Weekly news

19/10/2009 to 25/10/2009

All last week’s China Africa developments below:

* Three Chinese arrested in Senanga- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
The Immigration Department in Senanga district has arrested three Chinese nationals for illegally working in Zambia. Full Story.

* So what if China is becoming a darling of Africa? – New Times (RWA)
The West should wake up to the reality that the BRICs are a new power shaking the new global order. And however much they use malevolent ways to destroy this new paradigm shift, little is there to be achieved.  Full Story.

* Rwanda can offer unique values within the South-South Cooperation – New Times (RWA)
South South Cooperation is a phrase used by policy makers and development experts to refer to the exchange of ideas, knowledge, technology and resources among the countries of the southern hemisphere. Full Story.

* Chinese company says its buses are good- Ghana Web (GHN)
Suppliers of Yaxing buses used by the Metro Mass Transport (MMT) say their buses are of good quality and over 500 of them are in operation in Angola, Sudan and Libyan. Full Story.

* China’s overseas investments rise almost 3x to $20.5 bn- Business Day (ZAF)
A worker walks past a construction site at the Central Business District of the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province October 27, 2009. Full Story.

* Africa heading for 2009 growth due to China-expert- Monitor (UGA)
All African economies bar South Africa will grow this year because of China’s demand for their raw materials, a leading South African analyst said on Monday. Full Story.

* Uganda stops construction of national fibre backbone over project cost- The East African (KEN)
Uganda has suspended the construction of the national backbone fibre cable after intervention of parliament, which accuses the ICT Ministry of inflating the costs. Full Story.

* China supports the fight against malaria- Journal de Angola (AGO)
The coordinator of the National Malaria Control revealed yesterday, the Jornal de Angola that the government plans to cut 60 percent of malaria cases within two years. Full Story.

* Sino-African business leaders explore ways of deepening cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)
Mutual benefit is the underlying theme of this week’s China-Africa Business Summit in Cape Town on October 22-23, which saw Sino-African relations enter a new phase of cooperation. Full Story.

* FCT, Chinese firm seal pact on housing- Vanguard (NGA)
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) administration has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a Chinese firm, Chinese Global Group Corporation (CGGC), to deliver mass housing, boost development of infrastructure and power generation in the in the territory. Full Story.

* FG, CCECC sign $875m Abuja-Kaduna rail deal- Vanguard (NGA)
The Federal Government yesterday signed a new agreement with the China Civil and Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) for the first phase of the Nigerian Railway Modernisation Project. Full Story.

* Sasol to integrate carbon capture into China project’s design- Engineering News (ZAF)
South Africa’s coal-to-liquids (CTL) specialist Sasol is including carbon capture and storage (CCS) options in the upfront design of a proposed 80 000-bl/d project it is studying, together with the Shenua Ningxia Coal Industry group, for possible development in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region of China. Full Story.

* First batch of China’s fifth peacekeeping squad returns from Suda- Xinhua (CHN)
The first batch of 220 soldiers and officers of China’s fifth peacekeeping squad returned home Thursday after finishing their mission in Sudan. Full Story.

* China sends volunteers to Niger – Xinhua (CHN)
China will send the first batch of 14 volunteers to Niger for Chinese language teaching, agro-technique application, medical and computer services. Full Story.

* NICAF to participate in China’s Chongyang festival- Guardian (NGA)
Nigeria-China Friendship Association (NICAF) has accepted the invitation from the Managing Committee of China Ageing International Development Foundation to participate in the China First International Chongyang Festival from October 24 to 29, 2009. Full Story.

* Two thousand jobs to be created- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Over two thousand jobs are expected to be created after Chinese investors take over the Munali Nickel Mine and Luashya Copper Mines. Full Story.

* Kenyan ODM party leader says hopes to learn from CPC’s ruling experience – China View (CHN)
Musalia Mudavadi, a senior leader of Kenya’s Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party, said here Tuesday that his party wants to learn from the ruling experience of the Communist Party of China (CPC). Full Story.

* China, DRC seek to further military ties – China View (CHN)
China and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) here on Wednesday vowed to further military ties asa military officer from the DRC is visiting China. Full Story.

* China tells ships to avoid the risky maritime route – Xinhua (CHN)

China’s Ministry of Transport Tuesday told the country’s ships to keep away from the place where a Chinese bulk carrier was hijacked Monday in the Indian Ocean. Full Story.

* Chinese Metro Buses are on the Road, but…- Ghana Web (GHN)
Contrary to reports that all the 400 Yaxing buses supplied from China for the operation of the Metro Mass Transit (MMT) service in Ghana have been grounded, times investigations have revealed that many of the buses are still in operation in many parts of the country. Full Story.

* Zambia appreciates China’s investment – China View (CHN)
Zambian President Rupiah Banda said on Monday that his government is appreciative of the unique economic support the nation continues to receive from China. Full Story.

* Sino-Africa co-op takes center stage at business summit – Walta Information (ETH)
Relations between China and Africa will take center stage this week at the China Africa Business Summit in Cape Town. Full Story.

* China’s appetite boosts South Africa- Financial Times (GBR)
When European steelmakers began to reduce their orders towards the end of last year, many of the 4,300 workers at the Sishen iron ore mine in South Africa’s Northern Cape province were understandably nervous for their jobs. Full Story.

* Somali pirates seize Chinese carrier – Financial Times (GBR)
A bulk carrier operated by China’s biggest shipping company has been hijacked 700 miles off Somalia’s east coast in an incident that highlights the increasing ability of Somalia’s pirates to attack far out into the Indian Ocean. Full Story.

* International firms step up search for oil and gas reserves in Kenya- The East African (KEN)
Kenya has inched closer to joining the league of “big oil” African countries as exploration reports indicate existence of oil and natural gas reserves in the Upper eastern region and Coastal strip. Full Story.

* Blood and money in the streets- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
Beijing’s Foreign Ministry officials are energetically distancing themselves from a US$7 billion minerals deal announced on 9 October by the increasingly isolated military regime in Guinea with the Hong-Kong based China International Fund. Full Story.

* The faces behind the funds- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
The business people, politicians and state officials behind the China International Fund (CIF) and China Sonangol International (CSI) entered the public eye in 2008 with the purchase of the publicly traded office supply company Artfield Group (now China Sonangol Resources Enterprise). The key figures include the following. Full Story.

* How the Sino-Angolan alliance works- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
The China International Fund (CIF) was born in the aftermath of Angola’s civil war as the Luanda government embarked on Africa’s costliest post-war reconstruction, fuelled by oil, gas and mineral resources. Full Story.

* The race to give Museveni what he wants- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
In Uganda, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation has taken the pole position in discussions to buy out part of Irish oil company Tullow’s interests in more than one billion barrels of reserves found under Lake Albert. Full Story.

* Abuja writes the playbook, Beijing brings the players- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
On the face of it, the speculation that China could take over US$50 billion worth of Nigeria’s oil reserves currently licensed to Western oil majors is on the outer reaches of political fantasy. Full Story.

* Power surge in Addis- Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
Ethiopia has signed contracts with Chinese construction companies to build two huge dams as part of a US$12 billion, 25-year Power Sector Master Plan to harness the country’s hydropower potential. Full Story.

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