Weekly news

11/01/2010 to 17/01/2010

All last week’s China Africa developments:

* Oil Licences: FG Opens Negotiation with IOCs- This Day (NGA)
It emerged yesterday that top executives of some International Oil Companies (IOCs) have commenced discussion with the Federal Government over the renewal of their oil block licences which have been due for renewal since November last year. Full Story.

* Forget about China, India is the place to be- Standard (KEN)
India and China are both nuclear powers each with a population of more than 1 billion. Economists will quickly point out that these are huge markets, only ignored by the economically naÔve. Full Story.

* Kenyans pulling out all the stops to learn Chinese- Daily Nation (KEN)
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; Hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.” This is what Confucius, the Chinese philosopher says, and it might as well be the mantra of the 150 students at the Confucius Institute in the University of Nairobi where are studying the Chinese language. Full Story.

* China’s Africa footprint: a makeover for Algeria- Washington Post (USA)
While still struggling with the aftermath of a decade-long Islamic insurgency, oil-rich yet impoverished Algeria is getting a makeover: a new airport, its first mall, its largest prison, 60,000 new homes, two luxury hotels and the longest continuous highway in Africa. Full Story.

* Liberian Vice President Extols China-Aid- FOCAC (CHN)
Monrovia Liberia-Liberian Vice President Joseph Nyuma Boakai on Saturday visited the Fendell Campus Construction Project of the University of Liberia, a China-aid program in the education field to the postwar Liberia. Full Story.

* China May Dominate Country Oil Sector, Analyst Predicts- Daily Independent (NGA)
The next ten years in Nigeria will be the years of China’s dominance in Nigeria’s multi-billion dollar oil industry, analyst Mark Dominic predicted at the weekend. Full Story.

* Congo: Four Chinese arrested for ivory trade- News 24 (ZAF)
Four Chinese nationals have been arrested in Congo Republic for illegally dealing in ivory, the first arrests of Chinese in the country in connection with the trade, police sources said on Monday. Full Story.

* Government Internet plan runs into trouble- Daily Monitor (UGA)
The report of the forensic audit, which this newspaper has seen, also raises serious questions about the project’s value-for-money, particularly the $2.2 million (Shs4.1b) reportedly used to repair broken installations. Full Story.

* Zambia’s Copper Belt to ‘roar’ again- Daily Monitor (UGA)
A rumbling procession of trucks laden with high explosives and earthmovers is bringing Zambia’s Copper Belt back to life, yet many mining towns are still suffering the fallout of last year’s slump. Full Story.

* Firm hires Chinese consortium to build cement factory- Standard (KEN)
A cement company has contracted the services of a Chinese consortium on a turnkey basis, to build its factory in Pokot District. Full Story.

* Oil tops China-Nigeria talks agenda- Vanguard (NGA)
China’s For eign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks with Nigerian officials Friday on oil exports to energy-hungry Beijing. Full Story.

* Chinese Investors to Establish Granite Quarries, Sugar Cane Plantation in Ekiti- Leadership (NGA)
A group of investors from China’s Shan Dong Province has said that the Shan Dong Province would establish granite quarries and sugar cane plantation in Ekiti State as soon as necessary formalities were completed. Full Story.

* Kenya angry with CITES over sale of ivory, ‘partisan’ secretariat- The East African (KEN)
The secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has come under fire over its handling of the row over ivory trade in the East African region. Full Story.

* China gives Tanzania $180m in loans- Daily Nation (KEN)
China gave Tanzania $180 million in concessional loans on Friday as part of its pledge to provide $10 billion in low-cost lending to Africa over the next three years, Tanzanian Finance Minister Mustafa Mkulo said on Saturday. Full Story.

* We are not against Chinese Investment-Sata- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Patriotic Front president Michael Sata has re-stated that that his party has never been against the Chinese investment in general. Full Story.

* Ethiopia, China agreed to double trade size- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
As part of the new initiative to enhance cooperation with Africa, china this week signed an agreement with Ethiopia to double the existing trade volume within the next few years. Full Story.

* Manufacturer battles Chinese competitors- Engineering News (ZAF)
Cathodic protection manufacturer Disa Anodes says that the company faces massive competition from China and other Asian countries and is receiving very little support from government and the local industry. Full Story.

* China finalising finance for Lilongwe leisure projects- Engineering News (ZAF)
The government of the People’s Republic of China says it is finalising financial arrangements for three multimillion-dollar construction projects in Malawi that will be financed by the Asian giant. Full Story.

* Top Chinese Diplomat to Visit- New Times (RWA)
Chinese vice Minister of Foreign Affairs is expected in the country for a three day visit beginning January 25, 2010. Full Story.

* Zupco in U.S.$95 Million Bus Deal- The Herald (ZIM)
The Zimbabwe United Passenger Company has secured a deal with a local bank to buy 500 conventional buses on a staggered basis, acting chief executive Mr George Chigora has said. Full Story.

* The international expansion of Chinese dam builders- Pambazuka News (KEN)
Historically, Western countries have provided the technology for the bulk of China’s hydropower dams. Full Story.

* China’s inroads into North Africa: An assessment of Sino-Algerian relations- Pambazuka News (KEN)
The geopolitics of African countries such as Algeria, a country in North Africa that has traditionally enjoyed strong relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and whose strategic importance and regional profile have increased markedly of late, is key to grasping the dynamics that shape contemporary Sino-Algerian ties and China’s Africa strategy overall. Full Story.

* Moroccan PM says willing to push forward relations with China- FOCAC (CHN)
Moroccan Prime Minister Abbas el Fassi said here on Tuesday that his country is willing to further the bilateral relations with China. Full Story.

* StanChart to serve Chinese card- Daily Nation (KEN)
A local bank is set to reap from the increasing presence of Chinese in Kenya, after it partnered with a China-based card merchant to provide Chinese in Kenya access to their money. Full Story.

* Support to Sierra Leone- China Wire (CHN)
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi ended a one-day visit to Sierra Leone Sunday after signing a loan agreement with the West African state for $9 million for Chinese projects.Full Story.

* Mushroom campaign bears fruit- Standard (KEN)
Commercial mushroom cultivation could be a major source of income for small-scale farmers across the country, if an initiative by researchers to popularise the crop, and increase consumption bears fruit. Full Story.

* A year to mend broken promises- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
Jan 2010
The year 2009 was one of broken promises. China declared repeatedly that its relations with Africa would not be affected by the global financial crisis (AAC Vol 2 No 3). Full Story.

* Academics find holes in China’s Marshall Plan- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
Jan 2010
Debate within China has been raging for some time over the solution to the problem of slumping exports. One of the more controversial ideas that has been floated is a ‘Marshall Plan for Africa’ (AAC Vol 2 No 10). Full Story.

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