Sun pointed out that the firm decided to concentrate on Jamaica for three reasons. The first was the fact that Jamaica was the first Caribbean state to set up diplomatic relations giving what exactly is now an extended history between both countries. The second consideration was to fulfil China’s interest in building an economic venture with the Jamaican people; and thirdly, Jamaica is an island and China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) specialises in actions, for example marine engineering, dredging and bridge building.
Sun said that CCCC is one of the 500 largest enterprises on earth. “we’re now ranked at 165 and anticipating to move ahead another 20 positions by the end of the year,” he said, adding the firm’s selection to create headquarters in Jamaica is an indication of its confidence in the Government and people of Jamaica.
Based on Sun, the building of the North-South leg of Highway 2000 was the first overseas investment for CCCC and its subsidiary CHEC, using the Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. He said that it would be used as a model for the Caribbean and he’d classify the project as a landmark.
He added that having made the decision to make the 50-year investment in Jamaica, his firm is of the view that the choice that was correct was made by it.