Weekly news

20/09/2011 to 26/09/2011

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 Zambia election could be bad news for China -Business Day (ZAF)

 China gives Benin $34m in loans, grants -News 24 (ZAF)

 China co signs $3 bln Tanzania coal, iron deal -Reuters

 Nation’s Big Bet On Chinese Yuan -TradeInvest Africa (ZAF)

 No Chinese pressure to bar Dalai Lama: S Africa -Khaleej Times (UAE)

 Chinese building $439m Moz complex -Times Live (ZAM)

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China Offers 271 Scholarships To Ghanaian Students -Modern Ghana (GHN)
23/09/2011
China has stated that it will continue to offer support to various sectors of the Ghanaian economy after the Asian country, which is the second biggest economy in the world, said it has offered 271 scholarships to Ghanaian students to study in various Chinese universities.

Chinese Mobile Firm Eyes Local Market -Nairobi Star (KEN)
23/09/2011
China based handset manufacturer Tecno is eyeing market leadership in Africa through offering affordable internet enabled mobile phones which are fast gaining popularity in the region.

Yang Jiechi Meets with Eritrean President -FOCAC (CHN)
23/09/2011
On September 20, local time, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met with Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki on the sidelines of the General Debate of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States.

More private Chinese investment in African manufacturing -Exporting China’s Development to the World
23/09/2011
Local media in Wenzhou — reputed as China’s capital of private entrepreneurship — report of growing interest in private  investment in African mining as the government has clamped down on small-scale mines in China.

Zambia election could be bad news for China -Business Day (ZAF)
23/09/2011
Fierce critic of foreign mining investment, especially from China, wins election

China gives Benin $34m in loans, grants -News 24 (ZAF)
23/09/2011
China has given Benin $34m in loans and grants, part of which will fund an anti-piracy patrol drive off the coast of the west African country where hijackings have surged this year.

Zambia Challenger Wins -The Wall Street Journal (USA)
23/09/2011
Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata was declared the winner of the country’s presidential race early Friday, placing a fierce critic of Chinese investment at the head of Africa’s top copper producer.

Myths About China and India’s Africa Race -Bloomberg (USA)
22/09/2011
The two Asian giants are focusing on Africa as never before, write columnists Anil K. Gupta and Haiyan Wang, leading to many misconceptions about the role Chinese and Indian companies are playing there

Chinese doctors to operate on cataract patients -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
22/09/2011
About five per cent of the Mozambican population suffers from cataracts, according to Deputy Health Minister Nazira Abdula.

China co signs $3 bln Tanzania coal, iron deal -Reuters
22/09/2011
Project touted as single-biggest investment in region

China Donates Agricultural Equipment -The Herald (ZWE)
22/09/2011
Government yesterday received farming equipment from China to enhance food security.

Dangerous pollutants turn Save river murky -SW Radio Africa (ZWE)
22/09/2011
A Chinese firm mining diamonds in Chiadzwa is allegedly discharging dangerous pollutants into Singwizi river, a tributary of the mighty Save river

A Taste for RMB in Africa… -Ecomonitor (GBR)
22/09/2011
While the focus at today’s South African reserve bank (SARB) meeting was on the central bank’s dovish tilt, Governor Marcus was also questioned on whether South Africa’s newfound BRICS cooperation extended to currency coordination with China

China must help S. Africa halt rhino poaching surge, WWF says -Thanh Nien News (VNM)
22/09/2011
China, Vietnam and Thailand, where rhinoceros horns are used for supposed medicinal properties, need to match South Africa’s efforts to end a surge in poaching of the endangered animals, WWF International said.

FibreCo awards fibre optics contract to China’s ZTE -Engineering News (ZAF)
22/09/2011
FibreCo, a partnership between Cell C, Convergence Partners and Internet Solutions, has awarded the contract for the construction of its open-access fibre optic network to China’s ZTE.

Nation’s Big Bet On Chinese Yuan -TradeInvest Africa (ZAF)
21/09/2011
Nigeria’s central bank will convert 10% of its $33-billion in foreign reserves to the Chinese yuan, as trade between the two countries continues to grow.

Chinese to fund Tanzanian gas pipeline -Esi-Africa (ZAF)
21/09/2011
China and Tanzania are expected to sign a US$1.06 billion loan deal for the construction of a natural gas pipeline from the southern part of the East African country to its commercial capital, a Tanzanian newspaper has quoted the country’s energy minister as saying.

First stone laid for Namacurra rice processing factory -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
21/09/2011
Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Ali on Monday laid the first stone in a project to build 5,000 houses in the neighbourhood of Intaka, in the southern city of Matola.

No Chinese pressure to bar Dalai Lama: S Africa -Khaleej Times (UAE)
21/09/2011
Major South African trade partner China has not put pressure on Pretoria to bar the Dalai Lama’s entry for Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu’s birthday celebrations, an official said Wednesday.

Diamonds: the Chinese connection -The Zimbabwean (GBR)
21/09/2011
It may interest your readers to know that Huang Nubo, a Chinese billionaire, is in bed with Mugabe and the Chiadzwa crew.

Does China’s Economic Transformation Have Lessons for Africa? -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
21/09/2011
The China-DAC Study Group, which was established jointly by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China and OECD’s Development Assistance Committee, published in August a summary of its findings titled “Economic Transformation and Poverty Reduction: How It Happened in China, Helping It Happen in Africa.”

Nakuru Town Mayor and DC in exchange of words -Daily Nation (KEN)
21/09/2011
Mayor Mohammed Suraw and DC Kang’ethe Thuku almost engaged in a fight on Monday during the flagging off ceremony of relief food. The food was donated to people in Turkana by the Chinese in Kenya. The sour relationship is over the election of the mayor which the DC claims was not legitimate.

‘Visas should not be abused’ -New Era (NAM)
21/09/2011
The Minister of Environment and Tourism, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has urged tour operators not to abuse the visa facilities of Namibia and China.

Nandi Ndaitwah Leads Tour Delegation to China -New Era (NAM)
20/09/2011
Namibia’s Minister of Environment and Tourism Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah yesterday met with Du Yili, Vice Chairwoman of the People’s Republic of China’s National Tourism Administration.

Chinese Firms Donate Relief Food for Turkana -Nairobi Star (KEN)
20/09/2011
A consortium of 40 Chinese and Kenya companies have raised Sh25.6 million towards the relief food program for the residents of Turkana county. The initiative by the companies was supported by their government so as to assist fight drought and famine in Turkana county.

Chinese direct investment flows to Africa (2003-2010) -Chine-Afrique
20/09/2011
Data from China’s ministry of commerce.

MTP Gets Chinese Award -The Herald (ZWE)
20/09/2011
Zimbabwe’s economic blueprint, the Medium Term Plan (MTP) has been awarded the best document in planning by China, a senior Government official said at the weekend.

China-Africa Relations Scrutinized in AfDB’s New Book -AfDB
20/09/2011
The African Development Bank today released a book titled “China and Africa, An Emerging Partnership for Development?” In recent years, China has been the prominent emerging partner for most of Africa and new China-Africa relations have generated heated debates. Is China really the sole winner in its relations with the African continent? This book challenges this idea by analyzing opportunities and challenges for both parties.

Zambian election a referendum on China -The Telegraph (GBR)
20/09/2011
When the results of Zambia’s election are released later this week, they will bring not only a decision on the next president but a clear pronouncement on China’s domination in Africa.

Chinese building $439m Moz complex -Times Live (ZAM)
20/09/2011
A Chinese company is building a $439-million housing project outside the capital in Mozambique, meant to create a new a suburb for the middle class, state media reports.

Chinese president to inaugurate new AU HQ -Walta Info (ETH)
19/09/2011
President Hu Jintao of China has scheduled to visit Addis Ababa in January to inaugurate the new headquarters of the African Union, which is under construction  in the premises of the AU.

Economic Transformation, the Chinese Way -Daily Trust (NGA)
19/09/2011
The truth is that every great people must first lose their direction several times before finally finding the right direction. That’s how every fallen great nation can rise to greatness. And now that Nigeria has fallen to the bottom pit, isn’t it time it began the inevitable rise? The same hands nature used to force Nigeria down the bottom pit, it will soon use in guiding us to a quick rise.

Guinea asks China to build 340 MW power plant -Engineering News (ZAF)
19/09/2011
Guinea has asked state-owned China Power Investment (CPI) to build a 340 MW coal-fired power plant in the electricity-starved west African state, its mines minister said.

Why Zambia’s Elections Will Be All About China -Time (USA)
19/09/2011
When Zambians go to the polls on Sept. 20, their decision on which box to tick won’t be based on traditional election issues such as good governance, security or service delivery. Their votes will revolve around one key question: Are they for or against China’s heavy investment in their country?

China’s stake in Zambia’s election -BBC News (GBR)
19/09/2011
If you want proof that China has arrived in Africa, look no further than Zambia, which is gearing up for parliamentary and presidential elections on Tuesday.

Ambassador Xu Mengshui: China’s Assistance to Africa -China.com.cn (CHN)
19/09/2011
On the 55th anniversary of the inauguration of China-Africa diplomatic relations, China.com.cn invites Xu Mengshui, former Chinese ambassador to Guinea, Cameroon and Mauritius, to give an overview of the development of China-Africa relationship and analyze its latest situation and developments.

Blitz on illegal city businesses -The Financial Gazette (ZWE)
16/09/2011
The Harare City Council, in conjunction with the police, have launched a major crackdown on illegal businesses operating in the capital in what is likely to result in the closure of scores of unregistered shops and the arrest of traders using fake licences.

Chinese and Indian Investment in Nigeria’s Telecoms Sector -Africa Good News (NED)
16/09/2011

The African telecommunications market is large, filled with many opportunities, and has several countries investing in this lucrative industry. Asian interest, in the form of Chinese technology solutions providers and, recently, Indian telecoms providers, has a significant presence in the market, yet the majority of the discourse on economic relations between Asian and African countries focuses on other sectors such as natural resources.

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