All last week’s China Africa developments below:
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joe Keshi, yesterday said 732 Nigerians were currently in detention in Chinese prisons for various offences. Full Story.
NAFDAC Impounds Unregistered Chinese Products- This Day (NGA)
National Agency for Food and Drug Control (NAFDAC) has raided some markets in Kaduna and Zamfara states where sweets, biscuits chocolates and tomato pastes imported from China without expiry dates and manufacturers address were seized. Full Story.
Following cases of importation of unwholesome drugs into Nigeria by Chinese companies, China has formally apologised for flooding the country with such harmful products. Full Story. Chinese to buy Super Group truck assembly plant- Engineering News (ZAF)
Norinco Motors looks set to be the first Chinese company to operate a vehicle assembly plant in South Africa. Full Story. Interview: China helps Liberia in post-war recovery- China Wire (CHN)
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhou Zuxiao has said that China has released more than 20 million U.S. dollars to Liberia in annual aid in recent years. Full Story.
China’s eighth peacekeeping squad leaves for Sudan- China View (CHN)
It is not every day that global leaders set foot in this southern African nation of gravel roads, towering sand dunes and a mere two million people. Full Story.
Chinese firm rescues copper firm in Namibia- Africa News (NED)
A Chinese company has come to the rescue of copper producer, Weatherly International that shut down its mines during last year with a bid to buy half of the mine in Namibia. Full Story.
Ghana, China collaborate to explore oil- Ghana Web (GHN)
Ghana and China are to collaborate for massive exploration of oil that could make Ghana a leading world explorer and hub of the industry in the West African sub-region. Full Story.
China offers two billion dollars to Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)
China has offered Ghana a concessionary loan of two billion dollars to help government in its efforts to sufficiently stabilize the economy for the necessary growth, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, has told Cabinet. Full Story.
Tanzania president hails Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as “great initiative”- China View (CHN)
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Saturday said that the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is a “great initiative” as it serves as the structure for the two sides to work together. Full Story.
Lesotho PM meets senior Chinese diplomat- China View (CHN)
Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili met on Friday with visiting Assistant Foreign Minister of China Zhai Jun in Maseru, capital of Lesotho, to discuss how to promote bilateral ties and cooperation. Full Story.
Chinese envoy briefs Cote d’Ivoire media on development, Sino-African ties- China View (CHN)
The Chinese ambassador in Cote d’Ivoire, Wei Wenhua, talked to Cote d’Ivoire’s journalists on Friday at the House of the Press in Abidjan on China’s development and its ties with Africa — ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. Full Story.
China’s direct investment in Africa rose 81 percent in the first half year from the same period last year to 552 million U.S. dollars, according to a report released by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Tuesday. Full Story.
Pamodzi ceases talks with China-Africa Development Fund- Business Report (ZAF)
Pamodzi Gold announced on Thursday that without its Free State assets, a viable funding solution with the China-Africa Development Fund will not be possible. Full Story.
Government pursues $2b loan from China- Ghana Web (GHN)
Government is hoping to secure a loan facility in excess of $2 billion from China on concessionary terms. Full Story.
SA and China build steel pipe plant in Mozambique- Business Day (ZAF)
A factory making steel tubes with an investment of around $50 million has been opened in the Beluluane Free Zone outside Maputo. The factory is a joint project between South African, Chinese and Mozambican companies. Full Story.
A global watchdog to exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources, urged today China and Japan to press Sudan for greater openness on oil revenues. Full Story.
China’s outward investment expansion in South Africa was only beginning, Kobus van der Wath, the founder and group managing director of the consultancy The Beijing Axis, said on Wednesday. Full Story.
Zhong Jianhua also said Africa was destined for an economic revolution similar to China’s, and that Chinese investment and its experience of the last 30 years would help the poorest continent achieve that end. Full Story.
African copper miner Weatherly International agreed a deal worth 16.1 million pounds (R199 million) with a Chinese firm that will take a controlling 50.1 percent stake and will allow the firm to reopen shut mines, the firm said on Tuesday. Full Story.
Beijing is worried about culturally naive Chinese companies damaging its image in Africa, but thinks the perception that it is only after cheap oil and minerals is unfair, its ambassador to Pretoria said today. Full Story. Striking construction workers call off industrial action- Ghana Web (GHN)
Striking workers of China Geo Engineering Corporation, the Contractors working on the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital-Abuakwa dual carriageway, have called off their industrial action. Full Story.
Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has just completed a trip to the “Summer Davos” World Economic Forum meeting in Dalian, China where he held discussions with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabo. Full Story.
Standard Bank gets $1bn loan facility out of China- Business Report (ZAF)
Standard Bank has won a $1 billion (R7.4bn) loan facility from four Chinese banks, which will be used to plug a lending gap which had threatened to scupper its bid to invest in Africa and Asia. Full Story.
AU Commission chairman visits ancestral home in China- China View (CHN)