07/04/2012 to 13/04/2012

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 Veep in China to seal $3 billion Chinese loan deal- Ghana web (GHN)

 Mozambique aims to lure back exiles- Business Day (ZAF)

 DTI slams decision to outsource SA kit – Daily News (ZAF)

 Vehicle assemblers queue to set up shop in Kenya- Business Daily (KEN)

 South Sudan receives military trucks from China: report- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

 Forensics dispute quality of Uganda’s internet cables- Daily Monitor (UGA)

Politics                                                                                                                 

Ma aims to boost ties with African allies during visit – AisaOne (CHN)
09/04/12
President Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday en route to Africa that he aims to strengthen the nation’s relations with allies on the continent on the visit. “For me this is a significant trip,” Ma told members of his delegation and media during the flight. “Not only is this my first visit to Africa as president since I took office (in May 2008) but it is also my first personal trip to the region.”

China Can Be a Peacemaker in Sudan Conflict – World News International
07/04/12
Nine months after South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in the aftermath of a prolonged civil war, military clashes are raging in the region bordering Sudan and South Sudan, prompting the UN Security Council to express “grave concern” and urge both countries to negotiate under the auspices of the African Union. Independent analysts are of the view that China could play an important role in ending hostilities.

China Balances Sudan and South Sudan – Amb David H. Shinn
07/04/12
Al-Jazeera English language TV asked me to comment 7 April 2012 on China’s ability to help resolve the numerous problems between Sudan and South Sudan. I replied that China is in a delicate position.

US continues to worry about China in Africa – The East Africa (KEN)
07/04/12
The US is clearly worried about China’s rising economic and political influence in Africa. As recent comments by a State Department official and independent analysts show, the concern stems partly from threats to US corporations’ market share in Africa and partly from reduced American leverage over the policies and behaviour of African governments.

Kibaki has embraced China as strategic development partner- The Standard (KEN)
07/04/2012
The Kibaki Government sees red only these days! Or so the Whites believe. The Western envoys are grumbling that State House is unreachable and they find it hard to meet the President when they want to. Custom has it that the Western envoys meet President of the host country regularly, at least once every six months, to discuss bilateral relations.

Economics                                                                                                            

China growth seen slower in 2012 – Business Report (ZAF)
12/04/12
The World Bank cut its forecast for China’s 2012 economic growth to 8.2 percent on Thursday and said a rebound might not begin before the third quarter of the year as slack foreign demand and a government-induced real estate slowdown restrain a recovery.

World Bank cuts China growth forecast – Fin24 (ZAF)
12/04/12
The World Bank cut its forecast for China’s 2012 economic growth to 8.2% on Thursday and said a rebound might not begin before the third quarter of the year, as slack foreign demand and a government-induced real estate slowdown restrain a recovery.

Veep in China to seal $3 billion Chinese loan deal- Ghana web (GHN)
12/04/12
The Vice President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, is in China to begin series of meetings with Chinese officials to actualize the US$3 billion Chinese loan facility.

Mozambique aims to lure back exiles- Business Day (ZAF)
10/04/2012
Following significant discoveries of oil, gas and coal, Mozambique is making a frantic effort to recruit nationals with skills in the mineral resources sector

Upcoming Event on Chinese Presence in Algeria – Amb. David H. Shinn
07/04/12
The China-Africa Group of the Centre d’etudes sur la Chine moderne et contemporaine (CECMC) is hosting on 1 February 2013 a workshop titled “La presence chinoise en Algerie: perspectives maghrebines et africaines” in Paris.

China and Vietnam, beneficiaries of our economic stupidity, still feel sorry for us – The East African (KEN)
07/04/12
We are probably all too used to the Latin expression, Cogito ergo sum. I think, therefore I am. The other day I got interested in knowing how we would say, I make, therefore I am. I googled it, and what I found was, Conficio ergo sum, or Fabrico ergo sum.

China signs multi-million US dollar economic Assistance to Zimbabwe – Zimdiaspora (ZIM)
07/04/12
he Chinese government on Thursday signed with the Zimbabwean government several economic and technological cooperation agreements worth 1.141 billion RMB yuan (180 million U.S. dollars).

Business                                                                                                               

DTI slams decision to outsource SA kit – Daily News (ZAF)
13/04/12
The decision to import the national team kit for the Olympics has been slammed as “a lost opportunity in terms of domestic sales and jobs”.

Sascoc’s China Crisis – Jacaranda Blog (ZAF)
13/04/12
There is an oft used, somewhat tired cliché which goes: “ When China sneezes, the whole world catches a cold ”, signifying the growing influence the Asian powerhouse has had on world affairs and the global economy.

DTI disappointed by SASCOC’s Chinese Olympic kit deal – Politics Web (ZAF)
11/04/12
South Africa’s Textiles, Clothing, Leather and Footwear Sectors are showing positive signs of recovery and stability returning. This is due to the collective efforts of all stakeholders including retailers, manufacturers, organised labour, as well as provincial and national governments to raise the capabilities and competitiveness of the industry.

Outrage over brutal Chinese labout practices- Zimbabwe Independent (ZWE)
12/04/2012
IT’S incredible that in less than a decade, China has overtaken the United States as Africa’s single largest trading partner. By 2009 roughly six years after adopting a more aggressive expansionist policy, Sino-Africa trade stood at about US$90 billion, surpassing US and European markets which at the time were battling a global recession.

Agriculture

Agric sector to get boost from $3bn Chinese loan- Ghana web (GHN)
12/04/2012
A deputy minister at the finance ministry, Fiifi Kwettey has told Citi Business News government will this year roll out a more pragmatic approach to boost the agriculture sector’s input in the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

China in Africa: Rethinking the cliche- Food crisis and the global land grab
08/04/2012
Of course, since China’s ‘going out’ policy, its rapidly growing presence in Africa is undeniable. Flying recently from Lubumbashi, a major copper mining city in the DR Congo, little else could be heard in the plane than excited Chinese chatter.

Trade

Asia takes most of S.Africa’s March coal-exporters – Reuters Africa
10/04/12
Asia again absorbed most of South Africa’s 6.3 million tonnes of coal exports in March, led by India, China and Taiwan, exporters said.

Dealers in Local Textile appeal to government- Ghana web (GHN)
05/04/2012
Dealers in local textiles, have appealed to the government to strictly implement the laws on importation of textile products from other countries, especially from China.

Investment

Whatever Happened to the Chinese special economic zone in Algeria?- China in Africa: the real story
12/04/12
En route home from speaking in Chapel Hill, I learned a bit more about one of the failed Chinese efforts to establish an overseas economic zone (in Algeria) in a new paper written by Chris Alden and Faten Aggad-Clerx for the African Development Bank.

Education

China to construct Chinese teaching school in Uganda – New Vision (UGA)
11/04/12
The Chinese government is set to construct a modern multi million Chinese School in Uganda, the Chinese ambassador Zhao Ya Li disclosed on Tuesday.

Environment

Chinese blamed for rise in elephant poaching- The Nation (KEN)
13/04/2012
The large number of Chinese now working across Africa has fuelled elephant poaching on the continent, according to a BBC report.

Defence

ZAF buys 8 Jets from China- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
13/04/2012
THE Government has procured eight K-8P jets to improve operations of the Zambia Air Force (ZAF). The aircrafts were purchased from the China National Aero-Technology Import and Export Corporation (CATIC).

South Sudan receives military trucks from China: report- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
10/04/2012
South Sudan received a shipment of military hardware from China that were loaded via the Kenyan port of Mombasa, according to a Kenyan newspaper.

Manufacturing

Vehicle assemblers queue to set up shop in Kenya- Business Daily (KEN)
13/04/2012
Global auto firms are increasingly looking to establish assembly plants in Kenya in a move that sets the stage for price realignments in a market that has remained in the hands of three players for decades.

Finance and Banking

Africa looks to China for financing – China Daily (CHN)
07/04/12
Developing nations now have more choices for procuring loans. Emerging countries can now look to China and other new economic powers for developmentcash, said a leading African politician.

Oil and Energy

‘Asia takes most of SA’s March coal’ – Business Report (ZAF)
10/04/12
Asia again absorbed most of South Africa’s 6.3 million tonnes of coal exports in March, led by India, China and Taiwan, exporters said.

Transport and Infrastructure

Forensics dispute quality of Uganda’s internet cables- Daily Monitor (UGA)
14/06/2012
Uganda is laying the wrong fibre optic cable for the national backbone infrastructure, forensic auditors have said. Just like several reports before it, the report said Uganda is using the G652 type whereas it should be using G655 for the kind of data Uganda will need to transmit.

Veep sources for more funds in China for Bui Dam- Ghana web (GHN)
12/04/2012
The Vice President of Ghana, John Mahama, has held discussion with officials of the Chinese Exim Bank to help re-inject additional funding into the Bui Hydro Project aimed at finishing the project in time.

Chinese passengers have new choices flying toKenya – China Daily (CHN)
08/04/12
Chinese passengers now have new choices flying to Nairobi, as the UAE nationalcarrier Etihad Airways has launched flight services linking Abu Dhabi and the Kenya’s capital.