Internationally Scandal-Tainted Chinese Company Working on Second Yangon Project

By The Irrawaddy 25 October 2019

YANGON—China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), a Chinese state-owned company that has attracted controversy for its involvement in alleged fraud, corruption and bribery in many countries, is undertaking an extension project for a four-star international hotel in Yangon.

The compound of the Summit Parkview Hotel slated for extension has been fenced off to accommodate the development. The freshly erected entrance to the site says, “China Communications Construction, CCCC-Extension of Summit Parkview Hotel Yangon Project.”

The Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC), the city’s municipal authority, approved the project in March 2018. The extension has two, four, and seven-story structures with basements, according to the YCDC.

Based in Beijing, CCCC is one of the world’s largest companies, focused on transportation infrastructure projects. It is supported in different business segments by over 60 subsidiaries such as China Road and Bridge Corporation, China Harbour Engineering and John Holland Group.

However, CCCC and its subsidiaries have left a trail of controversy in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Thailand, Canada, Australia and Kenya. The company was sanctioned by the World Bank from January 2009 until January 2017 due to fraudulent bidding practices in Phase 1 of the Philippines National Roads Improvement and Management Project.

In Myanmar, the company also signed a framework agreement with the Yangon government in April 2018 to complete infrastructure projects for the New Yangon City, a new city project slated for development across the Yangon River from the commercial capital. The project is controversial due to its low-lying, flood-prone topography.