Chinese Development Projects

Monday, December 21st, 2009

At Chinese work sites I’ve seen in Trinco and Hambantota, many of the workers are Chinese. Dudes in the neighborhood say they got like 300-500 Rs a day for odd jobs, sweeping up and stuff. Which sucks. Some of the work is specialized of course, but many of these development projects don’t necessarily bring jobs. China today has over 740,000 workers abroad, and it’s causing tensions. I don’t know what the ratio is at Sri Lankan development projects, but I’m sure a lot of the labor is Chinese. This is not necessarily bad, we may not have the required expertise here. However, I think a big priority of development should be jobs.