Weekly news

06/04/2010 to 20/04/2010

VP Mujuru Hails China’s Support – The Herald (ZWA)
20/04/2010
Vice President Joice Mujuru has commended the Chinese government for its continued support for Zimbabwe and has called for strengthening of bilateral ties. 
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Chinese Ambassador Assures Stronger Ties – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
20/04/2010
It was an exceptional day at the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital in the Ngousso neighbourhood yesterday. Full Story.

Chinese firm warned against use of powerful explosives – New Times (RWA)
20/04/2010
Gasabo district has issued a stern warning to the Chinese firm dealing in stone mining activities in Jabana, over their continued use of strong explosives to blast stones, a process that has led to further destruction of area residents’ properties. 
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Rwandatel to rebrand as GreenN – New Times (RWA)
20/04/2010
LAP Green networks says it will rebrand all its pan African networks including Rwandatel under the GreenN brand…. Green’s “huge appetite” for other telecoms was further induced by the signing of a $300 million (Rwf170.4 billion) financing agreement with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) last year. 
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Dar Heart Patients to Enjoy Cheaper Treatment – The East African (KEN)
19/04/2010
Tanzania stands to benefit from what analysts see as a scramble for medical business in the country which is preparing to host two of the largest cardiac surgery treatment facilities in East Africa, built by China and India — whose construction would be completed in the next two years. 
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Challenged to Emulate Chinese Economic Strategies – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
19/04/2010
Failure by Tanzania to emulate Chinese economic growth even after decades of strong bilateral ties between the two countries remains a puzzle even to the highly educated class. Full Story.

Ugandan, Chinese officials vow to strengthen cooperation – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
19/04/2010
China and Uganda have carried out fruitful cooperation within the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, says Ugandan Vice President Gilbert Bukenya. Full Story.

Tanzania benefits a lot from Chinese infrastructure aid – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
19/04/2010
Tanzania has benefited a lot from the Chinese assistance on infrastructure in Africa. I think the first project of the infrastructure for probably the whole of Africa, is TAZARA, the Tanzania-Zambia Railway,” Tanzanian Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs. Full Story.

Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya Meets with Senegalese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Niang – Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
19/04/2010
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya met with Senegalese Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Madicke Niang, who is here in China for the first meeting of the China-Senegal mixed committee on economy, trade and technology. 
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Moroccan prime minister meets Communist Party of China delegation – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
19/04/2010
the Moroccan prime minister and general secretary of the Istiqlal Party, says his country appreciates its mutual cooperation and close ties with China. 
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Chinese Support For Armed Forces – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
19/04/2010
The Mozambican Defence Ministry on Friday received agricultural equipment, valued at around 615,000 US dollars, donated by the Chinese government. 
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China’s involvement in Angola and Mozambique creates “significant opportunities” for development – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
19/04/2010
China’s involvement in Angola and Mozambique has created “siginificant opportunities” for development that can be best taken advantage of with specific “agendas” from these countries for infrastructure, human resources or business partnerships. Full Story.

Huawei now ordered to fix fibre-optic errors – The East African (KEN)
19/04/2010
The Uganda government wants Chinese information technology giant Huawei Technologies to undertake a forensic audit of its own works in laying the country’s main fibre-optic cable backbone under the National Backbone Initiative project’s first phase, and fix the glaring mistakes at the company’s cost. Full Story.

East Africa opens its doors to investors – The East African (KEN)
19/04/2010
As prospective investors troop to Dar es Salaam for the Investment Climate Facility for Africa Summit in May, Kampala will be laying on the carpet over $850 million worth of investments…Another investor Chinese oil giant China National Offshore Oil Corporation is on the verge of settling in to become a big player. Full Story.

Ethio-China cooperation brings practical, tangible results – Walta Info (ETH)
18/04/2010
Cooperation between China and Ethiopia brings practical and tangible results to Ethiopians, Water Resources. 
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CAD-Fund promoting Chinese investment in Ethiopia – Walta Info (ETH)
18/04/2010
The China-Africa Development Cooperation (CAD-Fund) said on Thursday it has been making considerable contribution in Ethiopia in terms of job creation and technology transfer. Full Story.

Rawlings, Konadu Sense Smear Campaign – Ghana Web (GHN)
18/04/2010
The attention of former President Rawlings and his wife, Nana Konadu Agyeman Rawlings has been drawn to publications in newspapers….The SLA was based on an agreement between the government of Ghana and the EXIM Bank of China in which the Chinese government agreed to give to the government of Ghana interest subsidised concessionary loan for the purpose of financing industrial projects in Ghana. Full Story.

Lawmakers, NAFDAC Take Fake Drugs War to China – This Day (NGA)
17/04/2010
A combined team of the Senate Committee on Health and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control has concluded a 5-day working visit to China as part of Nigeria’s leading role in ensuring quality drugs for consumers. Full Story.

NCCI Plans Business Mission to China – Namibia Economist (NAB)
16/04/2010
In an effort to attract more foreign direct investment into the country, the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), is organizing a business mission to China, according to statement issued by the NCCI. 
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Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya Meets with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia Tekeda Alemu – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
16/04/2010
Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wang Guangya met with Tekeda Alemu, visiting Minister of State for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. 
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Chinese investment has helped to woo other investors – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
16/04/2010
Finance and National Planning Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane says Chinese Investment in the country has helped the country attract other investors from bigger economies. 
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China’s Africa Land Grab myths Part II: The (non existant) $5 billion fund – China in Africa: The Real Story (USA)
16/04/2010
Is “China” actively seeking land in Africa to grow food, presumably to ship back to China? Full Story.

NRZ Set to Buy 29 Chinese Coaches – Zimbabwe Independent (ZBW)
15/04/2010
The National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) is procuring 29 state-of-the-art passenger coaches from a Chinese company with the first delivery set for June. 
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China to Supply Solar Panels Countrywide – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
16/04/2010
REX Investment Limited (RIL) has signed an agreement with Chinese Suntech Company to distribute the one Mega Watts solar panels in Tanzania and neighbouring countries. Full Story.

Senegal offers China huge iron ore deal- China Wire (CHN)
15/04/2010
As negotiations with the world’s top three iron ore companies continue to drag on, the African country of Senegal is offering to sale 3.5 billion tons of iron ore reserves to China, presenting an opportunity for China’s steel enterprises. Full Story.

Boosting FOCAC’s intellectual capacity – Pambazuka News (KEN)
15/04/2010
At the end of March the follow-up committee of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in partnership with the Institute of West Asian and African Studies (IWAAS) of the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS), launched the China-Africa joint research and exchange program. Full Story.

Alaafin Seeks Closer Ties between Nigeria, China – This Day (NGA)
15/04/2010
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has called for closer cultural ties between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China for the mutual benefit of the people of the two countries. Full Story.

China Boosts FBC, Njala and Others – Concord Times (Sierra Leone)
14/04/2010
In support of the First Lady’s vision of promoting quality education in schools, tertiary and vocational institutions, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone has presented computers, printers and sewing machines to seven learning institutions. 
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China visit inspires South African high-speed rail link plan – China Wire (CHN)
14/04/2010
Inspired by a visit to China, South Africa’s Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele is championing the construction of a multibillion-rand, high-speed rail link between the coastal city of Durban and the commercial hub Johannesburg. Full Story.

Mozambique attends tourism fair in China – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
14/04/2010
Mozambique is due to take part from 28 to 30 April, in China, in the Outbound Travel & Tourism Market (COTTM-2010), the 6th edition of the Beijing tourism fair, according to the spokesman for the Mozambican Tourism ministry (MICTUR). Full Story.

China Donates Computers to Mozambican Parliament – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
14/04/2010

The Chinese parliament last week donated 64 computers, including desktops and laptops, valued at about 78,600 US dollars, to its Mozambican counterpart, the Assembly of the Republic. Full Story.


EIIPD Executive Director Holds Talks with Chinese Delegation Head – Walta Info (ETH)
14/04/2010
The Ethiopian International Institute for Peace and Development (EIIPD) Executive Director, Sbhat Nega and Chinese delegation led by Vice President the Chinese Peoples Association for Peace and Disarmament and vise chairwomen of the National Peoples Congress Standing Committee, Yan Junqi held talks here on Tuesday. 
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China Vows to enhance bilateral ties with Zimbabwe – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
13/04/2010
China has vowed to push vigorously its traditional friendship with Zimbabwe to a new height on the occasion of 30 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. 
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Egyptian minister lauds China’s role in African development – forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
13/04/2010
Egyptian Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin on Monday lauded China’s role in investment and development in Africa. Full Story.

The List of Zero – Tariff Products is now here – China in Africa: The Real Story (USA)
13/04/2010
In 2003, Chinese leader Wen Jiabao pledged to give tariff free access to an unspecified number of exports from Africa’s least developed countries (LDCs). 
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Chinese companies take part in modernisation of water supply system in Maputo, Matola and Boane in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
13/04/2010
The Mozambican minister for Public Works and Housing, Cademiel Muthemba, Monday in Malhampswene, Matola municipality, officially laid the first stone of the expansion and modernisation of the water supply system to the cities of Maputo and Matola and the district of Boane, in Maputo province. Full Story.

Let there be oil, but the well turned dry – The Standard (KEN)
13/04/2010
It is a natural resource, but when it is not at the Kenyan coast, justice is sought at the English Courts….Recently, the Chinese National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC), which has been searching for the commodity in northern Kenya. 
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China Exim Bank lends Kenya Sh7.5bn for energy – Daily Nation (KEN)
13/04/2010
Kenya has received a Sh7.5 billion loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to drill geothermal wells for production of 140 megawatts of energy. Full Story.

China firm to invest $600 mln in Zambia copper mines – Business Report (ZAF)
13/04/2010
China Nonferrous Metal Mining (CNMC) plans to invest $600 million (R4.4 billion) in Zambia between 2010 and 2011. Full Story.Jabana residents to petition gov’t over compensation – The New Times (RWA)
13/04/02010
A few weeks after some residents of Jabana in Gasabo District whose properties were destroyed by stone mining activities disagreed with the outcome of the evaluation process…A Chinese firm operating the stone quarry in the area released Rwf 16.9m mid February as a compensation package for over 100 families that were affected. Full story.

Ghana’s Ambassador to China Ready for Ghanaian Entrepreneurs – Ghanaweb (GHN)
13/04/2010
Hon. Mahama Ayariga, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry has concluded arrangements with the Ghana Embassy in Beijing. Full Story.

Tanzania now battles China`s monopoly on rare earth metals – IPP Media (TZA)
13/04/2010
China has over 95 percent market share in the global production of rare earth metals, but many alternatives are now being examined, such as the Wigu Hill deposit in Tanzania owned by Montero Mining. Full Story.

Pres. Girma holds talks with Chinese delegation – Walta Info (ETH)
13/04/2010
President Girma Woldegiorgis here on Monday held talks with a Chinese delegation led by Yan Junqi , vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC). Full Story.

Chinese companies take part in modernisation of water supply system in Maputo, Matola and Boane in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
13/04/2010
The Mozambican minister for Public Works and Housing, Cademiel Muthemba, Monday in Malhampswene, Matola municipality, officially laid the first stone of the expansion and modernisation of the water supply system to the cities of Maputo and Matola and the district of Boane, in Maputo province. Full Story.

Ugandan president commissions Chinese constructed military barracks- Xinhua (CHN)

13/04/2010
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned a military barracks constructed by a Chinese company Medallion Engineering Ltd, an affiliate of China North Industries Corporation (NORINCO). 
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China vows to enhance bilateral ties with Zimbabwe- Xinhua (CHN)
13/04/2010

China has vowed to push vigorously its traditional friendship with Zimbabwe to a new height on the occasion of 30 years of diplomatic ties between the two countries. Full Story.

State Signs Landmark Accord- Times of Zambia (ZAM)

13/04/2010
The Government has signed a $600 million agreement with China Non-Ferrous Metals Limited (CNMC) for the extraction of copper from the Mufulira Tailings dams to breathe economic life into the liability that was left over during the privatisation of the Zambia Consolidated Copper Mines-Investment Holdings (ZCCM-IH) assets. Full Story.
Heavy Machinery At 84tn Lugged in for Chinese Cement Factory- Addis Fortune (ETH)
13/04/2010
Machinery weighing a total of 84tn was delivered last Wednesday, April 8, 2010, for the cement factory, which Jiangsu Qiyan Investment group is building for the sole purpose of supplying cement for the Eastern Industry Zone, yet to be constructed. Full Story.
Oil Wealth Eludes Poor- Human Rights Watch (USA)
12/04/2010
The government of Angola has not done enough to combat pervasive corruption and mismanagement, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.  Full Story.
China looks into buying modular vehicle platform from SA group – Engineering News (ZAF)
12/04/2010
The Chinese government has shown interest in buying 10 000 units of a South African-designed vehicle platform, as well as the rights to produce the platform in the Asian country, from local company the Virleo group. Full Story.Juba abandons plan for rail link to Kenya – The Standard (KEN)
12/04/2010
A recent commitment by China to develop the Lamu port as well as build an oil pipeline connecting the facility to South Sudan and Ethiopia, appear to have edged out the Germans. Full Story.

Secret Treasury-France Telecom talks over Telkom – The East African (KEN)
12/04/2010
Another major item on the French Telecom claim is with regard to contracts with the Chinese company, Huawei Tech Investment Company, the entity which installed the CDMA network on behalf of Telkom Kenya. Full Story.

President renames barracks after Late Nyerere – Daily Monitor (UGA)
12/04/2010
President Yoweri Museveni has renamed one of the army barracks after the late Tanzanian president Julius Nyerere. The barracks was constructed with the help of the Chinese government. Full Story.

LAP Green to invest $2.2bn – The New Times (RWA)
12/04/2010
Green’s appetite for other telecoms was further induced by the signing of a $300 million financing deal with the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. Full Story.

Foreigners to destroy Ghana – GhanaWeb (GHN)
12/04/2010
I boarded a plane to Ghana recently. On the flight I learnt something remarkable that left me in a trance for many days… I went to the city center and all the business were owned by Chinese. Full Story.

Government okays ExxonMobil deal – GhanaWeb (GHN)
12/04/2010
The raging fracas between the Government of Ghana and Kosmos Energy, over the sale of the latter’s 30 percent stake in the Jubilee Oilfield, has finally given way to an amicable settlement…Government, on the other hand, had wanted the concession to go to China National Offshore Oil Company. Full Story.

Pirates seize cargo ship, Chinese off Seychelles- Global Times (CHN)

12/04/2010
Pirates seized a Saint Vincent and the Grenadines-flagged merchant ship off the coast of the Seychelles Sunday with 23 Chinese crew onboard, the EU naval force (EUNAVFOR) said. Full Story.
Ethnicity and wars: Distant war drums sounded in Sudan – Daily Monitor (UGA)
11/04/2010
Recently, the United States, United Kingdom and Norway censured Khartoum over “continued administrative and logistical challenges, as well as restrictions on political reforms.”…But China, which has vested interests in Sudan’s oil-wealth, is notably mute. Full Story.Chinese delegation leaves for African visit – Walta Info (ETH)
11/04/2010
A delegation of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament (CPAPD) left Beijing Sunday to visit three African nations, including Ethiopia, Uganda and Tanzania. Full Story.

Largest bank sets up partnership with the Chinese bank – Jornal De Angola (AGO)
11/04/2010
The Millennium bim, the largest bank in Mozambique, with most Portuguese-owned (Millennium bcp) established a protocol with the Bank of China for the transfer of funds between the two countries on concessional terms. Full Story.

Egyptians angry at banning made-in-China phones- Xinhua (CHN)
11/04/2010
In Abdel Aziz Street in downtown Cairo, the most famous market for electronic devices, Mohamed el-Khteib, a mobile phone shop owner, was waving to passersby, trying hard to persuade them to buy his made-in-China mobile phones. Full Story.

Chinese government hands over refurbished stadium to Zimbabwe- Xinhua (CHN)
11/04/2010
The Chinese government handed over the refurbished Zimbabwe national sports stadium to the Zimbabwean government on Saturday. Full Story.

Limpopo Premier to Visit China’s Coal Conference- Bua News (ZAF)

11/04/2010
Limpopo premier, Cassel Mathale, will lead a provincial delegation to China on a trade and investment promotion mission. Full Story.
Sh7 Billion Dredging to Open Up Mombasa Port- Daily Nation (KEN)
10/04/2010
The process for dredging Mombasa port channel to accommodate huge vessels has started. Full Story.
Anxiety over oil find as drilling in Isiolo nears a close – Daily Nation (KEN)
10/04/2010
With the drilling of Bogal-1-1 exploratory oil well in block 9 near Merti in Isiolo North District entering home stretch, anxiety is building up. Full Story.Government delays oil block sale – Daily Monitor (UGA)
10/04/2010
The government has defended its right to delay the finalisation of the sale of Heritage Oil’s interests to Tullow Oil. Full Story.

China builds Ethiopia stadium – Walta Info (ETH)
10/04/2010
Ethiopian league champions Saint George on Friday signed an agreement with a Chinese construction company to build the nation’s first purpose-built ground, a club official said. Full Story.

Chuchu Ready for Chinese- The Herald (ZBW)

10/04/2010
Harare giants Dynamos have pledged to field their strongest possible team in today’s friendly international match against the visiting Chinese Under-19 team at the National Sports Stadium. Full Story.
Ethiopia to participate in Expo 2010 Shanghai China – Walta Info (ETH)

09/04/2010
Ethiopia will participate in Expo 2010 Shanghai China to be held from May 1-October 31, 2010, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced here on Thursday. Full Story.

Ethiopia says interested in bolstering cooperation with China in health sector- Xinhua (CHN)
09/04/2010
Ethiopia said it has keen interest in bolstering cooperation with China in the health sector, hoping to get more support from the Chinese government in the sector. Full Story.

China defends business operations in Niger- Global Times (CHN)
08/04/2010
The Chinese embassy in Niger has denied media reports that Chinese businesses there were imposing harsh conditions on Nigerien workers, the website of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation reported Tuesday. 
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Ethiopia says interested in bolstering cooperation with China in health sector – Walta Info (ETH)
08/04/2010
Ethiopia said it has keen interest in bolstering cooperation with China in the health sector, hoping to get more support from the Chinese government in the sector. Full Story.

ZDA records over US$ 1 billion in FDI – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
08/04/2010
The Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) has recorded more than US$1.3 Billion Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the first quarter of 2010, surpassing the projected US$1 billion FDI inflow in 2010. Full Story.

Christianity’s ambiguous legacy lingers in Africa- Global Times (CHN)
08/04/2010
Maina, our chauffeur when we were in Kenya, was a good man and a good driver. He’d had the job for three years, and taken a lot of Chinese people round the country. Full Story.

Friendly Visit of Communist Party of China (CPC) Delegation to Rwanda- FOCAC (CHN)
08/04/2010
At the invitation of Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), a CPC delegation led by Mr. Gao Shiqi, Secretary-General of the Organization Department of the CPC Central committee, paid a friendly visit to Rwanda from 29th March to 31st 2010. Full Story.

Rwandan refugee awarded Chinese scholarship – Africa News (NED)
07/04/2010A teenage Rwandan girl, Mireille Kwaigaikira, who walked with an uncle from her country to seek asylum in Malawi, was one of the three top best students to receive a Chinese scholarship. Full Story.
Ghana opens receipt of Expressions of Interest for Shanghai Expo – GhanaWeb (GHN)
07/04/2010
The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) wishes to announce the opening of the receipt of Expressions of Interest by all companies who wish to participate in the Ghana-China Business Partnership component of the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Full Story.Chinese Mining Firm Keen to Work With Citizens- Times of Zambia (ZAM)
07/04/2010
China Nonferrous Metal Mining Group Company (CNMC) president Luo Tao has said his company wants to work with the Zambian people to bring sustainable development to the country. 
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Egyptian minister lauds China’s role in African development- FOCAC (CHN)
12/04/2010
Egyptian Minister of Investment Mahmoud Mohieddin on Monday lauded China’s role in investment and development in Africa. 
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