01/08/2011 to 07/08/2011

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  Chinese cement imports a ‘danger’ to Ohorongo -The Namibian (NAM)

  Brand Awareness Grows as Chinese Businesses Enter Africa -China Business Times (CHN)

  Uganda blocks Chinese loan over procurement concerns- IDG News Service (NOR)

  DRC premier tells foreigners to leave small business to locals -Africa Review (KEN)

  Advocacy group urges foreign firms to cease oil exploration in Ethiopia’s Ogaden -Sudan Tribune (SUD)

  Guest Post: Let’s Argue About the China-Congo Contract -China in Africa -The Real Story
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Mozambique’s exports to China rise 6.1 pct in 1st half -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
06/08/2011
In the first six months of this year China imported US$94.6 million in goods from Mozambique, which is a year-on-year rise of 6.1 percent, the assistant director general of the China Foreign Trade Centre, Wang Runsheng said in Maputo.

Government official suggests that Chinese company should use Angola as a regional base -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
06/08/2011
The China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation (CMEC) should use Angola as a platform to operate in countries and markets in the region, the secretary for Economic Affairs of the Angolan presidency, Armando Manuel said in Beijing during a visit to the Chinese company.

President Silanyo set to visit China -Somaliland Press (SOM)
06/08/2011
Somaliland President Ahmed M. Silanyo, leading a high-level ministerial delegation, is to fly to Beijing on Saturday at the start of his first China visit.

Chinese firm in lone run for N$2b tender -The Namibian (NAM)
05/08/2011
A CHINESE contractor is the sole shortlisted candidate from a pre-qualification round for a N$2 billion Namibia Ports Authority (NamPort) tender.

Chinese cement imports a ‘danger’ to Ohorongo -The Namibian (NAM)
05/08/2011
Increasing cement imports from Asia, in particular China, are threatening Ohorongo, and jobs at the plant.

African Studies seminars held in Beijing -FOCAC (CHN)
05/08/2011
“The Academic Seminar in Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Chairman Mao’s Instructions on African Studies” and “The Launching Ceremony of African Research Forum of the Chinese Society for African Studies” was successfully held in Beijing

Brand Awareness Grows as Chinese Businesses Enter Africa -China Business Times (CHN)
05/08/2011
The result of “Top 100 Chinese companies recommended to Africa for 2011” organized by the China Africa Industrial Forum (CAIF) was unveiled on July 20th in Beijing. CNMC, CGGC, Sinohydro Corporation and CMEC were on the list.

Nigeria launches new anti-malaria drug -Big News Networks
05/08/2011
A new anti-malaria medicine developed in China has been introduced in Nigeria to contain the spread of the disease in the west African nation.

Establishment of Chinese Companies Defended -Angola Press (AGO)
05/08/2011
The secretary for Economic Affairs of the Presidency of the Republic, Armando Manuel, defended in Beijing a co-operation with China for the establishment of manufacturing facilities capable of ensuring quality, durability and maintenance of equipment.

Kogi Govt, Chinese Firm Partner on Agriculture -The Daily Trust (NGA)
05/08/2011
The Kogi State government has gone into partnership with a Chinese firm towards establishing a modern farming implement factory in the state.

Uganda blocks Chinese loan over procurement concerns- IDG News Service (NOR)
04/08/2011
As wariness about China’s investments in Africa grows, allegations of procurement flaws and overpricing has moved the Ugandan government to block a US$74 million loan from the Import and Export Bank of China (EXIM) meant for a digital migration project.

China is always on Africa’s side (video) -Walta Info (ETH)
04/08/2011
China is always on Africa’s side to support African governments and people during crises, Gu Xiaojie, Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia.

DRC premier tells foreigners to leave small business to locals -Africa Review (KEN)
04/08/2011
The targeted traders are mainly Chinese, Pakistanis and Indians who run small shops not just in the cities but even in remote rural areas.

China and India’s growing interests in Africa -CNN News (USA)
04/08/2011
Highlighted are some of China and India’s major trade partners in Africa. Click on each country for more information.

China votes $5b for Africa -The Nation (NGA)
03/08/2011
The Chinese Government has voted $5billion for investments in Africa, Vice- President of the China-Africa Development Fund, Hu Zhirong has disclosed.

Between Ambassador Ashiru And the Chinese Embassy -Daily Independent (NGA)
03/08/2011
The Minister of foreign affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru a few days ago expressed his displeasure with the way some embassies in Nigeria treat visa applicants even when such applicants have genuine and legitimate reasons to visit their countries.

Advocacy group urges foreign firms to cease oil exploration in Ethiopia’s Ogaden -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
03/08/2011
“We urge all foreign oil companies – especially the Chinese oil and gas company PetroTrans – to refrain from undertaking any oil exploration missions in the Ogaden”.

FG to Benefit From China’s N750 Billion Investment Fund -Leadership (NGA)
03/08/2011
There are strong indications that Nigeria may benefit from the proposed Chinese government N750 billion ($5 billion) investment fund in Africa.

Guest Post: Let’s Argue About the China-Congo Contract -China in Africa -The Real Story
03/08/2011
The debate about the cooperation agreement between Congo and China at the Brussels symposium on the 27th of May, 2011 was very instructive.

DRC Debates: Is China’s Sicomines Project Good or Bad for the Congo? -China in Africa – The Real Story
02/08/2011
On May 27, 2011 I attended a very interesting day-long “debate” in Brussels focused solely on the famous China-Congo “deal of the century” .

Senior CPC official leaves Beijing to visit South Africa, Botswana -Xinhua (CHN)
02/08/2011
A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) left Beijing Friday to visit South Africaand Botswana.

African Minerals Inks US$1.5 Bln Deal with China’s Shandong Steel -2point6billion.com (CHN)
02/08/2011
A US$1.5 billion agreement was signed between African Minerals and China’s Shandong Steel and Iron Group (SSIG), the world’s ninth largest steel producer, bringing the a long-awaited deal to a close.

Nation, China Strengthen Cultural Ties -BuaNews (ZAF)
02/08/2011
The People’s Republic of China is planning to set up its Chinese Cultural Centre in South Africa as an exchange platform for cultural development with South Africa.

Chinese Construction Company Eyes Nation’s Infrastructure Contracts -Daily Trust (NGA)
02/08/2011
A Chinese construction company, Africa – China Development Funds, with a capital base of $5 billion, has indicated interest in handling energy contracts in Nigeria.

Growing economic powers reinvigorate south-south co-operation -The Guardian (GBR)
02/08/2011
A substantial increase in the amount China and India invest in Africa and Asia heralds a new era for south-south co-operation

Merafe Says S. Africa Must Limit Chrome Ore Exports to China -Bloomberg (USA)
02/08/2011
South Africa should consider export duties and other controls to stop a surge in chrome ore sales to China so local ferrochrome makers can stay competitive, the head of Merafe Resources Ltd. (MRF) said.

‘Re-think Sino-Africa ties’ -The Southern Times (ZAF)
01/08/2011
Africa should rethink its relationship with China and end current trade practices under which raw materials are being spirited out of the continent with little benefits to technological and industrial capacity.

Narok, China Enter Deal to Boost Tourism -Nairobi Star (KEN)
01/08/2011
Narok County Council have reached an agreement on friendly exchange programmes with Wulong County of Chongqing in China.

Anambra, China to Strengthen Ties -The Daily Trust (NGA)
01/08/2011
Anambra State and China will widen the scope of bilateral co-operation in various sectors.

The EU and Chinas engagement in Africa -European Union Institute for Security Studies
01/08/2011
China’s engagement in Africa has obliged the EU to re-evaluate its own relationship with Africa.

Agony and Ivory -Vanity Fair (USA)
01/08/2011
Highly emotional and completely guileless, elephants mourn their dead—and across Africa, they are grieving daily as demand from China’s “suddenly wealthy” has driven the price of ivory to $700 a pound or more.

Sudan-Chad railway funds secured -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
31/07/2011
The Secretary of Sudanese-Chadian Twinning Secretariat travelled to China on Saturday to sign a contract with a bank to borrow the funds to build a railway between Sudan and land-locked Chad.

Hydro plant will prevent blackouts -Times Live (ZAF)
30/07/2011
The estimated project cost for KGL is a whopping $2-billion and it will be built as a public/private partnership project of Zesco, the China-Africa Development Fund and the Sino Hydro Corporation of China.

Meet The Millionaires And Billionaires Suddenly Buying Tons Of Land In Africa -Business Insider (USA)
30/07/2011
Oakland Institute just completed the most thorough investigative report on who’s buying land in Africa we’ve seen yet: “Hedge Funds Grabbing Land in Africa,” as BBC called it.

Another road to prosperity -China Daily (CHN)
29/07/2011
Cameron’s sermon to Africa another example of Western countries trying to belittle China’s achievements

China rejects claims of Africa land buy-ups -Times Live (ZAF)
29/07/2011
China rejected claims by a German official that it has been buying up land in the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa, saying the allegations are “completely unfounded” and have “ulterior motives”.

Han Zhen: Who on Earth Wants to Invade Africa? -Global Times (CHN)
29/07/2011
As a Chinese citizen, I am deeply shocked by the fact that an old imperialist power that once established worldwide colonies with gunboats is criticizing another country for “invasion”. I cannot help but ask what the criteria for “invasion” are and who sets them?