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China, Republic of Congo Pledge Closer Cooperation
English.news.cn | 2014-06-12
Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for Denis Sassou Nguesso, president of the Republic of Congo, before their talks in Beijing, capital of China, June 12, 2014. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
BEIJING, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with his Republic of Congo counterpart Denis Sassou Nguesso here on Thursday and both pledged to boost cooperation between the two countries and advance the China-Africa strategic partnership.
Recalling his visit to the Republic of Congo in March last year, Xi said it offered an opportunity for the two sides to forge a comprehensive cooperative partnership featuring solidarity and mutual assistance.
As this year marks the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations, Xi said China and the Republic of Congo should work together to “carry forward the undertakings of predecessors and open up a new road for the future” of bilateral ties.
Xi proposed the two countries step up interactions at governmental, parliamentary and political party levels to share experience of governance and maintain high mutual trust, as well as enhance communication and coordination on major issues of common concern to make the international system more fair and rational.
The Chinese president also suggested the two sides boost cooperation on petroleum, finance and infrastructure construction, and increase cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
During the talks, Xi reiterated China’s commitment to developing relations with Africa with sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith.
“We support Africa's efforts to resolve Africa's problems in an African way and stand ready to make more contribution to the realization of peace, stability and development in Africa,” said the Chinese leader.
The Republic of Congo is an influential country and President Sassou is a senior statesman in Africa, Xi said, noting that the Chinese side will make joint efforts with the Republic of Congo to advance the new-type of China-Africa strategic partnership in a sustainable way.
Hailing the solid friendship and fruitful cooperation between China and the Republic of Congo, Sassou voiced his gratitude for China's assistance in his country’s development.
The Republic of Congo looks forward to closer cooperation with the Chinese side and hopes to push ahead with a package of projects to speed up its development, Sassou said.
The Republic of Congo welcomes Chinese companies to help in the country’s push to exploit potassium deposits, improve infrastructure and build a special economic zone, Sassou said, adding that he also looks forward to even brighter prospects for the Africa-China relationship.
After their talks, the two presidents witnessed the signing of a number of agreements between the two countries, involving trade, infrastructure construction, finance and culture.
Prior to the talks, Xi held a red-carpet ceremony to welcome Sassou.
A group of Tibetan children attended the ceremony. They were from an elementary school funded by the Republic of Congo after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck Yushu, a Tibetan prefecture in west China in April 2010.
Sassou is making a state visit to China, where he is also scheduled to attend the World Culture Forum in Shanghai.
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CDI Receives Top Award in Science & Technology in China
2014-01-10 Reporter: Yue MA
The Mengo Potash Project’s engineering and design partner, Changsha Design and Research Institute of Ministry of Chemical Industry (“CDI”), was awarded the First Prize of China’s 2013 National Science and Technology Progress Award (“Award”) for its 1.2 mtpa Luobupo potassium sulphate technology development project (“Luobupo Project”). Chinese President Xi Jingping presented the award at a high-profile annual ceremony held in Beijing on Jan. 10, 2014 to honor distinguished scientists and research achievements.
Covering all sectors of Chinese economy, the Award recognizes technological achievements with the highest overall degrees of innovation, complexity, applicability, technological and economic sophistication, as well as promotion of sector development, etc. The Luobupo Project was among the 13 projects that won the First Prize of the Award this year. According to Mr. Chen Zhimin, Deputy Director of China’s National Office for Science & Technology Awards, this year they recorded the fewest number of Science and Technology Progress Awards given since 2000.
MagIndustries would like to congratulate CDI for receiving this highest recognition in science and technology in China. We are honored to be working closely with our high-calibre partner and look forward to greater achievements together with the Mengo Potash Project.
Office Open Day: A Charity Event in Collaboration with Bethel China
2013-11-17 Reporter: Shiqi ZHANG | Photos: Xulei ZHANG
On Nov. 15, 2013, the Beijing Office welcomed a group of special guests consisting of ten children from Bethel China, a non-profit organization founded by a French couple in 2003, with the mission to help visually challenged children by providing them with a home with life care, medical rehabilitation, and special education.
To organize a successful office visit for our special guests, the Beijing Office had thoroughly prepared in advance. Some employees volunteered to become “Big Buddies” and received prior training to better prepare for the Open Day. On the day of the event, employees warmly welcomed children from Bethel. Ranging from 6-13 years of age, they all have varying degrees of visual impairment. Paired up with their respective “Big Buddies,” the children were guided to the employee cafeteria where they enjoyed a delicious lunch. Following lunch was an office visit during which the children gained direct understanding of the work environment. Later, students from China Conservatory of Music offered a mini-concert to the children from Bethel. Not only did our guests listen to the wonderful sounds of music, they also touched ship models and rock samples as our employee representative explained basic geology. At the end, the children from Bethel performed a chorus in English and a Chinese erhu solo.
The Office Open Day reminded us that a group of special children in society need our care and attention. We hope that through joint community efforts, visually challenged children can grow up with dignity, achieve their self-worth, and live a fulfilling life.
MagIndustries Participated in the First Edition of CIEMC in Brazzaville
2013-10-05 Reporter: Jun TIAN
The first international conference and exhibition on mining in the Republic of Congo (CIEMC) under the theme “Diversification of the Congolese economy through showcasing of its mining potential” took place on October 3-4, 2013 at The Palais des Congrès in Brazzaville. Organized by the Ministry of Mines and Geology (Republic of Congo) in collaboration with AME Trade Ltd, the conference aims to become a major event in the mining sector in Central Africa.
“By providing this platform to decision-makers, experts and mineral traders, Congo aspires not only to demonstrating its need and commitment to addressing the issues on the development of mineral resources, but also to creating a framework conductive to trade in order to successfully consolidate the public-private partnership that is much needed in Africa, and finally helping integrate the continent in developing the mining sector,” said the Minister of Mines and Geology, Pierre Oba, at the opening ceremony.
According to Mrs. Dossou Kouamé, delegate from the World Bank in Congo, “the government decision to prioritize the mining sector is relevant because Congo has the potential to emerge as a major player in mining both globally and in Africa in the coming years and significantly stimulate its non-oil economy.”
Led by Mr. Fuliang Wang, VP of MagIndustries (“Mag”) and Deputy General Director of MagMinerals Potasse Congo, the Mag delegation is comprised of representatives of the three Mag subsidiaries in the Republic of Congo. As a platinum sponsor of the event, Mag participated in the exhibition and presented the Mengo Potash Project at the “Zoom sur les Projets Miniers” (Close-up on Mining Projects) seminar during the conference. Through active involvement Mag significantly enhanced its project visibility in the sub-region and gained macro-level insight into the mining sector in Congo.
Weekend Corporate Retreat to Algonquin Provincial Park
2013-09-30 Reporter: Yue MA | Photos: Longbo CHEN, Hubert KLEPACKI, Nardia SMITH, Xingxing XU
The MagIndustries headquarters organized a weekend corporate retreat to Huntsville-Algonquin Provincial Park area for the Toronto Office through Sep. 27 to Sep. 29, 2013. The two-day retreat kicked off with generous sunrise on Peninsula Lake for the early birds, followed by private golf lesson for beginners who would test and sharpen their golf skills on a 9-hole lakeside course the following day. In addition to golf tee times, the group hiked in one of the most scenic trails inside Algonquin Park after having had a simple yet hearty picnic in nature.
The weekend retreat offered an excellent chance for employees to unwind after another busy and successful year for Mag and provided an opportunity for the Toronto employees to reinforce team spirit through various team-building activities.
Independence Day Celebration at the Mengo Base Camp
2013-08-17 Reporters: Jingtao ZHANG, Shasha YUAN | Photos: Xiaomin LI
On August 15, 2013, a celebration of the Republic of Congo’s Independence Day took place at the Mengo Base Camp, in recognition of Congo’s 53 years of independence from France. More than 120 guests participated in this event hosted by MagMinerals Potasses Congo (“MPC”), including employees of our three local subsidiaries, and representatives of East China Engineering Science and Technology - General Contractor for the construction of MagIndustries’ Mengo Potash Project, subcontractors China Wuyi and Beijing Uni-Construction Group, as well as community leaders.
Mr. Fuliang WANG, Deputy General Administrator of MPC, launched the celebration with a warm welcome speech, during which he expressed his expectation that through concerted effort from all, MPC will complete potash project construction on a timely basis, working together with the Republic of Congo. To a background of dynamic African music, our guests exchanged the best holiday wishes while enjoying a delicious buffet that drew on international and local food traditions.
This social event reinforced cohesiveness among various participants and stakeholders in the Mengo Potash Project. As reflected in the confident smiles of our peers, we have made a positive step toward the further globalization, localization, and diversification of our operations.