21/12/2011 to 04/01/2012

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 Why Chinese Companies Are Successful in Africa – TradeInvest Africa (ZAF)

 A Flood of Cheap Chinese Goods – Mark Harrison’s blog

 NigComSat-1R boosts Nigeria, China relations – The Guardian (NGA)

 Chinese Developer Speaks Tough On Safety Standards – Times of Zambia (ZMB)

 China’s “Checkbook Diplomacy” and Overseas Investment Reconsidered – Deborah Brautigam’s blog

 Zambia’s Luanshya copper mine dismisses 11 miners over  strike – Menafn

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4/1/12
Chinese companies now dominate the African construction sector, with a market share larger than those of France, Italy and US combined. This strength of Chinese firms in Africa’s construction sector has continued to grow over the past few years despite the global construction market taking a downturn in the aftermath of the credit crunch.

Ghana, Sierra Leone, others want transponders from Nigeria – The Guardian (NGA)
4/1/12
Barely a week after its launch in Xicheng, China, Nigeria’s replacement satellite, NigComSat-1R has started attracting customers.

China lends Africa more than World Bank – Esi-Africa.com
3/1/12
In the past decade, the Export-Import Bank of China has extended US$12.5 billion more in loans to the countries of sub-Saharan Africa than the World Bank, according to Fitch Ratings.

IMANI got it wrong on $3bn Chinese loan – Gov’t – Ghana Web (GHA)
3/1/12
The Government of Ghana has reacted to a statement by IMANI-Ghana that said “government’s over-reliance” on the $3 billion Chinese loan “to prosecute its 2013 economic program, especially in the infrastructure area, could lead to dislocations in the economy and frustrations on the part of its managers. ”

Don’t put all hopes in $3bn Chinese loan – IMANI report – Ghana Web (GHA)
3/1/12
It is highly doubtful that, in the short term, Government of Ghana shall be able to satisfy the strict credit requirements of the China Development Bank in order to secure the entire $3 billion mentioned in the government’s framework agreement with the state-owned Chinese bank.

Free China trips for Rundu councilors – The Namibian (NAM)
3/1/12
The managing director of a Chinese construction company has financed trips to her native land for top officials of the Rundu Town Council on more than one occasion.

A Flood of Cheap Chinese Goods – Mark Harrison’s blog
3/1/12
Why the “flood” of cheap Chinese imports to Africa is not a threat to local economies on the continent.

Profiles in Scale-up: China, Nigeria ink deal to invest $2.55B in 15 integrated biorefinery projects – Biofules digest
2/1/12
Chinese government to invest $1.78B in Nigerian biofuels, the latest in a series of projects announced in West Africa.

How Gov’t Will Spend U.S.$3 Billion China Loan – Mills – Daily Trust (GHA)
2/1/12
The President of Ghana, Prof. John Evans Atta-Mills and thousands of Ghanaians ushered in the New Year in high spirits, with thanks-giving to God at several places of worship in the capital city Accra.

China Pledge Wushu Development Support – The Herald (ZWE)
2/1/12
The martial arts sport of wushu is set for a further boost in this country after the Chinese Embassy in Harare yesterday pledged to assist the Zimbabwe Wushu Association in their development efforts.

When China met Africa and other Oriental stories – The Nation (KEN)
1/1/12
Beijing, free from the yoke of democracy and the shackles of communism and powered by an acquisitive gerontocracy, is on the ascendancy. Napoleon warned long ago that China is a sleeping giant, and that, when she wakes up, she will shake the world. Well, it has been a rude awakening for the West

Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries totals US$107 billion in first 11 months of 2011 – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
31/12/11
Trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries from January to November totalled US$107.311 billion, a rise of US$23.950 billion or 29 percent against the same period of 2010 (US$83.361 billion) according to figures from the Chinese Customs Bureau published by the Forum Macau Permanent Secretariat Support Office.

Ethiopia’s partnership with China – Walta Info (ETH)
31/12/11
In late November, Habros Seguar, an Ethiopian industry ministry official, told me how the ministry had just landed a major Chinese investment. During his August trip to China, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi had visited the Pearl River Delta, where higher costs are driving manufacturers offshore.

Sino-Africa Relation; the Sierra Leone Perspective – Sierra Express Media (SLE)
30/12/11
There are more than 6,000 branches of Chinese related companies across Africa with some 2,000 investments in the continent. In Malawi for instance, China’s first investment program in that country following the signing of diplomatic ties years back is through the Malawi Cotton project, with funding from the China-Africa Development Fund. This is believed to be the largest China-related agriculture investment in Africa. The China-Africa Development Fund is one of several ways through which Chinese enterprises are encouraged to invest in Africa.

Juju Designer Is a Traitor – Union – Biz-Community (ZAF)
30/12/11
The South African Clothing and Textile Workers Union has joined the fray in condemning the Juju label designer’s decision to produce the range in China.

China to Restock Levy Mwanawasa Hospital – Times of Zambia (ZMB)
30/12/11
China has undertaken to restock the newly-constructed Levy Mwanawasa General Hospital in Lusaka with advanced medical equipment and supplies at a cost of K7.9 billion (10 million Yuan).

Chinese Win Yet Another Sh2.6 Billion Bomas Road Deal – Nairobi Star (KEN)
30/12/11
The government has contracted China Wu Yi Construction Company for the construction of a dual carriageway extension of Langata Road from Kenya Wildlife Service gate to Bomas of Kenya Junction.

Asian Demand for Ivory Leads ‘Unprecedented Assault’ on African Elephants – Planet Save
30/12/11
A record number of at least 13 large-scale ivory seizures in 2011, along with continued elephant killings in Africa, indicate that the illegal ivory trade is thriving — thanks to demand from Asia.

China’s Expansion in Africa: Opportunity for the U.S (An Op-Ed Rebuttal to Ahmed Sirleaf) – The Liberian Journal (LBR)
30/12/11
Despite fear, criticism, and the sensationalizing of China’s expansion in Africa in popular media, it is time for the U.S. to engage China in Africa as a strategic partner, not as a strategic enemy.

Economic democracy imperilled by bad policy – Business Live (ZAF)
30/12/11
Cyril Ramaphosa got the best Xmas present of all South Africans this year after the Chinese sovereign wealth fund placed a gift-wrapped R2 billion deal in his stocking.

Congo bans 69 Chinese fishing boats – News 24 (ZAF)
30/12/11
The Republic of Congo has banned 69 Chinese fishing boats from its waters for illicit activities, Fisheries Minister Dieudonne Kiessiekiaoua said Friday.

Ethiopia’s partnership with China – The Guardian (GBR) blog
30/12/11
China sees Ethiopia as a land of business opportunities, but the African country remains in charge of any deals.

Somaliland: Kulmiye Delegation return after visit to China – Somaliland Press (SOM)
30/12/11
Delegation led by the current ruling Peace, Unity and Democracy better known as ‘Kulmiye Party’ Chaitman Mr. Muuse Abdi Biihi that was on short official trip to China returned to the country. Mr. Bihi and his officials were welcomed at the border town of Wajeele with Ethiopia.

Exclusive Interview with Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to China Joseph Mannah Koroma – FOCAC
29/12/11
“In less than 48 hours upon my arrival in Beijing, the top leader of China met with me. Amongst all foreign ambassadors in China, I set a new record in credential presentation and I am very proud of that” Sierra Leone’s Ambassador Joseph M. Koroma to China told the journalist smugly.

‘Nigeria, others secure more loans from China than World Bank’ – The Guardian (NGA)
29/12/11
Export-Import Bank of China extended $12.5 billion more in loans to Nigeria and other sub-Saharan African countries in the past decade, than the World Bank, Fitch Ratings said.

Africa’s growing trade and financial links with China – Reuters
28/12/11
Fitch Ratings says that the Africa-China connection has become an important element in Sub-Saharan Africa’s (SSA) growth story. Aided by China’s own rapid development and growing strategic interests in commodity markets, Africa has not only become an important trade partner for China, but also a key beneficiary of Chinese capital investment abroad.

Govt Asks China to Settle Bilateral Trade in Yuan, Pounds – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
28/12/11
The Sudanese government has formally requested from China that their bilateral trade be conducted in Sudanese pounds and Chinese Yuan rather than U.S. dollars.

Juju clothing range to be made in China – News 24 (ZAF)
28/12/11
A clothing range inspired by suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, is expected to launch in Johannesburg in February next year, according to a report on Wednesday.

NigComSat-1R boosts Nigeria, China relations – The Guardian (NGA)
28/12/11
The recent launch of Nigeria Communications Satellite (NigComSat-1R) by the China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) has strengthened the relationship between Nigeria and China, authorities said yesterday.

China’s Investment in Nigeria Hits $6.1bn – This Day (NGA)
28/12/11
The exponential growth rate of Chinese economic links with Africa has reached a new height as report by Oxford Business Group (OBG) has revealed that China accounts for roughly 25 per cent of Nigeria’s inbound Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), equivalent to roughly $6.1billion (N988.2 billion).
Oxford Business Group is a global publishing and consultancy company producing annual investment and economic reports on more than 30 countries.

Should Africa be an ally of the West or China? The case of Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire – SFB Review (USA)
27/12/11
The past 12 months were very intense on the African continent. Some important elections stirred up a whole lot of interests. Those interests reached far outside African borders for the simple fact that the outcome of each one of these elections defines the new frontiers of the shared zones of influence that are being renegotiated between the old powers of the world, the Western powers, and the new power, China.

China interest in Drogba – News 24 (ZAF)
27/12/11
Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande could be planning an audacious bid for Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, after a rival club bought Nicolas Anelka, a report said on Tuesday.

China to overhaul rules for foreign workers – LA Times (USA)
27/12/11
China is planning an overhaul of its regulations for foreign workers, easing the rules for professionals while closing the door to hundreds of thousands of low-wage farm, factory and domestic workers from poorer neighboring nations like Vietnam and North Korea.

China lifts Africa’s development prospects – East Asia Forum
26/12/11
The dramatic increase in recent years of trade and foreign direct investment (FDI) in sub-Saharan Africa by firms from Asia — notably China and India — has become an emotionally charged and controversial issue.

China Donates Equipment to Amisom – Shabelle Media Network (SOM)
26/12/11
China on Sunday provided a donation worth about 30 million Chinese RMB (around $4.76 million) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in support of the Union’s peace building effort in that country.

Chinese Developer Speaks Tough On Safety Standards – Times of Zambia (ZMB)
26/12/11
The Zambia-China Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone Development Limited (ZCCZ) has instructed Multi-Facility Economic Zone enterprise managers to ensure that workers use protective attire to avoid compromising safety standards.

Chinese Goods Top Christmas Wish List In Cameroon – VoA
25/12/11
In Cameroon, as elsewhere, Christmas is often accompanied by consumer spending sprees on food, clothes and toys. Across the Central African nation of 20 million inhabitants, dwindling purchasing power and a lack of local manufactured goods have given Chinese imports an edge. Low-priced products from the Asian economic powerhouse are the most-preferred this Christmas.

Oil interests push China into Sudanese mire – Washington Post (USA)
25/12/11
At a restaurant along the River Nile offering crocodile and ostrich meat, officials of the world’s newest — and desperately destitute — nation hosted a lunch this month for Liu Guijin, China’s visiting envoy for African affairs.

Chinese development finance in Africa – East Asia Forum
25/12/11
Chinese development finance in Africa is unusual in that much of the financial flows from China do not constitute official development aid (ODA).

China’s oil production gamble – Washington Post (USA)
24/12/11
China has invested billions of dollars during the past 15 years to pump oil from Africa. In newly divided Sudan, where China walks a political tightrope between the north and south, oil production increased 180 percent in the past decade.

Chinese Embassy Identifies With Disabled Home, Women Organization – Heritage (LBR)
23/12/11
The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China through its Ambassador, Zhao Jianhua, on Thursday, December 22, 2011 donated several assorted items to the Group of 77 Disabled Home and the Liberia Concern Women Development Association (LCWDA).

China’s “Checkbook Diplomacy” and Overseas Investment Reconsidered – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
23/12/11
On a design website that profiled Chinese overseas FDI projects; I think that Derek Scissors at Heritage is doing a great service by collecting and publishing (and continually refining) this project-level data. However, users of this data need to be careful, because it is not truly comparable with other countries’ FDI data published by the OECD or other sources.

China Sovereign Fund Buys 25% Stake in South Africa’s Shanduka – Business Week
23/12/11
China Investment Corp., the nation’s sovereign wealth fund, will buy 25 percent of former South African politician Cyril Ramaphosa’s Shanduka Group for 2 billion rand ($245 million), Shanduka said.

“China has no friends, only interests.” – Somaliland Press (SOM)
23/12/11
China does not want to engage in governance and has a noninterference policy when it comes to the politics or internal affairs of countries it does business with in Africa.

China replaces Iran oil with Mideast, Africa, and Russia – Al Arabiya
23/12/11
China has bought enough spot crude from the Middle East, Africa and Russia in January to replace lost Iranian oil supply, trade sources said on Friday, putting it in a strong position as it tussles with the Islamic Republic over payment terms for 2012 contracts.

CRSG Starts U.S.$30 Million Regent/Kossoh Town Road Project – Concorde Times (SLE)
23/12/11
China Railway Seventh Group CRSG’s has been awarded another $30million contract on Tuesday December 20 to construct the Regent/Kossoh Town Road.

‘Take action against errant Chinese’ – News Day (ZWE)
23/12/11
China has said Zimbabwe should not treat Chinese doing business in the country with kids’ gloves because they were expected to respect all investment and labour laws.

WTO, Durban – China Gives the Continent Hope – The Herald (ZWE)
22/12/11
Three developments of global dimensions for Africa and China took place recently: celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation, the release of China’s White Paper on Foreign Trade and the Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.

State Influence in Decline – China – Zimbabwe Independent (ZWE)
23/12/11
China has acknowledged that Zimbabwe’s influence in the Sadc region has weakened over the last decade, but says it would continue to nurture its relations with Zanu PF with which it has a special relationship dating back to the war of liberation.

Ichimpe Mine Project Shelved – Times of Zambia (ZMB)
22/12/11
The Government has directed Zhonghui mining group of China, the developer of the US$690 million Ichimpe Mine in Kalulushi to stop the project until an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and mine plan are approved.

WTO, Durban – China Gives the Continent Hop – The Herald (ZWE)
22/12/11
Three developments of global dimensions for Africa and China took place recently: celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of China’s accession to the World Trade Organisation, the release of China’s White Paper on Foreign Trade and the Climate Change Conference (COP17) in Durban, South Africa.

Zambia’s Luanshya copper mine dismisses 11 miners over  strike – Menafn
21/12/11
Zambia’s Chinese-owned Luanshya Copper Mines has fired 11 workers, accusing them of inciting colleagues to go on strike last week.

America Is Losing in Africa – Real Clear World
21/12/11
In the face of an increasingly influential Soviet Union, America was forced during the Cold War to provide aid to the developing world in order to prevent the poorest humans on our planet from having no choice but to give their loyalty to Marxist ideology. That policy worked in its time. Today, however, with the new challenges the U.S. must address, a new strategy is required.

FG Seeks Loans From India, China, France to Fund 2012 Budget – The Vanguard (NGA)
21/12/11
The Federal Government is to fund a quarter of its 2012 budget proposal with external and domestic loans with the third world country, India, for the first time giving a helping hand to the Nigerian treasury.

Okonjo-Iweala for China On Abuja Rail Loan Deal – The Vanguard (NGA)
21/12/11
Finance Minister; Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, is expected to visit China to finalise Chinese Nexim Bank credit facility for  Abuja Light Rail project.

Has Zambia’s ‘King Cobra’ delivered on his 90-day promise? – The Guardian (GBR)
21/12/11
Sata’s first budget pledged some major tax relief for the poor. He has welcomed foreigner investors, most notably the Chinese, which surprised many given his former hard talk while in opposition about Chinese abuses of human rights in the country.

Chinese diplomacy may be the lucky charm to resolve Sudan’s oil impasse – Business Daily Africa (KEN)
21/12/11
After months of “push and shove “ between Sudan and South Sudan on the subject of oil exports logistics fees, it now appears that the Chinese authorities have belatedly decided to get involved in mediation between Juba and Khartoum. The Chinese have traditionally avoided getting involved in internal issues pertaining to countries they operate in.

China beefing up military presence in Indian Ocean – Al Arabiya
20/12/11
Little by little China is forming military links in Africa and in the Indian Ocean in order, experts say, to protect Beijing’s economic interests in the region.

Country-China Trade Volumes Top U.S.$560 Million – The Herald (ZWE)
20/12/11
The volume of trade between Zimbabwe and China has now exceeded US$560 million realised last year, a senior Chinese government official said yesterday.

A poem inspired by Human Rights Watch – MqVu
20/12/11
The debate  about the conditions of labour in Chinese-owned mines inspired Paulette Nonfodji, a masters student at the University of Amsterdam who studies Chinese agricultural investments in Benin, to write the following poem.

Nigeria to save N158b from new satellite, says Jonathan – The Nation (NGA)
20/12/11
President  Goodluck  Jonathan has said the launch of the new Nigerian Communications Satellite yesterday  in Xichang, China would  save the country $1billion (N155bilion) yearly.

SAA introduces non-stop flights to Beijing, China – The Nation (NGA)
20/12/11
South African Airways (SAA) will start flying non-stop to Beijing, China, for the first time  from January next year.
The inaugural flight is scheduled to leave Johannesburg on  January 31, 2012, and is  set to arrive  Beijing, China on February 1, 2012.

Namibian beef on Chinese tables – The Namibian (NAM)
20/12/11
Namibia’s commercial and communal farmers, including those north of the Veterinary Cordon Fence (VCF), could start exporting meat to China as early as next March.

YEARENDER: China-Africa cooperation: unlimited opportunity with vitality – Xinhua (CHN)
19/12/11
China-Africa new strategic partnership continues to develop rapidly in the second decade of the new century with frequent high-level visits and successful expansion of political, economic, and cultural cooperation.

Cash-Strapped Sudan Open for Oil Bidding – RNW (NED)
19/12/11
Cash-strapped Sudan on Monday said it will open six exploration blocks for bidding by international oil companies, after losing 75 percent of its oil production when the south separated in July.

Chinese Military Official Honored – The New Dawn (LBR)
19/12/11
Defense Minister Brownie Samukai has described the presence of the Defense Attache’ at the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Liberia as very ‘developmental’ to Liberia’s new army.

New book on China-Africa relations – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
19/12/11
The University of Pennsylvania Press will publish in June 2012 a book titled China and Africa: A Century of Engagement by David Shinn and Joshua Eisenman.