by Staff Writers
Managua (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Nicaragua has renewed an environmental permit for a Chinese company to go ahead with planned construction of a cross-country shipping canal to rival the one in Panama, a government document published Wednesday showed.
The permission was renewed back in April but was not made public until the release of the report on the mega-project.
Excavation work has not yet started on the proposed 276-kilometer -171-mile) canal, which is budgeted to cost $50 billion.
The Chinese company contracted to carry it out, HKND, has been granted a 50-year concession to run the canal and pocket revenues to cover the costs, with an option to extend that period by another 50 years.
The government said the canal "is a way for Nicaragua to be able to advance economic, social, environmental and human development."
President Daniel Ortega launched the project in 2013.
The canal was forecast to be built by 2020, but that date has been pushed back indefinitely.
According to the report, the British consultancy that carried out the environmental impact study, Environmental Resources Management, recommended further complementary studies be carried out before work starts.
The document said geological, seismic and acid drainage analyses had been made in the past two years, with more to come.
It noted that around 30,000 people would have to be removed from land to carved up to make way for the canal.
Amnesty International and other independent groups have said that number is an underestimation.
New York (AFP) Sept 6, 2017
Goldman Sachs suspended work for an affiliate of Chinese conglomerate HNA that has been under increased scrutiny by the Chinese government, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The US investment bank had been enlisted in August to manage a stock offering of HNA outsourcing business Pactera. But Goldman Sachs concluded the financial structure of the Pactera business was too o ... read more
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