Beijing asks Belt & Road companies to slow people moves

21 February 2020 - 12:00 am UTC

The Chinese government has asked its companies to slow or suspend the deployment of expatriates to overseas Belt and Road projects in an effort to prevent the spread of the epidemic.

The project developers and builders were also urged to conduct strict infectious disease checks and reporting on its staff dispatched overseas for any potential coronavirus cases, Chu Shijia, director with the Comprehensive Department of the Ministry of Commerce, told an online news briefing today. 

These instructions are among a string of new measures taken by the Chinese authorities to mitigate the epidemic’s impact on Belt and Road projects, he said. 

“(We) requested companies reduce staff relocations and suspend deployment of new employees from China abroad to minimise risks,” Chu said, adding that the country’s major Belt and Road projects are generally running smoothly. “We have been closely monitoring the progress of these projects since the outbreak of the disease.”

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