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Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu Attended the Official Reception & Unloading of Shipment of Pipes from China

2006-01-04 00:00

The Ministry of Water and Housing of the Government of Jamaica hosted an Official Reception & Unloading of Shipment of Pipes from China on the grounds of Mona Reservoir in St. Andrew on Wednesday, January 4, 2006. H. E. Mr. Zhao Zhenyu, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to Jamaica, the Hon. Donald Buchanan, Minister of Water and Housing of Jamaica, Mrs. Genefa Hibbert, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Water and Housing, Mr. Franklin Williams, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer of the National Water Commission, Mr. Hao Yongjiang, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, officials from both the Jamaican Government and the Chinese Embassy as well as reporters from local media attended the reception.

Minister Buchanan Welcomes Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu in discussion with Minister Buchanan

Invited to deliver a speech at the reception, Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu first extended warm congratulations on the arrival of the first batch of pipes and other equipment for the 3rd phase of the Jamaica Water Systems Rehabilitation and Extension Project. Ambassador Zhao said he was especially happy that the first official function he attended in the new year was for a cooperative project between the two countries, which, he believed, augured that the bilateral relationship would continue the strong momentum of development it had enjoyed in 2005. Ambassador Zhao also stressed that the Chinese Government attached great importance to the friendly and cooperative relations between China and Jamaica. He said, "At present, Sino-Jamaican relations are in excellent shape. Exchanges in the fields of economic and trade cooperation, culture, education, science and technology, tourism and sports have injected strong vigor and vitality to it. All these will push our friendly and cooperative relations to a higher plateau in the years to come." Since 1996, the two countries have successfully carried out cooperation on the Jamaica Water Systems Rehabilitation and Extension Project. In the first 2 phases of the Project, China has provided pipes and equipment valued at 240 million RMB Yuan (US$ 30 million) to the Jamaican side. These materials, which carry the profound friendship and good wishes from the Chinese People to the Jamaican People, will not only meet the need of the Project, but also make their contribution to the improvement of people's livelihood and economic development. Ambassador Zhao concluded his remarks by urging partners of the Project to work closely to expedite the later shipments so that the Project could be completed at an early date.

Chief Engineer of NWC makes an introduction of the Project to Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu and Minister Buchanan

Pipes from China

After reviewing the cooperation between China and Jamaica on the Project since 1996, Minister Buchanan extended his appreciation, on behalf of the Jamaican Government, for the Chinese Government's cooperation and assistance in the Project. He also expressed his confidence in the continuous and further-expanded cooperation between the two countries in the new year.

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu delivers the speech

Minister Buchanan delivers his speech

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu also answered questions from local media regarding Sino-Jamaican relationship and China's development at the reception.

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu and Minister Buchanan take a look at the pipes

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu and Minister Buchanan take a look at the pipes

The remaining 2nd and 3rd batches of shipment for the Project will arrive in Jamaica in the coming months. China has agreed to provide concessional loan for Jamaica to purchase water pipes and appurtenances from China.

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu and Minister Buchanan take a look at the pipes

Ambassador Zhao Zhenyu answers questions from local media

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