BEIJING, November 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – This is reported by China ASEAN Report affiliated with China report:
During his 30-year career, Ji Xiaoyong has forged permanent ties with all ASEAN member states. He started working at Sinohydro Jiajiang Hydraulic Machinery Company Ltd., which provided support equipment to large international hydropower plants such as Paunglaung hydropower station and Zaungtu hydropower station in Burma and the Pak Phanang lock project in Thailand. Later, Ji was called in to lead the Asia Pacific regional headquarters of Power Construction Corporation of China (PowerChina). Eventually, he became president of PowerChina International Group Ltd. (PowerChina International). Ji Xiaoyong has traveled to all ASEAN countries, assisting and participating in the development of ASEAN for decades.
A Chinese technician instructs a Laotian employee in cutting and welding.
At March 10, 2016, PowerChina restructured and integrated its international operations to better explore the international market and established PowerChina International. Due to his outstanding performance and rich experience in international projects, Ji was appointed deputy general manager of PowerChina International and general manager of the Asia Pacific PowerChina regional headquarters. He led PowerChina’s marketing and management of ongoing projects in 31 countries and regions in South East Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.
After arriving at Asia Pacific regional headquarters of PowerChina, Ji conducted extensive research and strengthened the representative office in The Philippines and readjusted and enriched the marketing teams of the representative offices in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Burma. He also assigned several key projects to follow.
During its first five years in office, PowerChina participated in the construction of the China–Laos railway and the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway, and built Xiamen of the University Malaysia campus, which started accepting students in 2016. PowerChina’s market share ranks near the top of Chinese companies in Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, and Burma.
Ji Xiaoyong believes that in order to “globalize” optimally and achieve long-term development, enterprises must conduct deep and solid localization. PowerChina performed efficient localization in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The proportion of local employees in PowerChina’s operations in the Asia Pacific region reaches up to 65 percent. PowerChina not only created many jobs in host countries, but also shared advanced production technologies and local management experience.
During the construction of the China–Laos railroad, with the help of the Consulate General of China in Luang Prabang and in local governments, PowerChina has opened technical schools to train professional and technical personnel such as rebar workers, electricians, welders, concrete mixers and carpenters for Laos.
“Through localization, we have improved our ability to effectively integrate local social resources and increased our competitiveness and international operational capabilities,” Ji said. “At the same time, we have brought strong economic and social benefits to the local area to achieve win-win development. “
In addition to production and marketing, PowerChina has actively practiced social responsibility overseas. At July 23, 2018, a dam of the Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydroelectric project collapsed in the province of Attapeu in the south Laos. The collapse triggered around 5 billion cubic meters of water that poured into 13 villages in Sanamxay district in Attapeu province and affected around 13,000 people.
Ji Xiaoyong immediately instructed the representative office to Laos organize 30 employees and dispatch more than 20 vehicles for disaster relief, making PowerChina one of the first Chinese companies to enter the disaster area. The Xe-Pian Xe-Namnoy hydroelectric project was developed and built by a joint venture made up of four companies from other countries.
“The collapse of the dam was catastrophic, and although PowerChina was not involved in the construction of this project, we did everything possible to provide assistance to the affected area,” Ji Xiaoyong said.
PowerChina provided supplies, equipment and technology as part of its rescue efforts. It only took 40 days for PowerChina to repair the bridge leading to the disaster area. PowerChina also built two new road bridges to the affected area and helped the local government effectively address the hidden dangers left by the dam, an effort that garnered high praise from residents. Then Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith bestowed a Commendation Order and Development Medal on PowerChina.
“Hydroelectricity is our specialty,” Ji said. “PowerChina has the advanced technologies in the world, so our team of experts helped Laos diagnose the problem and suggest “PowerChina solutions”, which solved the problem correctly. ”
In addition to disaster relief after the collapse of the dam in Laos, PowerChina also ran the clock to rescue victims of other incidents, including a shipwreck on Ring Beach Island in Malaysia in 2017, two tourist boats capsized in Thailand Phuket in 2018, the violation of Swar Creek Dam in Burma in 2018, and the Indonesian earthquake in 2018.
As one of the first central enterprises to “go global”, PowerChina has forged deep friendships with the governments and peoples of host countries after so many years of work. Whether delivering emergency relief, combating the pandemic, or assisting vulnerable groups in host countries during peacetime, PowerChina has demonstrated responsibility as a central enterprise to China.
Ji Xiaoyong said PowerChina International is striving to become a “green engineering company” which makes continuous efforts to achieve the national goals of “peak carbon by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060”.
In 2016, PowerChina International reinstated resources and created a New Energy department focused on the development of new energies. In 2017, PowerChina partnered with China Export & Credit Insurance Corporation, LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd. and Canadian Solar to set up the International New Energy Solution (INES) platform. To date, 25 companies have registered with INES, forming a circle of investment, construction and financing companies in the fields of wind power, photovoltaics, energy storage and hydrogen. energy.
Despite the overall decline in overseas markets in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19, PowerChina’s international new energy business has shown positive growth. PowerChina signed a number of key new energy projects and the value of newly signed contracts increased 65.95% year-on-year. New energies have become the third largest segment of PowerChina’s international business.
Ji Xiaoyong sees PowerChina International’s energy transformation as an opportunity as much as a challenge. The new energy division of PowerChina International started at the beginning of China and participated in the formulation of relevant technical standards. The technical advantages of PowerChina International stand out in the international competition.
In recent years, PowerChina International has undertaken many new influential energy projects abroad and accumulated rich experience. It has built over 60 percent of new energy projects in Vietnam and the total installed capacity exceeds 4,600 megawatts, of which 2,800 megawatts of photovoltaic projects have been successfully connected to the grid.
Ji Xiaoyong firmly believes that with the development of stored energy and smart grid technology, new energy will become the most important electric power in the world. The development of new energies will not only facilitate the achievement of the “double carbon” goals, but will significantly help humanity to cope with climate change and achieve green and sustainable development. In the future, Ji Xiaoyong will continue to lead PowerChina International to tirelessly contribute to economic cooperation, trade and friendship between China and ASEAN.
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