All last week’s China Africa developments:
ZCTU Salutes China for Bailing Out Tazara- Times of Zambia (ZAM)
Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) has commended the Chinese government for giving the financially crippled Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) US$39 million interest-free loan to revive its operations. Full Story.
Mozambique and China sign agreements of co-operation- Club de Mozambique (MOZ)
Two agreements have been signed between Mozambique and China, the Notícias has reported. Full Story.
FG to Strike Oil Supply Deal With China- Daily Champion (NGA)
Nigeria and China are working to close a deal on long term crude oil supply and purchase agreement just days after diplomatic row ensued between Nigerian and American governments. Full Story.
Koroma Hails Africa-China Cooperation- Concord Times (SRL)
President Ernest Bai Koroma has applauded the good relationship between Sierra Leone and China when receiving the visiting Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi in Freetown on Saturday. Full Story.
Zambia: China injects $39m into TAZARA operations- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Chinese government has given the financially crippled Tanzania-Zambia Railways Authority (TAZARA) US$39 million interest-free loan to revive its operations, Communication and Transport Minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa has said. Full Story.
Archbishop Accuses China of Pursuing Damaging Policy- Catholic Onformation Service for Africa (KEN)
The Anglican Archbishop of Sudan Daniel Deng, has accused China of pursuing a damaging policy of economic gain in his country and urged Beijing to use its influence to help ease rising tension ahead of elections. Full Story.
China views Ethiopia as major trading partner in Africa- Walta Information (ETH)
China views Ethiopia as its major economic and trading partner in Africa, says Minister of Commerce Chen Deming on Monday. Full Story.
Sudan and China discuss expansion of Khartoum refinery- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
Sudan’s oil minister Al-Zubair Ahmed Al-Hassan was in China for talks on Khartoum refinery expansion, the official news agency SUNA reported today. Full Story.
Oil deals: East meets West in Africa- Daily Nation (KEN)
The sino-india formula is slowly loosening the Anglo-American oil multinationals’ grip on the domestic market. Full Story.
Upstream Sector: Major Expectations in 2010- This Day (NGA)
With an apparent threat on investors’ confidence owing to the controversy over the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and Chinese controversial offer in Nigeria’s oil and gas sector, an agenda has been set for the upstream sector in 2010. Full Story.
UNMIL Chief Lauds Chinese Police Support to LNP- The Informer (LBR)
UN Envoy Ellen Margrethe Løj has praised members of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) Chinese Police Contingent for their contribution in strengthening the daily operations and skills of the Liberia National Police (LNP). Full Story.
‘China Energy Pact Mutually Beneficial’- Daily Trust (NGA)
Cooperation between Nigeria and China in the area of energy is just commencing but a lot more can be achieved jointly, Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Mr. Jiechi Yang has said. Full Story.
Future Kenya Port Could Mar Pristine Land- New York Times (USA)
The evening call to prayer here is like a summons, for everyone on the island. As the sun dives toward the ocean, the Muslim residents stream into the mosques, little boys wearing impossibly bright white skullcaps, their mothers in diaphanous, black head-to-toe gowns. Full Story.
Algeria willing to boost strategic cooperation with China: Bouteflika- China View (CHN)
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika said here on Sunday that his country is willing to further develop the strategic cooperation relations with China. Full Story.
Govt wants more bidders for Air Tanzania- East African (KEN)
Even as the government enters the final stages of two-year negotiations with China Sonangol International Holdings to buy a controlling stake in Air Tanzania Corporation Ltd, it has now decided to invite more international firms to vie for a stake in the ailing airline. Full Story.
Oil tops China-Nigeria talks agenda- Business Day (ZAF)
China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with Nigerian officials Friday on oil exports to energy-hungry Beijing. Full Story.
Nigeria not on US terror watch list – Maduekwe- Vanguard (NGA)
Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, yesterday said Nigeria is not on the United States Terror Watch List but on the list of “countries of interest”. Maduekwe made this statement in Abuja while fielding questions from journalists after the bilateral talk and signing of agreement on key economic issues between Nigeria and the Chinese government. Full Story.
Chinese Foreign Minister Heads for Country- Concord Times (SRL)
Chinese Ambassador-designate to Sierra Leone Tuesday revealed that the minister of foreign affairs of the Peoples Republic of China, Yang Jiechi, would pay his first official visit to the country on the 9th and 10 January this year to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Full Story.
China ranks second in investment in Uganda- China View (CHN)
China has emerged as the second biggest foreign investment contributor in Uganda for the year of 2009 despite the global economic downturn, said a report released by Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) on Thursday. Full Story.
FCFA 22 Billion to Finance Mékin Hydro Electric Project- Cameroon Tribune (CAM)
The government of China, through Exim Bank of China, has made available FCFA 21.9 billion for the execution of the Mékin hydro electric project in the Dja and Lobo Division of the South Region of Cameroon. Full Story.
China pledges funds for key projects in East Africa- Walta Information (ETH)
China has pledged to provide funds for key infrastructural investments in the East African region, including the development of a second port for Kenya and the construction of a railway link between Kenya and Uganda, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki said here Thursday after talks with Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yang Jiechi. Full Story.
Kenyan President Meets with Yang Jiechi- FOCAC (CHN)
On January 6, 2010, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Nairobi, capital of Kenya. Full Story.
Trade, investment, power and the China-in-Africa discourse- Pambazuka News (KEN)
While China’s presence in Africa should be critically examined, interest in it in the West is skewed by elite perceptions of China as a rival for resources and influence in Africa and as a rising power, with the tone of the discourse far more negative than that accorded the Western presence in Africa. Full Story.
Sudanese minister highly praises Sino-Sudanese ties- China View (CHN)
Sudanese minister of finance and national economy on Wednesday described the Sino-Sudanese relationship as “distinguished” and having achieved true and common benefits for the two peoples. Full Story.
China to forge new strategic partnership with Africa: FM- People’s Daily (CHN)
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, who was visiting Nairobi, capital of Kenya, said Wednesday China-Africa relations are enjoying broad popular support and a solid political foundation and the two sides should forge a new type of strategic partnership to increase the vitality and creativity of cooperation in the new era. Full Story.
Memories and Blessings of China-Botswana Relations- FOCAC (CHN)
6 January 2010 is the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Botswana. Full Story.
China promises to fund construction of Lamu Port- Standard (KEN)
China has upped its financial support to Kenya by committing to help construct the Lamu Port. Full Story.
China gives Kenya $7m- New Vision (UGA)
China gave Kenya a ksh540m ($7.16m) grant on Wednesday to support development projects in east Africa’s biggest economy. Full Story.
Check Substandard Goods, FG Told- This Day (NGA)
The Nigeria-China Business Council has called on the Federal Government to strengthen its business partnership with China, in order to improve the economy of the country and checkmate the influx of substandard goods from the Far East Asian country. Full Story.
Zambia: Jiangxi to construct MFEZ road network- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Chinese construction company China Jiangxi, which is in a joint venture with BICON Zambia Limited, has been awarded a contract to design and construct roads in the Lusaka south multi-facility economic zone (MFEZ) at a cost of K47 billion. Full Story.
Kibaki Lauds China Over Lamu Port- Daily Nation (KEN)
President Kibaki has welcomed the commitment that the Government of the People’s Republic of China has shown in the development of a second port at Lamu. Full Story.
China Proves Friendship With Sh551 Million Gift- Daily Nation (KEN)
China on Wednesday proved it was a true friend when it gave Kenya a Sh551 million grant. Full Story.
China hints at finance for Kenyan port – FT (UK)
China has signalled its interest in funding part of a multi-billion-dollar Kenyan project to develop a port and transport corridor that could provide a new export route for Chinese oil from Sudan. Full Story.
Ghana Registers 83 New Investments- Ghana Web (GHN)
83 new investments were registered in the third quarter of 2009, as against 81 in the second quarter, with the total value of investments estimated at GH¢374.15 million ($267.25 million), compared to GH¢156.34 million ($111.67 million) recorded in the second quarter of 2009. Full Story.
Africa’s Eastern Promise- Foreign Affairs (USA)
Last November, in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced a series of new pledges for Chinese assistance to African countries — and in the process, made many observers in the West very uneasy. Full Story.
Mozambique to promote tourism potential in Chinese market- Club de Mozambique (MOZ)
Mozambique aims to publicise its attractions in the Chinese tourism market “as soon as possible”, tourism sector sources have informed Macauhub in Maputo. Full Story.
Senegal, China sign interest-free loan- China View (CHN)
Senegal and China have signed a technical and economic cooperation agreement in which Beijing provides Dakar with an interest-free loan of 30 million yuan (4.4 million U.S. dollars), according to the Senegalese Ministry of International Cooperation. Full Story.