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        環球時報英文版:Bright Belt & Road stories amid COVID-19 pandemic
        來源:成都院 作者:環球時報 時間:2020-11-25 字體:[ ]

         Twice-cooked pork, or hui guo rou, a Sichuan dish of spicy seared pork belly, may be quite familiar to Chinese people as an ordinary, delicious family dish. But to 27-year-old Mamun, from Dhaka, capital city of Bangladesh, the dish (especially cooked with beef) means much more.

        Working in the office of the Chengdu Engineering Corporation Limited, one of subsidiaries of Chinese state-owned enterprise Power Construction Corporation of China in Bangladesh, under strict prevention and control measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, Mamun feels that the dish, cooked by his Chinese boss, warms his stomach, as well as his heart.

        Bangladesh is still suffering from the raging COVID-19 pandemic and the country reported 2,275 new cases and 17 new deaths on Friday, bringing the tally to 443,434 cases and death toll to 6,322.

        Under strict management, Mamun and his 380 Bangladeshi and 90 Chinese colleagues have to keep a social distance. For safety, they have shut the project camp's gate and usually have to wait a long time to get food dispatched by a local supplier to the project camp. After being disinfected for half an hour, these food materials can be sent to canteens for a second round of disinfection.  

        "I look ugly as I cannot go outside to get a haircut," Mamun joked. "These are really tough days. But Qin, my boss, often cooks his homemade cuisine - hui guo rou - for us. As we are Muslims, Qin considerately changed pork to beef. It not only tasted delicious, but also made me feel we are not only colleagues, but friends who work together to combat the virus and make the city better." 

        After graduation from college, Mamun sought his first job in this Chinese company which is constructing the largest sewage treatment plant in South Asia in the city of Dhaka. The project is part of the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative (BRI). Working in the communication management office, Mamun has witnessed how the project brought tremendous changes to his hometown and how the initiative benefits locals and improves their lives. 

        Mamun then decided to record a video of his daily life in the office. Entitled Hui Guo Rou on the Ganges, the one-minute video offers a glimpse into the lives of Chinese company staff participating in the Belt and Road construction, the friendship between Chinese and local workers and the courage they have demonstrated in fighting the health crisis together.  

        The video won an award during the second Belt and Road (BRI) short video competition held in Wuhan, in Central China's Hubei Province on Friday. By collecting short video stories from builders and beneficiaries from countries all along the Belt and Road, the competition aims to help build a community with a shared future for mankind.

        Mamun's video is one of a total of 65 winners. Although the protagonists in the videos have different skin colors and cultural backgrounds, they showed common yearning for a better life and expectations for a better future. Their stories are just a microcosm of hundreds of thousands of people who are benefiting from the BRI and the initiative is gaining more and more recognition.

        As the world is struck by the COVID-19 pandemic, industries have been suspended around the world, leaving many jobless. The deadly virus has hampered the BRI to an extent, but the initiative has not only been functioning well amid the ongoing crisis, but also played a significant role in the global anti-pandemic fight.

        Bottles are floating on the river; trash could be seen everywhere in the city… this was what the city of Dhaka used to look like in Mamun's video. "Nearly 20 million people are living in Dhaka city. Those people produce so much wastewater. Since only an old sewage treatment plant built in 1978 is still running in Dhaka city, it's a big challenge for us to manage wastewater." Mamun told the Global Times on Friday. 

        This Chinese government-funded project - Dasherkandi Sewage Treatment Plant, will be the first modern treatment plant in Bangladesh. After operation, the plant will obviously improve sewage treatment management in Dhaka and protect their environment and river. 

        The construction of the mega sewage treatment plant was started in 2018. The designed capacity of sewage treatment is 500,000 cubic meters per day. The project includes sewage lifting station (6 cubic meters per second), sewage conveyance pipeline and sewage treatment plant (500,000 cubic meters per day). 

        The Global Times learned from the Chinese company that the project had not only provided more than 1,000 jobs for local people, but also provided comprehensive technical training for Bangladeshi workers. The salaries of Bangladeshi workers are higher than the average for the country.

        "Bangladesh is a highly densely populated country. We are facing many problems because of our limited resources. BRI improves our lifestyle, creates many jobs and improves our productivity. The initiative offers what we actually want," Mamun said. 




        Produced By 大漢網絡 大漢版通發布系統


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