Weekly news

18/07/2011 to 24/07/2011

China favours AU Libya solution -Business Day
22/07/2011
China’s decision is a major coup for South Africa’s efforts to broker peace in Libya

Uganda stops digital TV contract -Business Daily (KEN)
22/07/2011
The Ugandan government has stopped the acquisition of a $74m (Ush192 billion) loan from Export and Import Bank of China citing alleged procurement flaws and over-pricing, according to media reports.

Farmers acquire skills in paddy rice cultivation -New Times (RWA)
22/07/2011
Huye- A joint initiative that brings Rwanda and China to deepen technology transfer into the economy within agriculture has embarked on training rice farmers for the purposes of boosting rice production. China-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center (RATDC) has trained 43 rice farmers in agricultural technology as a way of helping them improve their productivity.

Chinese vehicle assembly project in Mozambique due to be ready in August
22/07/2011
The project to install a vehicle assembly factory in Mozambique is due to be ready in August, said director-general of the Office for Economic Areas with Accelerated Development (Gazeda), Danilo Nalá said.

China’s trade partners worried about hard landing -The Namibian (NAM)
22/07/2011
China’s big trading partners worry that its rapid economic growth cannot be sustained and it could suffer a “hard landing” that spreads damage around the world, according to an IMF report released yesterday.

State says Chinese firm won distribution license fairly -The Standard (KEN)
22/07/2011
Government has dismissed an appeal by a local consortium challenging the award of a second license to a Chinese firm to distribute digital content.

Chinese, South African presidents exchange views on bilateral ties -Xinhua (CHN)
22/07/2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Thursday held a phone conversation with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma, in which the two leaders exchanged views on bilateral ties and issues of common concern.

President Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Cameroonian Counterpart -Xinhua (CHN)
22/07/2011
On the afternoon of July 20, 2011, President Hu Jintao held talks with his Cameroonian counterpart Paul Biya at the Great Hall of the People.

Director-General Lu Shaye Holds Consultations with African Diplomatic Envoys to China on the Preparations for the Senior Officials’ Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation -FOCAC (CHN)
21/07/2011
Lu Shaye, Secretary General of Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC and Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held consultations with African diplomatic envoys to China.

Provincial origins of the Chinese labor abroad (2010) -Chine-Afrique (FRA)
21/07/2011
Statistics on the provincial origins of Chinese labour going abroad in 2010, from China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Chinese labor abroad (late 2009) -Chine-Afrique (FRA)
21/07/2011
Statistics of Chinese labour going abroad in late 2009, from China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Trade between China and Africa and West Asia (2010) -Chine-Afrique (FRA)
21/07/2011
Data collected on the website of China’s Ministry of Commerce.

RB commissions $2bn Kafue Gorge Lower Hydro-electric Power Station -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
21/07/2011
The project, which will create about 300 direct jobs for indigenous Zambians, is being implemented under the public- private partnership made up of Zesco, Sino Hydro Corporation and the China Africa Development Fund.

Workers on Akatsi-Aflao Highway down tools -Ghana Web (GHA)
21/07/2011
GNA-Workers of the China-Geo Engineering Corporation working on the Akatsi-Aflao Highway have since Monday stopped work in protest against poor pay and the heavy-handed management style of their employers.

Cancel this licence and tender it afresh -Daily Nation (KEN)
21/07/2011
The controversy over the decision by the Communications Commission of Kenya to award the licence to distribute digital broadcast signals to a Chinese company is not just about whether or not the tender evaluators applied to the letter the tender requirements.

Contracting the services of a Chinese signals firm is capitalism gone amok -Daily Nation (KEN)
21/07/2011
If you needed evidence that we have lost our sovereignty, the news that we granted the licence to distribute digital broadcast signals to a Chinese company should put the matter to rest.

Chinese firm loses radio licence in Rwanda -Daily Nation (KEN)
21/07/2011
The government of Rwanda has revoked a radio communications licence issued to Star Africa Media Ltd, the Chinese firm controversially given control of broadcast content in Kenya.

Lamu banks on Sh9bn Rabai project for power -Business Daily (KEN)
20/07/2011
Once complete, it will replace the 33kV single-circuit serving the region with 220 kV capacity that will provide more reliable power. The project is funded by the China Exim Bank under the rural electrification programme. It is aimed to serve Malindi, Garsen, Witu, Mpeketoni, Mokowe, and Lamu.

Chinese village in total makeover for its people -The Standard (KEN)
20/07/2011
Heard of a village with a higher per capita income than some African states? Huaxi, a Chinese village of 60,000 inhabitants and an area of 957sqkm, has a Gross Domestic Product exceeding $6 billion (about Sh550 billion). Rwanda had a GPD of $5.2 billion by 2009.

Cameroon: President Biya Courts China -Africa News (NDL)
20/07/2011
President Paul Biya of Cameroon arrived Beijing, the Chinese capital, Wednesday, July 20 for the first day of a three day official visit to that Asian country.

Maersk will add capacity on Asia, West Africa routes -China Daily (CHN)
20/07/2011
Maersk Line Ltd, the world’s largest shipping company by capacity, will deploy more vessels on Asia-West Africa routes to serve growing trade flows, said Keith Svendsen, head of the company’s East China cluster.

China Power negotiates to buy up to 5 pct of Portuguese power company EDP -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
20/07/2011
China Power is in talks to acquire a stake of between 2.5 percent and 5 percent of Portuguese power company Energias de Portugal (EDP), as part of the Portuguese company’s privatisation process, the Dow Jones news agency reported.

Aregbesola seeks China’s assistance on development -The Nation (NGA)
20/07/2011
Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has sought the assistance of the China-Africa Development (CAD) Fund to develop infrastructure in the state.

Chinese To Build Court Complex -Ghana Web (GHA)
19/07/2011
The Judicial Service of Ghana (JSG) and Messrs China State Hualong Limited, on Tuesday signed a contract for the construction of 34-courtroom complex in Accra.

Kenya calls for closer education cooperation with China -Xinhua (CHN)
19/07/2011
The Kenyan government has called for closer cooperation with China in the field of education as a way of broadening bilateral relations between the two friendly nations.

Nandala Mafabi queries Shs190b UBC deal -Daily Monitor (UGA)
19/07/2011
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament, Mr Nandala Mafabi, has petitioned the Ministry of Finance after it emerged that Uganda Broadcasting Corporation had signed a multibillion digital migration deal whose price is less than what was advertised. Mr Mafabi is now demanding an investigation into the alleged corruption in the award of the deal to a Chinese firm, Huawei.

Government committed to supporting the film and television industry -Ghana Web (GHA)
19/07/2011
Mr Ablakwa was speaking to a section of a ten-member Chinese delegation, from the Beijing Film of Academy (BFA) that called on him at the ministry in Accra. They are in the country to strengthen bilateral relations with the National Film and Television Institute (NAFTI).

The DRC and China are selling their shares in Cct -Digital Congo (COD)
19/07/2011
The Chinese represented by Chinese equipment, ZTE, is negotiating with France Telecom-Orange to sell its 51% share.

Chinese firm to control media signal -Daily Nation (KEN)
19/07/2011
A Chinese company has been given a contract to distribute media content in Kenya in a decision that could invite controversy.

China committed to assist GTP: Ambassador Gu -Walta Info (ETH)
18/07/2011
Ambassador of China to Ethiopia, Gu Xiaojie, said his country will remain committed to assist Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), an ambitious plan designed to pull the country out of poverty.

Chinese miners accused of poisoning Zim elephants -SW Radio Africa News (ZWE)
18/07/2011
A group of Chinese miners said to be prospecting for uranium in northern Zimbabwe, have been accused of poisoning elephants in the area and removing their tusks.

China’s Hanlong eyes West Africa -Business Report (ZAF)
18/07/2011
Sichuan Hanlong has bid for the outstanding shares of Australia’s Sundance Resources, valuing the company at $1.5 billion in a deal that would give it control of a major iron ore mine in west Africa and help feed China’s demand for metals.

Two New Papers on Chinese Aid in Africa -China in Africa: The Real Story
18/07/2011
Here are links to two new papers of mine on Chinese aid published this month

A Chinese scholar who does believe in development, but not in this way -Exporting China’s Development to the World
17/07/2011
Minjian International has circulated an interview entitled “Absolute imbalance: China’s economic growth and developing countries’ development pathways”, with Yu Xiangdong.

Maputo: China donates 72 buses -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
17/07/2011
The publicly owned Maputo bus company, TPM, on Thursday received 72 Yutong diesel buses worth 30 million yuan (about 4.6 million US dollars) donated by the Chinese government.

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