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Egypt, China join hands to build up new capital

Monday 09 July 2018 04:07 PM

Egypt and China flags
Egypt and China flags

Some 50 km east of the capital Cairo, the construction of the Central Business District (CBD) undertaken by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) in Egypt's new administrative capital is carrying on under the scorching sun.

The new capital is supposed to be one of the solutions to the chronic congestion of Cairo with a demographic burden of more than 20 million inhabitants.

The project is intended to offer thousands of jobs and stimulate the sluggish economy, while Egypt's government institutions are scheduled to move to the new capital within the second half of 2019.

At the moment, dozens of Chinese and Egyptians are surveying the geological conditions of the construction ground, preparing statistics for architects to design the 20 residential, administrative, commercial and services towers scattered on the 1.7-million-square-meter ground.

Among them, a 385-meter skyscraper attracts the most attention, as Egyptian presidential spokesman Bassam Rady recently told a radio station that it will be the tallest building in Africa once completed.

Chang Weicai, chief executive officer of the CSCEC Egypt company, told Xinhua onsite that the construction is expected to be finished within 3.5 years "at maximum."