Weekly news

13/09/2011 to 19/09/2011

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 Chinese to construct TVET model school -The New Times (RWA)

  SMEs Play “Big Role” in Africa -FOCAC (CHN)

 Planned sweet sorghum project to create 250 jobs -Daily monitor (UGA)

 Lake Victoria East Africa Free Trade Zone vanishes -Exporting China’s Development to the World

 Tullow Seals Oil Deal With Total and China Company -The Monitor (UGA)

 Africa’s friend China finances $9.3 bln of hydropower -Walta Info (ETH)

 

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Chinese to construct TVET model school -The New Times (RWA)
16/09/2011
The Workforce Development Authority (WDA) and experts from China Railway Engineering Company, on Friday, signed a design contract for the construction of a model Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) school in Musanze District, Northern Province.

Country to Attend China-Africa Investment Forum -The Herald (ZWE)
16/09/2011
Zimbabwe will have an opportunity to strengthen its trade and investment ties with China when it participates at China Africa Investment Forum in Shanghai and Hangzhou later this month.

SMEs Play “Big Role” in Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
15/09/2011
The development of China-Africa trade and economic cooperation zones has been underway for five years since the approval of the first one came through. As a new thing, operational characteristics of the economic zones have gradually have emerged in recent years.

Chinese Government’s Special Representative on Darfur Liu Guijin Attends the Inauguration Conference of Darfur Peace Agreement Implementation Follow-up Commission -Chinese Embassy in Qatar
15/09/2011
On September 11, 2011, the Chinese Government’s Special Representative on Darfur Ambassador Liu Guijin attended the inauguration conference of the Darfur Peace Agreement Implementation Follow-up Commission in Doha.

Chinese Investments in Nation Worth N1.2 Trillion -Daily Trust (NGA)
15/09/2011
The total Chinese investments in Nigeria is worth about $8.2 billion (about N1.2 trillion), the Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) Engr. Mustafa Bello has said.

China spent $18 mln on HIV research in 2010 -Walta Info (ETH)
15/09/2011
China invested $18 million in HIV vaccine research in 2010, becoming the third largest contributor globally, after the US and the European Union, UNAIDS has said.

China’s strategic choice is peaceful development -New Vision (UGA)
14/09/2011
China has declared that it takes a path of peaceful development and is committed to upholding world peace and promoting common development and prosperity for all countries

Country to Overtake South Africa As China’s Trading Partner? -This Day (NGA)
14/09/2011
Nigeria will soon overtake South Africa as China’s biggest trading partner, Nigeria’s ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China, Alhaji Aminu Bashir Wali, told THISDAY in Beijing.

China’s Peaceful Development and its foreign policy -Walta Info (ETH)
14/09/2011
Over the past 5,000 years, people of all ethnic groups in China, with diligence and wisdom, have created a splendid civilization and built a unified multi-ethnic country.

China’s Influence In Africa Includes Church Construction -Eurasia Review (USA)
14/09/2011
At All Saints Roman Catholic Church Cathedral in Nairobi, African workers were recently singing lively Christian worship songs as they broke ground for the construction of a new office block for the Nairobi Archdiocese.

The Mechanics of China’s African Expansion -Daily Maverick (KEN)
14/09/2011
The success of Chinese companies in Africa has little to do with their cost effectiveness, meeting deadlines or ultimate quality. Reminiscent of dubious US-led funding projects in Central American countries in the last century, Chinese expansion in Africa has everything to do with the funding guarantees they bring – as a new deal in Kenya demonstrates

Benin president holds talks with Hu during China visit -Daily Nation (KEN)
14/09/2011
Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi has held talks in China with his counterpart Hu Jintao on further Chinese investment in the West African nation, a presidential adviser said Wednesday.

Nigeria to Overtake S’Africa as China’s Trading Partner? -This Day (NGA)
14/09/2011
Nigeria will soon overtake South Africa as China’s biggest trading partner, says Nigeria’s ambassador to the Peoples Republic of China.

Why African countries are now turning to the East -Business Daily (KEN)
14/09/2011
Expansion of Nairobi’s Thika Road being undertaken by Chinese companies. Kenya’s turn to China, Japan, South Korea and India –the East- for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is a result of President Kibaki administration’s deliberate effort to pursue economic diplomacy

China’s developing ties with South Africa  -BBC News (GBR)
14/09/2011
China is hosting the World Economic Forum at Dalian, where business leaders and academics gather to discuss business trends, technology and the global economy.

Swapo sues Teko duo -The Namibian (NAM)
14/09/2011
Both Lameck and Mokaxwa were employed by NCH in the past.
The two are currently the subject of a corruption case in the High Court involving Government’s US$55 million (N$400 million) purchase of border-post scanning equipment from China.

Lake Victoria East Africa Free Trade Zone vanishes -Exporting China’s Development to the World
14/09/2011
The Lake Victoria East Africa Free Trade Zone has for a while looked like one of the largest Chinese concessions in Africa and one with the most intriguing portfolio of agricultural, industrial, residential, touristic, you-name-it development on 518 hectares and plans to attract 500,000 Chinese settlers.

Chinese investment in Africa and Europe -Exporting China’s Development to the World
13/09/2011
An article by Peter Apps in today’s International Herald Tribune (“Chinese Cash Welcome — To a Point) uses the example of Huang Nudo’s purchase of a 300-ha farm in Iceland to illustrate a European Council of Foreign Relations report that compares China’s “approach” to Europe to its approach to China.

Planned sweet sorghum project to create 250 jobs -Daily monitor (UGA)
13/09/2011
The $30m (Shs78b) project, which is being implemented by the Bio-Green Investments E.A Ltd, a local investment company, with a loan from Exim Bank in China, will have a bio-energy plant constructed in Kayonza Sub-county, which will produce 20 mililitres of bio-ethanol annually from sorghum stems.

Banda distributes Chinese branded sweets to voters -Daily Nation (KEN)
13/09/2011
Zambia’s elections campaigns have become ‘sweet’ with President Rupiah Banda distributing campaign-message branded lollipops to woo voters ahead of next week’s polls.

Wilkinson Road: Why are we treated like dirt in our own country? -Awoko (SLE)
13/09/2011
We have complained again and again about the way and manner the Chinese railway is going about construction on the Congo cross and Wilkinson road project.

Africa’s friend China finances $9.3 bln of hydropower -Walta Info (ETH)
13/09/2011
When completed in 2013, Gibe III on Ethiopia’s Omo River will be Africa’s tallest dam, a $2.2 billion project that conservationists say will deprive birds and hippos of vital habitat.

Nampula: Customs manager sacked -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
13/09/2011
Eight companies, several of which are owned by Chinese citizens, were involved in the fraud, and are accused of making false declarations about the quantity and quality of the wood they intended to export.

NAFDAC arraigns 3 Cameroonians over fake drugs sale -Business Day (NGA)
12/09/2011
Monye disclosed that the Cameroonians were arrested recently in Abakaliki by NAFDAC officials for operating an illegal clinic at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where they also dispensed and administered fake Chinese medicines on unsuspecting members of the public.

CT brothel ‘may be part of syndicate’ -News 24 (ZAF)
12/09/2011
A Chinese woman, who allegedly continued her brothel business while on bail, may be a member of an international syndicate, the Goodwood District Court heard on Monday.

Citizens Take to Chinese Food -New Era (NAM)
12/09/2011
Chinese food is generally considered as healthy and well-balanced, and more Namibians have become aware of this and have started eating Chinese food.

Sasol pulls back from China CTL, reallocates capital and people -Engineering News (ZAF)
12/09/2011
South African energy group Sasol, which has the technology to convert coal to transport fuels and chemicals, has decided to pull back from a coal-to-liquids (CTL) project it had been pursuing in China together with the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Industry Group.

Tullow Seals Oil Deal With Total and China Company -The Monitor (UGA)
11/09/2011
Uganda’s nascent oil sector is abuzz with news of formalisation of a partnership between three oil companies next week, which executives say will “unlock production.”

Do Foreign Aid Donors React to Growing Chinese Involvement in Africa? -60th Congress of the French Economic Association
11/09/2011
Two main views have emerged from the macroeconomic analysis of the Chinese involvement in Africa.

Yes, thank China for food aid, but learn from her -The Standard (KEN)

11/09/2011
The world’s most populous nation and second largest economy rushed to the Horn of Africa’s drought-hit nations’ aid months ago in a quiet but massive humanitarian relief initiative that has gone largely unreported.

Banker cautions Ghana not rush decision to invest foreign reserves in -Ghana Web (GHN)
11/09/2011
Ghana must not rush with the decision to invest part of its foreign reserves in the Chinese Yuan as it is premature to heed such calls, Alhassan Andani, Managing Director of Stanbic Bank Ghana has said.

Why the Asian Tigers Have Left Africa Behind -The Herald (ZWE)
10/09/2011
Since 1971 much of the world has bought Beijing’s notion that Taiwan is a “renegade province” of China’s, and as a result mainland China does not consider Taiwan as a “country”.

USA Worried Over China-Malawi Ties -Weekend Nation (MWI)
10/09/2011
A recently released wiki-cable reveals the US Embassy has worries over the impact of China’s ties with Malawi.

Kenya gives Chinese secret geothermal deal -The East African (KEN)
10/09/2011
A Chinese contractor, the Great Wall Drilling Company, has secretly signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kenya government to drill 80 geothermal wells, with funding expected to come from the Chinese Exim Bank.

The Libyan dilemma -The Wall Street Journal (USA)
10/09/2011
A rising power starts to knock against the limits of its hallowed “non-interference”

Tutu hopes South Africa defies China over Dalai Lama -AFP (USA)
10/09/2011
Activist Desmond Tutu said South Africa’s government will “shoot themselves in the foot” if they deny a visa to the Dalai Lama to please key trade partner China, a news report said on Friday.

Bite of Namibia’s crime buster questioned -The Namibian (NAM)
09/09/2011
In August 2009, Mathieu noted that the ACC’s failure to secure convictions in the multi-million-dollar Teko trio case and one involving a Chinese businessman’s bribe of US$1 million to a senior military officer to secure a mining licence, has “tarnished” the ACC’s image.

Photos: Chinese blaze new paths in Africa -NetEase (CHN)
09/07/2011
In the past eight months of 2011 alone, Chinese direct investment in Africa amounts to 32.3 billion U.S. dollars. “Chinese can be seen every day. There are traces of China everywhere,” Africans say.

The rise and rise of China in Zambia -Mail & Guardian (ZAF)
09/09/2011

The first thing you see when you step off the plane at Lusaka International Airport is a giant billboard advertising the Bank of China.

Beijing’s impotence in Libya -The Korea Herald (KOR)
09/09/2011
In a recent article published by China’s official Xinhua news agency, the Paris Conference on Libya’s political transition and future without Muammar Gaddafi was decried as a “West-dominated meeting” seeking to entrench American and European interests by maintaining a pre-eminent role for NATO.

Chinese investment buoys Africa’s economy -Xinhua (CHN)
09/09/2011
Although Africa is a diverse continent, containing a variety of countries and cultures, the representatives of African countries do have one thing in common: their desire to attract Chinese investment.

African Energy’s New Friends in China -Bloomberg (USA)
08/09/2011
From Ethiopia and Sudan to Ghana and South Africa, Chinese companies are pushing big hydro and solar power projects

South Africa to Resume Raw-Wool Exports to China, Group Says -Bloomberg (USA)
07/09/2011
South Africa will resume shipments of unprocessed wool to China for the first time in more than a year after an agreement was reached on clearance certificates related to Rift Valley Fever.

African agribusiness to benefit from rising Chinese presence -How We Made it in Africa (ZAF)
06/09/2011
China’s rising presence in Africa will have a big impact on food prices, land prices and agriculture on the continent. That’s according to Alex Pestana, investment strategist at Sanlam Investment Management, speaking at the Second Annual African Cup of Investment Management in Cape Town.

Gold One gets Namibian nod for Chinese takeover -Reuters
06/09/2011
Australia and South Africa-listed Gold One International said on Tuesday that Namibian regulators had given the greenlight to its takeover by a Chinese consortium, removing one small hurdle to complete the transaction.

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