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four years of construction, is part of the Maputo Bridge and Link Roads project built by CRBC. It is 187 kilometers long and s
erves as an arterial highway that directly links Maputo to the border with South Africa, to the south.
CRBC mainly undertakes contracting, investment and infrastructure pro
jects, including roads, bridges, ports and railways, and has operations stretching ac
ross more than 60 countries and regions in Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas.
“China Road and Bridge Corporation has a wealth of experience in building bridges of the highest quality, including many brid
ges in China that presented even tougher challenges than the Maputo-Katembe Bridge,” Wang said.
Katembe rose, and industrial parks are being planned in the region,” Wang said. “So the bridge will deliver huge economic benefits.”
The project also benefits China. For example, as Mozambique is short of construction materials and equipment, the p
roject has driven the export of more than 70,000 metric tons of steel products and equipment worth $68 million from China.
Even though CRBC was no stranger to building bridges when it took
on the Maputo-Katembe project, particular difficulties were presented by the fact that
both countries have different evaluation systems and standards of construction, Wang said.
The bridge was designed to Chinese standards but subjected to local and European standards, and the company g
ot a German engineering services provider, Gauff, to oversee the project’s quality.
pillars of the initiative are important. The most and best (part) of it, I think, is connectiv
ity and inter-culture exchange, sustainable development agenda, and knowledge transfer.
China is the biggest market in the world. We have enough resources in our country. We want our p
roduct get access to the market and we also want to live in good infrastructure, such as roads, railw
ays, schools, hospitals. I also hope knowledge of China come to our country. We have sea access, and good infra
structure can help our country and neighboring countries get access to the Maritime Silk Road.
China has become the second-largest investor of our count
ry in the past 10 years. It’s investing infrastructure, mining
and agriculture. We have Confucius Institute, facilitate Chinese and Portuguese learning. The Belt and Road
Initiative helps Mozambique boost its industrialization, technology and finance.
Themed “Belt and Road, Shared Future,” the sixth session of Vision China, a series of talks h
osted by China Daily, will be held at Beijing Language and Culture University in Beijing on April 27.
The event coincides with the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation to be
held in Beijing on April 25 – 27. With the theme of “Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Brighter Shared Fu
ture,” the second BRF aims to bring about high-quality cooperation under the BRI framework.
At Vision China, four Belt and Road experts, including Zhao Baige, chairwoman of the Advisory Committee of t
he Belt and Road Initiative International Think Tank at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and Ivona Lad
jevac, head of the center for the Belt and Road Initiative at the Institute of International Politics and Economics in Se
rbia, will share their perspectives on the BRI six years after it was proposed by President Xi Jinping in 2013.