Weekly news

09/09/2010 to 14/09/2010


Tazara to utilise expanded capacity for moving more cargo- IPP Media (TZA)
Tanzania and Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara) expects to utilise its expanded cargo handling capacity to convey more containerised cargo from the port of Dar es Salaam.

Nigeria-China body seeks check on influx of sub-standard products- Guardian (NGA)
THE Nigeria-China Friendship Association (NICAF) has called on Federal Government to curb influx of sub-standard products into the nation’s market.

NIGCOMSAT is now special technology centre- Guardian (NGA)
WITH nearly 150 young engineers well trained and equipped to fit into any global engineering field, Nigerian Communication Satellite (NIGCOMSAT) Limited is ready to take on the world, its Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr. Ahmed Rufai, has said.

Nigcomsat 1 to be Relaunched in 2011- Leadership (NGA)
14/09/2010 Efforts are on top gear to relaunch the failed Nigcomsat 1, which experienced a technical hitch on November 10, 2008, as a result of its South SADA anomaly.

Sasol puts coal-to-liquid plant on back burner- Business Report (ZAF)
Sasol’s plan to turn coal into fuel in the Waterberg could be losing steam as the petrochemicals producer announced yesterday it would delay the progression of Project Mafutha to the feasibility phase.

China grows trade with Africa as Europe loses out- Business Daily (KEN)
African trade with China is growing at the expense of that with other major global markets which is either declining or stagnating, says the African Development Bank (AfDB) in a new report released on Monday.

Vanoil Energy in search of oil in Kenya- Daily Nation (KEN)
Vanoil contracted Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting of China in June 2010 to undertake the seismic study. Mr Brynelsen said exploration in the area dates back to 1970’s when Chevron drilled one well.

There is No Chinese Template for Development- Daily Monitor (UGA)
It is good to see a debate about the extent to which Uganda can learn from China unfolding in Daily Monitor’s pages. (Editorial, August 25; James Kahoza’s comment, September 7). This reflects the growing, and essentially positive, feeling that Africa now has wider development opportunities than in recent decades.

Africa can learn from China’s growth- News Vision (UGA)
Until my recent trip, a mere mention of China painted a country devoid of counterfeit goods and services. But this changed when I arrived at Pudong International Airport, Shanghai. Throughout the ride to my hotel in mainstream Shanghai city, it was clear that my perception was not based on facts.

Zambia sees key power plant way ahead of plan- Engineering News (ZAF)
Zambia expects a power project that will add 360 MW to the national grid to start producing electricity way ahead of the November 2012 target, a senior project official said on Monday.

Kenya invites tenders to build new port- Business Daily (KEN)
Kenya invited tenders Monday for the building of phase one of a new port in the coastal town of Lamu, which is part of a huge infrastructure project to link the port with Ethiopia and south Sudan.

ACE 2010 Begins in China for Manufacturers, Exporters- Informer (LBA)
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has announced the beginning of African Commodities Exhibition 2010 (ACE) in China for manufacturers and exporters.

Kenya bets big on China- Daily Nation (KEN)
The Chinese government plans to construct several goods distribution centres in Africa to push its products on the continent. Kenya, meanwhile, is lobbying to have one of the logistics centres in Nairobi.

Lamu, Shanghai become twin-cities to rediscover history- Standard (KEN)



Kenya’s Lamu town and China’s City of Shanghai have signed an agreement that will see the two collaborate to rediscover their history. The two cities decided to partner after a Chinese merchant ship that sunk six centuries ago was discovered off Lamu’s Pate Island.
Split decision on who wins Jubilee field- Ghana Web (GHN)
Were Ghana’s dispute with big oil a boxing match it would be approaching round nine, with the fighters punch-drunk and the judges undecided.

Sh2 Billion Ivory Seized in Hong Kong- The Citizen (TZA)
A huge consignment of ivory shipped from Tanzania has once again been seized by customs officials in Hong Kong. The contraband ivory is worth $ 1.4 million (nearly Sh2 billion) or 10.85m Hong Kong dollars, according to reports from the Far East country yesterday.

China-Liberia Relations Breaks Colonial Norms- FOCAC (CHN)
Liberia’s astute politician, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, said despite diplomatic propaganda that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was engaged with Africa to exploit its natural resources, the Asian nation was making strides in Liberia because it understood the needs of the Liberian people.

China needs Sudan to vote peacefully- Guardian (GBR)
China has more to lose than most if things fall apart in Sudan this winter, where a potentially explosive national referendum on southern independence is due in January.

MAN Calls for Stiffer Law on Smuggling- Daily Trust (NGA)
The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has called on the National Assembly to enact an Act with stiffer penalties that will deal with criminal acts of smuggling and dumping of toxic products in the country.

Representing Africa to China And the World- Pambazuka News (KEN)
The Shangahi Expo 2010, taking place in Shanghai, China from 1 May to 31 October 2010 is a world exhibition, bring together over 190 countries and 50 international organisations as participants, including 49 African countries and the African Union. Kenneth King reports back on his visit.

Chinese study to help Tazara double its performance- IPP Media (TZA)
Chinese experts are expected in Zambia next month where they are going to undertake feasibility study on the social and economic viability of the Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority.

China-Africa Trade Hits $61.2Bln in H1- Global Times (CHN)
Trade volume between China and Africa hit 61.2 billion U.S. dollars in the first six months this year, marking a year-on-year increase of 65 percent.

Sino-African trade to surpass $100 billion- Global Times (CHN)
Sino-African trade value is on its way to exceed billions of dollars by the end of the year, said vice minister of commerce Wang Chao at a meeting with African medium-sized and small enterprises (SMEs) Wednesday.

Vietnam and China to boost agricultural ties with Africa- Africa Good News (ZAF)
Vietnam has “huge potential” for further collaboration with Africa on agriculture as part of its policy towards the continent, one of its leaders has told a forum on cooperation with Africa in Hanoi.

Mills to sign $273 million loan from China- Ghana Web (GHN)
President John Evans Atta Mills is expected to sign a 273 million dollar loan agreement with the EXIM Bank of China when he pays a state visit to the republic of China in the latter part of September 2010.

Two Construction Workers crushed to death- Ghana Web (GHN)
Two Ghanaian workers of China Jiangxi International Company (CJIC), the Chinese firm constructing the Akatsi-Tadzewu-Dzodze highway, have been run over and killed by the company’s tipper truck at a pit at Metsrikasa near Dzodze.

Region’s eyes on Thika road expansion- Daily Nation (KEN)
Uganda and Tanzania have been studying work of the Thika superhighway as they see it as a model for the region.

China holds workshop on investment in Africa- Ghana Web (GHN)
A sensitization workshop on China’s investment infrastructure to promote Chinese projects in Africa was held in Accra on Tuesday.

Interview: China’s special economic zone good example for developing countries- Xinhua (CHN)
China’s opening up and reform policy launched more than three decades ago have served as a good example for other developing countries, an Egyptian official said Tuesday.

Vice President calls on transnational corporations to invest in Africa- Ghana Web (GHN)
Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Wednesday called on transnational corporations to consider investing in Africa, as it presents one of the safest and stable climates for foreign direct investments (FDIs).

The Politics of No- Africa Confidential (GBR)
The announcement on 17 August by ExxonMobil that it is abandoning its campaign to buy a 23.5% stake in the Jubilee field, Africa’s biggest offshore oil field, is likely to precipitate a bid by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), backed by the China Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC),Africa Confidential has learned.

Confucius institutes grow Chinese- University World News 
China is bridging the cultural gap between itself and Southern Africa through Confucius Institutes, the newest teaching Mandarin – simplified traditional Chinese – to students at the University of Cape Town. There are now 25 institutes across Africa, including four in South Africa, where China has become the largest trading partner.

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