Weekly news

01/06/2009 to 07/06/2009

* Rwanda suitable for upland rice –Researchers- New Times (RWA)

Chinese rice researchers in Rwanda have said that some parts of the country are suitable for the production of upland rice, but they said there is need to closely monitor climate changes. Full Story.
* Chinese-owned company modernises Mozambique’s most luxurious hotel – Hotel Polana- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
Sogecoa (Moçambique), a consruction company owned by two Chinese businessmen, Jian Qingde and Jiang Zhaoya, is refurbishing Polana Serena, the most luxurious hotel in the Mozambican capital, Macauhub has learned from a source at the Tourism Ministry.Full Story.
* Mozambique and Angola within China’s food security network- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
Chinese interest in African agricultural resources is growing, paving the way for a “green revolution” on the Continent, and Angola and Mozambique are among the chosen few, according to researcher Loro Horta. Full Story.
* China donates anti-malaria drugs to MOH- Ghana Web (GHN)
China on Thursday donated anti-malaria drugs worth 280,000 dollars to the Ministry of Health (MOH) to assist Ghana to overcome the scourge of malaria. Full Story.
* Feedback – Five Kenyans to hang over drugs in China- Standard (KEN)
Shame on the drug couriers. Kenyans have become cheap, and this will be a lesson to others who attempt to join the Nigeria club. Full Story.
* Wetangula to visit China over Kenyan Smugglers- Standard (KEN)
Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula bowed to pressure from MPs and promised to travel to China to help save the lives of six Kenyans who have been sentenced to death for drug trafficking. Full Story.
* Scramble for Africa’s mobile market deepens- Business Daily (KEN)
Bharti Airtel’s bid to revive talks on a $61 billion deal with MTN, if successful, may spark the consolidation of mobile phone markets across Africa and the Middle East.Full Story.
* China to honour Olympian Dibaba with hospital- Walta Information (ETH)
China is to construct a multi-million-dollar hospital in Ethiopia and name it after Olympic double gold medallist Tirunesh Dibaba, state-media said on Monday. Full Story.
* China denies minerals deal will leave Congo in debt- Business Day (ZAF)
IMF officials worry that the contract, a key element of President Joseph Kabila’s post-war economic policy, will plunge Congo deeper into debt, and have delayed forgiveness of most of the 10bn Congo already owes. Full Story.
* Judgment in Chinese human trafficking case not ready- Ghana Web (GHN)
A Circuit Court in Accra, which was to deliver its verdict in the case of the three Chinese busted for transporting and trafficking 10 Chinese girls, to engage in the sex trade in Ghana, on Tuesday adjourned the matter to June 22. Full Story.
* Firm boosts Kenya links with China through trade fairs- Business Daily (KEN)
After two years as an entrepreneur dealing in consumer goods, Mr James Kibathi decided to seek new source-markets in a bid to boost his profit margins. Full Story.
* China pledges to end Sudan–Chad conflict- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
China today has renewed its support to Sudanese government to achieve peace in Darfur saying it would work to ease the current conflict between Sudan and Chad. Full Story.
* Fred Oware Fired- The Ghanaian Journal (GHN)
The Chief Executive Officer of the Bui Power project, Mr. Fred Oware has been asked to proceed on leave effective June, 1, 2009. Full Story.
* Khaki launches three-wheeler vehicles- Business Report (ZAF)
Khaki Motor Holdings, a newly established motor group, has launched a range of three-wheeler tuk-tuk type vehicles on the local market. The tuk-tuks are imported from China, but Khaki aims to assemble them locally. Full Story.
* Made in China, in Africa- Mail & Guardian (ZAF)
Poor people in Africa risk losing the few resources they have, as Asian nations — principally mainland China — buy up vast tracts of land on the continent at rock-bottom prices. Full Story.
* ‘Chinese Engagement In Nigeria Would Aid The Industrialisation Of The Country’- Guardian (NGA)
Deborah A. Brautigam, an associate professor of the School of International Service, was in Nigeria for two weeks as part of a research work on the impacts of Chinese engagement in Africa. Full Story.
* Green rules eye Chinese firms abroad- China Daily (CHN)
The government has completed a draft of mandatory environmental measures for the increasing number of Chinese companies involved in overseas projects, officials have said. Full Story.

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