Chinese Government provides $14 million grant for Abomey-Calavi Technical School Construction Project
Constant 2017 USD
Funding agency [Type]
China Ministry of Commerce [Government Agency]
Education (Code: 110)
In 2012, the Chinese Government signed a grant agreement with the Government of Benin for the Abomey-Calavi Technical School Construction Project. In total, China’s Ministry of Commerce reportedly committed $14 million of grant funding for this project (See: Bénin : inauguration d'une lycée technique d'amitié sino-béninoise). The proceeds of this grant were used to finance a construction contract between Government of Benin and Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group (AFECC), which was signed on 18 December, 2012 (See: 援贝宁职业技术学校及太阳能示范项目对外施工合同已签署).This project involves the construction of a technical school that can accommodate 450 students in the village of Akassato within the Abomey-Calavi Province (approximately 30 km north of Cotonou (See: 援贝宁职业技术学校及太阳能示范项目 and Bénin / Chine: le président Boni Yayi lance les travaux de construction du lycée technique d'amitié sino-béninoise). More specifically, it involved the construction of classrooms and training workshops, teachers' apartments, student dormitories, power distribution rooms and generator rooms, water towers and canteens, outdoor sports areas, campus roads, a courtyard lighting system, and a solar water heating system for the teachers' apartments. The buildings are powered through back-up generators and solar panels. This project also involved the provision of teaching equipment, office and dormitory furniture, dining tables, and chairs.AFECC was responsible for project implementation, CITIC Architectural Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd. was responsible for project design, and Shengyang Engineering Supervision Consulting Co., Ltd. was responsible for project supervision (See: 援贝宁职业技术学校及太阳能示范项目). On 6 January, 2013, Benin President Boni Yayi attended the foundation stone laying ceremony for the school (See: 贝宁总统亚伊出席我援贝宁技术学校和太阳能项目开工仪式 and 援贝宁中等职业技术学校及太阳能示范项目举行开工仪式). The project officially commenced on 10 June, 2013, and the project handover ceremony too place on 1 October, 2014 (See: 我援贝宁职业技术学校举行交接仪式). An opening ceremony for the school was then held on 21 October, 2014 (See: 我援贝职业技术学校举行开学仪式). The school was eventually renamed to the Government Science and Technical College (GSTC), and as of August 2019, it was undergoing renovations and was scheduled to reopen in September 2019 (See: Obaseki’s education reforms: Benin Technical College nears completion ahead of school resumption).
This project is also known as the Aid to Benin Vocational Technical School and Solar Energy Demonstration Project and the Sino-Beninese Friendship Technical School Construction Project. The Chinese project title is 援贝宁职业技术学校及太阳能示范项目 or 贝宁中等职业技术学校. The French project title is Lycée technique d'amitié sino-béninoise or la construction du lycée technique d’Abomey-Calavi.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Government of Benin [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group Co., Ltd. (AFECC) [Private Sector]; CITIC General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd. [Other]; Shenyang Engineering & Supervision Consulting Co., Ltd. (Shenyang Supervision) [State-owned Company]