CGC signs contract aiding Mauritania to construct medical college project SOURCE: CGCINT MAURITANIA On August 3, 2011, a ceremony was held in the economic affairs and development ministry of Mauritania for the China-aided medical college project of Nouakchott University. The signing ceremony was attended by Xu Jinlong, political counselor of Chinese embassy to Mauritania, Yang Peipei, commercial counselor of Chinese embassy to Mauritania, Yesilaimu. Ould. Hamada, secretary-general of the economic affairs and development ministry of Mauritania, Mohammad.Mahamud. Ould. Sharif. Mohammad, director of the education and training program department of the economic affairs and development ministry, other Mauritania officials, and Zhu Guoyi, representative of China Geo-Engineering Corporation International Ltd. (CGC). A the signing ceremony, secretary-general Hamada first expressed heartfelt gratitude to the Chinese government in aiding Mauritania to construct the medical college project of Nouakchott University. He said that along with the construction of the medical college project, China and Mauritania have entered a new stage in cooperation in the education and health fields. In recent years, the friendly ties between China and Mauritania have advanced in an all-round way. The two countries have achieved substantial results in exchanges and cooperation in the education sector. The medical college project of Nouakchott University is constructed with interest-free loans of the Chinese government. It occupies a land of 20,000 square meters. It has a building area of 9,000 square meters, comprising the teaching and experiment building, administration office building, lecture hall, teach flat, four experimental areas, and supporting facilities. When completed, the medical college may accommodate to 1,200 students. It will cultivate clinical medical talents badly needed in Mauritania, and facilitate progress of medical education in the country. In the end of the signing ceremony, secretary-general Hamada and Zhu Guoyi, CGC representative in Mauritania, signed the construction contract on behalf of the Mauritanian government and CGC.