Feature: Chinese firms present workable development proposals at Algerian fair

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ALGIERS, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- A huge sand table displaying Chinese transportation solutions for the congested city of Algiers garnered a lot of attention at the ongoing International Public Works Fair (SITP) in the Algerian capital.

In order to relieve the congestion in Algiers, which has been beset by heavy traffic jams for years, China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has proposed building a number of tunnels, overpasses, and a cross-sea bridge as well as opening new subway lines and bus rapid transit (BRT) lines in the coming years.

The CSCEC is one of the Chinese companies that took part in the 18th edition of SITP. The five-day fair, which began on Monday, attracted firms and professionals in public works from Algeria and abroad.

Algerian university student Meriem told Xinhua that she is excited about the proposals offered by Chinese companies.

"I was attracted by the Chinese firms at the fair, who seem to have rich experience in the construction sector; I'm glad that Algeria has made remarkable progress in this sector thanks to the contribution of China and hopefully more joint projects would be carried out in the future."

At the event, Chinese enterprises also showcased their landmark projects in other countries, such as the railway project in the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar's Lusail Stadium which will host the 2022 World Cup matches later this year.

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), another Chinese participant at the expo, hosted a conference to share their experiences in building railways in deserts.

Niu Zengxiang, general manager of CCECC Algeria, said his company is ready to take part in the railway projects in Algeria, stressing that it could provide all the necessary support to contain or at least mitigate the windblown sand hitting Algerian railways in the desert.

Hocine Ziani, an Algerian middle school teacher visiting the fair, said he is very familiar with Chinese projects in his country.

"Everybody agrees that China has made very important contributions to Algeria's sector of construction and public works; Look at the sections of the East-West Highway that were built by Chinese firms, look at the Great Mosque of Algiers, and look at the hundreds of thousands of houses built everywhere in Algeria... I hope the government would sign more deals with Chinese firms."

Chinese companies entered the Algerian public works market 40 years ago and have completed hundreds of high-quality projects, bringing great convenience to the lives of Algerians while training thousands of local talents.

Hailing the Chinese enterprises' achievements, Algerian journalist Ahmed Hamdani said he believed cooperation between Algeria and China would bear more fruits under the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

"So far, the Chinese construction companies have been doing remarkable work. The mega port of El Hamdania in the center of Algeria, which will be built by Chinese and Algerian firms, will make Algeria one of the main stations of the Road and Belt Initiative and this is the fruit of the strong bilateral ties between the two countries," he said. Enditem

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