Weekly news

02/11/2009 to 08/11/2009

All last week’s China Africa developments below:

* Kagame addresses China-Africa summit- New Times (RWA)
10/11/2009
President Paul Kagame yesterday addressed the opening ceremony of the fourth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Full Story.

* Progress in China -Africa trade and economic co-operations- New Times (RWA)
10/11/2009
The Chinese government has consistently advocated developing friendly and cooperative relations with African countries on a footing of equality, mutual benefit, efficiency, diversity and common development. Full Story.

* Analysis: China says Africa push has mutual developmental agenda- Business Report (ZAF)
10/11/2009
China’s focus on agriculture and infrastructure development in Africa aimed to help the continent achieve economic independence, Beijing’s commerce minister said yesterday, stepping up a push by the Asian giant to battle criticism that it is plundering the continent’s resources. Full Story.

* China-Africa cooperation steps up: Meles- Walta Information (ETH)
10/11/2009
Prime Minster Meles Zenawi expressed hope that the China – Africa cooperation, which is based on mutual benefits will further be intensified. Full Story.

* China supports Ethiopia’s dev’t endeavors: China Exim Bank Pres– Walta Information (ETH)
9/11/2009
President of Export-Import Bank of China, Li Ruogu said China is committed to support ongoing development activities in Ethiopia. Full Story.

* Ethiopia secures loan for its expressway from China- Africa News (NED)
9/11/2009
The state owned financing firm, China Exim Bank, has approved a 349 million USD for Ethiopia’s new expressway project. Full Story.

* China seeks Africa joint ventures- FT (GBR)
9/11/2009
China’s state-backed Africa investment fund is seeking to break new ground by pushing Chinese companies to build infrastructure through joint ventures with African governments, according to a senior ­executive. Full Story.

* China steps up aid to Africa, promises debt forgiveness- Business Day (ZAF)
9/11/2009
China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao yesterday pledged 10bn in low interest loans to African nations over the next three years. Full Story.

* Expo slated over stands from China- Business Day (ZAF)
9/11/2009
The 11th International Apparel, Textile, Footwear and Machinery Trade Exhibition held at the Cape Town International Conference Centre last week has come under fire from the Apparel Manufacturers of SA for undermining the government’s policy of reversing de-industrialisation. Full Story.

* Museveni commends China at Egypt meet- Monitor (UGA)
9/11/2009
President Museveni has called on world leaders to work together to end protectionism and promote industrial growth and development on the African continent. Full Story.

* China bets big on Kenya- Daily Nation (KEN)
9/11/2009
At every ground breaking ceremony of a Chinese-backed project in Kenya, the dragon dance is part of the entertainment. Sneaking its way among the guests, it has become a familiar scene just like their projects. Full Story.

* China not courting Africa only for energy, says Wen- Business Day (ZAF)
9/11/2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao denied that Beijing was developing ties in Africa purely to satisfy its need for energy, as he headed for talks with the continent’s leaders, state media reported today. Full Story.

* China offers decades of help to Malaria fight in Africa- China Daily (CHN)
9/11/2009
The general manager for Holley Cotec, a Chinese pharmaceutical group said he saw countless women throughout the continent suffer miscarriages because of the disease. But one unnamed woman, about a decade ago, managed to give birth to a baby girl with the help of anti-malaria drugs from China. Full Story.

* Wen’s speech at 4th Ministerial Conference of Forum on China-Africa Co-op (full text) – Xinhua (CHN)
9/11/2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao Sunday delivered a speech entitled “Building the New Type of China-Africa Strategic Partnership” at the opening ceremony of the 4th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh. Full Story.

* Eight new measures to enhance co-op with Africa – Xinhua (CHN)
8/11/2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Sunday announced eight new measures the Chinese government will take to strengthen China-Africa cooperation in the next three years. Full Story.

* China pledges $10bn Africa loan- BBC (GBR)
8/11/2009 China has pledged to give Africa $10bn (£6bn) in concessional loans over the next three years, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao has said at a summit in Egypt. Full Story.

* China’s chequebook draws African nations- BBC (GBR)
8/11/2009
China sees vast opportunity in Africa. Since 2001 total trade has grown tenfold – last year it stood at $107bn (£63.7bn). Full Story.

* ‘Made in China’ now made in Egypt- Business Report (ZAF)
8/11/2009
Port Said, Egypt – With cheap labour, investment incentives and unrestricted exports, one Chinese textile group has turned to Egypt as an ideal location to produce its ready-made garments, beating stiff competition at home. Full Story.

* Nigeria-China Investment Forum will curb importation of fake products, Waziri- Vanguard (NGA)
8/11/2009
Former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ambassador Idris Waziri has disclosed that Nigeria and China have signed an agreement to stop the inflow of substandard and fake products from the latter into the country… Full Story.

* China-Africa forum begins- News 24 (ZAF)
8/11/2009
The two-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opened on Sunday, bringing together 50 countries as China looks set to expand its economic presence in Africa. Full Story.

* China donates 548 tonnes of relief food to Arusha- IPP Media (TZA)
8/11/2009
The government of China, through the World Food Programme, has donated 413 tonnes of maize and 135 tonnes of peas to nine villages in Arusha Region which have food shortages. Full Story.

* Trade between China and CPLP notes imbalance in the balance- Journal de Angola (AGO)
8/11/2009
Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries fell 29.27 percent between January and September, to 43.53 thousand million dollars (29.35 billion) compared to the first nine months of 2008. Full Story.

* China reaffirms continued support- Journal de Angola (AGO)
7/11/2009
The Chinese ambassador to Angola, Zhang Bolun, assured yesterday in Luanda that his country will continue to lend its support to African countries, particularly Angola, so that they can achieve good levels of development… Full Story.

* EAC States asked to protect cement industry- Standard (KEN)
7/11/2009
East African Community (EAC) governments have been asked to save the cement industry in the region from collapse. Full Story.

* Titanium project thrown into a spin as Chinese firm withdraws buy offer- Standard (KEN)
7/11/2009
The controversial titanium mining project in Kwale has been hit by a new wave of confusion after a Chinese company opted out of an agreement to take control of the project from a Canadian company. Full Story.

* China’s impact on Africa visible at Kariakoo market- Times (GBR)
7/11/2009
A stroll through Dar es Salaam’s bustling Kariakoo market bears testimony to China’s impact on Africa.Mingling among the traditional Swahili mix of Indians, Arabs and Africans are more and more Chinese faces, both buying and selling. Full Story.

* Moroccan diplomat hails China-Africa relations – China View (CHN)
7/11/2009
The Chinese-African relations and the role played by Beijing in boosting the Africans financially, morally and technically have witnessed a steady development since the start of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), said a Moroccan diplomat on Friday. Full Story.

* China plays key role in developing African infrastructure – China View (CHN)
7/11/2009
As senior officials from China and African countries are gathering in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh to prepare for the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to be held on Nov. 8 to 9… Full Story.

* Chinese, African entrepreneurs gather in Egypt to push economic co-op – China View (CHN)
7/11/2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Nazef will open the third Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs in Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Saturday evening. Full Story.

* Zimbabwean media hail achievements under auspices of FOCAC – China View (CHN)
7/11/2009
On the advent of the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Egypt, Zimbabwean media, both newspapers and radio broadcast, have hailed the great achievements made under the auspices of the forum over the past years. Full Story.

* Chinese premier proposes five ways to expand Egypt ties – Xinhua (CHN)
7/11/2009
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao made a five-point proposal to further expand cooperation between China and Egypt during a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Nazef here on Saturday. Full Story.

* China-Africa cooperation pertinent to needs of African countries: Zambian diplomat – China View (CHN)
7/11/2009
With priority given to agriculture and infrastructure in the draft action plan for next three years, the cooperation launched by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) addresses the fundamental needs of the African countries… Full Story.

* China donates engines to Togo – China View (CHN)
7/11/2009
Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe on Thursday presided over a ceremony of donation by China of mechanical equipment for road construction. Full Story.

* China’s Africa venture bolts the continent- People’s Daily (CHN)
6/11/2009
When a new round of Africa-China friendship forum opens in Cairo over the weekend, Chinese and Western press corps will put on another show of starkly differing reportage… Full Story.

* Minister defends SA’s growing ties with China- Business Day (ZAF)
6/11/2009
Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim yesterday defended SA’s growing trade relations with China at the department’s annual conference on foreign policy, saying China had an unchallenged policy of funding infrastructure as a means of benefiting the African states it traded with. Full Story.


* Chinese companies eye Kenya’s roads- Business Daily (KEN)
6/11/2009
China is pushing for a greater role in the development of Kenya’s infrastructure— an area with significant untapped potential for Chinese firms, says Zhai Jun, the assistant foreign minister. Full Story.

* Nigeria: Chinese firm to fix railways- Africa News (NED)
5/11/2009
A Chinese company has been awarded a 10 months contract to reconstruct a 488 kilometer rail line linking southern Nigerian States to the northern ones. The contract award was signed between the Nigerian Government and the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company. Full Story.

* Brazil, others squeeze China in scramble for Africa- Business Day (ZAF)
5/11/2009
By the time he first visited the European Union in 2007, four years after coming to office, Lula had racked up six trips to Africa, covering 16 countries. Full Story.

* Trade falling between China and Macau Forum countries- Pambazuka News (KEN)
5/11/2009
Trade volumes between China and Portuguese-speaking countries have not been immune to the global crisis. Full Story.

* Plans advanced for FOCAC conference- Pambazuka News (KEN)
5/11/2009
In the final week before the fourth ministerial FOCAC meeting in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, on November 8 and 9, China has been intensifying its effort to put across the‘win-win’ view of its African engagement, with a barrage of new announcements, trailers of the new measures to be unveiled at the summit, and facts and figures to rebut the most common criticisms and fears. Full Story.

* FOCAC 2009: A new impetus for Sino-African relations?- Pambazuka News (KEN)
5/11/2009
The spotlight will fall on Sharm El’ Shaik, Egypt in November 2009 as the next chapter in Sino-African relations is forged at the occasion of the fourth Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). Full Story.

* Indian and Chinese investment in Africa- Pambazuka News (KEN)
5/11/2009
The ‘there is no alternative’ (TINA) discourse, to the IMF/World Bank as the major source of funding, that prevailed through out the 1980s has changed with the discovery of mineral and oil resources on the African continent. Full Story.

* Uganda to woo China aid- New Vision (UGA)
5/11/2009
Uganda intends to woo Chinese investment to boost the country’s efforts in adding value to exports and to tackle energy and infrastructure handicaps, government officials have said. Full Story.

* CHOGM Entebbe airport repair cost sh57b- New Vision (UGA)
5/11/2009
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spent a whooping sh57b on the renovation of Entebbe International Airport in preparation for the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (CHOGM), according to audit reports.  Full Story.

* Confucius institute opens at Unilag for teaching of Chinese language- Vanguard (NGA)
5/11/2009
Confucious Institute has been established at the University of Lagos which will provide Chinese language teaching at various levels, teaching Chinese language instructors and providing Chinese language teaching resources. Full Story.

* President Hu Jintao hails China-Africa ties in message to re-launched maganize – China View (CHN)
5/11/2009
Chinese President Hu Jintao has hailed China-Africa ties in a recent message to congratulate the re-launch of the ChinAfrica, a Beijing-based monthly magazine. Full Story.

* China to host int’l conference on anti-piracy in Gulf of Aden- Xinhua (CHN)
5/11/2009
China is to host an international conference on November 6 and 7 to coordinate anti-piracy escorts in the Gulf of Aden, the Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. Full Story.

* Chinese smelter in Africa to double copper production- China Daily Yunan Bureau (CHN)
5/11/2009
Zambia’s Chinese-owned Chambishi smelter plans to double its processing capacity for blister copper to 300,000 tons in 2010 due to higher demand from mining firms wanting to use the facility, Yunnan Copper said on Wednesday. Full Story.

* Kenya should learn from China’s experience in developing education – China View (CHN)
4/11/2009
Permanent Secretary of Kenyan ministry of education Kalega Mutahi has said that the support and aid of the Chinese government for his country’s education is conducive to Kenyan people and the east African country should learn from China’s experience in developing education and boosting economy. Full Story.

* Chinese ambassador: Nigeria’s modern railway project significant to development – China View (CHN)
4/11/2009
Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria Xu Jianguo has described the recent agreements signed by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and the Nigerian side on a 186.5 km modernized railway project as of milestone significance. Full Story.

* Nigeria struggles for 10% Chinese market- Vanguard (NGA)
4/11/2009
Nigeria is struggling to access about 10 per cent of Chinese market.
According to the Chairman, National Organising Committee, 1st Nigeria-China trade and investment forum, Ambassador Idris Waziri, local investors are warming up to use the opportunity of the forthcoming event as a platform to access the Chinese market.  Full Story.

* China To Help Build New Foreign Ministry- Ghana Web (GHN)
4/11/2009
The Chinese government has agreed to construct a modern office complex for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full Story.

* China donates food worth 625m/- to Tanzania- IPP Media (TZA)
4/11/2009
Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania Liu Xinsheng yesterday handed over food aid to Tanzania through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) that will assist Tanzania’s low-income and food-insecure communities in several regions. Full Story.

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