China’s multifaceted engineering giant SINOHYDRO has been contracted by the Government of Liberia to rehabilitate and upgrade runway 04-22 at Liberia’s only international airport –the Roberts International Airport (RIA) within a 10-month period. The President of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue broke grounds for the project on Monday, November 21, 2016 at the RIA with top officials of government and the top management of team of the company including its General Manager Mr. Liu Zhiyong and Project Manager Mr. Xu Chao in attendance.
SINOHYDRO, which prides itself as the driving force behind China’s industrial development with over 60 years of professional experience, is expected to complete the work within less than a year with the commitment of producing quality and durable runway for the Liberia Airport Authority. Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, President Johnson-Sirleaf said she was glad that Liberia will have a modern airport that Liberians can be proud of. “It can be shameful when you are riding a plane with foreigners and it lands at your country’s airport and the runway is terrible. Thank God we have reached this point today through our friends from China,” she noted, adding, “we are so glad that finally, we can get our airport up to standard. She emphasized the role played by the President of China, Xi Jinping, Liberia’s ambassador to China and the Chinese envoy to Liberia, Amb. Yue, in ensuring that the needed funds were generated to kick start the project. For his part, Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhang Yue said the groundbreaking ceremony was made possible through what he called “Liberia-China efficiency”- recounting the efforts made by stakeholders from both countries in achieving the milestone. “Without sincere friendship; without hardworking and cooperating spirit, this would not have happened,” the Chinese enjoy said. He indicated that the project is a commendable effort that the Asian nation is prepared to make history by making it the best Liberia could ever have, noting: “from now on, we will start to see China’s speed and China’s quality.” Amb. Yue pointed out that the RIA has long served as the main corridor for economic activities and a channel through which Liberians connect to the rest of the world. “Although not all Liberians can afford to fly, the airport is very important to every citizen’s daily live,” Amb. Yue stated. According to the Board Chairman of the Liberia Airport Authority (LAA), Gbezohngar Milton Findley, “this is what you get when people work together”, indicating that this accomplishment is credited to the international connection of President Johnson-Sirleaf. The LAA Board Chairman commended every person and institution that worked towards making sure that the project got underway. LAA Managing Director, Wil Bako Freeman, in a rather elated fashion told the excited audience that the government under the leadership of President Johnson-Sirleaf has made the reconstruction of the RIA a priority. He averred that with the implementation of the project, the RIA will become a destination of choice for flight owners as well as travelers. MD Freeman put the entire cost of the project at US$80 million for the runways being constructed by SINOHYDRO Corporation Ltd and the terminal which will be built by another Chinese firm. With diversified operations in over 80 countries, SINOHYDRO Corporation Limited is an internationally renowned and management-oriented contractor. Its businesses cover almost all areas of the construction sector, including energy, transport, water works, civil engineering and building. The firm has over 130,000 employees that make up a versatile professional team providing one-stop services of financing, engineering, purchasing, implementation and operation of projects of power, water conservancy, transport infrastructure and civil works such as public/private buildings or facilities that comprise key points of local economic development. The underlying trends of emerging economies are urban development, including a growing need for transportation infrastructure and energy resources. The firm believes these trends will open up business opportunities over the long term. During the past half-century of operation, the firm’s business strategy has focused on high-growth sectors of energy and transport infrastructures. At the moment, SINOHYDRO has projects under construction in more than 80 countries in Asia, Africa and America, with prospective new markets in Eastern Europe. While inheriting the Chinese millenarian tradition for controlling water, SINOHYDRO loyally carries forward Chinese philosophy to pursue growth with a determined focus on people and harmony. “We faithfully hold that our core values of reliability and innovation are crucial in achieving sustainable growth by balancing the challenges between economic development and environmental protection. With the vision of becoming a world market leader, we practice long-term economic and social responsibility,” the firm says. SINOHYDRO boasts of outstanding expertise in various infrastructure sectors, including water and hydropower facilities, airports, roads, ports and housing projects, SINOHYDRO offers package-solutions through project models from simple construction to EPC and BOT. Currently, SINOHYDRO has 486 international projects under construction in more than 72 countries, with total contract value of nearly USD 43 billion. Many large and mega scale projects built by SINOHYDRO are landmarks in the host countries.