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China Union begins ore operation soon

By Maxwell Johnson

(lbsonline/Liberia)-The management of China Union says it will begin active ore production in the first half of 2013 at the former Bong Mining Company (BMC).

China Union’s Deputy Manager, Liu Zhang Bing, said: “More than US$300M has been infused into the company to accelerate its mining activities in Bong Mines”.

China Union is a Chinese mining company that recently signed an agreement with the Liberian Government to mine iron ore at the former Bong Mining Company’s concession site in Bong Mines, Bong County.

Mr. Liu said: “Two years ago, the management of the company has provided an initial amount of US$2.6B for its operations in the country”.
The Chinese Company’s Manager said: “Work at the mining site, including a railway and other facilities, are smoothly progressing”.

Mr. Liu said: “Since the inception of  China Union in Liberia, the company has continued to  create more jobs for the  locals and  to remain committed to paying  its taxes to the Government as part of its cooperate and social responsibilities”.

China Union takes over Bong Mines Hospitals.

Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Friday 11th January 2013, officially turned-over the Bong Mines Hospital to China Union.

Mr. Liu revealed that: “About US$1M has been invested into the rehabilitation of the Bong Mines Hospital. The amount is being used specifically to purchase medical equipment and medicines”.

The company’s Management has, however, promised retaining about 85 percent of the hospital’s local staff while some Chinese experts will be brought in to supervise.

Deputy Health and Social Welfare Minister, Matthew Flomo, lauded China Union for its assistance to the Liberian people and cautioned the Bong Mines Hospital staff to remain committed to duty.

Mr.Flomo assured the management of China Union of the Ministry’s support to the hospital in all aspects of its oversight responsibility.


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