Weekly news

03/07/2011 to 10/07/2011

CHINA AFRICA LUUURVE!!!!! -Radio Netherlands (NLD)
This week on “What’s Up Africa,” producer Ikenna Azuike’s not too impressed with the way a Chinese website has been reporting about Chinese men marrying African girls

Aregbesola, China Partner On Development -This Day (NGA)
A robust partnership is in the offing between the Osun State Government and China in critical areas of development as the Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, commences a working visit to the country.

China names envoy to Comesa in race for Africa trade – Business Daily (KEN)
China has formalised diplomatic ties with Africa’s largest market bloc as it builds trade and investment ties with the region.

Government moves to split city traders -Daily Monitor (UGA)
A new government-sponsored organisation purporting to represent the interests of city traders emerged yesterday, in what is being seen as a ploy to reduce the influence of the Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) on the business community. Separately, the Kampala traders’ umbrella organisation is also accusing former vice president Gilbert Bukenya, of allowing illegal Chinese traders to remain in the country.

China trumps Brazil in African showdown -Business Report (ZAF)
A century ago, it was the explorers and infantrymen of Europe’s great powers slugging it out for slices of Africa. Now, it is the agents of Chinese and Brazilian capital, but the competition is just as fierce.

CNPC’s Chad Project First-phase Up and Running -FOCAC (CHN)
The first refinery project in Chad – N’Djamena Refinery – was successfully completed and launched into operation on June 29 local time. It marks the beginning of the full operation of the upstream-downstream-integrated one-million-ton-oil Chad Project, an   important step forward for the construction of CNPC oil and gas cooperation zone in Africa, and a new stage of the development of oil cooperation between China and Chad.

President Hu Jintao’s Special Envoy to Attend the Independence Ceremony of the Republic of Southern Sudan -FOCAC (CHN)
Jiang Weixin, Special Envoy of President Hu Jintao and Minister of Housing and Urban-Rural Development will attend the Independence Ceremony of the Republic of Southern Sudan on July 9 in Juba upon invitation.

Development of trade between Angola and China -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
Trade between China and Angola rose 2 percent in the first five months of this year, according to Chinese Customs figures released on Tuesday in Beijing.

China diplomat meets Libyan rebels: state media -Walta Info (ETH)
A senior Chinese diplomat visited the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi and met members of the opposition, state media said Thursday, as Beijing becomes more deeply engaged in the war-torn nation.

Chinese national granted bail -Ghana Web (GHN)
The Eastern Regional Police Command has granted bail to Kun Hi-Zi, a Chinese national, who wounded a colleague Chinese, Hwan Zhan-Hu, at Akosombo where the two work.

Atta Mills` Year Of Action – Just A Delusion -Ghana Web (GHN)
Weeks before Christmas last year, President Mills declared 2011 a year of action. The President made this heart-warming statement when he was addressing a delegation from China led by Mr Fan Bing, Managing Director of Standard Bank.

Osun seeks partnership with China -The Nation (NGA)
The Osun State Government of is to partner China in critical areas of development.
Major areas of interest  are agriculture and farm produce processing, education and cultural exchanges aimed at boosting the economy.

Adebo seeks people-based anti-corruption programmes -The Nation (NGA)
Adebo spoke yesterday in Shanghai, China while delivering a paper on the “Techniques in Investigating Corruption- The Code of Conduct Bureau Experience” at the 3rd seminar of the International Association of Anti-Corruption Authority (IAACA).

Chinese cultural week to be marked in Republic of Congo -FOCAC (CHN)
Through the initiative of Republic of Congo’s Communication Minister Bienvenu Okiemy, a Chinese cultural week will be marked in the country between July 11-15.

Khaya Moyo Urges Govt to Emulate Chinese Progress -The Herald (ZWE)
ZIMBABWEANS should emulate China and adopt the many projects it undertook over the years that have stimulated the country’s rapid development, Zanu-PF national chairman Ambassador Simon Khaya Moyo said yesterday.

Specialised landscape designer takes on Kenya -The Standard (KEN)
Yuzhong Gao is the President, Rainbow (Beijing) Golf Course Management Ltd. Millicent Muthoni spoke to him about his work.

BBC Where Art Thou? Another (Un)Balanced VOA Story on China in Africa -China in Africa: The Real Story
In a June 28, 2011 article with the thoughtful title: “China Supports Global Pariahs, Gets Resources and Criticism in Return,” the United States’ official broadcasting system Voice of America continued a series on China’s overseas engagement. Here are some of the balanced analysts they’re quoting.

Africa can gain from pricier Chinese labour -The Namibian (NAM)
Rising labour costs will push over 80 million Chinese jobs in light manufacturing abroad over the next three to five years, with African nations well placed to lure many of them their way, the World Bank said.

Wu Bangguo, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, Addresses the South Africa-China Business Banquet -FOCAC (CHN)
I’m glad to have this opportunity to meet old and new friends from the business communities during my official, friendly visit to South Africa.

No political preconditions -FOCAC (CHN)
As Sino-African relations continue to deepen, the United States and some European countries have been trying to find some “negative factors” in China’s Africa policies in recent years.

Madagascar in the Chinese net -Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
Madagascar has been steadily sinking under the weight of its own contradictions, but it would be erroneous to blame this on purely local factors. ‘A wider perspective, looking at the problems in a
global context, shows that the African continent is in mutation and about to negotiate a historic bend in the road that some blame on outside forces.’ Madagascar is no exception, but it would be wrong to underestimate China’s role and strategic interests in this evolution.

Kimunya calls for calm in port privatisation plan -The Standard (KEN)
The controversial plan to privatise the Mombasa port was brought to the fore, with the Minister for Transport, Amos Kimunya, calling for sobriety among stakeholders. China Road Construction company won the tender to construct berth 19, which will extend the container terminal by 160m to provide quay length of 760m, which can berth three 235m-long second generation container vessels at once.

Mozambican business federation urges Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
The head of the Mozambican Federation of Economic Associations (CTA), Salimo Abdula, has urged Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in the country, especially in the agro-forestry sector in Zambezia and Sofala provinces.

Mbabazi assures investors of government support -New Vision (UGA)
Mbabazi was receiving officials from the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), who paid a courtesy call on him on Monday. He said the oil sector would boost development programmes in the country.

Chinese traders crowd local leather goods exhibition -Daily News (TZN)
CHINESE leather products manufacturers flooded Jakaya Kikwete Hall at the ongoing 35th Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF), enquiring prices of raw hides and locally made leather products.

Zimbabwe’s Zanu-PF, CPC relations visionary: former diplomat -FOCAC (CHN)
Former Zimbabwean ambassador to China Chris Mutsvangwa said on Friday relations between Zanu-PF and the Communist Party of China are visionary as they were mooted years back when an economically powerful China was still unimaginable.

Gowases cries foul about Chinese -The Namibian (NAM)
REPUBLICAN Party Member of Parliament Clara Gowases says the recent attack on South African companies operating in Namibia was an attempt to defend Government’s position on the Chinese in Namibia.

GAVIN KEETON: Important policy lessons to learn from China -Business Day (ZAF)
ECONOMIC debate in SA is seldom unemotional. Participants speak past each other, delighting in shooting down ideological straw men said to represent their opponent’s views. One reason is that even when the debaters have a common view of the future their starting points for achieving these are different. This means each proposes different routes for getting there.

China shifts focus in Africa -Business Day (ZAF)
The Economist Corporate Network says Chinese investment in Africa is diversifying faster than previously thought

UNBS to work with Chinese firms on quality -New Vision (UGA)
UGANDA National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has commended the Chinese government for championing the fight against substandard goods and promoting their investors to embrace standards locally and internationally.

Chinese Investors Seek Joint Ventures With Local Firms, Envoy Says -New Times (RWA)
Chinese investors are seeking joint venture relationships with local firms, a move that could help boost overall investments in the country, a top diplomat said.

Kenya reaps billions from Sudanese separation plan -Business Daily (KEN)
“Nobody knows what relationship the North and South might have in 10 or 20 years time,” said a Chinese diplomat in Kenya who asked to be identified simply as Mr Liu. “A separate trade route is important given the trends in Sudan and relevant Chinese companies are now looking into this,” he said.

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