16/02/2011 to 22/02/2011

South Africa joins BRIC -The Voice of Russia (RUS)
22/02/2011
South Africa has become one of the members of the BRIC. From now on this unofficial club of the largest developing economies will be BRICS.

Chinese parliamentary delegation arrives today -The New Times (RWA)
22/02/2011
A delegation from the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) is expected to arrive in Kigali today for a three-day visit.

Chinese Ambassador’s Speech at Commencement Ceremony of China Aided Road Construction Project in Benin -FOCAC (CHN)
22/02/2011
On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, I have the honor of accompanying President Yayi to this earth breaking ceremony for the first phase of Akassato-Bohicon highway improvement project.

China Concerned About Libya, Slow to Rebuke Gaddafi -The New York Times (USA)
22/02/2011
China Tuesday expressed concern about unrest in Libya but held back from joining other nations in condemning Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi for the bloody unrest in the oil-exporting nation.

Bank: China Africa Investment to Jump 70% by 2015 -The Wall Street Journal (USA)
22/02/2011
Think China’s pumping a lot of investment into Africa? You ain’t seen nothing yet.

Buy counterfeits at your own peril -The Daily Monitor (UGA)
22/02/2011
A scan through Mr Daniel Kalanja’s house tells of how the Chinese influence has grown in the last decade; taking over living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens among others.

Tullow rejects oil search deal with Chinese firm CNOOC -The Daily Monitor (UGA)
21/02/2011
UK oil giant Tullow Oil has refused to partner with a Chinese firm in the renewed search for oil in Kenya, further strengthening the hand of Western companies in the exploration business at the expense of Asian firms.

Chadian President Deby Meets with Yang Jiechi -FOCAC (CHN)
21/02/2011
Deby said since the resumption of diplomatic ties more than four years ago, bilateral relations have made substantial progress. The president said the Chadian-Chinese relations are based on equality, mutual respect and non-interference in each other’s internal affairs and China is a true friend of Chad.

Labour rejects Chinese take-over of Olorunsogo Power Plant -The Vanguard (NGA)
21/02/2011
SENIOR Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, weekend rejected government handover of  Olorunsogo Power Station Phase I, in Ogun State, to SEPCOII, a Chinese company.

Groups protest, seeking China’s pullout from controversial Ethiopian dam -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
21/02/2011
International environmental groups, members of civil society and other concerned individuals on Sunday held a protest in Kenya to petition the Chinese government against financing the construction of Ethiopia’s controversial mega-dam.

African Farmers Displaced as Investors Move In -The New York Times (USA)
21/02/2011
Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land.

China’s Courtship in Africa – From a Western Perspective -Africana Online (USA)
21/02/2011
Friday sees the end of a nine-day charm offensive by an official Chinese delegation headed by the country’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi. Among the countries who invited the delegation was Guinea, Chad and notably Zimbabwe.

Police find businessman with counterfeit sanitary pads -New Vision (UGA)
21/02/2011
IN a bid to mitigate trade in counterfeit products, the Police have impounded over 2,500 cartons of fake Always sanitary pads from China.

Police hunts for two Chinese women over fraud -New Visions (UGA)
20/02/2011
The Police in Kampala are hunting for two Chinese women who allegedly issued three false cheques to Fang Min, the managing director of Fang Fang Group.

Public health cooperation vital for Ethio-Chinese relation: Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia -Walta Info (ETH)
20/02/2011
Chinese cooperation with Ethiopia in public health is a very important part of the overall cooperation between the two countries, Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia said.

We do not have to wait until the pain of a crisis forces us to change -The Standard (NGA)
19/02/2011
You have heard the cliche, “No pain, No gain”. What you may not have heard is that Kenya has a flipped version: “No pain, No change”. It has been our preferred mode of operation for so long that it has virtually acquired the status of an economic development model.

Zambians advised to stop unwarranted attacks on Chinese -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
19/02/2011
Zambia’s weak manufacturing industry has contributed to the growth of China’s economic development which is now the second largest economy in the world.

Sino-African cooperation to further expand: MOC spokesman -FOCAC (CHN)
18/02/2011
China will keep improving economic and trade relations with Africa by increasing investments in agriculture, finance, environmental protection and those that concern African people’s livelihoods, a commerce ministry spokesman said Thursday.

Benin’s president inaugurates hospital built with Chinese aid -FOCAC (CHN)
18/02/2011
Beninese President Boni Yayi on Sunday inaugurated a hospital built with Chinese aid to mark the latest progress in bilateral ties and cooperation.

Guinean president hails China’s presence in Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
18/02/2011
In an interview accorded to Xinhua on Monday in the Guinean capital Conakry, President Alpha Conde affirmed that Africa’s cooperation with China presents “a lot of benefits” to the continent.

Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe Meets with Yang Jiechi -FOCAC (CHN)
18/02/2011
Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe met with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in Kara, the second largest city of Togo.

Wine makers look to China to boost sales in slow export market -Business Day (ZAF)
18/02/2011
While the UK remained by far SA’s largest export market, demand from China was “very encouraging”

Tullow rejects bid for joint oil search with Chinese firm -Business Daily (KEN)
18/02/2011
UK oil giant Tullow Oil has refused to partner with a Chinese firm in the renewed search for oil in Kenya, further strengthening the hand of Western companies in the exploration business at the expense of Asian firms.

Victimisation Of Ghanaians In China -Ghana Web (GHA)
18/02/2011
For sometime now, holders of Ghana passports have had it difficult to extend
their visas. Chinese Authorities refuse to extend visas for Ghanaians. The
reason is that Ghanaians are committing crimes in China.

Magande warns government against over borrowing -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
18/02/2011
Former Finance minister Ng’andu Magande has warned that Zambia risks falling back into the Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) bracket if the government  does not reduce on its rate of borrowing. Mr. Magande cited the US$200 million loan from Exim Bank of China for the Mongu – Kalabo road as one which will need to be serviced by other productive government investments.

Ghana Secures Additional $167m For Bui Project -Ghana Web (GHA)
17/02/2011
Ghana is to secure an additional $167 million from the Chinese government to support the Bui Hydro Electric Project.

Cops crack Chinese fraud syndicate -News 24 (ZAF)
17/02/2011
Police arrested nine members of a Chinese fraud syndicate at the Cresta office park, in Johannesburg, on Thursday.

China firing up African growth -Capital Business (KEN)
17/02/2011
What does a country with an economy estimated at $5.8 trillion hold for developing economies in Africa, such as Kenya, where it is seen to have a lot of interest?

Chinese FM’s African tour promotes mutual beneficial, win-win Sino-African relations -FOCAC (CHN)
17/02/2011
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday ended his official visits to five African countries — Zimbabwe, Gabon, Guinea, Togo and Chad.

South Africa needs massive transport investment: minister -FOCAC (CHN)
16/02/2011
South Africa needs up to 468 billion rands (66.9 billion U.S. dollars) to address the investment needs of the country’s roads and rail sector, South African transport minister Sbu Ndebele said on Tuesday.

China-Africa relations seen as mutually beneficial: analysts -FOCAC (CHN)
16/02/2011
Tom Cargill, assistant head of the African Program at the London-based think tank Chatham House told Xinhua recently that the notion that Africa may not be getting enough benefits from its relations with China are misplaced.

China to build primary schools in Kenya -FOCAC (CHN)
16/02/2011
China will put up 10 ICT-driven model primary schools in Kenya as part of a project that aims at constructing 1000 such schools across the African continent.

China Shares Development Experience to Africa -Walta Info (ETH)
16/02/2011
With objective of promoting the learning on economic growth and poverty reduction, the China-DAC Study Group shares China’s experience to Africans on wealth creation through transformation of poor rural economies.

China declares war on counterfeits, local investors welcome the move -New Vision (UGA)
16/02/2011
China has announced “special actions” to crack down on counterfeits and control the export of sub-standard goods to Uganda and other African countries, a decision local entrepreneurs called “a good gesture” that will keep them in business.

Chinese-assisted projects ready for takeoff -Ghana Web (GHA)
16/02/2011
The People’s Republic of China on Wednesday affirmed its commitment to the realization of a number of Chinese- assisted projects in Ghana this year.

China to Strengthen Bilateral Relations with C/R -Ghana Web (GHA)
15/02/2011
The visiting 13-member delegation from the Chinese Peoples’ Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), on Tuesday, paid a courtesy call on the Central Regional Minister, Mrs. Ama Benyiwa-Doe at her residency.

$6bn Railway Expansion Project Begins April -Ghana Web (GHA)
15/02/2011
The railway network which has not seen any major expansion and rehabilitation in the last 100 years will, from April this year, see substantial improvement when the $6-billion Nsawam-Kumasi and Ejisu-Paga railway project begins.

Factbox: Africa deals by China’s biggest vendors in Africa -Reuters  
15/02/2011
Chinese telecoms hardware and network makers are stamping their mark on Africa. With huge pools of skilled labor, an export-led national growth strategy and financing sweeteners, Chinese firms are taking on their European rivals.