CPIH Overseas Projects Prosper with Local Communities
The principles defining the Belt and Road Initiative - extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits - are given life in CPIH’s overseas projects. Wherever CPIH goes, it not only produces clean energy, but also participates in the local community, helps improve the environment, and enables local people to share in the fruits of project development. Such efforts have won widespread appraisal from host countries.
In Kazakhstan, Zhanatas wind farm, the largest wind power project under construction in Central Asia, will be able to meet the electricity demand of 1 million local households and effectively alleviate the power shortage in southern Kazakhstan once it is put into full operation. The project company contributes to the local community by donating ambulances to public hospitals, helping local families in need to repair their houses, and investing to build the Yntymak tree-lined park. The 2020 Best Social Contribution Enterprise Award and Socio-economic Development Contribution Honor awarded to the company by Zhambyl of Kazakhstan are only some of the examples of how well received these efforts were.
In Australia, CPIH created more than 500 local jobs with Yaloak wind project and Haughton PV project. CPIH funded marine ecological research programs in Queensland that have marked and greed over 1,200 green sea turtles; renovated local infrastructure such as public toilets and water supply valves in communities around the Yaloak wind farm; funded the rooftop PV project of the health centers in Portland, and donated hay to the farm near Taralga wind farm to save the livestock from starving when drought hit.
In Mexico, CPIH Zuma Energía provides high-school scholarships in each project’s influence area, as well as university scholarships to cover full living and tuition expenses of students from public high-schools who pursue college education in renowned private universities.
In Brazil, by setting up the Sustainable Community Fund, CPIH provided skill trainings to women in the Barra do Camaratuba area that hosts the company’s wind farm, and established a Women's Handcraft Group; led the efforts to sponsor such educational programs as musical instruments, chorus, drama and literature, to local children near the São Simão Hydropower plant; and worked with Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and other institutions to study and help solve the problem of golden mussel invasion.
In Chile, project companies take actions every year to help improve the well-being of neighboring communities. During the construction of the Punta Sierra wind farm, the project company built a small solar power generation system for Caleta Sierra community and a power line for the Mantos de Hornillos community, lighting up these communities in advance.
In Pakistan, China Power Hub Generation Company prioritizes the sustainable development of both the company and local communities, and is committed to improving local people’s livelihood, education, and neighboring environment. The company helped improve community sanitation, invested and built fishmen’s jetty, built charity schools, sponsored training programs for disadvantaged students, and donated supplies to flood-hit families. By caring for local people and always responding to their urgent needs and actual difficulties, the company won the Corporate Social Responsibility Award of the Pakistan National Environment and Health Forum (NFEH) in both 2020 and 2021.
In Vietnam, Phase I of the Vinh Tan Project, became the most stable and efficient thermal power plant in the country as soon as it was put into operation, effectively alleviating the power shortage in central and southern Vietnam. The project company has been engaging in charitable causes locally for several years, extending a helping hand to disadvantaged families and students. In the meantime, the company also lays great emphasis on training local employees. A tutoring mechanism was put in place to help train local talents, where Chinese employees in Vietnam work in pairs with their Vietnamese colleagues and give them one-on-one guidance. "I feel quite happy when the project needs me." Ms. Pham, who could only watch and learn during Unit 1 overhaul but is now good enough to work on her own and train new employees during Unit 2 maintenance, said as she looked back on her experience and growth in the past two years.