Recently, the chaos caused by war in South Sudan has not be completely calmed down, but the construction of Juba International Airport Project has been resumed according to relevant procedure and gradually gotten on the right track, and the follow-up construction has been conducted in a steady and orderly manner.
On July 10, 2016, a large-scale armed conflict broke out in Juba, capital of South Sudan. In face of the crisis, the leaders of CHEC attached much attention and decisively worked out the emergency evacuation plan, “considering the life safety of the employees as the exclusive priority”. On July 13, all the Chinese employees of South Sudan Office and the project department evacuated from South Sudan, and the project construction suspended.
Before the evacuation, South Sudan Office and the project department still arranged the protection of all the facilities at the project site and campsite in a proper and orderly manner, and arranged local employees to take care of them. Therefore, the project facilities and property of the Company were well protected during the stoppage and provided a powerful guarantee for the full resumption of work.
On September 28, Zhang Lizhong – Deputy General Manager of East African Regional Management Center and General Manager of South Sudan Office, regardless of danger, first returned to Juba, capital of South Sudan, and coordinated with the Chinese embassy in South Sudan and the owner about the resumption of work; and then, the plan for resumption of work of the project started formally. Meanwhile, the project department actively organized the subcontractors to make a detailed plan for the resumption of work and the safety guarantee measures, making full preparations for the substantial resumption of work in advance.
On October 18, South Sudan Juba International Airport Project Management Department and the main workers for the resumption of work of the subcontractors returned and got the order to resume the work issued by the Ministry of Transport of South Sudan. This marks that the construction of South Sudan Juba International Airport Expansion and Reconstruction Project was resumed formally.
So far, nearly one month has passed since the construction of South Sudan Juba International Airport Expansion and Reconstruction Project was resumed, and 98.3% of the total work amount has been completed. The whole project is expected to be completed in March, 2013.