Gezhouba is a subsidiary of the state-owned enterprise China Energy Engineering Group Co., Ltd (CEEC) which operates in various sectors including construction, expressway management, cement production, civil blasting, real estate, finance, hydropower, and coal. Its most famous project is the massive Three Gorges Dam project in China, and the company’s main emphasis is hydropower. However Gezhouba has taken an interest in coal projects in southeast Europe, and has been confirmed as one of the builders of the Tuzla 7 in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as having expressed interest in Pljevlja II in Montenegro. In addition, in early 2013 the Serbian government signed a protocol with Gezhouba on the Morava Canal mega-project that if implemented would join the Aegean Sea with the Danube via the Morava and Vardar rivers.
In 2013, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Environmental Protection issued the Guidelines for Environmental Protection in Foreign Investment and Cooperation. These Guidelines are not legally binding but can be quoted as a policy that Gezhouba should act in line with. In addition, while doing business in the EU or potential EU countries, it can be argued that companies should act in line with EU legislation.
Gezhouba does not have a public grievance mechanism and does not publish much information about its staff on its website. Therefore getting in touch is not easy: you need to send faxes and hard copies of letters.
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It is usually difficult to find out the relevant person to contact, so first look for some clues in the media coverage of the project or the particular office of the bank in question. For the Chinese headquarters, if you cannot find a specific person connected to the project or the region where the project is situated, write to the most senior people listed on the website.
You should not expect to receive an answer quickly, if at all. This can be discouraging, however do not underestimate the impact of receiving letters from local groups or affected people.
As Gezhouba is a state-owned enterprise, it is directly responsible towards the State-Owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC). Projects with a total investment of over USD 30 million or with over USD 10 million in foreign exchange must also be approved by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Therefore if your communication with the company does not yield any results, it is possible to also contact the SASAC and the NDRC.
While you are in the process of contacting companies that are involved in investment projects of your interest, you may wish to communicate to the Chamber of Commerce or bilateral/regional trade associations in your respective country to learn about the companies’ activities and locate the relevant point of contact.
Mr Ren Jianguo, Chairman of the Board,
cc: Chen Xiaohua, General Manager
China Gezhouba Group Corporation International Ltd.
21F, Tower A, Gemdale Plaza No.91
Jianguo Road, Chaoyang District,Beijing,100022,
Tel: + 86-10-59525952 / 59525889
Fax: + 86-10-59525951
cc: Wang Jianping, General manager,
China Gezhouba Group Corporation
No 1, Qingbao Road, Yichang, Hubei