CAN comment: After an article last week exploring whether or not Ghanaians hated the Chinese, this article in the Ghanaian press again explores whether the relationship is fair. This week the Chinese and Ghanaian governments began negotiations aroundstopping the flow of illegal Chinese miners to the country. Ghana does seem to be closely questioning the benefit of China’s role in the country.
CAN comment: On the one hand, the ICC’s attempts to hold leaders accountable for alleged human rights abuses is an important deterrent for international leaders, and a source of justice for those who have been wronged. However no court can function without credibility, and while the ICC lacks the authority to indict leaders from the richer nations, its unsurprising that much of the developing world is suspicious of it.
CAN comment: Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe said last week it was time for Africa to stop taking a “romantic view” of China because it had grown from a “comrade in poverty” to a global economic giant and superpower. The Chinese must come to Africa on African terms. The terms that will allow the Chinese to make money but the terms that will also allow Africa to develop, win-win. China wins, Africa wins.”
CAN comment: This article takes a similar slant and is part of a growing trend of considered criticism of China’s role from senior politicians, technocrats and business leaders. Solomon said that while Chinese investment was premised on the offtake of raw materials needed to drive China’s thriving economy, where costs were lower, Africans were wanting to see not only primary benefits from mineral resources but also minerals-based secondary and tertiary development.
CAN comment: One of a number of recent changes China has began to make in its interactions with Africa (and other parts of the world) is in aid transparency. “The Chinese government is becoming more open and transparent on its foreign aid, which has received positive feedback,” said Yu Yingfu, deputy director-general of the Department of Aid to Foreign Countries under the Ministry of Commerce.
CAN comment: While there has been great deal of criticism of China’s role in many African countries (see above) there continues to be those who are grateful for the investment and job creation China has brought. Recent criticism seems to be more about reset expectations in countries in which China has been active for a number of years than any particular downturn in Chinese behaviour.
Diplomatic Relations with China and the Ghanaian Predicament – Ghana Web (GHN)
The world being a conglomerate of nations with diverse natural and human resource makes no country an island. This need for partnership and interdependence has given rise to the establishment of diplomatic ties amongst nations.
China-Africa cooperation contributes to African growth – Xinhuanet (CHN)
Economic cooperation between China and Africa has contributed more than 20 percent to African countries’ growth over the past 13 years, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.
Mutambara tells Africa to be tough on China – Zimbabwe Mail (ZWE)
Africa must learn to dictate its own terms when dealing with China and stop blaming Beijing, apartheid or colonialism for its economic woes, Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
Challenges for China-Africa Relations – International Policy Digest
Before making any predictions it is important to begin with a few basic assumptions about China that will also impact its relations with Africa. I believe China’s leadership will remain stable and in full control of the country through at least the Xi Jinping era. China’s focus will remain on ensuring domestic political stability and economic development.
China plays huge role in promoting Africa’s industrialization: diplomat – Global Times (CHN)
The Chinese government and companies are playing a critical role in promoting job creation and industrialization in African countries, a top Chinese diplomat told Xinhua on Wednesday.
China Must Come To Africa On African Terms – Ventures Africa
Africa is duty bound to realise it needs to put across its specific conditions when striking transactions with China, Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.
Zimbabwe deputy PM tells Africa to be tough on China – Global Post (USA)
Africa must learn to dictate its own terms when dealing with China and stop blaming Beijing, apartheid, or colonialism for its economic woes, Zimbabwe‘s deputy prime minister said Wednesday.
Looming China/Africa head-on collision – Solomon – Mining Weekly (ZAF)
An economic head-on collision was looming between Chinese business imperatives and Africa’s aspirations to derive more benefit from their continent’s minerals, J&J Group executive director Michael Solomon warned on Wednesday.
China says economic, social progress key to addressing African conflicts – Xinhuanet (CHN)
China said on Monday that effectively helping Africa achieve economic growth and social progress is the fundamental means to address the root causes of African conflicts, calling for the enhancement of international coordination and collaboration.
China/Africa: Trustworthy friends and sincere partners forever – People’s Daily (NGA)
This is my first visit to Africa as the Chinese President and my sixth visit to the African continent. Whenever I come to Africa, two things always strike me the most. One is the continuous progress.
Kenya firmly in China’s sights as the West ponders future ties – Daily Nation (KEN)
In a diplomatic coup that was hardly noticed by observers, the Chinese flag took pride of place at the April 9 inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
French connection – China Daily (CHN)
Armed with a bottle of wine and enthusiasm, Wu Bin is on a mission to crack the French-speaking African market. While most Chinese companies in Africa concentrate on English-speaking regions and battle with Indian, European and American companies for work, Wu Bin has taken a different approach, focusing on French-speaking countries where international competition isn’t as tough.
Finance and Banking
Developed world ‘invests far more in Africa than China’ – Business Day (ZAF)
AFRICA’s annual trade with China has doubled to $199bn since 2008, but Chinese foreign direct investment into the continent, which is just 3%, is miniscule compared with the developed world, a senior Chinese banker told the China-Africa Business Summit in Sandton this week.
Liberia, China Sign U.S.$17 Million Economic-Technical Cooperation Agreement – Front Page Africa
The Governments of Liberia and China on Thursday signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement valued at nearly US$17 million. The agreement is intended to finance eight ongoing bilateral projects in Liberia.
China will remain valuable to Africa in the long-term – Hedgeweek
“China is a source of valuable inward investment for Africa and will remain a long-term source of demand for African exports.
Experts see transparency on foreign aid – China Daily (CHN)
China has become more transparent about disclosing information on its foreign aid in order to clear up misunderstandings on the issue, according to experts.
Chinese firm seeks stronger ties with Nigeria – Daily Drust (NGA)
A Chinese firm, Hong Kong Jun Tong International Group Limited has called for improved bi-lateral business relations between Nigeria and China.
Chinese Investment in Africa – Amb. David Shinn
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment published on 15 April 2013 a brief study titled “How the Private Sector Is Changing Chinese Investment in Africa” by Xiaofang Shen, senior visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
As Africa Embraces China, It Must Take Caution – The Star (KEN)
In a Financial Times article that was published early last month, Nigeria’s central bank governor Lamido Sanusi warned that Africa must shake off its romantic view of China and accept that it is a competitor as much as a partner and that it’s capable of exploitation as much as Western nations.
Mining and Metals
Chinese-invested Husab uranium mine kicks off construction in Namibia – Xinhuanet (CHN)
The construction of the Husab Uranium Mine, a joint venture between the Chinese and the Namibian governments, has started after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Thursday at the site situated about 60 km from the coastal city of Swakopmund.
Mining shares plummet as China slows – Business Report (ZAF)
Gold and platinum shares plummeted yesterday, extending a rout that took hold on Friday, as weaker-than-expected Chinese growth figures fuelled concerns about the global demand for commodities.
Ghana and China to establish a working committee to check influx of Chinese miners – Government of Ghana (GHN)
Governments of Ghana and China have resolved to establish a high-powered working committee to review circumstances leading to the influx of illegal Chinese miners to Ghana and bring up an integrated roadmap to stop the influx.
Oil and Energy
Shell Shut Out as Africa’s Gas Trove Lures Asian States: Energy – Bloomberg
Asian state-owned oil companies are making inroads in the contest for East Africa’s energy reserves, gaining power in export projects that Western explorers like Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) used to dominate.
Uganda Seeks Funds for 600MW Hydro Project from China – Uganda Picks (UGA)
The government of Uganda is seeking funds from China to finance 600MW Karuma hydro-power plant on the River Nile in the Murchison Falls National Park, within the Lake Albertine rift basin.
CNPC’s move into the Mozambican market improves outlook for country’s gas industry – Macauhub
The entry of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) into the Mozambican natural gas market is expected to improve the industry’s outlook, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).
Africa needs collective strategy to trade with China – BizDay (ZWE)
Africans should come out with a strategy to do business with China which includes negotiating as a continent or as regional blocs and adding value to its products, Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said on Wednesday.
Don’t Blame China for Trade Imbalances with Africa, Expert Says – Caixin Online (CHN)
China is not to blame for trade imbalances with African, says South African political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.
Comfort zone for companies – China Daily (CHN)
Several African countries are embarking on a new drive to attract investment from China, using a method that China itself has used so effectively to achieve economic success over the past 30 years.
Transport and Infrastructure
Rwanda refutes Contract to Chinese Firm to Build Bugesera Airport – Rwandan Flyer (RWA)
According to Igihe (HERE), the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), James Kamanzi has refuted media reports which indicate that government has contracted the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to construct a multi million dollar modern Airport at Bugesera district.
Tanzania: Serengeti Wins Hearts in China – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
A CHINESE millionaire with capital worth more 700 million US dollars, Mr Zhou Yi, has shown interest in building a luxurious accommodation facility in Serengeti National Park.
Chinese firm to build Betty Kaunda school – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
A CHINESE mining firm has announced plans to build an ultra-modern multi-million Kwacha skills training school to carter for the underprivileged in society in honour of late Betty Kaunda, the wife of first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda.
China’s incursion in Kenya’s higher education: Partner or Patron? – Capital FM (KEN)
‘Africa is the cradle of mankind’, so say anthropologists and going by the recent interest from the East, it seems Africa is again the focus of the world. But having experienced the scramble for the continent by the west, Africa is treating there new friends from the East with caution.
China offers 40 scholarships for Ugandan students – New Vision (UGA)
Chinese ambassador, Zhao Yali made the pledge at a media reception held at the Chinese embassy in Kampala on Tuesday. “In order to strengthen capacity building of Uganda, Chinese government offered about 40 government scholarships for young Ugandan talents and 404 slots of training courses for Ugandan government officials in various sectors,” he stated.
TopTV to ‘rattle’ DStv with Chinese investor – Channel24 (ZAF)
StarTimes, a Chinese media group ready to bail out the struggling TopTV wants to take on MultiChoice’s DStv by slashing pay-TV subscriptions, dramatically improve pay-TV content and “rattle” the South African pay-TV market.
Chinese firms employ over 30,000 Ugandans – New Vision (UGA)
Chinese firms employ 33,000 Ugandans over a period of the last 19 years, the Chinese ambassador, Zhao Yali, has revealed. This is according to the statistics of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) since 1993 to 2012.