Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks with contractors Junior and Shaun Sammy

PM ON SITE: Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley speaks with contractors Junior and Shaun Sammy after turning the sod for the Curepe Interchange Project last week. —Photo: ISHMAEL SALANDY

CHINESE construction companies are winning bids on State contracts because are offering the lowest prices, but they are bringing in cheap materials that can compromise the structural integrity of these architectural projects, former health minister Dr Fuad Khan said yesterday.

He noted that in recent years, Chinese contractors, who have been at the forefront of that country’s Belt and Road Initiative have also resorted to exporting construction materials to the countries in which they have been hired.

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