CAIRO, March 22 (Xinhua) --China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has completed capping of the first skyscraper in the Central Business District (CBD) of Egypt's new administrative capital city, some 50 km east of Cairo.
"C03 is the first capped building of the Central Business District (CBD) project and more building structures will be capped in the near future," Chang Weicai, general manager of CSCEC Egypt, said in a recent press statement.
CSCEC is currently working on the CBD project, which is composed of 20 buildings including a 385-meter-high iconic tower with 80 floors in the new administrative capital city of Egypt. The iconic tower is expected to be the tallest skyscraper in Africa upon completion.
The deal for the CBD project was signed in January 2016 under the framework of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative and CSCEC officially started the project in May 2018.
The whole project, with a construction area of about 1,900,000 square meters, is scheduled to be delivered by 2022.
"The CBD is making rapid progress toward success. We guarantee quality and on-time delivery and we promise to return the love shown by the Egyptian people to China through our excellent performance," said the manager of CSCEC Egypt.
The CBD project fully leverages the advantages of China-Egypt cooperation. Most of the workers' posts were held by locals, and China brought the technology and funds.
Meanwhile, the first curtain wall body was installed on another building, C04, marking the beginning of the external curtain wall installation stage in the CBD project.
Egypt's population reached 100 million in February 2020, of which more than 20 million people live in the capital Cairo, making the urban infrastructure overwhelmed.
The Egyptian government has planned a new administrative capital in the desert area to the east of Cairo since 2015, which is planned to cover an area of 700 square kilometers and accommodate 5 million people, as well as government agencies and foreign embassies. (Contributed by Yan Jing, Mahmoud Fouly; edited by Yang Qi with Xinhua Silk Road)