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Ghana ring road frenzy From Mozambique to Ethiopia via Ghana

Chinese contractors were to began building a ring road around Mozambique's capital, Maputo, in April, although shoddy construction work by Chinese firms is becoming a political problem in some parts of the continent.

China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) will construct the road financed by the China Export-Import Bank. Work is due to start in June, and city planners hope that the new lanes will ease the daily traffic gridlock.
 
Chinese ring-road projects have met with various levels of success. The Addis Ababa ring road was amongst the first major projects developed by the Chinese construction company in Ethiopia. The project began in 1998 and CRBC inaugurated the second phase in 2003. Chinese companies are now developing other arterial roads in Addis.
 
China Harbour Engineering Corporation won the rights to build a six-lane ring road around Nigeria's oil capital of Port Harcourt in 2008. That deal, due to be financed by the African Finance Corporation, fell apart. Local authorities are still looking for new backers.
 
In 2011, it emerged that the Ghanaian government had signed an MOU with China Gezhouba Company Limited (CGGC) to construct the country's 800-kilometre Western Corridor Highway project after an earlier agreement was reached with the same company for the construction of a similar corridor highway project in the east, a 238-kilometre Cement road (Tema-Hohoe-Toase).  At the same time, another Chinese company, China CAMC Engineering Limited, was involved in a 156-kilometre Nkwanta-Oti Damango-Yendi road.
 
During a visit, in April, by a delegation of Ghanaian officials to the Chinese capital to discuss projects under a $3 billion China Development Bank loan facility to the West African country, the China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC) expressed interest in investing in Ghana's roads, railways and harbours expansion projects.
 
CCCC can only win the construction contract in accordance with Ghana's Procurement Laws, which require all companies to undergo a tender process.
 
Shoddy work by some Chinese construction companies is fast becoming a political burden in an election year, and Ghanaian Vice President John Mahama did not hide his irritation when he told the Chinese that he hoped the company would execute quality projects according to specifications if it won the contract, as the quality of some Chinese companies working in Ghana fell below the mark.

Source: Reuters