Airport Gateway Project Broke Ground

  • On March 3, 2011, the JFK Airport Gateway project broke ground in Nassau, capital of The Bahamas, marking the commencement of construction. President Ning Yuan of China Construction America attended the groundbreaking ceremony along with nearly 200 participants including The Rt. Honorable Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, H.E. Ambassador Hu Dingxian, Tourism Minister Vincent Wallace, Public Work and Transport Minister Neco Grant, Environment Minister Vincent, and representatives from local businesses and media.
  • At 2pm local time, the groundbreaking ceremony officially kicked off with the national anthems of The Bahamas and China. The ceremony was moderated by Mr. Collin Higgs, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Work and Transport. Mr. Higgs briefly overviewed the project background and mentioned in particular the EXIM Bank’s visit to The Bahamas in August 2008 in which the consensus was reached on concessional loans. China and The Bahamas have embarked on cooperation over this project ever since. On September 30, 2010, CCA signed the project Design/Build contract with the Bahamian government. Today, the groundbreaking marks another important milestone of this project.
  • In his welcoming address, Tourism Minister Vincent Wallace extended welcome and appreciation to the CCA team, saying that CCA Civil Bahamas is a brilliant team that will contribute hugely to the development of The Bahamas.
  • Mr. Yuan, president of CCA delivered a speech on behalf of the Design/Builder. Mr. Yuan expressed thanks to the Bahamian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Ingraham and the Chinese Ambassador Hu for their attention and support to the project, and to the project team for their cooperation and collaboration in the design process. Mr. Yuan said, the highway embodies the friendship between the two peoples and the two governments. It is a road of friendship linking The Bahamas and China across a very long distance. Once completed, the project will benefit every Bahamian resident and millions of travelers to The Bahamas. It will become the Gateway of The Bahamas, extending her hospitality and enthusiasm to the rest of the world. CCA will build this project the No. 1 Highway of The Bahamas featured by great safety, quality and convenience to the benefit of a more promising and prosperous future of The Bahamas.
  • Ambassador Hu addressed the ceremony on behalf of the Chinese government to extend congratulations on the commencement and wishes to complete the project with great success. Mr. Neco Grant, Minister of Public Work and Transport, expressed his gratitude to the Prime Minister and the two governments for their support and to the CCA team for their dedication and diligence to make this project possible.
  • The groundbreaking attracted spotlight from major local media. The Tribune, one of the mainstream local media, reported that the project has created 130 plus job opportunities for the local community, which is undoubtedly a boost to the sluggish job market.
  • The JFK Airport Gateway project is another big project for CCA apart from the Baha Mar resort project which broke ground on February 21, 2011. It shows clearly the strong position of CSCEC in the Caribbean construction market, and serves as a solid foundation to achieve the company’s goal of exploring the upscale local market.
  • (left to right: Permanent Secretary Colin Higgs, President Ning Yuan, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, Public Work and Transport Minister Neco Grant, Chinese Ambassador Hu Dingxian, and Tourism Minister Vincent Wallace)
  • (Local media coverage)