Chinese Envoy Inspects Jospong Projects

Dr. Siaw Agyepong briefing the Chinses ambassador and her entourage at the Accra Compost Plant

The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Sun Boahong yesterday inspected some plants and projects of the Zoomlion/Jospong Group of Companies in the Greater Accra region.

The envoy inspected the Lavinda Hills Feacal Treatment Plant in Accra, Accra Compost Plant at Adjen Kotokun, Motorbike & Tricycle Assembly Plant, Vehicle Assembling Plant and the Universal Plastic Products and Recycling Limited (UPPR) – located off the Tema Motorway.

Ms. Boahong began the tour at the Lavinda Hills Feacal Treatment Plant, an ongoing $20 million public private partnership (PPP) initiative between the Zoomlion/Jospong Group, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

Executive Chairman of the Zoomlion/Jospong Group of Companies, which employs about 60 Chinese nationals, Dr. Joseph Siaw-Agyepong, who briefed Ms. Boahong about the operations of his outfit, expressed his appreciation to the ambassador for taking time off her busy schedule to embark on the tour.

He used the opportunity to encourage Ms. Boahong, who happens to be the first Chinese Ambassador to Ghana to visit the project sites of the Group, to consider encouraging the Chinese Government to partner Ghana and Zoomlion/Jospong Group in particular in the area of sanitation management.

‘If the Chinese government wants to support the environment in Ghana, I will say start with the basis. Get the bin and support the people either on the street or in the houses,’ he urged the ambassador.

Zoomlion believes that in the next two years, the waste crisis facing the country will be resolved, but it needs the support of every stakeholder to achieve that goal, he indicated.

On her part, Ms. Sun Boahong said the visit had deepened her understanding of the operations of Zoomlion/Jospong Group and the Ghanaian private sector in general.

She commended the Group for contributing significantly to the management of waste in the country, pledging to introduce the Jospong Group to other Chinese firms interested in the environment.

The envoy also promised to strengthen the cooperation between China and Ghana by offering training courses to staff of Zoomlion/Jospong, stressing the need for serious attention to be paid to environmental issues in the country due to climate change.

Meanwhile, Ing. Florence Cobbold, Project Manager of the $20 million Lavinda Hill Fecal Treatment project being constructed by a Chinese firm called Nanjing Wonders Environmental Protection Technology Co. Limited, said it would be completed in August, 2016.

According to her, the project, with the capacity to take in 2000 cubic of sewage a day, would be able to produce about 7,000 cubic of biogas per day to generate 400 KVA of electricity to support its operations.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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