Weekly news

23/04/2011 to 01/05/2011

Police seize 96kg ivory haul -The Daily Nation (KEN)
A Chinese national was arrested Thursday night in Nairobi with 96.5kg of ivory.

Malawi lays foundation for science university -Africa Good News (ZAF)
Seven years after it was first mooted, the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). It will be built with a loan of US$70 million from China on 650 acres of land from the president’s farm, something that commentators have flagged as a potential problem if the ruling party fails to win future elections.

Africa becomes hotspot for Chinese outbound investment: report -FOCAC (CHN)
More Chinese companies are eyeing Africa as an ideal place for investment as China encourages its companies to globalize, a survey report on China’s outbound investments released on Wednesday showed.

Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Somali Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Omar -FOCAC (CHN)
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks in the Foreign Ministry with visiting Somali Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Omar of the Somali Interim Government.

New America Foundation hosts session on China-Africa -The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
On April 22, the New America Foundation hosted a public seminar that focused on Chinese trade, aid and investment with Africa.

Why are we donating our jobs to foreigners? -The Daily Nation (KEN)
Immigration Minister Otieno Kajwang’s response to a question in Parliament on Wednesday about the number of foreigners granted work permits was baffling and needs further interrogation. Between 2007 and last year, the minister said, some 26,000-plus foreigners were granted work permits, among them 10,000 Indians and about 3,500 Chinese.

Uganda, China and Norway sign agreement -New Vision (UGA)
China and Norway governments have signed a four-year trilateral cooperation agreement to improve labour relations, occupational safety and health, corporate social responsibility and to ensure sustainable development in Kampala.

‘Decolonise’ our media -The Daily Nation (KEN)  
A Kenya-China Media Conference held in Nairobi on Tuesday resolved that steps be taken by developing countries to minimise Western dominance of the global information flow.

Chinese company StarTimes to introduce digital television to Mozambique -Club of Mozambique
Chinese company StarTimes plans to introduce digital television equipment and receivers to Mozambique, as part of a project involving Mozambican investment and in which US$100 million is due to be invested, according to Valentina Guebuza, the representative of the Mozambican side.

China defends foreign aid programme as support to poor countries hits $40b -New Vision (UGA)
China’s foreign aid programme is selfless and about helping countries abandoned by a cruel West in a hurry to dump their old colonies, a senior official said on Tuesday, dismissing suggestions Beijing’s primary aim was accessing raw materials.

Chinese national nabbed over killing of guard -IPP Media (TZN)

Police in Mara region have arrested a Chinese national for allegedly killing a night watchman on a construction camp site belonging to a Chinese company currently building the Mwanza-Sirari road.

China Says Aid to Africa Not Aimed At Resources -AllAfrica (USA)
China slammed suggestions that its burgeoning foreign aid to Africa is driven by its interest in the impoverished continent’s rich natural resources, saying Tuesday that it helps poorer countries out of solidarity.

China willing to play constructive role in peace process in Somalia -Walta Info (ETH)
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Monday that China will continue to play a constructive role in the peace process and rebuilding of Somalia, together with the international community.

Gold One share price up on possible Chinese takeover -Business Day (ZAF)
Chinese consortium acquires 17,7% interest in junior miner Gold One International.
A chinese consortium led by Baiyin Precious Metals Investment has acquired a 17,7% interest in junior miner Gold One International, in a move that could lead to a takeover of the Australian and African gold producer.

Ghana Audit Service hosts Chinese delegation -Ghana Web (GHN)
The Ghana Audit Service is hosting a six-member team from the China National Audit Office in an effort aimed at deepening the relationship between them.

Trade fair to boost SADC-China ties -Africa Good News (ZAF)
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is expecting its biggest ever investment of Chinese money in the region when representatives from China’s major industries travel to South Africa in May 2011 for a trade forum.

Workers Allege Marginalisation -This Day (NGA)
Nigerian workers involved in the execution of one of the ongoing power projects in the country have accused the Chinese contractor handling the construction work of flooding the project sites with expatriate workers.

South Sudan to strengthen cooperation with China -FOCAC (CHN)
South Sudan hopes to strengthen cooperation with China in oil and other sectors, said the regional government’s spokesman.

African Researchers Receiving Training in Biodiversity and Conservation at Wuhan -FOCAC (CHN)
Twenty-two researchers from 6 African countries, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Zambia, Rwanda and Malawi, left Wuhan for a trip of observation and studies in Shanghai’s Chenshan Botanical Garden on concluding a survey on the vegetations in the water-fluctuation belt of the Three Gorges Reservoir.

Senior CPC official encourages Chinese, African media to enhance exchanges, deepen cooperation -FOCAC (CHN)
Li Changchun, a member of the Standing Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee’s Political Bureau, on Thursday attended the China- Africa Media Conference in Nairobi, urging media from both China and Africa to further promote cooperation, facilitate mutually beneficial exchanges and enlarge cooperative areas.

Fake Generator Importation – Chinese Manufacturer Flays Collaborators -Leadership (NGA)
Irked by the ease with which sub-standard power generating sets manufactured in China make inroad into the Nigerian market due largely to poor monitoring by Nigeria’s regulatory agencies, a Chinese manufacturer has called on the Federal Government to set up a mechanism to check the importation of fake generators into Nigeria.

Saving Livelihoods and Face in Beijing -Peter Bosshard’s Environmental Policy Blog
The travels of Ikal Angelei, the passionate director of Friends of Lake Turkana, illustrate the changes in the global dam business. Fighting against the destructive Gibe III Dam in Ethiopia, Ikal has taken on managers of international financial institutions in a number of countries. Her latest trip brought her to Beijing, where she addressed the role of China’s global dam financiers.

Lusaka-Chirundu Road and Summer Research -China in Africa: The Real Story
Here are a couple of 2009 photos of the Lusaka-Chirundu road, another problematic Chinese construction project, this one a key link between Zambia and its southern neighbors.

Dr. Nafie lauds Sudanese – Chinese relations – Sudan News Agency (SUD)
Assistant of the President of the Republic, Dr. Nafie Ali Nafie, has commended the bilateral relations between Sudan and China. This came when he received at his office at the Republican Palace Sunday the Chinese Ambassador to Sudan. The meeting reviewed the issues of mutual concern to Sudan and China.

Energy sector gets a BRICS boost -Business Day (ZAF)
Chinese to send high-level delegation to explore opportunities in Africa’s energy sector

New Transparency? Beijing Reports on Chinese Aid -China in Africa: The Real Story  
China’s State Council has released its first official report on China’s foreign aid program, providing the most authoritative figures on Chinese aid to date. As I told the Associate Press’s Gillian Wong, this is a very big step, and should be welcomed.

China willing to fund investment projects in Tunisia: official -FOCAC (CHN)
China is willing to fund investment projects in Tunisia and Tunisia would offer better facilities for Chinese investors, Tunisian state-run press agency TAP reported late Thursday, quoting visiting Chinese Deputy Commerce Minister Fu Ziying.

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