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CONAKRY, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- China has officially handed over the multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 50,000 to the Guinean authorities.
Chinese ambassador to Guinea Zhao Lixing on Wednesday handed over the stadium to the West African country's Prime Minister Mohamed Said Fofana.
The Nongo multi-purpose stadium was built on a 239,000 square meters piece of land and is considered as one of the biggest projects to be undertaken by the Chinese government on the African continent.
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The stadium construction costs more than 50 million U. S. dollars.
"This stadium will from now on become a center for all sporting and cultural activities for the Guinean people and it already serves as a symbol of the friendship between China and Guinea," Ambassador Zhao said.
The Chinese ambassador reiterated his government's commitment to support Guinea its socio-economic development programs.
Guinea's International Cooperation Minister Moustapha Koutoubou Sanoh spoke at the hand-over ceremony, thanking China for supporting Guinea's development programs and hoping that more projects will be accomplished in 2012.
The minister said besides its sitting capacity, "this stadium was the biggest and most modern in the West African region."
Prime Minister Fofana spoke on behalf of the government and President Alpha Conde, hailing long standing friendly ties between China and Guinea and bilateral cooperation in infrastructure, health, telecommunication, energy, agriculture and education.
The Guinean prime minister announced that from now on, this stadium will be referred to as "The Unity Stadium."