In-Dependence

“Local contractors and consultants who compete with foreign companies should be provided with the same or equivalent benefits as enjoyed by those foreign companies and should be protected from unfair competition through matters such as soft loans.”

The Uff Report’s 43rd recommendation, on the benefits awarded to foreign contractors. This article will delve into the large-scale programme for 5,000 new apartments to be built for HDC by China Gezhouba Group International Engineering Co Ltd (CGGC). I am writing this on the night before our 57th anniversary of Independence and my reflections are bittersweet, dwelling on those old discussions about how, for many countries in the global south, Independence was only symbolised as a spectacle.

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