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Chinese Firm Yet Start Airport Project 7 Months After Signing Contract

Chinese Firm Yet Start Airport Project 7 Months After Signing Contract

The multi-million-dollar project to fix Zimbabwe’s Air Traffic Control Communication Systems (ATCCS) by a Chinese company is yet to commence, seven months after the contract was signed.

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe (CAAZ) signed a contract that will see the former supplying and installing air traffic control communication systems and accessories that would cost close to US$5 million.

The contract, awarded by CAAZ in 2020 through the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, but the project is yet to commence.

While CHEC has a tainted history of non-delivery, blacklists and bribery reports in some countries, a senior government official has blamed the delay on the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)’s failure to release the money required to fund the project.

Transport ministry permanent secretary Thedius Chinyanga told the Standard that the project was within the agreed time frame.

Chinyanga exonerated CHEC from blame saying the company did not “contract itself,” but was waiting for its Zimbabwean partners to fulfil their end of the bargain.

Chinyanga said the project was initially billed to commence in 2022, but expressed measured concern that the RBZ delay would negatively affect the project.

He added that CHEC had commenced the manufacture of equipment needed for the ATCCS even though it had not been paid.

More: The Standard

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Never 5 months ago

Something somewhere isn't right.

Native 5 months ago

Ngabangane bomsangano....nxx shem

Jah Bee 5 months ago

Nyika yose yangove china china kumagetsi ndio kuma dam china saka nyika taenda vanhu takatarisa kumarasha ndivo chrome maiwe

Ghetto yut 5 months ago

Kkkkkkkkk ende futi

Brighton 5 months ago


James Jackson 5 months ago

Kwasara kuti nyika ichinje zita to Xhimbabwe.

Chokwenda manuel 5 months ago

Who's who then.Some are saying it is the Chinese company that has failed to honour it's obligations whilst others say it is th RBZ WHOOO


Rah 5 months ago

Ma china arikuti vhara. Kutibira chaiko

Gushungo 5 months ago

Another Chinese open for business deal. Tirikuyendepi chaizvo?

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