CHEC wants to build a modern International Airport in Guyana.
Plans that were in the pipeline for years in Guyana may be underway if China Harbour Engineering Company gets over its initial credibility hurdle. CHEC wants to build a modern International Airport in this South American nation drawing on Guyana’s unique geo-political position on the continent’s mainland. It is not a new plan. The Americans wanted to do it ever since the British were in control, the original Cheddi jagan and then later the Burnham administration wanted to make Guyana a Gateway to South America, particularly to Brazil and as a hub to Africa and Asia.
Here is what the Chinese are hoping to do. The airport according to CHEC’s Business Development Manager Colville Heath London is being expanded with a vision of where Guyana could be in the Aviation and Communication business down the road and how the air transport sector can take off, literally.
But the Company has been embroiled in reports locally and in the Caribbean that everything in not above board. So the company has been on a lobbying blitz trying to get its message out that some things are lost in the Translation. Its Regional Director for the Americas Zhondong Tang explained that the one or two matters about corrupt transactions had nothing to do with CHEC. A position explained too by CHEC’s Communications Consultant Huntley Medley.
Guyana had indicated that it may review the proposals made by CHEC after revelations of improper arrangements by some subsidiaries of the parent company of CHEC. But according to the officials, the Guyana Government has not indicated to them that a review was underway.
The multi-million dollar expansion project at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport will be funded through a soft loan by the Chinese Government Export-Import Bank.