Weekly news

19/06/2011 to 25/06/2011

Ecobank signs agreement with Bank of China -The New Times (RWA)
Ecobank Rwanda will benefit from the co-operation agreement signed between its parent company, Ecobank Group, and the Bank of China.

Grow mushrooms—Chinese expert -The New Times (RWA)
A Chinese agronomist is encouraging households in the country to grow mushroom to fight poverty and bolster food production. Lin Zhansen, an agronomist at Kabuye describes the mushrooms as a better crop suitable for Rwanda.

Sars invites comments on gardening tools originating in China -Engineering News (ZAF)
Interested parties have been invited to submit comments in respect of the potential expiry of the antidumping duties on spades and shovels, forks, picks and rakes imported from or originating in the People’s Republic of China.

India is not balancing China in Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
During his recent trip to Africa, India’s Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announced a generous aid package of $5 billion for the region, which will be made available through concessional loans. This gesture has been misinterpreted by some observers as India’s move to balance China in the African continent.

ECOWAS to emulate Chinese development model – Daily Trust (NGA)
24 June 2011
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it would explore the possibility of emulating the integrated approach to development which has transformed China into an economic giant for the benefit of its citizens.

China, a Power Engine of Africa’s Economic Rejuvenation -FOCAC (CHN)
On June 6th, the last day of World Economic Forum on Africa 2011, a special seminar was convened to discuss the future of China-Africa cooperation. It was generally acknowledged that China has played a critical role in driving the recent development of Africa, and African countries should further build up their capacity to achieve sustainable economic development through further implementing their respective mutually beneficial and win-win relationship with China.

Chinese firm wins digital signal distribution tender -Business Daily (KEN)
China has secured a larger share of Kenya’s television market after one of its firms won a licence for distributing digital signals in the country, further cementing the hold of the Asian country in the economy.

Rhino saviour proposes legal trade in horns -Business Day (ZAF)
“The belief (held) by millions of people in China and Vietnam that the horn has medical properties is very deep-seated and has been for thousands of years,” Dr Player said yesterday. “This belief will not be changed by rational arguments ….The debate is necessary so that (Environment Minister Edna) Molewa can make an informed decision,” he said.

EFJA Urges China to Stop Complicity in Jamming Satellite TV Transmissions -International Freedom of Expression Exchange Clearing House (CAN)
The Ethiopian Free Press Journalists’ Association (EFJA) has demanded that China put an end to its complicity in jamming the Ethiopian Satellite Television (ESAT) and other reputable broadcasters such as the Voice of America and Deutsche Welle Amharic Services.

China-Africa Trade and Economic Relationship Annual Report 2010 -FOCAC (CHN)
The report consists of three parts: a history of China-Africa trade and economic relations, a description of China-Africa trade and economic relations in 2009, and an outlook for China-Africa trade and economic cooperation in 2010.

China welcomes Libyan rebel leader -The Namibian (NAM)
China said yesterday that a meeting with the Libyan rebels’ diplomatic chief, who is in Beijing for a two-day visit, was an effort to seek a quick solution to the crisis in the North African nation.

Chinese assists Korle Bu Teaching Hospital -Ghana Web (GHA)
The Chinese Government on Wednesday presented medical equipment worth $134,166 to the management of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra.

Ghana looks to China for Western railway rehabilitation Ghana Web (GHA)
Alhaji Collins Dauda, Minister for Transport, has estimated works on the Western railway lines at US$400million. He said the government was banking its hopes on a Chinese loan facility to start the rehabilitation of the railway lines, by the end of the year.

Notes on “China in Cameroon’s Construction Sector” – China in Africa: The Real Story
Lisa Sodalo, a student at the Sorbonne in Paris, writes a comment: “China in Cameroon’s Construction Sector: Towards Enforcement of Higher Labour Standards than Local Regulation?”

China woos ecowas with $525m for projects -The Nation (NGA)
AJoint delegation of officials of the ECOWAS Commission and some member states, began talks on Monday with Chinese leaders and Public-Private sector actors on ways to strengthen economic and trade relations between the Peoples’ Republic of China, the ECOWAS Commission and its member states.

Sudan’s Bashir sought guarantees for his safety before China visit: report -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir got guarantees that he will not be arrested during his stay in China, a U.S. newspaper reported today.

U.S. denies endorsing Sudanese president’s China visit -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
The United States on Tuesday denied that it has approved of a visit by the Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to China despite an outstanding warrant of arrest against him by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

China vows to help promote stability in W Asia, N Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
China pledged its commitment to help promote peace, stability and development in West Asia and North Africaon Monday.

Chairman of the Executive Board of the Libyan “National Transitional Council” to Visit China -FOCAC (CHN)
Mahmoud Jibril, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Libyan “National Transitional Council” will visit China from June 21 to 22.

ECOWAS to Emulate Chinese Devepment Model -All Africa (USA)
ECOWAS would explore the possibility of emulating the integrated approach to development which has transformed China into an economic giant for the benefit of the citizens, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency, James Victor Gbeho, has said in Beijing.

Chinese car maker plans $1bn factory in Harrismith -Business Day (ZAF)
New vehicle factory will create about 2500 jobs and eventually build 50 000 vehicles a year

Coffee exporters’ association sign MoU with Chinese counterpart -Walta Info
Ethiopian Coffee Exporters’ Association (ECEA) and the Chinese Guangzhou Coffee Association today (GCA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at promoting Ethiopian coffee brand.

Chinese Firm to Pay U.S.$200 Million for Calub Gas Concessions -Walta Info
A Chinese company based in Hong Kong, whose name authorities have not disclosed, agreed to pay over 200 million dollars to the Ethiopian government last week for concessions on Calub Gas Reserve, located in Somali Regional State, sources disclosed to Fortune.

Namibia needs a strategy on the Chinese influx -The Namibian (NAM)
Namibia can benefit a lot from China, but needs to build a relationship that is mutually beneficial to both countries.

Nigeria, China sign accord on developing agriculture sector -The Vanguard (NGA)
Nigeria and China have signed a bilateral agreement to enhance food security in the country, following the recent visit of Chinese Government delegation to the country.

China tops the list of development financiers -Business Daily (KEN)
China and the African Development Bank are solidifying their positions as major project financiers for development agencies in Kenya as Western countries gradually lose turf to the emerging giants.

Chinese Workers in Africa Who Marry Locals Face Puzzled Reception at Home- The Atlantic (USA)
In response to a growing gender imbalance in their home country, Chinese men look elsewhere to find partners.

Mama Clinton says: Africa, declare independence from China, India -The East African (KEN)
One of the cruellest things you can do is to offer a shiny new pair of shoes to a guy who lost his feet in a landmine blast. What use is the gift, except to taunt the victim by reminding him that he no longer has the ability to use the shoes?

China lends Kenya Sh9.85b for varsity hospital expansion -Business Daily (KEN)
The Chinese government has lent Kenya Sh9.85 billion to finance the expansion of the Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital in the next five years.

Sh10 billion to fund Kenyatta University’s referral hospital -The Standard (KEN)
The State has signed a Sh9.85 billion concession loan with Chinese Export Import (Exim) Bank to fund the construction of Kenyatta University Teaching and Referral Hospital at the University’s Kahawa Campus.

PM, Finance Minister sign loan with the Export Import Bank of China -The Standard (KEN)
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, and the President of the Export Import Bank of China Mr Yuan Xingyong address the press after the two signed a Concessional Loan from the Export Import Bank of China at Treasury in Nairobi Friday. The funds will go towards building a teaching and referral hospital at Kenyatta University’s Kahawa Campus.

China donates military logistics materials to Angola -Angola Press (AGO)
China donated on Friday in Luanda various military logistics materials to Angola.

Emerging powers in Africa -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
The following paper is an updated version of earlier remarks on emerging powers in Africa that I presented to the Senior African Leaders Seminar. The participants were senior African military and civilian officials from Anglophone, Francophone and Lusophone Africa.

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