02/06/2012 to 15/06/2012

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 Enabling regulations key to Africa attracting FDI  – Engineering News (ZAF)

 Our salvation lies in manufacturing – The Herald (ZWE)

 China’s Hanlong clears bid hurdle – Business Report (ZAF)

 China in massive investment drive – Zimbabwe Independent (ZWE)

 Chinese exporters seek new markets – Financial Times

 Africa: China’s promised land – Asia Times (CHN)

Politics                                                                                                                 

China open to Africa cooperation with U.S. – Xinhuanet News (CHN)
15/06/2012
China on Friday said it held an open attitude towards discussion with the United States on cooperation with Africa.China on Friday said it held an open attitude towards discussion with the United States on cooperation with Africa.

Obama to unveil new Africa strategy – News24 (ZAF)
14/06/2012
President Barack Obama will release a comprehensive new US Africa strategy on Thursday, seeking to boost trade, strengthen peace and security and bolster democratic institutions.

Africa-China Young Leaders Forum to open – China Daily (CHN)
13/06/2012
The second Africa-China Young Leaders Forum is scheduled for June 18 -20 in Beijing. Cao Baijuan, director of the Africa Department of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) held a news conference on June 12, 2012, chinadaily.com.cn reported.

Why Tanzania is China’s foremost ally in Africa – The Citizen (TZA)
13/06/2012
This July, Beijing will be rolling out the red carpet for African leaders during the fifth edition of the triennial Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). In all likelihood, Tanzania will be represented by President Jakaya Kikwete, affably referred to as JK even in international circles. Talk to Chinese diplomats and the JK charm will draw equally chummy responses not just about the leader but also the nation.

Chinese community in Zimbabwe worried as polls approach  – The Africa Report 
12/06/2012
The spectre of polls in Zimbabwe has sent jitters across the Chinese community in that country, as elections in the southern African nation are often characterised by violence and uncertainty.

China, new threat to African youth dreams – News Day (ZWE)
11/06/2012
The Day of the African Child is commemorated every year on June 16 by member states of the African Union (AU), and its partners involved in activities that promote interests of children and youths across the continent.

China supports Libyan reconstruction – China Daily (CHN)
11/06/2012
China and Libya on Monday vowed to cooperate in Libya’s reconstruction. The pledge came out of a meeting between Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping and visiting Libyan Foreign Minister Ashour Ben Khayil at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.

‘Use Zimbabwe-China fair to create robust business linkages’  – The Herald (ZWE)
08/06/2012
IN the last decade, the Government has adopted the Look East Policy in a bid to bust sanctions imposed on the country in early 2000 by the West. And in recent years, there has been a considerable increase in trade and investment between Zimbabwe and China.

Libyan FM to visit China – FOCAC
07/06/2012
Libyan Foreign Minister Ashour Ben Khayil will visit China from June 9 to 13, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin announced here Wednesday.

Zimbabwe invited to China-Africa business conference – The Herald (ZWE)
04/06/2012
The Zimbabwe business community has been invited to participate at the fourth session Forum of China-Africa Co-operation slated for Beijing from July 18 to 19. The China Council for Promotion of Trade and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce will co-host the event, aimed at promoting co-operation as well as strengthening understanding and communication between Chinese and African entrepreneurs.

China-Africa Commentary and China-Mozambique Relations – Amb. David Shinn
04/06/2012
The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa has just published two brief commentaries on China in Africa and two longer articles on China in Mozambique.

Post Colonial Development in Africa – Foreign Policy Journal
03/06/2012
Over the past few decades, various regions have been blessed with massive economic development. The poster child for this growth is China, which has seen double digit growth every year for the past decade (World Bank, 2012).

China looks beyond Mugabe – Zimbabwe Independent (ZWE)
01/06/2012
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s maiden visit to China appears to be the strongest signal yet that China is planning for the future beyond President Robert Mugabe and recognises that the MDC-T could take over the reins of power following Zimbabwe’s next elections.

Missing Pieces: China’s Economy, Africa’s Economy, and More – Council on Foreign Relations (USA)
01/06/2012
Charles Landow highlights work on China, Africa, and global development issues in this edition of Missing Pieces. Enjoy the selection.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

Enabling regulations key to Africa attracting FDI  – Engineering News (ZAF)
08/06/2012
Enabling regulatory frameworks across Africa are vital for the continent to attract increased levels of foreign direct investment (FDI). As both developed and emerging econo- mies seek new markets for growth, there is much opportunity for the continent to attract investment flows.

China benefiting Africa through investment – FOCAC
05/06/2012
Gathered in Beijing for the first international fair for service trade, officials from Africa have applauded burgeoning Sino-African cooperation.

Driving forces behind Africa’s growth – The Standard (KEN)
02/06/2012
Over the past century, Sub-Saharan Africa has grown faster than the rest of the world, maintaining an average growth in excess of 6% per annum. Contrary to popular theory, this sustained and increasing growth cannot be attributed solely to Chinese investment and the commodities boom, since it is also driven by other key growth elements.

Sierra Leone engages China-Africa Development Fund on potential investment opportunities -Sierra Express Media (SLE)
02/06/2012
Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China has commenced talks with the China-Africa Development Fund (CADFund) to look at areas of possible investment in Sierra Leone, given the strong diplomatic and friendship relation that has been existing between the two countries for the last forty years.

Manufacturing                                                                                                      

Opinion: Could Africa be world’s next manufacturing hub? – CNN (USA)
15/06/2012
With domestic labor costs rising, many Asian manufacturing producers are now looking to relocate their factories in other regions of the world. Could Africa replace Asia and/or China as the world’s next manufacturing hub?

Our salvation lies in manufacturing – The Herald (ZWE)
08/06/2012
What has been happening of late has been throwing around of ideas, which could be termed as theories but not solutions to the economic problems facing the country. In practical terms, there are already many captains of industry that are involved in finding solutions to sustainable economic development.

China’s Manufacturing Slowdown to Hit African Suppliers – Voice of America (USA)
01/06/2012
A senior World Bank official says a slowdown of manufacturing in China is likely to hurt Africa’s economic growth. But, that risk could turn into an opportunity for Africa’s emerging economies.

Mining and Metals                                                                                                

China’s Hanlong clears bid hurdle – Business Report (ZAF)
05/06/2012
China’s Hanlong Mining has cleared one of three key hurdles to its long-delayed $1.3 billion takeover of Australia’s Sundance Resources, agreeing on key terms with Cameroon for developing the Mbalam iron ore project.

Chinese company ordered to stop coal mining – The Zimbabwean (GBR)
12/06/2012
Government has ordered a Chinese company to stop coal and coal-bed methane exploration for electricity generation in Gwayi, Matabeleland North province after failing an Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

Retail                                                                                                                    

Brands of China African Showcase set for July – Capital News (KEN)
08/06/2012
Hosted by Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, the People’s Government of Jiangsu, the People’s Government of Zhejiang and the People’s Government of Guangdong.

Telecommunications                                                                                            

‘SA must be China of Africa’ – IT Web (RZA)
15/06/2012
Localised sectors of production and economic development in SA must be strengthened to ensure increased competitiveness and productivity. Speaking about the role of ICT in the Gauteng Provincial Government’s (GPG’s) growth path, at the Gauteng ICT summit yesterday, Gauteng CIO Lemmy Chappie said the country must ensure the set-top boxes required for digital TV are manufactured locally.

PCCW joins China’s rush to Africa – Asia Times (CHN)
14/06/2012
Africa is second only to China in the pace of growth of its telecommunications sector, which makes it all the more surprising that Asian companies have been noticeably low-key when venturing into this field on the continent. This may be about to change.

Trade                                                                                                                    

Chinese exporters seek new markets – Financial Times
12/06/2012
With hundreds of television sets stacked high, Changhong Electronics’ warehouse in Shunde resembles many other storage depots in southern China, but their destinations reveal an important shift in global trade patterns.

Ask Not What China Wants From Africa, But What Africa Wants From China – Huffington Post (GBR)
11/06/2012
It’s 05.30am in Zambia’s capital Lusaka and already the “city market” is bustling. Behind the rows of vegetables laid out on the ground are about a dozen pickup trucks, each loaded with thousands of chickens crammed into little cages.

Chinese, African investors should strive to understand host countries’ business culture – Engineering News (ZAF)
08/06/2012
Increasing Chinese or African businesses’ understanding of a host country’s business culture, work ethics and society will lead to improved business relationships and trust between China and African countries, says market analysis firm Frontier Advisory China Africa analyst Jinghao Lu.

Danger as SA exports to China grow slower – Business (ZAF)
05/06/201
A chilling sign of what may lie ahead for South Africa is that exports to China, which grew 52 percent last year, are losing momentum. At R20.8 billion in the first three months of the year, they were up only 8 percent compared with the same period last year. And exports to Europe were flat at R37bn.

China to deepen service sector cooperation with Africa – FOCAC
05/06/2012
China will further deepen cooperation with Africa in the service trade and infrastructure sector, vice minister of commerce Li Jinzao said Tuesday.

Kenya: Kalonzo Tour Secures Chinese Business for Country – FOCAC
05/06/2012
After an extensive tour and holding discussions with senior executives of key Chinese multinationals ranging from food production, engineering and construction, telecommunications, aviation and motor vehicle manufacturing, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has secured firm commitment of investments in various sectors of the country’s economy.

Zimbabwe: Zim Invited to China-Africa Business Conference – FOCAC
04/06/2012
The Zimbabwe business community has been invited to participate at the fourth session Forum of China-Africa Co-operation slated for Beijing from July 18 to 19. The China Council for Promotion of Trade and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce will co-host the event, aimed at promoting co-operation as well as strengthening understanding and communication between Chinese and African entrepreneurs.

Transport and Infrastructure                                                                                 

China in massive investment drive – Zimbabwe Independent (ZWE)
07/06/2012
CHINA is set to invest massively in Zimbabwe’s decaying water, power, and transport infrastructure, following the recent visit to Beijing by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and government ministers, Gorden Moyo and Samuel Sipepa Nkomo. During the trip the premier said Zimbabwe was in dire need of assistance in “embarking on an aggressive programme of infrastructure rehabilitation”.

Lesotho dams bring investment – Business Report (ZAF)
05/06/2012
On a dusty mountaintop in Lesotho, Mamoliehi Tsapane beats sorghum with a wooden stick, the white grains popping from the husks over a bright green tarp.

Africa in China                                                                                                     

Africa: China’s promised land – Asia Times (CHN)
15/06/2012
Aside from the parallels between policy, emigration and entrepreneurship in 18th-century Alsace and 20th-century China there is another equally important feature of Reuven Brenner’s provocative viewpoint that we interpret as having a bearing on why Africa, more than any other place on earth, is a potential promised land for ambitious entrepreneurial Chinese who have grown up under the one-child policy

What China really wants in Africa – Asia Times (CHN)
14/06/2012
While a cottage industry of “China-in-Africa” experts has emerged over the past five years, on balance their explanations of why a magnetic like pull exists between the two continents is unsatisfactory. Certainly no one denies an array of state-to-state economic and geopolitical incentives recognized by both sides. After all, the simplified resources-for-infrastructure win-win is rather obvious

Dispatch from East Africa: Glimpses of Chinese interest in Uganda – SCPR (USA)
12/06/2012
It’s hard to get accurate information about China’s activities in Uganda. But those who welcome it say they like it because it is tangible; the evidence is in front of you. There are roads and buildings to show for it, they say.This is one of the buildings China built in the city center of Kampala.

China as a vital force for Africa – Asia Times (CHN)
08/06/2012
Chinese businessmen fanning across Africa these days need a thick skin. They are all too often accused of being exploiters, harsh employers and the ultimate insult – neo-colonialists interested only in stripping the continent of its mineral wealth.

U.S. job creation weapon against China in Africa – Daily Iowan (USA)
05/06/2012
Every year, thousands of African students graduate from American universities. Some of them go back to Africa to work with their governments or to work in the private sector; some stay in the United States to look for jobs; others, who have green cards or are American citizens stay permanently and are under the responsibility of the U.S. government.

Defence                                                                                                                

China, central Africa pledge closer military ties – FOCAC
07/06/2012
Senior military official Guo Boxiong met on Tuesday with Jean-Francis Bozize, defense minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), to discuss the expansion of military ties.

China, Central Africa Pledge Closer Military Ties – CRI (CHN)
05/06/2012
Senior military official Guo Boxiong met on Tuesday with Jean-Francis Bozize, defense minister of the Central African Republic (CAR), to discuss the expansion of military ties.

Society                                                                                                                 

China, Africa, Business, and Ethics – Amb. David Shinn
15/06/2012
The Carnegie Council in New York asked Josh Eisenman, co-author of our just released book China and Africa: A Century of Engagement, and I to do a podcast focused on the China-Africa business relationship. The podcast, which appeared on 15 June 2012 in the Carnegie Council Just Business series, pays particular attention to the role of ethics in business.

“When China Met Africa” at Center for Global Development – China in Africa: The Real Story
12/06/2012
CGD is pleased to announce the first screening of its annual summer film series, Global Development Matters. The 2012 series will commence on June 20 with a screening of “When China Met Africa.

China Africa Increase Healthy Collaboration – CRI (CHN)
12/06/2012
Africa lags behind the rest of the world in many areas of healthcare including life expectancy, child mortality and the amount of money spent on tackling these and other problems. But help is at hand. And it’s coming from China.

Africa can be both rewarding and risky – China Daily (CHN)
11/06/2012
Workers discover that Africa can be both rewarding and risky, reports Hu Yongqi in Dingzhou, Hebei province.
For large parts of the day, Lujiazhuang, in Dingzhou city, looks like a ghost town. Few of the 3,000 registered residents walk along the streets, bordered by two-story houses. The only faces visible belong to the young or the elderly. People of working age seem few and far between.

Africa: National Society Cooperation – Linking Hands Between China and Africa – FOCAC
05/06/2012
Representatives from 21 African National Societies and 31 provincial branches of the Red Cross Society of China shared experiences and explored the possibility of cooperation in the future. As Movement members, the ICRC and the International Federation were invited to participate in the event.