Weekly news

01/05/2010 to 04/05/2010

Kibaki back from China trip- Daily Nation (KEN)
President Hu Jintao thanked the government and people of Kenya for being at the forefront in peace initiatives in both Sudan and Somalia. Full Story.

Kagame receives top Chinese official- New Times (RWA)

President Paul Kagame, yesterday, received the Secretary General in charge of the organization department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Gao Shiqi, at Urugwiro Village, where they held discussions on the Rwanda-China ties. Full Story.

ExxonMobil Oil Leases Face Legal Hurdle- This Day (NGA)


The agreement allegedly reached in November last year between Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPNU) on behalf of ExxonMobil Corporation US and the Ministry of Petroleum Resources on behalf of the Federal Government for the renewal of three oil mining leases (OMLs) for a duration of 20 years has run into a legal quagmire. Full Story.

China joins contest to fund second port in Lamu- Business Daily (KEN)

Kenya has inched closer to building the multi-billion shilling Lamu port after China said it was willing to finance the project that Japan is also eying, heightening the battle between the two Asian giants for control of Africa’s economic landscape. Full Story.

Oil discovery: So near yet so far- Standard (KEN)
Somewhere deep in Isiolo District, anxiety is rising fast. After seven months of drilling works and 5,080 metres deep into the earth, the search for oil in one of the most promising wells in the country is now entering the homestretch. Full Story.

Kibaki seeks China help to build Lamu Port- Standard (KEN)

President Mwai Kibaki returned from Shanghai, China after a successful five-day state visit to the country. Full Story.

EA to Pool Funds for New Railway Line- East African (KEN)
Each of the five East African Community partner state will equally contribute to the construction of a new railway system estimated to cost $25 billion. Full Story.

List of Tariff-Free Entry Products for African LDCs: Update- Dragon’s Gift Blog (USA)

In an earlier post I celebrated the “release” of the list of products given tariff-free entry into China from Africa’s least developed countries.  Now, thanks to Liu Rongkun, an astute M.A. candidate at American University’s School of International Service, we see that China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) actually published the entire list in July 2007. Full Story.

Zimbabwe, China sign $400m power deal- Africa News (NED)

Zimbabwe has signed a $400 million agreement with China’s Sinohydro to expand its Kariba hydro plant, an official said on Monday, as power cuts threaten to dim the country’s economic recovery prospects. Full Story.

President pushes for more Chinese investment in Kenya- Daily Nation (KEN)

Kenyans can expect more involvement through funding and investment in development projects by China, with President Kibaki’s visit to the country, where he invited the Chinese business people to invest in the country. Full Story.

West Must Remove Sanctions – China- The Herald (ZWE)
The inclusive Government has the potential to foster Zimbabwe’s development, but for this to succeed, the West must immediately lift all illegal sanctions on the country, a senior Chinese government official has said. Full Story.

Kibaki opens Kenya stand at China Expo- Daily Nation (KEN)
President Kibaki officially opened the Kenyan exhibition stand at the joint African pavilion at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, China on Friday. Full Story.

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