Weekly news

14/07/2010 to 20/07/2010

Investors to reap from high demand for recycled plastic – Business Daily (KEN)
20/07/2010
Kenyans in the informal sector are set to earn millions from recycling the readily available plastic waste due to high demand in the lucrative Chinese market.

Chinese state councilor arrives in Ethiopia for official visit – Xinhua (CHN)
20/07/2010
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo arrived here on Tuesday for an official visit to Ethiopia.
During his one-day stay, Dai will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis and other senior officials.

Convention Complex to be completed next year – The New Times (RWA)
20/07/2010
The multi-million dollar complex, Kigali Convention Complex (KCC), which is under construction at Kimihurura, Gasabo District, has announced that the project will be completed by December 2011… The project is implemented by Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG), a top Chinese construction company which constructed Tanzania’s 60,000-seater national stadium.

Mugabe has China ‘appetite’ – Daily Monitor (UGA)
20/07/2010
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has said his government will strengthen ties with China and ignore Western countries that have insisted on democratic reforms before restoring normal ties with Harare.

Feature: Zimbabweans place high hope on Chinese-funded agricultural center – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
20/07/2010
Many Zimbabweans place high hope on the Demonstration Center of China Agricultural Technology being built in Harare, which they hail as an important cog in the country’s agricultural development to regain its status of “bread basket” in Africa.

Chinese aid key to African development: Kenyan expert – Xinhua (CHN)
19/07/2010
China’s development aid, mostly targeting the infrastructure sector, is key to the development of Kenya and Africa as a whole, a Kenyan development analyst says.

FG Hopeful as PetroChina Plans U.S.$60 Billion Overseas Investments – Daily Independent (NGA)
19/07/2010
PetroChina, China’s largest listed oil firm by capacity, plans to invest $60 billion to boost its overseas oil and gas output to 200 million metric tons annually, equivalent to around 4.0 million barrels a day, the company’s president told reporters at the weekend.

NNPC, Chinese investor to build refinery in Kogi – Vanguard (NGA)
19/07/2010
To strengthen domestic refining capacity and enhance sustainable fuel supply in the country, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and China State Engineering Construction Corporation (CSECC), are in talks to constrict a greenfield refinery in Kogi State.

Firm blames Lagos road’s collapse on design error – Guardian News (NGA)
19/07/2010
THE Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) is awaiting the approval of its proposal by the Lagos State government for the repair of the damaged portion on the LASU-Iba Expressway, linking the Lagos-Badagry Expressway with Isheri…It was learnt that both the engineering design and the actual construction would cost some N150 million, which the Chinese has promised to bear.

China – Outsmarting the West in Africa – IPS Media (ZAF)
18/07/2010
China’s interest in Africa is frequently portrayed simply as that of a rising economic power seeking natural resources. Deborah Brautigam argues that this portrayal misses the full complexity of business relations between China and the continent.

Concerns over Chinese Investment and Working Conditions – IPS Media (ZAF)
18/07/2010
Chinese investment in African countries comes with few strings attached – which is exactly what concerns civil society organisations

Plans to revive General Tyre factory underway -Arusha Times (TZA)
18/07/2010
After watching helplessly as General Tyre closed operations last year, the state plans to revive the Arusha-based factory amid the influx of cheap imported tires, mainly from China.

Alaafin Advocates Economic, Cultural Ties With China – Daily Independent (NGA)
18/07/2010
Permanent Chairman of Council of Obas and Chiefs in Oyo State, who is also the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has stressed the need for both economic and cultural ties with the People’s Republic of China to further cement the existing relationship between his domain (Oyo town) and the country.

US Halts Supply Of Sudanese Crude To China’s New Refinery – Guardian News (NGA)
18/07/2010
THE United States government has frozen the lifting of Sudanese crude meant for Petro China’s new Refinery Plant.

Chinese aid and investment unlikely to pull Africa out of its predicament – Daily Nation (KEN)
18/07/2010
The news that Kenya has received Sh980 million from China as part of a continuing technical co-operation agreement is music to those who believe that external aid will pull us out of poverty… It is, however, important to reflect on the true implications of external aid to Africa before we start celebrating

Ghana-China celebrate 50-years of diplomatic relations – Walta Information (ETH)
17/07/2010
Ghana and China, on Friday renewed their commitments to further deepening and strengthening the existing warm bilateral ties as well as the expansion of the scope of economic and technical cooperation between them… They issued statements on behalf of their respective countries when they jointly opened a photo exhibition and reception in Accra, to celebrate 50-years of Ghana-China diplomatic relations.

Equal platform, mutual benefit – Xinhua (CHN)
17/07/2010
Contrary to Western claims of ‘plundering resources’ in Africa, China is creating more opportunities for people on the continent.

Why China Wins Africa Game – The Diplomat (JAP)
17/07/2010
From the southern tip of their own continent and across to Latin America, Asia’s two rising and aspiring powers are set to compete for supremacy and the mantle of superpower status. But it’s in between these two points that the biggest competition between China and India is set to unfold. Forget Central Asia—Africa is the scene of the next ‘great game.’

Art From China Goes On Display – New Era (NAM)
16/07/2010
Who would have thought of a high-quality art exhibition when confronted with one of the world’s most recognisable and suggestive commercial labels “Made in China”? Yet, well-known Namibian artist Imke Rust, hits the mark with her solo exhibition titled, “Made in China” to be displayed next Monday at the Bank Windhoek Omba Gallery. The exhibition consists of works produced in China with traditional Chinese art materials. Rust provocatively challenges Namibians’ pre-conceived notions and stereotypes about China.

Defence Minister Visits China – Angola Press (AGO)
16/07/2010
The Angolan minister of National Defence, Candido Pereira dos Santos Van-Dunem, left this afternoon (Friday) the Angolan capital, for a one-week official visit to China, Angop has learnt.

New Chinese pick-up to make SA debut in September – Engineering News (ZAF)
16/07/2010
Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD), the joint venture (JV) between McCarthy (the Bidvest group) and Imperial, will introduce a Foton pick-up range to the South African motoring public in September, adding to the Foton minibus taxi already on offer. AAD is the holding company of Chery South Africa and Foton South Africa. Chery and Foton are Chinese brands.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Meets with Cape Verde’s Foreign Minister Brito – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
15/07/2010
On July 12, 2010, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Cape Verde’s Foreign Minister Jose Brito, who is here for the first meeting of China-Cape Verde economic and trade joint committee.

China avoids condemnation of ICC’s fresh move against Bashir – Sudan Tribune (SDN)
15/07/2010
The Chinese government today appeared to move to a more neutral position regarding the International Criminal Court (ICC) arrest warrant issued for Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir.

DR Congo’s finance minister visits China – Xinhua (CHN)
15/07/2010
The Finance Minister for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) Matata Ponyo Mapon left Kinshasa on Wednesday for a working visit to China. According to officials from his office, Matata will finalize with his Chinese counterparts the agreement on construction of Zongo II hydroelectric dam in Bas Congo province.

Works on Nyabugogo Bus Terminal kick-off – The New Times (RWA)
14/07/2010
Following the current sorry state of Nyabugogo Bus Terminal, Nyarugenge District, in conjunction with Kigali City Council (KCC) has started rehabilitation works on the park to give it a facelift… The works which are implemented by a Chinese firm will also include fencing the park and painting all the park lanes.

Foreign investments hit Rwf 600bn – The New Times (RWA)
14/07/2010
“China is a country we want to have a strong bond with in terms of investment,” Nsanzabaganwa said. Currently, the minister said Rwanda has an RDB office in China to help promote investment and strengthen business links between the two countries.

Chinese clones outpace iPad in Kenyan market – Business Daily (KEN)
14/07/2010
The iPad, apple computer’s hottest selling gadget, is headed for a hard landing when it officially arrives in the Kenyan market that is stealthily getting swamped with clones from China.

Chinese Plough Back in Ondangwa – New Era(NAM)
14/07/2010
A Chinese company in Ondangwa has donated clothing and bedding worth N$130 000 to children from kindergartens as well as centres housing orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Ondangwa.

China to Own Berg Aukas Mine – New Era (NAM)
14/07/2010
Discussions are on the table to sell Weatherly’s other mining interests to the Chinese state-owned company East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau (ECE).

African Minerals in $1.5bn China pact – Financial Times (GBR)
13/07/2010
The scramble for west Africa’s iron supplies gained pace on Tuesday when a Chinese steel mill agreed to pay $1.5bn for a minority interest in a single non-producing iron ore project in Sierra Leone.

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