Chinese Government provides CFA 2 billion grant for University of Marien Ngouabi Library Construction Project
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Funding agency [Type]
Unspecified Chinese Government Institution [Government Agency]
Education (Code: 110)
In 2007, the Chinese Government and the Republic of Congo’s Ministry of Higher Education signed a CFA 2 billion grant agreement for the University of Marien Ngouabi Library Construction Project. This project involved the construction of a library at Marien Ngouabi University in the capital city of Brazzaville. The library has 4 floors and a building area of about 6,000 square meters. It has an editing office, four specialized reading rooms (including one for archival records), a computer room (equipped with 50 computers), an exhibition hall, a lecture hall and supporting rooms. China Geological Engineering Group Co., Ltd. (CGCINT) was the contractor responsible implementation. It signed a construction contract in December 2008 and the expected duration of the construction period was 18 months. Construction started on May 8, 2009. Then, on February 24, 2010 and March 24, 2010, the two governments signed letters of exchange regarding the financing of this project and a grant disbursement took place. A project handover ceremony was held on January 25, 2011. Then, on March 30, 2013, a formally opening ceremony for the library was held. However, the library was not provisioally opened to the public until July 29, 2013.
The Chinese project title is 恩古瓦比大学图书馆 or 援刚恩古瓦比大学图书馆项目. The French project title is la Grande bibliothèque universitaire de l'Université Marien-Ngouabi. There are some indications that this project may have been partially financed with the proceeds from an interest free-loan that was signed on March 23, 2008 (see Project ID#30494). However, AidData has not yet independently confirmed that the Congolese authorities drew down on the March 23, 2008 loan to support this project, so it is coded as grant-financed for the time being.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Government of Republic of Congo [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
China Geo-Engineering Corporation (CGC) [State-owned Company]