Weekly news

06/06/2009 to 12/07/2009

Last weeks China Africa developments: 

* SA green building benefits from ‘active’ civil society – Chinese organisation- Engineering News (ZAF)
China-based Sustainability & Innovation international team leader Tiffany Tsui said this week that an “active civil society” would be South Africa’s biggest driving force in promoting green building. Full Story.

* Ethiopia plans fourth dam on River Omo- Walta Information (ETH)
Ethiopia will build the fourth hydro electric dam along the Omo River, the Daily Nation reported. Full Story.

* Chinese growth would boost Africa: bank chief- Walta Information (ETH)
African Development Bank chief Donald Kaberuka on Tuesday said he was “confident” that if China’s economy were to return to double-digit growth, it would lift African growth to pre-crisis levels. Full Story.

* Specifications regulator gets tough on Chinese vehicle importer – Engineering News (ZAF)
Department of Trade and Industry (dti) agency the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) has ordered selective GoNow X-Space single- and double-cab bakkies, as well as Hafei Loda vehi- cles to be returned to the Chinese importer’s deal- ers, as their rear fog lamps, fuel inlets and mirror indicators do not comply with regulations. Full Story.

* ECOWAS Picks Osun for Pilot Scheme with China- This Day (NGA)
Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) has chosen Osun state as a pilot State to implement its ECOWAS –China Economic Partnership scheme. Full Story.


* Chinese ‘kidnapped off Cameroon’- BBC (GBR)
Five Chinese fishermen have been kidnapped off Cameroon’s coast, reports from the West African country say. Full Story.


* 16 Firms Bid for Bitumen Blocks- This Day (NGA)

Sixteen investors from Nigeria, China, United States, Canada and South Africa, yesterday put in Expressions of Interest for the existing bitumen blocks in the country.Full Story.
* Students in China applauded- Ghana Web (GHN)
Mr. Akwasi Agyeman Agyare, Acting Head of Ghana’s Mission in China, has congratulated Ghanaian students in China for their mutual understanding, cooperation and patience with the government during the difficult period of accessing remittances from the Scholarship Secretariat. Full Story.

* Kenyan leader lauds cooperation with China- Walta Information (ETH)
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki on Tuesday hailed the existing cooperation with China and expressed optimism that the cordial ties will be further enhanced. Full Story.

* Confucius Institute unveiled in Kigali- Rwandan Times (RWA)
The Confucius Institute, a Chinese teaching institute was unveiled at Kigali Institute of Education last week. Full Story.

* War on counterfeits stepped up with launch of new agency- Busines Daily (KEN)
An anti-counterfeits agency will be set up to inspect businesses and prosecute offenders in the latest attempt to rid the country of fake products that have been blamed for huge losses in the manufacturing sector. Full Story.

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