Chinese Firm Wins Major Road Construction Contract in Afghanistan
nsnbc : A Chinese firm was awarded a major road construction contract in Afghanistan. The agreement was signed in the Afghan capital Kabul in the presence of Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani.
The road construction project, Dara-e-Suf to Yakawlang, was awarded to a Chinese firm after its bid of $204.9 million was approved by the government and then signed by Public Works Minister Mahmood Baligh.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the head of the Chinese-led Asian Development Bank and other high level government officials.
Public Works Minister Mahmood Baligh noted that the contract was awarded to the Chinese firm after it completed all the stand norms and conditions for the project by offering the lowest price of $204.9 million.
Baligh added that the Chinese firm along with a Turkish company had participated in the latest tender which was offered two years after the contract was cancelled due higher prices offered by the previous bidders.
The Minister also noted that awarding the contract to the Chinese firm helps cut down the construction cost by almost $50 million as compared to the previous bids.
The Director of the Asian Development Bank in Afghanistan, Thomas Panella, for his part, said the contract will play a vital role in developing the economy of Afghanistan by developing the domestic transportation infrastructure.
The head of the Chinese construction firm promised that his company would continue to support Afghanistan. Being awarded that contract, he added, is merely the first step to participate in the reconstruction of the country.
F/AK – nsnbc 08.01.2017