Weekly news

02/03/2010 to 11/03/2010

 

* Mascot factory denies sweatshop allegation- Global Times (CHN)

11/3/2010
A Chinese factory contracted to produce figurines of the 2010 World Cup mascots denied Wednesday allegations of sweatshop conditions and use of child labor, saying it operates in complete compliance of Chinese laws. 
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* Nigerian sentenced to death for drug dealing- China Daily (CHN)
11/3/2010
A Nigerian man received the death penalty Tuesday in Dongguan, Guangdong province, after being convicted of drug trafficking. Full Story.

* Zimbabwe must strengthen ties with powerful China – The Zimbabwe Guardian (ZWE)
11/03/2010
AS THE global economic balance of power shifts from West to East, it is becoming increasingly evident that we are living through the end of 500 years of Western ascendancy. Consequently, Zimbabwe must exercise long-term strategic vision, by perfecting the art of benefiting from China. Full Story

* Chinese visit pays off for Zambia – Luska Times (ZAM)
11/03/2010
Zambia has secured a concessional loan of US$ 1 billion from the government of China for investment in development projects in hydro power, housing, road infrastructure and other sectors. Full Story.

* Interview: AU official hails China-African cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)

 

10/03/2010
A senior African Union (AU) official on Tuesday hailed the friendly cooperation between China and Africa while dismissing the comment made by some western countries that China’s sole aim in Africa is to get resources. 
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* China’s CFPA donates medical equipment to Sudan’s BTO- Xinhua (CHN)
10/03/2010

 

China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) on Tuesday handed over 110,000 US dollars’ worth of medical equipment to Sudan’s Al Birr and Al-Tawasul Organization (BTO). Full Story.


* Botswana: Chinese Take Major Stake in New Power Project – Mmegi (BOT)

10/03/2010
In response to delays in the Mmamabula Energy Project (MEP), Chinese energy and mining titan Golden Concord Holdings Limited has snapped up a controlling equity in the 300-megawatt power station being developed by CIC Energy. 
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* Standard Chartered Launches SME China-Africa Network – Vanguard (NGA)
09/03/2010
Standard Chartered Nigeria has launched a Premium Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) China Africa network, just as it celebrated the Chinese Year of the Tiger. Full Story.

* Nitel – FG May Lose $1.5 Billion – This Day (NGA)
09/03/2010
The Federal Government may lose over $1.5 billion in the ongoing NITEL/Mtel Privatisation deal following moves by some interest groups to stir up fresh controversy and frustrate the issuance of the letter of offer to the preferred bidder, New Generation Telecommunication Consortium of China. Full Story.

 

 

* University paper offers agro solutions for Africa- Global Times (CHN)

9/3/2010
China Agriculture University released a research paper Monday that offered ways to help Africa develop its agricultural industry in the wake of the government’s efforts to boost Sino- African agricultural cooperation. 
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* EIBC to continue to invest in Africa despite the risks- Global Times (CHN)
9/3/2010
Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) will continue to invest in Africa, its president, Li Ruogu, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying over the weekend. 
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* Chinese investment benefits Africa: Yang- China Daily (CHN)
8/3/2010
The United Sates and Europe have imported far more oil from Africa than China has, said Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Sunday, defending China’s energy investment in that continent as being mutually beneficial. 
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* Chinese embassy demands safer investment enviroment in Tanzania- Xinhua (CHN)
7/3/2010

Security measures should be strengthened to protect the safety of Chinese investors in Tanzania, a senior Chinese embassy official said on Sunday. Full Story.

 

* Africa’s freedom to choose partners, friends should be respected: Chinese FM- Xinhua (CHN)
7/3/2010
Chinese Foreign Minister ang Jiechi said Sunday African countries’ inclinations and freedom of choosing cooperative partners and friends should be respected. 
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* Chinese envoy reiterates China’s support to Darfur peace efforts- Xinhua (CHN)
4/3/2010
Chinese Special Envoy to Darfur, Liu Guijin, on Wednesday reiterated his country’s support to the ongoing efforts to find a peaceful settlement to the Darfur crisis. 
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* Reshuffling Luandas Beijing Connection – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
March 2010
As the President rearranges his government and calls for another crackdown on corruption, Beijing’s friends can take nothing for granted. 
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* Banda Bags a billion – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
March 2010
Zambia does not always get what it wants or what it wants at the right time. President Rupiah Banda went on a 10-day official visit to China in late February and came back with a raft of promises of new investments, even in agriculture, just when the political class is focused on floods and food shortages. 
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* Victory for the Kinshasa vultures – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
March 2010
The execution of the US$6 billion ore-for-infrastructure deal originally signed in April 2008 between the Congolese state and Chinese companies China Railway Group and Sinohydro has suffered a setback. Full Story.

* New Pressure on China deals – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
March 2010
The new government is divided on demands for a review of the $7bn China International Fund contracts New Finance Minister Kerfalla Yansané is leading a group of ministers demanding a review of the controversial US$7 billion contracts signed by the Conakry government, the China International Fund and China Sonangol. Full Story.

* Companies and contracts under scrutiny- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
March 2010
There are four main strands to the sweeping the anti-corruption investigations launched in the wake of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s win with 90% of the votes cast in the elections on 9 April 2009: the review of the East-West Highway project now costed at over US$12 billion; the review of more than $3bn. Full Story.

* East West Highway trouble – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
March 2010
Political rivalries in Algiers deepen as Chinese companies are named in an anti-corruption probe into Africa’s biggest road project. Full Story.

* Fifa halts Chinese Zakumi output- Business Day (ZAF)
10/03/2010
A Chinese factory has halted production of Soccer World Cup mascot toys after an investigation into alleged sweatshop conditions, the merchandise company for world football body Fifa said yesterday. 
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* Chinese ‘Zakumi-manufacturers’ defend themselves- Business Report (ZAF)
10/3/2010
The Chinese factory ordered to stop producing mascots for the World Cup due to allegations of sweatshop conditions has defended itself, saying its facilities were among the best in China. 
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* Chief Chisunka Lauds Chinese Mine Investors- Times of Zambia (ZAM)
10/03/2010
Chisunka of Mansa District has expressed happiness with the intended investment by a Chinese mining company in his area. Full Story.

* Truworths Targets Chinese Products- The Herald (ZBW)
9/3/2010
Retail group Truworths Limited is targeting importing fabric and finished products directly from China to reduce costs. 
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* CNOOC, Total Pitch Oil Plans to Ugandan Govt- This Day (NGA)
9/3/2010
Global petroleum firms Total and China National Offshore Oil Corporation, CNOOC, have presented their investment plans in Uganda ‘s emerging petroleum industry to the government, an official said. Reuters reported that the two companies are currently in the process of entering a partnership with UK ‘s Tullow Oil to jointly operate exploration areas in western Uganda. 
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* Standard Chartered launches SME China Africa network- Vanguard (NGA)
9/3/2010
Standard Chartered Nigeria has launched a Premium Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) China Africa network, just as it celebrated the Chinese Year of the Tiger. 
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* New piracy levy to push up the cost of imported goods – Business Daily (KEN)

 

09/03/10
India and China, could take up to 75 per cent of South Africa’s 65 million tonnes of thermal coal exports in 2010 as demand shifts from Europe to Asia, putting many more ships in the gun sights of Somali pirates, analysts said. Full Story.

 

* AFZ Gets U.S.$20,000 Medical Equipment- The Herald (ZBW)
9/3/2010
Air Force of Zimbabwe last Friday received medical equipment worth US$20 000 from a Chinese company Brownieget to help in its community assistance projects and the general upkeep of its hospitals. 
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* Immigration Personnel Interact With Chinese Residents in Tema- The Chronicle (GHN)
9/3/2010
Personnel from the Tema regional office of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) last Thursday had an interactive meeting with Chinese nationals living within the metropolis, to educate them on the immigration laws, including requirements for working permits and residential permits among others. Full Story.

* Africans getting wealthier quickly, says new study – Business Daily (KEN)08/03/2010
Africans are getting wealthier more quickly than previously believed, according to a new study that also suggests the poorest continent’s riches are spreading beyond the narrow confines of its elite. Full Story.

 

* Chinese Employees Spill the Beans on Their Bosses – Mmegi (BOT)
8/03/2010
Francistown — Labour inspectors revisited Chinese shops last Friday where employees complained that things were still the same since they visited last year. Full Story.

 

* China defends growing links with Africa – Business Report (ZAF)
07/03/2010
China rejected foreign concerns over its growing energy links with Africa on Sunday, saying it benefits African nations by bringing badly needed trade and infrastructure development. 
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* Nigeria-China Council to Strengthen Trade Ties – This Day (NGA)
07/03/2010
Nigeria-China Business Council, in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry as well as China Council for the Promotion of International trade (CCPIT), is organising the second Nigeria -China trade and investment forum to be held at Qujaing International Conference and Exhibition Centre, Xian Qujicing New District, Xian City, China from April 8 to 11 2010. 
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* RB back in Zambia – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
7/03/2010
President Banda yesterday returned home from China where he had gone for a State visit at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. 
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* President Sirleaf Ends South Eastern Tour- Liberia Government (LBR)
7/3/2010
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf returned to the Liberian capital, Monrovia, on Saturday, March 6, following a weeklong visit to the southeastern counties of Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh. The President also made stops in Nimba and Bong Counties. 
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* Counterfeiters’ bag of tricks from the Chinese- Standard (KEN)
7/3/2010
Nairobi’s backstreets have become a haven for counterfeiters, who copy virtually anything with a little help from their Chinese counterparts. 
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* China defends growing links with Africa- Business Report (ZAF)
7/3/2010
China rejected foreign concerns over its growing energy links with Africa on Sunday, saying it benefits African nations by bringing badly needed trade and infrastructure development. 
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* Standards Bureau Seize Fake Sweets- New Vision (UGA)
7/3/2010
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has mounted an operation in Kikuubo, recovering boxes of counterfeit sweets from China. Full Story.

* Zambia China Mulungushi Textiles to reopen this year – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
6/03/2010
The Zambia China Mulungushi Textiles (ZCMT) which was closed in 2008 will be re-opened before the end of this year. Full Story.

* China congratulates Ghana on Independence- Ghana Web (GHN)
5/3/2010
President Hu Jintao has on behalf of the Government and People of the People’s Republic of China extended warm congratulations and best wishes to the President, Government and People of Ghana on the occasion of the 53rd anniversary of their independence. 
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* Relief aid begins to trickle in Bududa- Daily Monitor (UGA)
5/3/2010
Distribution of supplies for Bududa District residents affected by landslide began Thursday; four days after the soil avalanche buried three villages. 
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* Yar Adua’s Illness Hampers Completion of NITEL Sale – This Day (NGA)
05/03/2010
The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) yesterday said the prolonged ill health of President Umar Yar’Adua was partly responsible for the delay in the completion of the sale of Nigeria Telecommunications Ltd (NITEL) and Mobile Telecommunications Limited (Mtel). Full Story.

* Demand for ivory fuels elephant poaching – The Standard (KEN)
04/03/2010
Increased demand for ivory has led to upsurge of elephant poaching, Wildlife Assistant Minister Josphat Nanok has said. 
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* South Africa aiming for ‘BRICS’ during recent China visit – Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
04/03/2010
The recent visit to China by South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane showed clearly that the South African government has viewed BRIC as a relevant and strategic grouping, and one which South Africa cannot be excluded from.  
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