Weekly news

17/11/2010 to 23/11/2010

China has so far provided US$10 billion in loans to Angola -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

23/11/2010
The vice president of China, Xi Jinping, Friday in Luanda noted the good level of relations with Angola and noted that China had provided Angola with loans totalling US$10 billion.

China-Africa cooperation gets approval of African people: Senegalese official -Xinhua (CHN)
23/11/2010
A Senegalese official on Tuesday said pragmatic and efficient Africa-China cooperation had benefited the people of Africa and had gained their approval.

China and Rwanda: New Era of Cooperation -New Times (RWA)
23/11/2010
The trade volume between China and Africa has grown from 10 billion U.S. dollars to 100 billion U.S. dollars in less than eight years.

Zambia: Mine calls back 234 of 807 workers from recess -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
23/11/2010
China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining Luanshya Copper Mine, has recalled 234 of the 807 employees who were sent on forced recess in order to pave way for maintenance works at the mine.

Cost of Chinese imports projected to rise -Daily Monitor (UGA)
23/11/2010
Ugandan traders should anticipate paying more cash for imports from China should the Asian nation continue to strengthen its currency against the dollar.

China congratulates PM Pinda, Speaker Makinda -IPP Media (TZA)
23/11/2010
The Chinese government has congratulated Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda for being appointed by President Jakaya Kikwete, as the tenth PM of Tanzania and Anne Makinda for being elected Speaker of the National Assembly.

The price of debt forgiveness -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
23/11/2010
Kinshasa may have to rethink its deals with China if it wants debt write-offs from Western creditors.

Bullets over Darfur -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
23/11/2010
China has breached the United Nations arms embargo on Darfur by failing to ‘take the necessary measures to prevent the supply of arms and related materiel of all types’ from reaching belligerents in the Darfur conflict, according to a report by a UN Panel of Experts.

TAZARA troubles -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
23/11/2010
China’s flagship African railroad project continues to lose money, and Chinese management may be brought in to avoid throwing more good money after bad.

Chinese trains for TGV -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
23/11/2010
The latest deals mark the government’s biggest turn towards the East since the political crisis and subsequent reduction in international support

Best laid plans -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
23/11/2010
Critics of President John Atta Mills’s trade deals with China are claiming that two of the biggest financing arrangements are unlikely to go ahead as planned. These are a US$5 billion bid by the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation for a stake in the Jubilee oil field and an accompanying package of $13-16 bn. in Chinese loans. Discussions on the GNPC’s bid for Kosmos Energy’s stake in the Jubilee field have continued as both sides evaluate their options and strategies.

VP`s wife commends Chinese products -IPP Media (TZA)
22/11/2010
The quality of Chinese products is good and the prices are reasonable, the Vice President’s wife Asha Bilal told Xinhua on Saturday.

Kenya on the cusp of a geothermal energy boom -The East African (KEN)
22/11/2010
The dominance of Chinese firms in exploration of geothermal energy in Kenya is set to end as East Africa’s largest economy rolls out an aggressive programme to acquire its own rigs and to develop expertise.

Botswana’s president says love for China from childhood -Xinhua (CHN)
22/11/2010
Botswana’s President Ian Khama on Monday said his love for China stemmed from his childhood.

Chinese charity to donate sweaters to abandoned, disabled African children -Xinhua (CHN)
22/11/2010
A Chinese charity will this year give sweaters to abandoned and disabled children in six African nations – South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

China’s aid and economic cooperation system as reflecting the drivers of China’s increasing presence on the African continent -Chine-Afrique
22/11/2010
This paper will look into the penetration of Chinese business in Africa and its ties with Chinese aid and economic cooperation instruments. It will outline that the Chinese government pursues active development programs which are closely links with Chinese multinational enterprises (MNEs) expansion in Africa.

China’s investment flow to Ethiopia said growing -Walta Info (ETH)
22/11/2010
Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister and Director of the Ethiopia Development Research Institute (EDRI), Dr. Neway Gebre-Ab, said that China’s investment flow to Ethiopia has been increasing from time to time.

China to provide more scholarships for Angolan students -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
22/11/2010
The Government of China will provide 60 annual scholarships to Angolan students, announces Angolan ambassador to China, John Bernard.

China, Angola establish strategic partnership -Xinhua (CHN)
21/11/2010
China and Angola announced Saturday that they have decided to establish a strategic partnership to continue shoring up bilateral cooperation.

Promoting Smart and Responsible Investment in Africa -The Vanguard (NGA)
21/11/2010
For investors, Africa is an exciting place to be. I am glad that many of you are already there. The continent has tremendous investment opportunities given its natural and human resource abundance.

China and Botswana sign economic, energy deals -Business Day (ZAF)
21/11/2010
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Sunday signed several economic deals with Botswana, the world’s biggest diamond producer, including one offering the southern African country $6m for development.

Zambia Uneasily Balances Chinese Investment and Workers’ Resentment -The New York Times (USA)
20/11/2010
Hundreds of angry coal miners pushed toward the locked gate at Shaft 3, shouting and cursing as they neared the mine’s Chinese managers, who understood neither the English nor the Tonga words of the mob. As the workers butted up against the fence, the bosses grew more fearful and finally two fired their shotguns.

Chinese soldiers leave for UN peace mission in DR Congo -Xinhua (CHN)
20/11/2010
A 100-member team of Chinese soldiers left here Friday for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for an eight-month UN peace-keeping operation there.
They formed the first batch of China’s 12th peace-keeping team to DRC since 2003. They will be joined by a second batch of 118 soldiers who are scheduled to depart on Nov. 28.

Delegation from Chinese Development Bank visits Mauritania -Xinhua (CHN)
19/11/2010
A delegation from the Chinese Development Bank is visiting Mauritania to examine possibilities of investing in the African country, government officials said on Friday.

Botswana-China ties fruitful in 35 years: vice president -Xinhua (CHN)
19/11/2010
Botswana and China have enjoyed “excellent relationship” for the past 35 years, with a number of achievements made in international issues, economic cooperation and cultural exchanges, according to the Southern African country’s Vice President Mompati Merafhe.

Chinese companies deny Africa labor abuse -Xinhua (CHN)
19/11/2010
Chinese companies Thursday denied allegations by a Zimbabwe trade union that said Chinese construction firms had violated labor laws there by underpaying and abusing local staff.

Chinese vice president calls for stronger FOCAC -Xinhua (CHN)
19/11/2010
Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Thursday called here for concerted efforts to make the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) stronger and to boost the development of the new type of China- Africa strategic partnership.

Enterprises need cultural adaptation in Africa -Global Times (CHN)
19/11/2010
Chinese companies have to rethink the way they adapt to local cultures and better handle labor relations when they extend their businesses into foreign countries. Reoccurring labor disputes, especially in Africa, are reminders that if Chinese enterprises want to settle into local markets and grow into real multinational giants, they have a lot to learn.

China, South Africa pledge to enhance military ties -Xinhua (CHN)
18/11/2010
China and South Africa on Thursday pledged to enhance military ties.

South Africa seal deals with China -Africa News (NED)
18/11/2010
South Africa and China inked a series of energy and trade deals as the Asian economic power sought to secure minerals needed to fuel its booming economy.

China-South Africa Bi-national Commission strong push to bilateral ties: Chinese vice president -FOCAC (CHN)
18/11/2010
The 10-year-old China-South Africa Bi-National Commission has been giving a strong push to the bilateral relations between the two countries, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here on Wednesday.

Modernisation of the Maputo Airport gives passengers a better position -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
18/11/2010
The new international passenger terminal erases the image of a “Third World”. Now the company Airports of Mozambique saw the batteries for the second phase of modernization. China will lend the bulk of the value of the project (190 million U.S. dollars) with low interest rates.

China in Africa podcast: The Sino-U.S. Soft Power Showdown -China Talking Points
18/11/2010
Simply put, the magnitude of China’s construction drive in Africa is so vast that only the rapid industrialization of the Chinese economy itself and the U.S.-funded Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II can compare in scale.

Why China has multiple identities -Business Daily (KEN)
18/11/2010
I recently asked an African diplomat, who had been a member of her country’s delegation to China, whether she regarded China as a developing country or developed one, and she replied that it embraced both types of identity. However, when I put the same question to a Chinese diplomat, he insisted China was a developing country due to the limited level of industrialisation. Unfortunately, the Chinese government has not been consistent in the description of its identity.

KATH signs MOU with two Chinese institutions -Ghana Web (GHN)
18/11/2010
Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with two leading Chinese medical institutions to enhance its core competences in tertiary health care services, training and research.

SA, China sign trade and energy deals -Business Day (ZAF)
18/11/2010
SA and China inked a series of energy and trade deals as the Asian economic power sought to secure minerals needed to fuel its booming economy.

Lack of transparency in contract, cause of restiveness in N-Delta –The Vanguard (NGA)
17/11/2010
Managing Director, World Bank, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said in China yesterday that lack of transparency and secrecy in government award of oil blocks led to the frostier relationship between multinational oil companies operating in Nigeria and the host communities.

US wakes up to Chinese expansion in Africa -Business Day (ZAF)
17/11/2010
Status as new preferred trade and investment partner poses challenges, writes Loyiso Langeni

Ghana On The Wrong Path With Recent Chinese Loans -Ghana Web (GHN)
17/11/2010
Ghana is obviously on the wrong path with the signing of recent billions of dollars in Chinese loans. While some economic observers hailed it as a major financial lifeline to a country on a continent that is unable to attract such a magnitude of financial support from the international financial centers like Washington, London, and Paris, and their Bretton Woods Institutions, Beijing is fast becoming a reliable alternative to the traditional lenders.

The African Consensus -Ghana Web (GHN)
17/11/2010
“So what’s a better model for” Africa’s progress? “… The Mumbai Consensus or the Beijing Consensus?” The best model for Africa isn’t either, but the one from within Africa.

Africa infrastructure next big move for China firms -The Standard (KEN)
17/11/2010
The construction of transportation and power infrastructure across Africa could provide the next big opportunity for Chinese firms aiming to invest in the continent, a senior executive with South Africa’s Standard Bank told Reuters.

Zimbabwe gov’t hails China-Africa co-op -FOCAC (CHN)
16/11/2010
The Zimbabwean government hails the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) for contributing to improvement of ordinary Zimbabweans’ lives.

Chinese vice president visits South Africa -The Official Blog of David H. Shinn
16/11/2010
The Voice of America Chinese service asked me to comment today on the three-day visit to South Africa by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping.

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