23/03/2010 to 06/04/2010

Chinese entrepreneurs vital to South African economy – Peoples Daily (CHN)
06/04/2010
“At the time, life was hard but still very interesting,” said Zhao Baopei, 63-year-old chairman of the South African Baoli case and bag factory, referring to his experience as a street vendor in Johannesburg 20 years ago. 
Full Story.

RPF and CCP cement ties – New Times (RWA)
06/04/2010
A senior member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Gao Shiqi, and the Secretary General of Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), François Ngarambe, yesterday signed an agreement aimed at taking the existing relations between the two parties to a higher level. Full Story.

Maybe Kenya is better off without oil – The East African (KEN)
5/04/2010
What if we woke up one morning to the news that the Chinese had finally struck oil in the barrens of northern Kenya? 
Full Story.

Review ICT backbone infrastructure – New Vision (UGA)
05/04/2010
Local and international experts have agreed that Uganda is using an outdated and inadequate cable for its Internet backbone infrastructure. Full Story.

Nigerian Solid Mineral now toast of world’s biggest bank, Madueke – Vanguard (NGA)
05/04/2010
Nigeria solid mineral sector has attracted the attention of the world’s biggest Bank , becoming the toast of the Asian based conglomerate Industrial and Commercial Bank of China. (ICBC) Full Story.

Chinese Investors to assemble farming equipment – Ghana Web (GHN)
05/04/2010
Two Ghanaian companies, Unik Dezines Ltd and SpeedGold Ghana Limited have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a group of Chinese Investors to assemble farming equipment and other manufacturing ventures. Full Story.

New Vision switches on $9m printer – New Vision (UGA)
04/04/2010
The Vision Group has completed its $14m expansion project with the switching on of a new ultra-modern printing press. Full Story.

Illicit Products: China, FG Conclude Agreement on Inflow – This Day (NGA)
04/04/2010
The Ministries of Commerce and Industry in China and Nigeria have concluded an agreement to tackle the inflow of fake and substandard products in the Nigeria. Full Story.

Aid and Sustainable Development in Africa – Ghana Web (GHN)
04/04/2010
A possible reaction of a newcomer to the aid debate might be one of surprise at the number of experts in the field who appear to agree on the shortcomings of aid to Africa and yet place disproportionate focus on the formulation of possible solutions…n considering aid in Africa, China cannot be overlooked as a strategic investor. Full Story.

China’s top political advisor back home from African visits – FOCAC (CHN)
04/04/2010
China’s top political advisor Jia Qinglin returned to Beijing Saturday morning from official goodwill visits to Cameroon, Namibia and South Africa. Full Story.

South Africa, China sign deal worth $315.3 million – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
02/04/2010
South Africa and China signed 2.3 billion-rand ($315.3 million) worth of deals that will result in South Africa suppling mohair, fish and abalone to its biggest trading partner. 
Full Story.

China and SA sign business deals worth R2,3bn – Business Day (ZAF)
01/04/2010
SA’s leading trading partner, China, took its partnership to a new level with the signing of business deals worth R2.3bn yesterday.
Full Story.

Not the rogue dam builder after all? Pambazuka News (GBR,KEN)
01/04/2010
A few years ago, Chinese dam builders and financiers appeared on the global hydropower market with a bang. Full Story.

Chinese investment in Katanga – Pambazuka News (GBR,KEN)
01/04/2010
Johanna Jansson looks at the implications of Chinese market-driven engagement for the DRC, with a focus on investment in Katanga’s mining sector. Full Story.

Turning the Red Card into Blue: How the MMD will win the 2011 Elections – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
01/04/2010
The forthcoming elections in Zambia have the potential to be the most intriguing elections in many years. am very sure that Rupiah did not just return from China with Chinese assurances of investment in Zambia. Full Story.

China pledges more value-added imports from South Africa – FOCAC (CHN)
01/04/2010
China on Wednesday pledged to import more value-added products from South Africa to optimize bilateral trade. Full Story.

China inks 300 mln USD purchasing deals with South Africa – FOCAC (CHN)
01/04/2010
China on Wednesday signed a package of deals, purchasing products worth more than 300 million U.S. dollars from South Africa. Full Story.

China encourages its businesses to explore African market – FOCAC (CHN)
01/04/2010
China called on its businesses to explore the African market and deepen cooperation with African businesses. Full Story.

Tanzanian president lauds China’s assistance to his country – FOCAC (CHN)
01/04/2010
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Wednesday spoke highly of China’s assistance to his country in various sectors including health and education. Full Story.

Academic exchanges conducive to China-Africa co-op – FOCAC (CHN)
01/04/2010
Experts said Tuesday that cultural and academic exchanges between China and Africa are conducive to the development of cooperation. Full Story.

China Union Investment Encounters Senate Skepticism – New Democrat (LBA)
01/04/2010
Senators are debating amendments to the China Union billion dollar mineral investment, with skepticism that most investors coming here lack the fanatical capacity. Full Story.

Country’s New Refinery Gets Nigeria Take-Off Deal to Come on Stream in 2015 – The Chronicle (NGA)
31/03/2010
Ghana’s planned $6 billion 200,000 barrels per day New Alpha refinery has secured a 20,000 barrels-per-day take-off deal in Nigeria, and is also looking to China for funds, a senior executive said on Monday. Full Story.

Think-tanks have failed Africa – Business Daily (KEN)
31/03/2010
The closer I move to Beijing, the more I get fascinated by think tanks that drive China’s machine. Full Story.

Excitement over oil discovery rekindles false find memories – Business Daily (KEN)
31/03/2010
In the plains of Isiolo in Northern Kenya, the search for oil continues as drilling gangs — hoping to strike the elusive wealth — faithfully sink millions of dollars in the dream. Full Story.

China-Africa Development Fund opens office in Ethiopia – Walta Info (ETH)
31/03/2010
The China-Africa Development Fund (CADF) on Tuesday opened representative office in Addis Ababa, which aims at boosting China-Africa development cooperation, African Press Agency (APA) reported. Full Story.

Top Chinese political advisor, South African president discuss bilateral relations, climate change – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
31/03/2010
Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin on Tuesday discussed with South African President Jacob Zuma on seeking stronger bilateral relations and coordinating the two countries’ stances on climate change. Full Story.

Mbabazi defies CHOGM probe – New Vision (UGA)
30/03/2010
Mbabazi was scheduled to appear before the committee yesterday to defend the diversion of sh10b ($5m) from the Chinese loan meant for the National Transmission Backbone Infrastructure project. Full Story.

More communities in Volta Region get electricity – Ghana Web (GHN)
30/03/2010
A mass rural electrification programme is underway in the Volta Region to bring the region up to the 65 percent national average coverage of power from the national grid. Full Story.

China and the Congo Copper Deal -Deborah Brautigam’s blog (USA)
30/03/2010
In 2008, the Chinese began to implement the first phase of the first tranche of $3 billion worth of reconstruction projects in the controversial resource-backed infrastructure loan that was held up by IMF concerns about debt sustainability. Full Story.

China, South Africa pledge to upgrade strategic partnership – FOCAC (CHN)
30/03/2010
China and South Africa on Monday stressed joint efforts to cement their strategic partnership. Full Story.

China to Support Oil Sector – FOCAC (CHN)
30/03/2010
China is increasingly looking beyond Africa’s established markets to tap into opportunities in Uganda, which is expected to become a crucial new frontier in the continent’s oil industry. Full Story.

Kagame Receives Top Chinese Official – The New Times (RWA)
30/03/2010
President Paul Kagame, yesterday, received the Secretary General in charge of the organization department of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, Gao Shiqi, at Urugwiro Village, where they held discussions on the Rwanda-China ties. Full Story.

* Exports to China key to better relations – The Standard (KEN) 
30/03/2010
Despite its growing political and economic might, China has become the bashing boy for struggling businesses worldwide, especially in America and Europe, who feel they are being upstaged in almost everything by the Asian giant.  Full Story.

* The China storm: Tales of missed opportunities – The Standard (KEN)
30/03/2010
China’s growing dominance in key infrastructure projects is hard to miss. The chief contractor in almost every major road project in Central Kenya and beyond is now Chinese. Full Story.

* African engineers face redundancy threat – The Standard (KEN)
30/03/2010
The recent influx of Chinese contractors, who have snapped major projects, has left local engineers worried that unless something is done fast, they could be locked out of the money minting infrastructuredevelopment projects in Africa. Full Story.

* Scholar commends Rwanda-China relations – The New Times (RWA)
30/03/2010
A director at the Institute of West Asian & African Studies at Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Dr. He Wenping, has hailed the prevailing good relations between Rwanda and China. Full Story.

* RPF and CCP cement ties – The New Times (RWA)
30/03/2010

A senior member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Gao Shiqi, and the Secretary General of Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), François Ngarambe, yesterday signed an agreement aimed at taking the existing relations between the two parties to a higher level. Full Story.

* China, South Africa pledge to upgrade strategic partnership – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
30/03/2010
China and South Africa on Monday stressed joint efforts to cement their strategic partnership. Full Story.

* More Chinese Investment Heads to Luanshya – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
30/03/2010
China Nonferrous Mining Group Corporation (CNMC) will inject US$300 million more into the operations of China Nonferrous Metal Company Luanshya Copper Mines (CLM) to expand production at the mine. Full Story.

* Chinese Investment Performance Explores More Investment Opportunities – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
30/03/2010
The lynch mob that some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and opposition politicians in Zambia have become is evident in their desperate assault on President Rupiah Banda’s reputation, which they have made their primary focus of their public discussions. Full Story.

* More Chinese investment heads to Luanshya – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
30/03/2010
China Nonferrous Mining Group Corporation (CNMC) will inject US$300 million more into the operations of China Nonferrous Metal Company Luanshya Copper Mines (CLM) to expand production at the mine. Full Story.

* Japan, China rivalry leaves Kenya with contract billions – Business Daily (KEN)
29/03/2010
Kenya has become the latest beneficiary of the battle heating up between Japan and China for control of Africa’s economic landscape, raking in billions of shillings in new project finance and grant funds in the past two years. Full Story.

* Government to upgrade sports venues – The standard (KEN)
29/03/2010
President Mwai Kibaki has said the Government will work closely with stakeholders to develop sports infrastructure in the country….rehabilitation of Moi International Sports Centre through a concessional loan from China (Sh900m). Full Story.

* Sinohydro Expresses Readiness to Participate in Reconstruction Process – Angola Press (AGO)
29/03/2010
The Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos, received Monday, in Luanda, the chairperson of the Chinese company, Sino Hydro, Huang Bao Dong, who assured its availability to contribute to the process of national reconstruction. Full Story.

* Contractor sues KPC over pipeline project – Business Daily (KEN)
29/03/2010
Construction of the Sh13.4 billion parallel oil pipeline from Nairobi to Eldoret has been stopped, pending the conclusion of a suit brought by a contractor against Kenya Pipeline Company….Triple Eight has accused KPC and China Petroleum of tampering with the international tender for the construction and upgrading of the pipeline. Full Story.

* President’s new office block queried – Daily Monitor (UGA)
29/03/2010
Queries are being raised over the quality of the new Shs50 billion twin-tower office building to house the President and Prime Minister’s offices after it emerged that its construction has reached the sixth floor without supervision. Full Story.

* Indians, Chinese worst environment regulation violators – The New Vision (UGA)
29/03/2010
Indian and Chinese investors are the worst violators of environmental regulations set by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA). Full Story.

* Top Chinese Official Visits – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
29/03/2010
At the invitation of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF), the Secretary General of the Organization Department of the Central Committee of Chinese Communist Party, Gao Shiqi, will lead a good-will delegation to Rwanda for a three-day official visit. Full Story.

* Sinopec to buy Angola oil field stake for $2.46 billion – China Wire (CHN)
29/03/2010
Asia’s top oil refiner, Sinopec, will buy a stake in an Angolan oil field for 16.77 billion yuan ($2.46 billion) to boost the company’s crude oil production, Sinopec announced March 29. Full Story.

* China to support oil sector – The New Vision (UGA)
29/03/2010
China is increasingly looking beyond Africa’s established markets to tap into opportunities in Uganda, which is expected to become a crucial new frontier in the continent’s oil industry. Full Story.

* Queries raised over military choppers that have yet to fly – Daily Nation (KEN)
27/03/2010
Did Kenya buy defective helicopters from China? That is the question being asked by military engineers after it became apparent that eight Chinese choppers delivered to Nairobi in January have not been flown. Full Story.

* China, Namibia mark 20 years of diplomatic relations – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
27/03/2010
Namibia commended China’s assistance during its independence struggle at a banquet held on Saturday in Windhoek in honor of a visiting Chinese delegation led by Jia Qinglin, China’s top political advisor. Full Story.

* China Exim values cooperation with Africa – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
27/03/2010
The Export-Import Bank of China (China Exim), an international cooperation bank, highly values its commercial ties with Africa, bank governor Li Rougu has reaffirmed. Full Story.

* Chinese Come to Development Aid in Arumeru and Longido – The Arusha Times (TZA)
27/03/2010
The government of China has given donation of bicycles, sewing machines and sport balls to Arusha and Longido district councils valued at Tsh.7 million. Full Story.

* Tweya Lays Down the Rules to Chinese Investors – The Nambian (NMA)
26/03/2010
Tjekero Tweya yesterday made his debut as Deputy Trade and Industry Minister by telling China to stop flooding Namibia with unskilled labour and goods, and to help develop the country instead. Full Story.

* Vice-President receives ambassadors – Jornal de Angola (AGO)
26/03/2010
The Vice-President of the Republic, Fernando Dias dos Santos, received yesterday in separate audiences the ambassadors of China, Zhang Bolun, and Cuba, Pedro Ross Leal.  Full Story.

* Delegation of China in Angola – Jornal De Angola (AGO)
26/03/2010
A Chinese military delegation is since Wednesday in Luanda for a visit of exploration and identification of new areas for strengthening relations between the two countries.Full Story.

* South Africa eyes Uganda’s oilfields – Daily Monitor (UGA)
26/03/2010
With more than 800 million barrels of crude oil discovered in Uganda’s Lake Albert basin and an intensive ongoing exploration campaign, Mr Fu Chengyu, the CEO of China National Offshore Oil Corporation, told delegates that Uganda has become a new frontier in the African oil industry. Full Story.

* Shipwreck sought off Kenya coast – News 24 (ZAF)
25/03/2010
Kenyan and Chinese divers will embark on an under-sea mission to find the wreckage of a Chinese vessel that sank off the east African country’s coast 600 years ago, an official said on Thursday. Full Story.

* RB expected in Mazabuka tomorrow to re-open Munali Nickel Mine – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
25/03/2010
The President will travel to Mazabuka to re-open the mine, which has been acquired by a Chinese firm Jinchuan Mining Group and is expected to employ over 350 workers in the area.  Full Story.

* China to Cement Grand African Research Plans – SciDev (GBR)
25/03/2010
China will flesh out the details of its joint research programme with Africa at a meeting in Beijing next week. Full Story.

* China, Cameroon Sign Accords on Road, Postal, Energy Projects – Walta Information (ETH)
25/03/2010
China and Cameroon signed eight cooperation agreements on projects in the agriculture, energy, road, postal, and information and communicationstechnology industries in the Central African country. Full Story.

* No oil discovery in Kenya yet – Daily Nation (KEN)
24/03/2010
There have been several news items recently alluding to a discovery of gas by the Chinese company, CNOOC, which is drilling an exploratory well in the Merti area of Isiolo District in exploration Block 9. Full Story.

* China and Ethiopia – Walta Information (ETH)
24/03/2010
The trade relations between China and Ethiopia hit high in 2009 registering 1.4 billion USD. Ethiopia’s export to China has yearly doubled and China’s export to Ethiopia has also been increasing, which signifies bidirectional trade balance.” Ambassado Gu Xiaojie. Full Story.