Chinese firms contract bags for US $ 385m interchange project in Botswana

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Chinese firms bags contract for US $385m interchange project in Botswana

Zhong Gan Engineering and Construction (Pty) Ltd, Jiangsu International Botswana (Pty) Ltd. and Unik Construction Engineering (Pty) Ltd. Joint Venture were contracted to design, build and transfer interchanges.

The Botswana Integrated Transport Project (BITP) is one of the most important elements in the development of the transportation system.

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Improve traffic flow in the greater Gaborone

The permanent secretary pointed out that the government would do things differently. Kabelo Ebineng, the ministry's permanent secretary said that the contractors are expected to finish on time.

"We are confident that the contractors will deliver an innovative state of the art product on the time and on the scope of our specifications," Mr. Ebineng stated. The project has begun last month with a fixed construction period of 24 months.

The BITP project will improve the flow of Gaborone through the interchanges. It will also contribute to urban traffic improvement and installation. Although it is expected during the construction process, the permanent secretary and Tang Jie, the Administrative Manager-Zhong Gan Engineering & Construction assured the public that they would try to minimize the traffic as much as possible.

The US $ 385.2m project is funded by the Government of Botswana (GoB), the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) / World Bank and OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID). World Bank and OFID's contributions are in US $ 186m and US $ 40m respectively and US $ 159.2m financed by the Botswana Government.

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