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Guyana to probe China company awarded airport deal

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – Legislators in Guyana will soon hold hearings on whether one of China’s largest state companies should be allowed to renovate the country’s main airport following allegations of corruption.

The announcement comes after Jamaica’s government recently alerted Caribbean nations that the World Bank had barred the parent company of China Harbor Engineering Company from bidding on certain bank-funded projects from 2009 to 2017.

Officials with China Harbor Engineering Company issued a statement late last week saying that the company itself has not been sanctioned by the World Bank.

Guyana House Speaker Raphael Trotman said Tuesday that Parliament’s economic services committee will decide whether the company should proceed with the $138 million renovation at Cheddi Jagan Airport.

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