People-to-people ties provides an anchor and guarantee for the Belt and Road Initiative. Making people better off in a general way plays a key role in strengthening people-to-people ties. Chinese central state-owned enterprises have participated in many quality of life constructions benefiting local residents.
Solving sugar shortage problem
State Development & Investment Corp., Ltd. (SDIC) constructed three large-scale modern sugar refineries in accordance to Chinese engineering and construction standards with China-made equipment and Chinese technological skills in Ethiopia, which solved local sugar shortages.
One of the three modern sugar refineries built by SDIC in Ethiopia [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
Bangladesh Shahjalal Chemical Fertilizer Plant
The Bangladesh Shahjala Chemical Fertilizer Plant is a large-scale modern fertilizer plant with the most advanced technologies in the country. The project has largely improved the nation's industrial and agricultural development and the livelihood of local people.
The Bangladesh Shahjala Chemical Fertilizer Plant [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
Bringing water to Lebanon's capital
Beirut, capital of Lebanon, faced the problem of lack of running water for years. On the roof of every household, there were many large water tanks to store water for daily use.
The water stored was all barreled water delivered from other places. Local people also had to buy drinking water which costs about 25,000 ($16.6) to 50,000 Lebanese pounds per case.
Each month, one-third of the local people's incomes were used to buy water.
To solve the problem, China Railway Group Limited (CREC) independently developed a special rock tunnel boring machine and completed a 22-kilometer diversion project. Beirut's people now have access to running water and no longer need to use barreled or bottled water.
The special tunneling machine used for the diversion project in Lebanon [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
Chinese central SOEs have promoted globalization through trade and talent exchanges under the framework of the BRI since the initiative was proposed in 2013.
In the future, Chinese central SOEs will continue to actively contribute to the implementation of the BRI, adhere to the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and deepen cooperation and exchanges in equipment manufacturing, technology development and management to build a community with a shared future for mankind and contribute to the sustainable development of the global economy.
(Executive editor: Li Shuling)