Ambassador Liu Quan hand over Convention Cntre to PM Salwai


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I am delighted to attend the Hand-over Ceremony of China-Aided Vanuatu National Convention Center Project and on behalf of the Chinese Government to officially hand over the Center to the Government of Vanuatu. First of all, please allow me to express my warm congratulations on the successful completion of the project! I also would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Vanuatu and its people for their great support to the project. It is due to our close cooperation that the project is completed with excellent quality. As you may aware, since the start of construction work of the Project in August, 2013, both Vanuatu and Chinese technical experts worked very hard and overcame lots of unexpected difficulties, especially the huge cyclone “Pam” in March 2015 that caused an enormous damage to the construction work. With that harsh test, the Center is now regarded as hurricane-resistant “strong house” , which showcase the high standard and quality of Chinese workmanship.
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Prime Minister, Ladies and Gentlemen,
This Convention center is another milestone of the friendly relations between China and Vanuatu. As I said earlier, that China and Vanuatu are true friends. We respect each other, support each other and help each other. We hold similar views on many regional and international issues and we support each other in that respect. As the largest developing country, China would help and share the fruits of our development with other developing countries within our capacity. That is also part of our international responsibility. Our strategic partnership says very clearly: mutual respect and common development. I am convinced that with our joint effort, our mutual beneficial relations will be further consolidated. The friendship between our two countries and people will be further strengthened day by day.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
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The contractor of the Vanuatu National Convention Center is Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group Ltd, to whom hereby I should pay a tribute. Since coming to Vanuatu, the company has strictly adhered to laws and regulations of Vanuatu, respect local culture. A large number of Ni-Vanuatu workers were employed and well trained. At the meantime, the company is keen to fulfill its social responsibility, for example,  after the Cyclone “Pam” last year, it donated promptly urgently needed construction materials to the disaster communities, school bags and offered whatever help they can to the international aid agencies.
Dear friends,
After hand-over of the National Convention Center to the Vanuatu Government, Jiangsu Provincial Construction Group Ltd will keep staying here to provide technical support and assistance for this project, in particular to work with the management team of Vanuatu side. I sincerely hope that the National Convention Center can better serve Vanuatu’s economic and social development and enrich the cultural life of Vanuatu people.
Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen;
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Now, I hand-over this Project to Prime Minister Charlot Salwai.  Prime Minister, the National Convention Center is a property of the Government and people of Vanuatu!
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