Project ID: 1255

Chinese Government provides RMB 43 million grant - through December 2002 ETCA - for Presidential Palace Construction Project (Linked to projects #61299 and #73237)

Commitment amount

$ 11270603.62

Constant 2017 USD

Summary

Funding agency [Type]

China Ministry of Commerce [Government Agency]

Recipient

Namibia

Sector

Government and civil society (Code: 150)

Flow type

Grant

Concessional

Yes

Category

Intent

Development (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Commercial

Development

Representational

Mixed

Financial Flow Classification

ODA-like (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Official Development Assistance

Other Official Flows

Vague (Official Finance)

Flows categorized based on OECD-DAC guidelines

Project lifecycle

Status

Completion (The next section lists the possible statuses.)

Pledge

Commitment

Implementation

Completion

Suspended

Cancelled

Milestones

Commitment year

2002

Implementation

2007

2007-11-14

Actual start

Completion

2010

2009-09-01

Planned

2010-07-13

Actual

Geography

Description

In December 2002, the Chinese Government and the Government of Namibia signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA), which committed a 55 million NAD interest-free loan and an RMB 43 million grant for the Presidential Palace Construction Project. Under Secretary of Works in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Kaire Mbuende signed the agreement with his Chinese counterpart, Qiao Zonghua. The linked project #1255 captures the interest-free loan and this project captures the grant. The Presidential Palace Construction Project involved the construction of a new State House in the Auasblick suburbs outside of Windhoek. Qingdao Construction Group Corporation and Shenyang Northeast Engineering Construction Development Company were the contractors responsible for building and supervising the presidential residence building on the estate. The North Korean firm Mansudae Overseas Group was reportedly also involved in the construction process. A construction contract was signed on June 20, 2007. Construction then began on November 14, 2007. On November 19, 2007, a formal groundbreaking ceremony took place. The project was officially completed and handed over the Namibian authorities on July 13, 2010. This project was plagued by accusations of corruption and inflated prices due to the selection of Chinese firms without public tender.The Chinese project title is 援纳总统官邸项目 or 纳总统官邸项目 or 纳米比亚总统官邸项目.

Additional details

On March 28, 2008, the Chinese Government and the Government of Namibia signed an exchange of letters related to the Presidential Palace Construction Project, which may have committed supplemental funding for this project.

Number of official sources

14

Number of unofficial sources

4

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Details

Cofinanced

No

Receiving agencies [Type]

Government of Namibia [Government Agency]

Implementing agencies [Type]

Qingdao Construction Group Ltd. [Private Sector]; Shenyang Engineering Supervision Consulting Company [Private Sector]