Weekly news

20/10/2010 to 26/10/2010

 

A consensual affair -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
26-10-2010
The stratospheric figures – all in billions of dollars – emerging from President John Atta Mills’s grand tour of Asia last month suggest the love affair between Accra and Asia’s biggest economies is entirely consensual.

More contracts as the vote looms -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
26-10-2010
Despite the impending transition to civil rule, the military regime has signed a mega-contract with the China Hyway Group for housing and roads.

Spooks, not railways -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)  
26-10-2010
Abuja wants to use Chinese export finance to build a spy network with the controversial ZTE company – instead of a railway.

China Hyway Group’s mines-for-roads deal -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)  
26-10-2010
In return for huge investments in housing and roads, the China Hyway Group has asked for several mining permits that would give it access to at least five bauxite deposits: those located at Koumbia in the north, those at Kouroussa in the central region and those at Kissidougou in the south.

The golden gateway to Africa -People’s Daily (CHN)
26-10-2010
Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations with China, the former British colony has been granted a $30 billion development package from the Asian nation to help build vital infrastructure that will, amongst other things, maximize its potential as an energy producer.

Chinese, Malian presidents celebrate 50th anniversary of bilateral ties -FOCAC (CHN) 
26-10-2010
Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Malian counterpart, Amadou Toumani Toure, on Monday exchanged messages of congratulations to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral ties.

Hu Jintao Meets with Speaker of the National Assembly of South Africa Sisulu -FOCAC (CHN) 
26-10-2010
Hu said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties 12 years ago, bilateral relations have achieved substantial development with fruitful exchanges and cooperation in all areas.

Zambia: Veep George Kunda tours Huawei in Shenzen, China -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
26-10-2010
Vice- President George Kunda has said Zambia appreciates the investments made by Huawei technologies company in Zambia. Mr Kunda said the establishment of the the Chinese company in 2001 has not only created job opportunities but also brought latest technology which has enriched the lives of many Zambians.

 

Uganda still shielded from currency war effects -Daily Monitor (UGA)
26-10-2010
With the world’s reserve currency issuer (the US) and its long-term rival to that status (China) competing to nearly ruining their own currencies, major analysts have warned of grim implications, with some businesses already feeling the impact.

 

Maputo opens its markets -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
26-10-2010
If it comes to fruition, China Tong Jian’s multibillion-dollar agreement promises to bring in Mozambique’s largest-ever investment

Blood diamonds and old soldiers -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
26-10-2010
The Chiadzwa/Marange alluvial diamond fields remain off limits to Zimbabwe’s Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mines and Energy. Amid growing reports of Chinese involvement, Mines Minister Obert Mpofu remains tight-lipped and parsimonious with information.

Million-dollar beds fuel Madagascar timber crisis -BBC News (GBR)
26-10-2010
Soaring demand in China and political unrest in Madagascar are fuelling illegal logging for hardwoods in the African nation, a report concludes.

Les Chinois En Afrique – China Talking Points  
26-10-2010
The French radio network “Radio France International” has published a very interesting interactive map detailing Chinese investments, populations and infrastructure projects across Africa.

China, Africa celebrate 10th anniversary of cooperation forum -Walta Information (ETH)
26-10-2010
China and Africa celebrated the tenth anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing Monday, outlining future efforts for greater development of the new type of strategic partnership.

When Ghana’s Oil Starts to Flow -Ghana Web (GHN)
26-10-2010
In a couple of weeks, Ghana could join the privileged group of oil and gas producing countries like Kuwait, Iraq, Brazil, Nigeria, Botswana, Equatorial Guinea, Libya, Angola, and many others who constitute the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

 

China traces its history to Lamu -The Standard (KEN)
26-10-2010
Kenya is on the road to stronger ties with China following the signing of an agreement that will see Kenya’s coastal town of Lamu partner with the City of Shanghai, China.

Rwanda to import cement from China -The New Times (RWA)
26-10-2010
It is now official; Rwanda is to start importing cheap cement from China to complement the locally produced one.

TPDF impressed by Chinese navy hospital ship visit to Dar -IPP Media (TZA)
25-10-2010
General Abdulrahman Shimbo has said his force has been highly impressed by the Chinese navy hospital ship ‘Peace Ark’s, visit to Dar es Salaam.

Ghana needs $1.6 billion investment in infrastructure -Ghana Web (GHN)
25-10-2010
Government needs to invest $1.6 billion per annum over a 10-year period to deal with Ghana’s infrastructural deficit, Ms Hanna Tetteh, Minister of Trade said at a press conference in Accra on Monday.

FDB warns of unregistered drugs by Chinese companies -Ghana Web (GHN)
25-10-2010
The Food and Drugs Board (FDB) is warning the public of two Chinese companies based at East Legon, Accra, that are engaged in activities which pose serious threat to public health and safety.

IMF says Ghana’s $13 bln Chinese loan ‘good’ -Ghana Web (GHN)
25-10-2010
A $13 billion Chinese loan to Ghana is good for the African country and does not contravene any agreements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior IMF adviser said on Monday.

JOHN GAPPER – China’s business elite is free enough -Business Day (ZAF)
25-10-2010
China was introduced to its likely next leader last week, when Xi Jinping was named to a top military post at the Communist Party’s annual plenum. No one knows much about him and few are bothered.

THE THICK END OF THE WEDGE: THE EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK -Business Day (ZAF)
25-10-2010
The Cabinet meets to consider a “new growth path”. Whatever that may mean you can be sure it will involve the state increasing its role in the economy… Watch for prescribed assets and lots of pointing at the Chinese model. The nationalists in the African National Congress have become enamoured of China of late.

To prosper, Southern Sudan must wean itself from the aid bandwagon -Daily Nation (KEN) 
24-10-2010
Rich donors to Africa have a tendency to take credit for many of the continent’s achievements. But donor interventions in Africa are not always altruistic, and are quite often detrimental. Sceptics have often noted that aid does not reduce poverty; it is often the cause of poverty and violence in many parts of world.

All set for Kenya geothermal project -Daily Nation (KEN)
24-10-2010
Kenya’s high dependency on hydro power and costly diesel-powered generators will ease considerably when the Geothermal Development Company starts the  multi-billion-shilling geothermal steam power generation project on the Menengai Crater in Nakuru.

Chinese oil company bids for Kosmos shares -Ghana Web (GHN)
23-10-2010
Bloomberg reports that China’s largest offshore oil producer CNOOC Ltd and the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) have made a five billion dollar bid to buy Kosmos Energy LLC’s assets in Ghana including its stake in the Jubilee fields.

Chinese Aid Bringing Smiles to Sierra Leone Farmers -IPS  
22-10-2010
Jabbah is the chair of a 26-member organisation of farmers in Lumley, just outside the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. With support from the Wuhan Municipal Foreign Co-operation (WMFC), she has gone from growing food just to feed her family, to a farmer who sold rice to the government to support farmers in other parts of the country.

Cotton processing factory with Chinese capital to open in Beira, Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
22-10-2010
A cotton processing factory called China-Africa Cotton Mozambique is to become operational in Beira, the capital of Mozambique’s Sofala province, reports the Maputo-based daily Noticias.

Bad Managers, then Bullets at a Zambian Mine- Caixin (CHN)
22/10/2010
Bosses at a Chinese company mine in Zambia allegedly shot and injured 11 local mine employees and resident October 15 during a protest against poor working conditions.

Chinese companies among bidders for Juba-Lamu oil pipeline: WSJ -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
22-10-2010
Chinese companies are among those that are competing to win a contract for building a pipeline that would pump oil produced in South Sudan through a Kenyan port, according to a report on the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Zambia: MUZ disappointed with govt over miners shooting -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
22-10-2010
The Mine Workers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has expressed disappointment at government’s reaction to the shooting of miners at the Chinese run Collum Coal Mine by two Chinese supervisors.

Bad Managers, then Bullets at a Zambian Mine -Financial Times (GBR)
22-10-2010
Years of chaotic oversight by a private Chinese company preceded the shootings of Zambian coal miners.

African Traders in China and Substandard Goods – China In Africa: The Real Story
21-10-2010
One of the primary complaints I hear on China-in-Africa is the issue of substandard Chinese goods in African markets. Clearly Chinese traders are bringing in some of these goods. But an under reported factor is the role of African traders in the supply chain.

Chinese truck dealers in Gabon – China Talking Points
21-10-2010
China’s newest all news network, Tantao.com, featured a report on a Chinese truck dealership in Gabon.  Two things are interesting about this piece: 1) the fact that a Chinese network is now actively reporting from somewhere as remote as Gabon.  2) The Chinese instincts for compelling propaganda still leave quite a bit to be desired.

Kikwete pledges end to water problems in southern regions -IPP Media (TZA)
21-10-2010
A Chinese contractor is currently finalising a water project expected to address water shortages in some parts of the southern regions by December next year.

Speaker leads Parliamentary delegation to China -Business Report (ZAF)
21-10-2010
National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu on Wednesday led a delegation of ten MPs on an official visit to the chairman of the National People’s Congress Wu Bangguo, the Chinese opposite number.

Standard Bank to offer settlement in Chinese currency -Business Report (ZAF)
20-10-2010
Standard Bank announced Wednesday that it is to offer clients the ability to make payments in Renminbi when importing goods from China and receiving RMB proceeds in their account when exporting to China.

China fails to block UN report on Sudan -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
20-10-2010
Chinese diplomats made a failed attempt on Wednesday to block a U.N. report alleging that its locally manufactured ammunition was sent to Darfur in violation of an arms embargo, according to diplomats at the world body.

 

Z`bar port officials under probe for 6bn/- tusks haul -IPP Media (TZA)
20-10-2010
Several Zanzibar port security officials have been held after seizure of two containers with elephant tusks worth 6bn/- in China and Hong Kong said to have originated from the Isles.

 

What Uganda needs to do to penetrate Chinese Market? -New Vision (UGA)
20-10-2010
Uganda will have to do much more aggressive marketing of its exports in order to penetrate and gain value from the rapidly expanding Asian and most especially the Chinese market.

China, Egypt sign cooperation deal on protection of heritage,cultural property -FOCAC (CHN) 
20-10-2010
Egypt and China inked a cooperation deal on the protection of heritage and cultural property in Cairo on Tuesday. Egypt’s secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawas said the deal will help returning those antiquities which were smuggled outside both countries.

Vice minister: China won’t intervene in affairs of African countries -FOCAC (CHN)
20-10-2010
China does not interfere in the internal affairs of African countries, besides providing assistance within its capacity to Africa, and China attaches importance to the equal economic and trade exchanges with Africa, said Fu Ying, vice minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

China in Africa: Canary in a Mine Shaft? – Peter Bosshard’s Environmental Policy Blog
20-10-2010
The labor conflict at Zambia’s Collum mine is not an isolated case, and is hugely damaging for China’s image in Africa. If the Chinese government is serious about cleaning up the safety, labor and environmental record of its overseas investors, recommendations and appeals will no longer do the trick.

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