Weekly news

08/12/2010 to 14/12/2010

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

15/12/2010
China’s State-owned manufacturer Foton Motor has announced plans to open a plant in Nairobi next year to produce light commercial vehicles, becoming the third auto dealer after Japan’s Toyota and India’s Tata to unveil such assemblies.

PHILIP STEPHENS: A risen China reaches for more power -Business Day (ZAF)
14/12/2010
CHINA is in an unapologetic mood. Not so long ago, Beijing routinely protested its anxiety not to disturb the established international order. But a rising China has now become a risen China. Past inhibitions are being shed. Beijing looks as if it is formulating an east Asian version of America’s Monroe doctrine.

Chinese investors to put up tea factory in Tarime -IPP Media (TZA)
14/12/2010
More than 1,500 tea growers in Tarime district are expected to benefit from a tea processing plant to be built by Chinese investors in the district.

 

Money Markets: When China catches a cold, the rest of the world sneezes -Daily Monitor (UGA)
14/12/2010
The business community in East Africa needs to take a keen interest in what is happening in the east particularly China. There is money to be made from the information on what China is doing back home and here in East Africa.

China’s dominance in Kenya worries Washington -The Standard (KEN)
13/12/2010
Details released by Wikileaks last week shows the United States is increasingly becoming paranoid over the rise of China’s influence in Kenya’s political and socio-economic aspects.

Chami says Tanzania has benefited much from China-Africa cooperation -IPP Media (TZA) 
13/12/2010
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Tanzania have been urged to adapt to networking as a strategy for business development because people buy people before they purchase those people’s products.

Ethiopia, China discuss projects financed by China -Walta Info (ETH)
14/12/2010
Ethiopian Minister of Finance and Economic Development Sufian Ahmed and a Chinese delegation led by Liu Liange, deputy president of Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank), on Monday discussed projects financed by the EximBank here in Ethiopia.

China’s DRC Roads Redux -China in Africa: The Real Story
13/12/2010
While searching for an update on China’s multi-billion infrastructure contract in the DRC, I came across a blog posting on the website of a Canadian company, Kilo Goldmines, Ltd.

Police plan swoops on illegal mining firms -Ghana Web (GHN)
13/12/2010
The Police are teaming up with the Immigration Service and the Minerals Commission to vet the permits (residential and work) of some Chinese and other persons operating in mining concessions to ascertain if they are entitled to engage in such a business.

Maputo, Republic of China prepare to sign aviation agreement -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
13/12/2010
The governments of Mozambique and the Republic of China will soon sign an agreement that allows the establishment of direct air links between the two countries.

More road projects coming — Banda -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
13/12/2010
PRESIDENT Rupiah Banda has commissioned the upgrading of Landless-Mumbwa Road with assurance to Zambians that similar projects will be extended to other parts of Zambia.

Chinese business in Africa breaking free of Beijing -Business Day (ZAF)
12/12/2010
Chinese businesses are enjoying increased autonomy and economic freedom to invest in Africa challenging perceptions that Beijing is playing puppet master on the continent.

Zambia: Chinese business in Africa breaking free of Beijing -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
12/12/2010
Chinese businesses are enjoying increased autonomy and economic freedom to invest in Africa, analysts say, challenging diplomatic perceptions that Beijing is playing puppet master on the continent.

How NDLEA saved Nigerian drug trafficker from execution in China -The Vanguard (NGA)
12/12/2010
A 31-year-old suspected Nigerian drug trafficker, Salawu Adebayo Shamshudeen is thanking his stars inside the cells of the National Drug law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) following his narrow escape from being executed in far-away China.

Chinese businessmen seeks Angolan business partners -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
11/12/2010
The business community in China has expressed interest in investing and establishing partnerships with Angolan businessmen in the telecommunications, construction, agriculture, fisheries and pharmaceuticals.

China-Africa economic growth to facilitate stronger relations -Xinhua (CHN)
11/12/2010
The growing economies of China and Africa are providing a strong foundation for deepening economic and social relations, according to the head of Kenya’s public sector Think-Tank, the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).

Chinese Refineries in Nigeria, Chad, Niger & Ghana: The Sudan Model? -China in Africa: The Real Story  
11/12/2010
We’ve read recently about Chinese offers and deals to build refineries in African countries: Nigeria, Chad, and Niger and in Ghana, alumina. We can learn something about the probable structure of the deals by revisiting the first of these: the Khartoum Refinery which opened in June 1998.

China, Germany pledge support for Malawi’s move to renewables -Engineering News (ZAF)
10/12/2010
China and Germany have pledged to help Malawi explore solar and wind energy options in a bid to mitigate the Southern African country’s electricity deficit.

How China pushed Qatar out of Sh400bn Lamu port deal -Daily Nation (KEN)
10/12/2010
A cable released detailing China’s interest in local economy shows negotiations involving development of Lamu port took place inside the “black box” of President Kibaki’s inner circle at State House.

Chinese team arrives for the construction of Foreign Affairs building -Ghana Web (GHN)
10/12/2010
A four-man team from Yanjian Group of Companies in China, have arrived for negotiations and signing of a contract towards the construction of a new building for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in Accra.

Why the US just doesn’t have a chance against the Chinese in Africa -China Talking Point
10/12/2010
After a century of aggressive United States economic, political and military engagement in Africa, particularly during the Cold War, it is laughably ironic Washington is somehow dismayed that China’s foreign policy in the region may not be entirely benevolent.

Cables show US wary of China’s Africa dealings -Financial Times (GBR)  
09/12/2010
The default response in Washington to inquiries about China’s burgeoning engagement with Africa tends be a fairly banal insistence that there is more than enough room for all the continent’s suitors.

SA fudges China’s push for Nobel boycott -Business Day (ZAF)
09/12/2010
SA HAS found a neat diplomatic solution to avoid embarrassing China, deciding to send a low-level diplomat to tomorrow’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway, for the award to Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo.

TIM COHEN: China can learn a thing or two from Confucius -Business Day (ZAF)
09/12/2010
HOW much do you need to know about Confucius to know that he would not agree with the award ceremony being launched in his name? The Chinese government has responded to the decision to award the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo by launching its own prize — named after the ancient Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

China, Namibia stress commitment to stronger relations -Xinhua (CHN)
09/12/2010
China and Nambia on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to building stronger bilateral relations at a meeting between Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Namibian Foreign Minister Utoni Nujoma, who is on a week-long visit to China.

Ogun, China begin begin industrial park devt -The Vanguard (NGA)
09/12/2010
THE growing bilateral economic relationship between Ogun State and the Shandong Province of China has further been consummated with the visit of Chinese leading businessmen and economic leaders from the region and the commencement of the development of an industrial garden.

Flashback: The mine shooting case as seen by the West -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
09/12/2010
Hundreds of angry Collum Coal miners pushed toward the locked gate at Shaft 3, shouting and cursing as they neared the Chinese mine managers, who understood neither the English nor the Tonga words of the mob.

Liquidators to meet Chinese company on bid for Aurora -Business Day (ZAF)
08/12/2010
THE liquidators of gold mines managed by Aurora Empowerment Systems are to meet today members of a Chinese state-owned mining company making a $100m bid for control of the assets — as criminal charges are laid against Aurora.

FDB Blows Alarm On Chinese Company -Ghana Web (GHN)
08/12/2010
It has come to the notice of the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) through its Post Market Surveillance activities that *Tasly Co Ltd*, a Chinese company and its distributors are engaged in practices that pose serious treat to public health and safety.

Chinese Government donates 1,600 Chinese books to Legon -Ghana Web (GHN)
07/12/2010
Mr Gong Jianzhong, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, on Tuesday presented 1,600 assorted Chinese books to the University of Ghana (UG) to enhance the teaching and learning of the Chinese Language.

Chinese Government donates construction equipment to GAF -Ghana Web (GHN)
07/12/2010
Mr Gong Jianzhong, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana has presented construction equipment to the 48 Engineer Regiment of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

Food and Drugs Board warns Chinese company -Ghana Web (GHN)
07/12/2010
The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) has cautioned the public on the activities of Tasly Co Ltd, a Chinese company, and its distributors who are engaged in practices that pose serious threat to public health and safety.

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