transport, so as to accelerate the upgrading of industrial and economic activities in Nigeria.
Lagos-Ibadan Railway is the second bid section of the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project contracted by CCECC, connecting Lagos, Nigerian economic center, and Ibadan, a southwestern industrial base. The branch line is about 7km long, and the main line stretches about 157km with a design speed of 150km/h. It was built according to modern railway standards. Abuja-Kaduna Railway is the first bid section of the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project contracted by CCECC. The railway, connecting the capital Abuja, and Kaduna, a northern city of Nigeria, was put into service in July 2016.
Kenya: Thwake Dam benefits the people
Thwake Dam, located in the southwest of Kenya, is the largest water conservancy and hydropower project under construction in Kenya. The contractor China Gezhouba Group Corporation of China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd. overcame the enormous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and finally realized the holing-through of diversion tunnels as scheduled at the end of 2020. At present, 56% of the contract schedule has been completed.
On July 9, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta paid an inspection visit to the Thwake Dam project and extended thanks to the Chinese side for its hard efforts in promoting the implementation of the project.
It is a flagship project to achieve the vision 2030 development plan and the “Big Four” major development goals in the country, and also Kenya’s largest standalone water conservancy project under-construction, which integrates a dam, water supply, irrigation and power generation. After completion, it will benefit the local people and significantly improve the supply of water and electricity and agricultural irrigation in southeast Kenya.