Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Case study on Chinese involvement in Ghana's Bui Dam

Hensengerth, Oliver (2011)
Interaction of Chinese institutions with host governments in dam
construction: the Bui dam in Ghana
Bonn: Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development
(Discussion Paper 3/2011)

ISBN: 978-3-88985-532-9
Price: 6,00 €

The study analyses the role of Chinese companies and financing
institutions and Ghanaian governmental agencies in planning and
constructing the Bui Dam. The analysis focuses on the division of
responsibilities between Sinohydro and China Exim Bank on the one side
and the Ghanaian government on the other side. The findings show that
environmental and resettlement planning for Bui was commissioned and
financed by the Government of Ghana without Sinohydro's involvement. The
obligation of the firm is to abide by the environmental regulations that
are monitored by the regulatory authorities. The role of Sinohydro
consists in building the dam, maintaining the construction site,
contracting workers, and providing for workers' health and safety. The
firm has no role in resettlement, which is carried out by the Bui Power
Authority. While there is clear evidence that the Bui Power Authority
does not follow the recommendations of the Resettlement Planning
Framework, Sinohydro appears to abide largely by the conditions set out
in the Environmental Impact Assessment study whose implementation is
monitored by the Ghanaian Environmental Protection Agency and the
Ghanaian Water Resources Commission.

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