All last week’s China Africa developments below:
Firms fight for Africa’s oil and gas- Daily Nation (KEN)
Africa is emerging as a leading oil exploration frontier with prospecting companies repositioning themselves as the global economy recovers from financial crisis. Full Story.
Guinea confirms huge China deal- BBC (GBR)
Guinea’s military rulers have agreed a huge mining and oil deal with China, officials have told the BBC, amid continuing criticism of the junta. Full Story.
Plans are well underway to construct a hydro-power station at Mphanda Nkuwa along the Zambezi River. Full Story.
China’s Cnooc to drill deep for oil in Kenya – Business Report (ZAF)
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (Cnooc) would start drilling for oil at Block 9 near Isiolo in northern Kenya by the end of this month, Energy Minister Kiraitu Murungi said on Sunday. Full Story.
Learn Chinese for free… in Liberia- BBC (GBR)
China is often criticised for taking from Africa but giving little back. Not so in Liberia, where Chinese officials are moving into quite new territory – language lessons. Full Story.
‘Michael Jackson’ women in Tanzania search for Chinese husbands- The Times (GBR)
Zaina, 28, a tall Tanzanian woman, intends to cash in on the new Chinese presence in Africa. She is planning to find herself an oriental husband. Full Story.
Chinese culture should be known by more Rwandan people- New Times (RWA)
In Rwanda, the Chinese embassy hosted a series of cultural activities called China Culture Month to celebrate the 60th anniversary and let more ordinary Rwandan people better understand the Chinese culture, Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda Sun Shuzhong told Xinhua in an exclusive interview. Full Story.
The myth of rising protectionism- New Times (RWA)
There was a dog that didn’t bark during the financial crisis: protectionism. Despite much hue and cry about it, governments have in fact imposed remarkably few trade barriers on imports. Full Story.
Kagame praises China’s Africa investments- New Times (RWA)
President Paul Kagame has praised China’s investment in African countries and called on the West to change their approach from giving aid to investing in the continent. Full Story.
Fight For Ghana’s Oil: Exxon vs China- Ghana Web (GHN)
The government is divided over whether to cut a deal with a leading Chinese oil company or with Exxon Mobil Corp. to develop a giant offshore oil field. Full Story.
Development of Confucius Institutes in Africa- Africa News (NED)
The Confucius Institutes in Africa have grown to over 17 in a span of four years making Chinese language one of the most important foreign languages in Africa. This was revealed by the Xu Lin the CEO of Confucius Institute Headquarters Hanban during the Joint Confucius Institute conference in Nairobi today. Full Story.
China praised for African links- BBC (GBR)
Rwandan President Paul Kagame has praised the way China does business in Africa, criticising the West for basing relations with the continent on aid. Full Story.
China in push for resources in Guinea- Financial Times (GBR)
The military-backed government of Guinea, one of the poorest states in West Africa, is negotiating with a Chinese fund to bring in billions of dollars of financing for infrastructure and minerals projects – and to prospect for oil. Full Story.
Ghana tries to block Exxon bid for Kosmos- Financial Times (GBR)
The national oil company is pushing CNOOC, the Chinese state-owned company, to make a counterbid for Kosmos, the US-based company that Exxon last week dec ided to acquire by signing an exclusive binding agreement worth more than $4bn (€2.7bn, £2.5bn). Full Story.
Chinese builder and engineer China Petroleum Engineering Construction Corporation (CPECC) has won contracts worth 260 million dollar for seven Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects located in Sudan’s Oil Block 6. Full Story.
GHACHIFA to establish a Cultural Centre in Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)
The Ghana-China Friendship Association (GHACHIFA) in collaboration with the Chinese Embassy is to establish a cultural centre in Ghana, to teach the Chinese language and culture. Full Story.
Govt gives Chinese firm go-ahead to import cement for new stadium in Ndola- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Government has given the Chinese firm constructing an ultra modern stadium in Ndola a go ahead to import 1600 tonnes of cement for the foundation stage. Full Story.
Fish farmers to venture in Chinese fish species- Daily Monitor (UGA)
For a long time, Uganda has been struggling to transform its fish farming industry into a lucrative business and convincing citizens to invest in the venture purposely to reduce pressure put on its natural resource. Full Story.
Rush for African mining firms tempered by risk- Business Daily (KEN)
Mining firms digging for Africa’s untapped riches are attracting renewed interest, but takeover deals are likely to be dominated by emerging market players who are prepared to assume greater levels of political risk. Full Story.
Kibaki lauds China support on infrastructure- Daily Nation (KEN)
The Chinese Government will continue providing technical and financial support for Kenya’s infrastructure development. Full Story.
The Chinese company Sinohydro suffered an attack on Sunday by unidentified gunmen close to the town of Beni in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)’s eastern province of North Kivu, the commercial representative of the company in Kinshasa, Luo Xiaowei, told Xinhua. Full Story.
Sudanese president meets CPC delegation- China Wire (CHN)
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir met with a representative of the Communist Party of China (CPC) who is invited to Khartoum to attend the general conference of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), a press release obtained on Friday. Full Story.