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  • “It felt good to be among those who were described as some of the best employees and I am immensely proud to work with such a company,” Mr. Chong said.
  • The entire Highway 2000 project is intended to serve as a catalyst for Jamaica’s economy, through direct and efficient links between major economic centres, cities and towns, as well as growth points. It also provides options of bypassing congested roadways.

Jamaican engineer, Andrew Chong is still basking in the engineering wonders seen on his recent visit to China.

Mr. Chong, who was one of 10 persons chosen for the China Communication Construction Company’s (CCCC) Excellent Foreign Youth Employee Award for 2013-2015, visited several impressive sites as part of his tour of the country to accept his award in the form of a trophy and plaque.

He visited the Great Wall of China, one of the most appealing attractions in the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance; Tianjin Port in northern China, built by CCCC and is the world’s fourth largest port; and the Forbidden City, an impressive Palace compound built to protect and serve the Ming Dynasty clan in the 15th century.                                                                                                                          Speaking with JIS News following his return to Jamaica, Mr. Chong expressed gratitude to China Communication Construction Company, the parent company of China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), for the opportunity and experience.

“I was elated to meet the Vice President of CHEC, Beijing, Tang Zhongdong and other senior managers. The trip also provided me with an occasion to learn more about the culture of the Company such as the vision and the goal to build a connected world. The fact that I was able to meet colleagues from other parts of the world who were just as thrilled was great,” he added.

He further noted that in his meeting with Mr. Zhongdong, the Vice President expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the cooperation of the Government of Jamaica, the Jamaican people, especially those employed by the company and the communities where CHEC works.

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Jamaican Andrew Chong (centre), along with two other recipients of the China Communication Construction Company’s (CCCC) Excellent Foreign Youth Employee Award for 2013-2015, do the ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose in front of the Forbidden City in Beijing, China.

A graduate of the Morant Bay High School in St. Thomas and the University of Technology (UTech), Mr. Chong has been working with CHEC since 2011.

China Communication Construction Company, which has its headquarters in Beijing, has been connecting the world not only through the building of roads, ports and bridges, but also through Human Resource Development, with special focus on its younger employees.

One of the world’s top Fortune 500 enterprises, the CCCC in 2013 introduced the Excellent Foreign Youth Employee Award to reward and encourage outstanding young employees.

Through this process, 10 employees from various subsidiaries located across the four continents were awarded the Excellent Foreign Youth Employee Award. The other recipients were from Ethiopia, Germany, Brazil, Angola, Belarus, Mauritania, Sri Lanka and Tajikistan.

In the meantime, Mr. Chong is one of the employees working on the North-South leg of Highway 2000, which is scheduled to open officially in March. The US$600 Million project is being undertaken through a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement between the Jamaican Government and CHEC.

The highway runs from Caymanas, St. Catherine, to Mammee Bay, St. Ann, a distance of 66 kilometres.

The entire Highway 2000 project is intended to serve as a catalyst for Jamaica’s economy, through direct and efficient links between major economic centres, cities and towns, as well as growth points. It also provides options of bypassing congested roadways.

The North South leg is the latest of several projects that CHEC has built since it officially opened its office here in April 2010. Others include the Palisadoes Shoreline Protection and Rehabilitation Works; the all-island Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP); the Westmoreland Bridge; and the Christiana Bypass Road.

The company has also been quietly building lives through its involvement in education. Two years ago, five young Jamaicans were beneficiaries of a five-year full scholarship programme. They are presently pursuing Bachelor of Science (BSc) degrees in Engineering, majoring in Harbour Coastal and Offshore Engineering, at the prestigious Hohai University in Nanjing, China.                                                                                      The scholarship was the brainchild of Mr. Zhongdong, who felt that it was an excellent way of developing long term collaboration and lasting relations between Jamaica and China and to contribute to the economical, environmental and social development of the country.