Weekly news

20/04/2010 to 30/04/2010

China blames African importers for inferior products- Standard (KEN)
30/04/2010

China has distanced itself from accusations of flooding African markets with sub-standard products. It instead blamed traders from the continent for ordering manufacturers to produce cheap products at the expense of quality. Full Story.

 

University of Ghana takes delivery of Chinese books for Chinese course- Ghana Web (GHN)
30/04/2010
The Chinese Embassy in Ghana on Thursday donated about 600 books to the University of Ghana towards the introduction and study of Chinese language in the country. Full Story.

China overtakes US to become biggest purchaser of Angolan diamonds- Journal de Angola (MOZ)
30/04/2010

China is currently the biggest buyer of Angolan diamonds, having overtaken the United States, which until 2009 led purchases of diamonds from Angola, an official from state diamond company Empresa Nacional de Diamantes de Angola (Endiama) said Thursday in Luanda. Full Story.

Go China, Museveni tells EAC technocrats- Daily Monitor (UGA)

29/04/2010
President Museveni yesterday urged civil servants in the East African Community to stop thinking small if they want to transform the renewed trading bloc into a developed region. Full Story.

 

Fake Drugs Back in Markets- Monitor
29/04/2010
A massive wave of trafficking fake drugs has resumed in West Africa in defiance to a concerted international effort to dismantle the network. Full Story.

China’s Role in Africa- FOCAC (CHN)

28/04/2010
Speech by Counselor Du Xiaocong of the Chinese Permanent Mission to the UN at the “Symposium on Africa-China Relations” held by Syracuse University. Full Story.

Sino-Kenyan trade reaches record high- FOCAC (CHN)
28/04/2010
As a major producer of agricultural and industrial goods, Kenya boasts one of Africa’s leading export-oriented economies and enjoys excellent trade relations with many foreign countries, particularly China, which has emerged as a key trade partner. Full Story.

Algerian Government Provides Financial Aid to Earthquake-hit Area of Qinghai- FOCAC (CHN)
28/04/2010
On April 27, 2010, Algerian Ambassador to China Mr. Djamel Eddine Grine submitted a note to vice Foreign Minister of China Zhai Jun concerning the Algerian government’s decision of providing US$150,000 of aid to the earthquake-hit area ofYushu, Qinghai Province. Zhai expressed gratitude on behalf of the Chinese government. Full Story.

NAFDAC Intercepts Fake Drugs Worth N600 Million- Vanguard (NGA)

28/04/2010
Director-General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii, has disclosed that the agency has intercepted 7 truck-loads of fake drugs valued at over N600 million at Idi-Iroko, a boarder town in Lagos State. Full Story.

Ethiopia: Foreign Aid Subsidizes Repression, Says Expert- All Africa (USA)

28/04/2010
A month ahead of national elections, the Ethiopian government has come under critical Western scrutiny in an article which accuses foreign donors of “subsidizing a regime that is rapidly becoming one of the most repressive and dictatorial on the continent.” Full Story.

Not much benefit in preferential trade agreement- IRIN (UN)

28/04/2010
A decade after the African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), a preferential US trade agreement, became law on 18 May 2000, there are questions over the benefits, if any, derived from the initiative. Full Story.

US$2.6 Billion China Union Project Unveiled -As Country, China Sign Six Agreements- The Analyst (LBA)

27/04/2010
The Deputy Minister of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China, Honorable Fu Ziying, at the head of a high-powered delegation arrived in the country Thursday morning for a four-day official visit from April 22 to 25, 2010. Full Story.

President Sirleaf Welcomes China Union Agreement Launch- Liberia Govt. (LBA)

27/04/2010
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has welcomed the recently concluded visit to Liberia by a Chinese delegation, headed by the Vice Minister of Commerce, Fu Ziying. Full Story.

President Sirleaf Inspects Monrovia Road Rehabilitation Works- Liberia Govt. (LBA)

27/04/2010
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf over the weekend inspected ongoing rehabilitation work of the streets of Monrovia, expressing satisfaction over the pace of the work. Full Story.

Zimbabwean Vice President Mujuru Meets with Chinese Workers – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
27/04/2010
Joyce Mujuru, Vice President of Zimbabwe, had a cordial meeting with workers of the Jiangsu International Company of China which had completed the project of renovating the Zimbabwean National Stadium, and hosted a banquet in their honor. Full Story.

Chinese Embassy to Gabon Holds Reception on Shanghai World Expo – Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (CHN)
27/04/2010
The Chinese Embassy to Gabon held a reception on the Shanghai World Expo, attended by nearly 100 guests including Gabonese Foreign Minister Paul Toungui, Gabonese officials for the Expo, local mainstream media, representatives of Chinese companies in Gabon, and Chinese citizens living in the country. Full Story.

Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Attends Traditional Local Ceremony – FOCAC (CHN)
27/04/2010
At the invitation of Litunga, paramount chief of the Western Province of Zambia, Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin, commercial counselor Wang You, together with their wives, drove over 1000 kilometers to attend the famous Kuomboka Ceremony. Full Story.

China Carries out Poverty Alleviation Cooperation with Sudanese NGOs – FOCAC (CHN)
27/04/2010
he “Workshop on Capacity Building for Sudanese NGOs for Poverty Alleviation” hosted by the China Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) and the International Poverty Reduction Centre in China (IPRCC), and co-sponsored by Sudan’s Al Birr and Al-Tawasul Organization (BTO) was opened here today. Full Story.

Kenyan President to Visit China – FOCAC (CHN)
27/04/2010
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu announces: At the invitation of President Hu Jintao, President Mwai Kibaki of the Republic of Kenya will pay a state visit to China from April 29 to May 3. Full Story.

African Joint Pavilion at Expo to present diverse Africa – FOCAC (CHN)
27/04/2010
Photo taken on April 10, 2010 shows an inside looking of the Tanzanian Museum in the African Joint Pavilion in the EXPO Park in Shanghai, east China. Full Story.

China Set to Provide Technical Expertise for Cotton Growers – The Herald (ZWE)
27/04/2010
China has said it is exploring ways in which it can partner Zimbabwe in producing quality cotton for export. Full Story.

Barclays to Organise Entrepreneurs On Trade Mission to China – Daily Mail (GHN)
27/04/2010
Barclays Bank Ghana will in September send a group of small and medium scale entrepreneurs to China to explore opportunities, an official of the bank said on Monday.Full Story.

Be truthful about Chinese investiment, Milupi challenges State – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
27/04/2010
Mr. Milupi said government should not go about celebrating Chinese investment in Zambia when the real objective of such investment is not known. Full Story.

$520m for electricity in 2,200 communities – GhanaWeb (GHN)
26/04/2010
The government has secured a $520 million loan facility to expedite the extension of electricity to 2,200 communities across the country. Full Story.

‘Foreign investors flood R-State ‘ – Vanguard (NGA)
06/04/2010
Following the cre-ation of enabling environment for businesses in Rivers State, foreign investors are now exploring investment opportunities. Full Story.

Eveready Seeks Safe Haven in Solar Products as Fake Batteries Flood the Market – Business Daily (KEN)
26/04/2010
Battery maker, Eveready East Africa, is banking on new product lines including solar energy panels to survive the cutthroat competition from substandard and cheap Chinese imports. Full Story.

Chombo Seeks Extension of Experts’ Stay – The Herald (ZWE)
26/04/2010
The Chinese government should extend the period of stay of the 10 agricultural experts who are assisting Zimbabwe in various fields, Acting Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Full Story.

Rethinking the Idea of the South: A New Class Division and Rivalry Is in the Making – SACSIS (ZAF)
26/04/2010
They go by different names: IBSA (India, Brazil and South Africa), BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) and BASIC (Brazil, South Africa, India and China). These formations all amount to more or less the same thing: the new “emerging economies” seeking to redefine relations between themselves and the rest of the world. Full Story.

China to Finance Kariba South Expansion – The Herald (ZWE)
26/04/2010
Zimbabwe has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sino Hydro of China to focus on the expansion of the Kariba South Bank extension through funding from Chinese financial institutions. Full Story.

China to Build 150-Bed Abuja Hospital – Daily Trust (NGA)
26/04/2010
China is to build 150-bed hospital at Lugbe, Abuja, under its health-related technical assistance programme in Nigeria, according to an official of the National Planning Commission. Full Story.

World Bank unit to finance Chinese Africa venture- Financial Times (GBR)
22/04/2010
The World Bank’s private sector arm has signed its first deal to finance Chinese investment in Africa, a move it hopes will help to discourage violations of human rights and environmental standards. Full Story.
After a Coup, Niger Resumes Business as Usual With China – The New York Times (USA)
24/04/2010
Just a few months ago, China was widely derided here as the financial backbone propping up an autocratic president, Mamadou Tandja, giving him the confidence to ignore international condemnation as he chopped away at Niger’s democratic institutions. Full Story.

Chinese Firm Interested in Regional Railway Project – The New Times (RWA)
24/04/2010
The president of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), Yuan Li, has expressed interest in undertaking the regional railway project that will connect three countries; Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. Full Story.

Accredited military attaché in China – Jornal de Angola (AGO)
23/04/2010
The Ministry of Defense believe, yesterday, the first defense attaché of the Republic of China in Angola. Full Story.

Defence Ministry Accredits Chinese Defence Attaché – Angola Press (AGO)
23/04/2010
The Ministry of Defence accredited on Thursday the first Chinese military attaché to Angola, Colonel Xu Xiaosong. Full Story.

Angola expects to reach seven million visitors in the Exhibition of China – Jornal de Angola (AGO)
22/04/2010
One week left for the official opening of Expo-Shanghai, China, where Angola promises a masterful display that will pass through demonstrations of socio-cultural elements and traditions of Angola. Full Story.

A new battleground: Chinese culture in Sudan – Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
22/04/2010
Walk down any of Khartoum’s major roads and you will find Chinese products lining the roadsides. Much has been made about China’s push into Africa, and Sudan is pivotal to China’s interests in the region. Full Story.

Men, mahjong and money: Chinese migrants in Khartoum – Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
22/04/2010
Nomie is of small, slim stature. When we first meet she is wearing a large, wide-brimmed hat (think Indiana Jones), white khakis and a long-sleeved pastel shirt. Full Story.

Illegal Chinese Immigrants Held -The Herald (ZWE)
22/04/2010
The Department of Immigration has arrested seven illegal Chinese immigrants who were attempting to sneak into South Africa through Beitbridge Border Post. Full Story.

42-Member Chinese Delegation Arrives Today – The Informer (LBA)
22/04/2010
The Deputy Minister of Commence of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Fu Ziying, at the head of 42-member high-powered Chinese delegation arrives in the country this week Thursday, April 22, 2010 for a four-day official visit. Full Story.

Fake Products – China Blames Businessmen – Daily Champion (NGA)
22/04/2010
China has blamed Nigerian businessmen for the fake and sub-standard products coming into Nigeria from China. Full Story.

NCCI Has Beef With Chinese – The Nambian (NMA)
21/04/2010
An economic row brewing between Namibia and China over the quality of Namibian beef and mutton has prompted the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) to cancel a planned marketing trip to China shortly before the opening of the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai. Full Story.

Chinese Ambassador Assures Stronger Ties – FOCAC (CHN)
20/04/2010
H.E. Xue Jinwei, paid a maiden visit to the Yaounde Gynaeco-Obstetric and Paediatric Hospital yesterday. Full Story.

Internet cable project stopped – the New Vision (UGA)
20/04/2010
The National Information Technology Authority has stopped the laying of the Internet cable over reports of poor quality and inflated costs. Full Story.

CADF in Africa: Deals from 2007 – 2008 – Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)

April 2010
The first cooperation agreement signed by the China-Africa Development Fund was with the Tianjin North China Geological Exploration Bureau, a state-run mining enterprise, in December 2007. Full Story.

CADF in Africa: Deals from 2009-2010 – Africa Asia Confidential (GRB)
April 2010
The China-Africa Development Fund and YTO Group announced a joint venture – the China-Africa Machinery Corporation – to manufacture agricultural and construction equipment. Full Story.

CADF expands Africa Network – Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
April 2010
The state investment fund is launching Chinese companies into overseas markets where they pick up assets abandoned by Western and African companies. Full Story.

More Multibillion mining contracts for Kinshasa – Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
April 2010
President Kabila’s trip to Seoul yields another multibillion-dollar mining deal just as a midway review of China’s US$6 bn. contract is completed. Full Story. Full Story.

More Ore, More Problems – Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
April 2010
A US$3.3 million loan offered by the China International Fund has drawn renewed criticism of the company’s activities in Guinea. Full Story.

Nuctech’s Nobody – Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
April 2010
Why won’t anyone help Yang Fan pay his US$135,000 bail bond – especially when he has $2.3 million stashed in a local bank account and a swish golf estate home in Cape Town, South Africa, completed just in time for the 2010 FIFA Football World Cup there next month? Full Story.

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