Weekly news

22/12/2010 to 28/12/2010

 

Beijing’s balancing act -Africa Asia Confidential (GBR) 
28/12/2010
Usually a supporter of territorial integrity, Beijing is making plans to adapt to the prospect of an oil-rich and independent Southern Sudan

How to plan the planning -Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
28/12/2010
The ruling Communist Party makes policy and the state bureaucracy implements it but decisions on economic strategy are taking in a wider range of opinion and expertise.

The next big plan -Africa Asia Confidential (GBR)
28/12/2010
Growing demand for Africa’s minerals, oil, gas and farmland will shape China’s next five-year plan (2011-2015) due to be approved in March 2011

SA seeks trade and investor gains from joining Bric club -Business Day (ZAF)
28/12/2010
SA appears set to join the bloc after an invitation extended last week by China, which holds the rotating chairmanship.

Learning from China -Business Day (ZAF)
28/12/2010
Much has been written lately about the state of the world’s economies and SA ’s relative position.

Is China Good For Africa? -The Atlanta Post (USA)
28/12/2010
Much has been made about China’s involvement in sub-Saharan Africa. Some call it a new phase of colonialism for the continent and others cite it as a much needed economic injection into territories starving for opportunities.

China aims at deepening cooperation with Uganda in infrastructure, energy sectors -FOCAC (CHN)
28/12/2010
China will continue to commit itself to assisting Uganda in developing its infrastructure and a self-sustained oil industry, said Chinese ambassador to Uganda Sun Heping in a recent interview.

Must China compete with the poor for donor funds? -Daily Monitor (UGA)
28/12/2010
China this year surpassed Japan as the second largest economy in the world after the United States. So, why is China a leading recipient of Global Fund donor aid for combating Aids, malaria and TB, in perennial competition with poor countries such as Uganda and Rwanda for western grants to combat diseases such as malaria each successive year?

China faces new scrutiny in Africa (but this time it’s different) -China Talking Points 
28/12/2010
A group of demonstrators marched through the streets of South Africa’s Umlazi Township earlier this month to protest against what they claim is Beijing’s inadequate support for the United Nations’ anti-AIDS/malaria/tuberculosis initiative known as the “Global Fund.”

Economist Sanou Mbaye on the growth of Sino-African civil society ties -China Talking Points  
28/12/2010
Senegalese author and economist Sanou Mbaye recently appeared on African Business News (CNBC’s African affiliate network) to talk about the development of civil society relations among African, Chinese and Western intellectuals.

China, Rwanda sign $6m dev’t aid agreement -New Times (RWN)
28/12/2010
The governments of China and Rwanda, yesterday, signed $6m economic and technical cooperation agreement to further strengthen Rwanda’s development.

Chinese medical team arrive -New Times (RWN)
28/12/2010
A twelve -member Chinese medical team has arrived in the country as part of the medical assistance that the Peoples’ Republic has been giving to Rwanda since 1982.

Chinese technicians ‘assaulted’ in Mozambique -Club of Mozambique
27/12/2010
Six Chinese technicians employed on a factory construction project in Mozambique were assaulted by unknown attackers, state media said Sunday.

Zimbabwean Stone Carving Exhibition in Beijing Raises Fund for African Children -FOCAC (CHN)
27/12/2010
Sponsored by China Women Development Foundation aiming at promoting the traditional African art, the Zimbabwean Stone Carving Exhibition kicked off at the Beijing Times Art Museum on December 14 to raise fund for Zimbabwean children to improve their education and fight against AIDS.

China’s Resource-backed Weapons Exports: Norinco -China in Africa: The Real Story 
27/12/2010
The use of commodities to secure or repay export credits has a long history in China. Japan used this system to finance its early exports and turn-key projects in China back in the 1970s. We know that Norinco has been involved in military sales in Zimbabwe. Rumors are that the Zimbabwe government secured these military export purchases with chromium concessions.

China: Trade with Africa transforming the continent -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
27/12/2010
China says its two-way trade with Africa has increased by nearly 45% in a year to hit a record $114,81-billion, highlighting a trend that is transforming the world’s poorest continent.

New Independence Stadium construction to begin soon -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
27/12/2010
Construction of the new Independence Stadium in Lusaka will start after the rainy season.
Shanghai Construction, the company that will construct the 50 thousand seater stadium says all is set for the start of construction works.

Chinese investor projects economic prosperity for Zambia -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
26/12/2010
ZRHL Group of Companies, a Chinese firm says Zambia is destined for economic prosperity as a result of her cooperation with other countries.

China grants loan to the Congo -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
25/12/2010
China has granted a loan to Congo-Brazzaville equivalent to over 7.4 million dollars to finance unidentified projects, announced the Ministry of Finance of the African country.

China donates over 4 mln USD worth of aid for AMISOM -Walta Info (ETH)
25/12/2010
The Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) Ramtane Lamamra, and the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China in Ethiopia Gu Xiaojie on Friday signed an agreement on the provision of aid to the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

China will further boost economic ties with Africa -Walta Info (ETH)
24/12/2010
China will boost further its already expanding economic ties with Africa, which reached a record two-way volume of more than 100 billion USD this year, the government said Thursday.

China to continue loan support for Africa to improve infrastructure -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
24/12/2010
China pledged Thursday to extend its loan support for African nations to improve their backward infrastructure, a bottleneck that hinders the development in the continent.

China deepens trade ties with Kenya -Business Daily (KEN)
24/12/2010
Chinese exports to Kenya grew steadily in the first nine months of the year at the expense of the US and India, reflecting the shift in trade ties behind America’s rising concern over China’s growing power in East Africa’s largest economy as recently revealed in leaked diplomatic cables.

CNOOC quits Kenya oil drill and heads for Uganda -Business Daily
24/12/2010
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) is exiting the Kenya oil exploration market in a move that has shifted the balance of power in the oil and prospecting business to Western nations.

Cooperation framework key to further promote China-Africa relations -FOCAC (CHN)
24/12/2010
China and Africa will continue to strengthen the economic and trade cooperation within the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) framework.

China unveils white paper on economic, trade cooperation with Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
24/12/2010
The Chinese government Thursday released a white paper on China-Africa economic and trade cooperation, highlighting achievements and a bright future for China and African countries to boost their growth.

Nigeria borrows $900 million from Chinese bank -Reuters
24/12/2010
Nigeria has borrowed $900 million from Export-Import Bank of China (China Eximbank) to fund railway and security projects, the country’s finance minister said on Thursday.

 

Nigeria: Funds from China fuel China-Africa debate -Afrik News (FRA)
24/12/2010
Nigeria has embarked on improving its infrastructure by securing funds from China to finance rail and communication projects despite mixed reactions towards China’s growing presence on the continent.

 

China defends Africa economic and trade role -BBC (GBR)
23/12/2010
In the first policy paper on the subject, Beijing said China-Africa co-operation helped Africa to reach the UN Millennium Development Goals, and boosted common prosperity and progress.

 

China supports rightful claims of African nations in tackling climate change -Xinhua (CHN)
23/12/2010
China reaffirmed Thursday it supports the rightful claims of African countries in addressing climate change, and value the concerns of African countries in long-term emission cut targets.

 

China helping African nations improve working skills: white paper -Xinhua (CHN)
23/12/2010
The Chinese government said Thursday it is seeking multiple ways to help African countries be better equipped with working skills and upgrade their technologies in a bid to boost development.

China helps Africa build over 142 agricultural projects by end of 2009 -Xinhua (CHN)
23/12/2010
China had helped build over 142 agricultural projects in Africa by the end of 2009, according to a white paper on China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation released Thursday.

China to continue loan support for Africa to improve infrastructure -Xinhua (CHN)
23/12/2010
China pledged Thursday to extend its loan support for African nations to improve their backward infrastructure, a bottleneck that hinders the development in the continent.

A responsible China continues its march forward in 2010 -Xinhua (CHN)
23/12/2010
China, while maintaining robust economic growth, has continued its march forward in 2010 and actively participated in international affairs.

Arusha-Namanga highway contractor put on notice -IPP Media (TZN)
23/12/2010
Works minister Dr John Magufuli has cautioned the constructor undertaking construction of the Arusha-Namanga road to ensure that its construction is accomplished within the contract period, which is July 14, 2011.

 

China: making friends with Africa -Financial Times (GBR)
22/12/2010
China obviously thinks it has an image problem in Africa. That’s the conclusion many attendees came to at the “Ceremony for China-Africa Friendship Award – The Top 10 Chinese Enterprises in Africa” that was held in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday.

 

Zambia, China ties boosts economic development -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
22/12/2010
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Li Qiangmin has said the bilateral relations that exist between Zambia and China have impacted greatly on the economic development of the two countries.

Interview: China can contribute to African economic growth: ADB official -FOCAC (CHN)
22/12/2010
China, whose direct investment in Africa has increased a lot in recent years, can contribute to the continent’s economic growth, an official from the African Development Bank (ADB) told Xinhua on Tuesday.

Moises Naim and the $9 Billion Dollar Myth -China in Africa: The Real Story
22/12/2010
Deborah Brautigam debunks a widely spread myth on China’s business with Nigeria.

Sudan, China agree to invest in solar energy -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
22/12/2010
Sudan and China have agreed to setup a factory for panel solar cells and boost investment to cover the needs of local and regional markets, reported Sudan’s official news Agency SUNA on Tuesday.

Veep innocently commissions bloody hospital -Ghana Web (GHA)
22/12/2010
Vice President John Dramani Mahama commissioned the US$7.28 billion Teshie General Hospital today without knowing that the Chinese who constructed the hospital sacrificed the flesh of several Ghanaians to their dogs during the construction.

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