Weekly news

11/07/2011 to 17/07/2011

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 Ethiopia beer market hots up as Chinese group enters the fray -Engineering News (ZAF)

 SA needs savings to be ‘China of Africa’ -The Namibian (NAM)

 China hosts symposium for African media officials -Xinhua (CHN)

 Kenya attracts another Chinese machinery firm -Daily Nation (KEN)

 Commodities vulnerable to China’s efforts to cool economy –Engineering News (ZAF)

 City shopkeepers bemoan influx of Chinese traders -New Vision (UGA)

 

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Castles made of sand -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
Instability in the Middle East and North Africa has put pressure on China’s non-interference principle, pushing it into more pragmatic territory

Progress noted -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
In late June, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced its support for the constitutional changes that will allow King Mohammed VI to maintain power while giving more authority to a civilian prime minister and opening the country to more freedom of expression.

Polish to a shine -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
Beijing frets over the image of Chinese companies as the Zimbabwean opposition rails against more loans and Chinese diamond miners

Trucking trials -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
The trial of Jack Hsieh (Hsieh Ping-sung) and his four truckers, accused of defrauding powerful Zimbabwean interests, rumbles on.

Not so fast, Frank -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
Businessman Vasile Frank Timis, the Chairman of African Minerals Limited (AML), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Chinese partners to develop a project that has already been awarded to another company.

Squatters, pipes and rails -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
After only two years in office, the National Democratic Congress government has increased Ghana’s total debt from US$8.1 billion at the end of 2008 to $13.4 bn. in May 2011. That excludes deals that have been passed but are yet to be executed, such as the STX deal (see Feature) and a $10.4 bn. loan from China Export-Import Bank.

You can pick your friends -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
The India-Japan joint Africa summit highlights an evolving network of new partnerships seeking to strengthen development, trade and political ties with African countries. Countries have tended to cooperate with others that share a similar ideological perspective.

Shifting foundation -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
15/07/2011
The terms of the mines-for-infrastructure contract are flexible, which is good because they’re up for negotiation again.

TAZARA hosts China’s Xinhua Gallery in Dar es Salaam -Xinhua (CHN)
15/07/2011
Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) on Thursday hosted a Chinese photo gallery on TAZARA and China-Africa friendship.

The Nation, China Trade Hits $8.2 Billion -Daily Trust (NGA)
15/07/2011
Nigeria’s total trade investments with China currently stand at $8.2 bn compared to last year’s $7.7bn.

Ethiopia beer market hots up as Chinese group enters the fray -Engineering News (ZAF)
15/07/2011
Competition in Ethiopia’s beer market is set to intensify after the newly established Habesha Breweries embarked on the construction of a $30-million plant.

Intimate, inward and African -Cue Online (ZAF)
15/07/2011
For this work Nyamza has collaborated with the Adugna Dance Company from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, a company of mixed ability performers. This work might just as well be called “China in Africa”, commenting on the growing expansion of Chinese influence on the African continent.

Ministry, Company sign gypsum mining agreement -Walta Info (ETH)
15/07/2011
The Ministry of Mines has signed an agreement with Chinese Company called Pioneer Cement Manufacturing PLC to mine gypsum at small-scale in Dewelle locality, Ayesha Woreda of Shinille Zone in Somali Regional State.

Embakasi Hospital named Mama Lucy Kibaki -Daily Nation (KEN)
15/07/2011
The hospital was a ‘gift’ from China handed to President Mwai Kibaki and his wife, the First Lady, who picked on the Embakasi District Hospital as the beneficiary. “They (China) are the ones who recommended that we give it a high profile name. They were of the view that if it was given the name of the First Lady, then it would be easier for it to get funding in the future within the Chinese circles,” said the MP.

Kenya seeks loan from China for roads -Business Daily (KEN)
14/07/2011
The Treasury will begin talks with China for a loan to finance the Sh17.1 billion southern bypass that is intended to divert trailers from roads close to the Nairobi city centre.

Chinese economist named to IMF post -Business Daily (KEN)
14/07/2011
The International Monetary Fund has named Chinese economist Zhu Min to a new deputy managing director’s position, giving long-awaited recognition to China’s huge power in the global economy.

Huawei takes on Apple, Samsung with cheap tablet computer -Business Daily (KEN)
14/07/2011
China’s Huawei Technologies has unveiled another tablet — a portable mini-computer with a touch screen —into Kenya as it seeks a foothold in a market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

Chinese companies to invest in infrastracure development projects in Ghana, Seirra Leone, Togo -ECOWAS
14/07/2011
China Engineering Company Ltd (CAMCE) has agreed to invest in the development
of a 150-room hotel and golf complex at Lungi to accompany the upgrade of the
airport in the Sierra Leonean town. The company is also to invest in modern
ferry services between Lungi and the Freetown Peninsula.

China to hold education exhibition in Kenya -Xinhua (CHN)
14/07/2011
China will open a two-day education exhibition on Friday in the Kenyan capital Nairobi to promote local understanding about the Asian country’s higher education and attract more Kenyan students to study in China.

SA needs savings to be ‘China of Africa’ -The Namibian (NAM)
14/07/2011
South Africa’s low savings rate is holding the country back compared to its peers, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday.

China hosts symposium for African media officials -Xinhua (CHN)
13/07/2011
China’s eighth symposium for African media officials and leaders of media organizations kicked off on Wednesday in Beijing.

18 Chinese immigrants held in raid -News24 (ZAF)
13/07/2011
The Hawks and home affairs immigration inspectorate arrested 18 Chinese nationals for suspected illegal immigration on Wednesday.

From ‘how could’ to ‘how should’: The possibility of trilateral cooperation -Pambazuka News (KEN,GBR)
13/07/2011
Through reference to the history of Chinese medical assistance across the African continent, Li Anshan considers the differences in approaches and understandings behind Western and Chinese ‘aid’ and the scope for potential trilateral (West–China–Africa) cooperation.

Kenya attracts another Chinese machinery firm -Daily Nation (KEN)
12/07/2011
The construction boom has attracted another Chinese firm in Kenya.

China trains petroleum-related workers in South Sudan -Xinhua (CHN)
12/07/2011
China has started a welder training course to help South Sudanese master knowledge and techniques relevant to the petroleum industry in which the newly-born nation has a large potential.

Chinese vice premier vows deeper cooperation with BRICS in health sector -Xinhua (CHN)
12/07/2011
Vice Premier Li Keqiang said that China will deepen its cooperation with other BRICS countries in a letter of congratulations written to commemorate the first BRICS Health Ministers Meeting, which was held in Beijing on Monday.

Australia and China: What Can Africa Learn? -China in Africa: The Real Story
12/07/2011
It’s fascinating how the Australians view their relationship with China, their major economic partner. As a resource-rich country, Australia has been the target of enthusiastic trade and investment interest by Chinese firms.

A Chinese Africa scholar who is not a developmentalist at all -Exporting China’s Development to the World
12/07/2011
I often find myself sitting on the fence between — to overgeneralise, for once — the conservationists impulses of Westerners and the developmentalist impatience of Chinese. But in a recent issue of the weekly newsletter of Peking University’s Center for African Studies, I learned that, even in this bastion of official scholarship led by the scholar-official par excellence, Li Anshan, there are researchers who seem oddly disinclined to developmentalism.

Chinese ambassador to Mozambique formally hands over agricultural research centre -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
12/07/2011
China’s Centre for Agricultural Research and Technology Transfer in Mozambique, located in the district of Boane, Maputo province was formally handed over by China’s ambassador to Mozambique to the country’s government, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

Chinese bid for Bannerman’s Etango -The Namibian (NAM)
12/07/2011
Sichuan Hanlong Group of China has made a A$144 million, nearly US$155 million, “highly conditional” bid for Australia’s Bannerman Resources, eyeing the group’s Etango uranium project in Namibia near key mines.

Commodities vulnerable to China’s efforts to cool economy –Engineering News (ZAF)
12/07/2011
Commodity prices are likely to remain on an upward trajectory for the foreseeable future, underpinned by growing demand from China and emerging Asia. But international economic research group IHS Global Insight warns that price volatility will also increase, particularly as markets react to Chinese efforts to cool down an overheated economy through a range of monetary and fiscal policy interventions.

China pledges Africa support in renewables -News24 (ZAF)
11/07/2011
Beijing is ready to share its green energy successes with Africa, as the world’s least developed continent strives to tap into its renewable energy resources, a visiting Chinese minister said in Nairobi on Monday.

China seeks ties with South Sudan -Business Day (ZAF)
11/07/2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao has joined the international community in congratulating South Sudan on its independence, promising strong ties between the two countries as China seeks to retain its access to Sudanese oil.

Chinese pile into Harare tobacco -Business Day (ZAF)
11/07/2011
SPURRED on by big-spending Chinese buyers, who have bought nearly 40% of all tobacco produce this season, Zimbabwe’s tobacco sales have risen 17% from last year.

China eyes oil cooperation with South Sudan -Business Report (ZAF)
11/07/2011
China is keen to work with the new state of South Sudan in developing its oil industry, but may have to adjust its investment plans following the south’s split with Sudan, Chinese state media said on Monday.

Ghana Needs To Take A Cue From China!!! -Ghana Web (GHA)
11/07/2011
The Chinese have proven to the world that a nation doesn’t have to practice multipartyism to be economically successful. Again, they have proven to the world that western democracy and development don’t necessarily go hand in hand. It’s all about common sense! So, why are we wasting our time? Can anybody tell me?

Innovation: The Key to the Future of African Cities -Africa Good News (NLD)
11/07/2011
Romer uses the historical success of Hong Kong as a prototype. More so, he looks to China’s implementation of special economic zones in which autonomous areas were established to spur economic growth based on capitalistic systems in a country which still holds to a different political, economic, and social system – communism.

China plays unique role in promoting peace, development in north, south Sudan -Xinhua (CHN)
11/07/2011
China is expected to play a unique role in easing tensions between Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan and facilitating the new nation’s development, thanks to its history of close cooperation with both sides.

China establishes diplomatic tie with South Sudan -Xinhua (CHN)
11/07/2011
China established its diplomatic tie with the Republic of South Sudan Saturday and vowed to provide assistance at the best of its ability to develop the world’s newest nation.

Eyeing oil, China’s Hu promises strong ties with South – Reuters
11/07/2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao congratulated South Sudan on its independence, promising strong ties between the two countries as China seeks to retain its access to Sudanese oil supplies.

Meteroex says Vale will not top Jichuan bid – Business Day (ZAF)
11/07/2011
South African-listed miner Metorex said on Monday Brazil’s Vale would not submit a new offer to top a bid to acquire Metorex by China’s Jinchuan Group.

Political Answers Will Not Solve Our Economic Woes -The Monitor (UGA)
10/07/2011
As the Communist Party of China celebrates 90 years of existence, Uganda in particular has a lesson to learn from China’s journey.

City shopkeepers bemoan influx of Chinese traders -New Vision (UGA)
10/07/2011
City shopkeepers, who shuttered shops for two days last week to protest over the cost of doing business, have complained about an influx of Chinese, prompting the Government to promise a headcount of immigrants.

Can East African Federation go beyond the genocidal concept of tribal homelands? -The East African (KEN)
10/07/2011
We can learn something from the Chinese example. Everyone knows that the crisis of rural areas in China is growing. The surprise is that this crisis is not bigger. For this, there is one important reason. In China, land in rural areas is not a commodity. Land belongs to the village. It is something like what we call customary tenure. Access is based on use.

China-Libya relations -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn  
09/07/2011
The Mandarin service of the Voice of America asked me to comment on China’s current relationship with Libya.

Mongu-Kalabo road construction to resume -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
09/07/2011

The construction of the Mongu to Kalabo road in the Western Province is set to resume this month end. Mr. Ng’ambi says forty Chinese experts are already in Mongu.

Investment in key areas: How China won its lucrative contracts -Abidjan Net (CIV)
08/07/2011
The first President of the Ivorian nation, Houphouet-Boigny was wary of China. “Invasive,” he confided to the French. After his death, the Chinese authorities have vowed to Abidjan one of the bases of their strategic economic influence in Africa.

$6bn Congo-China resource deal: urgent need for tighter anti-corruption measures -Global Witness
08/07/2011
The huge potential of a multibillion-dollar deal between the Democratic Republic of Congo and China risks being undermined because the agreement is opaque and key terms are ill-defined says Global Witness in China and Congo: Friends in Need.

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