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West Africa Rising: Guinea to sign $5.8 billion mining deal with Chinese firm


Christian Science Monitor

By  Drew Hinschaw

August 31, 20011

In Conakry, Guinean officials are on the verge of signing a $5.8 billion mining deal with a Chinese state-owned fund, Reuters reports.

In return for digging rights to a plot outside the capital,China Power Investment would finance the construction of a coal power plant, a deep water port, and a refinery long sought after by the nation’s rulers.

West Africa‘s newest democracy sits on top of half the world’s reserves of bauxite, the principle ore used in aluminum. From independence until last year, Guineawas brutally ruled by a sequence of dictatorships. Now the former French colony is looking to make up five lost decades through quick swaps of mining rights for infrastructure…Read more.

Parsons Awarded Contract by USAID to Support Rural Roads in East Africa


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Webwire

August 30, 2011

PASADENA, CAParsons announced today that it has been awarded a contract by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to expand rural roads in the East African nation of Rwanda. The expansion of Rwanda’s rural road infrastructure will substantially benefit the Rwandan economy by supporting regional trade and giving farmers an improved transportation system and access to markets for their crops—90% of Rwanda’s population is involved in some way with crop cultivation, and improved roads will significantly impact a nation where many farmers live at the subsistence level.

Under this contract, Parsons will provide a roads inventory and condition assessments, prioritization, planning, preparation of technical designs, procurement support, and construction supervision for 1,000 kms of improved roads. The project will benefit Rwandans by employing and training local labor forces—women will comprise at least 30% of the labor force. Parsons will also provide mentor-protégé training on procurement to Rwanda’s District governments that will build local expertise and ultimately enable the Districts to tender maintenance programs directly to rural communities, empowering local work forcesRead more.

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