Sierra Leone has scrapped a $400-million (347-million-euro) scheme for a Chinese-built airport, saying the project was too costly, but Beijing sought to dismiss the concerns on Thursday.

In a statement, the ministry of transport and aviation said that “after serious consideration and due diligence,” the government had determined the Mamamah International Airport initiative was “uneconomical”.

All contracts under the project are being terminated, it said on Wednesday.

China’s foreign ministry said Thursday the assertions that projects “do not contribute to local livelihoods do not correspond with the facts.”


Source: Seychelles News Agency