Weekly news

23/08/2011 to 29/08/2011

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 Why Nigerians prefer Chinese goods -The Nation (NGA)

  Mbarawa lauds China`s assistance in ICT sector -IPP Media (TZN)

  Government revises $3 billion Chinese loan agreement -Ghana Web (GHN)

 GSM Handset – Starcomms Partners Chinese Firm to Crash Price -Daily Trust (NGA)

 China in Africa Podcast: Understanding the “Negative Narrative” -The China Africa Project

 Chery to set up JV to further explore African carmarket -China Daily (CHN)

 

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Rwanda, China sign cooperation agreements -New Times (RWA)
26/08/2011
The Government of Rwanda and the Government of the People’s Republic of China, yesterday, signed six economic and technical cooperation agreements

Why Nigerians prefer Chinese goods -The Nation (NGA)
26/08/2011
Despite the belief that Chinese products are inferior, they have continued to enjoy huge patronage from Nigerians. Why is it so?

Foreign Minister says Chinese Investment in Somaliland will facilitate the development of the country -Somaliland Press (SOM)
25/08/2011
Somaliland Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Mohamed Abdillahi Omar, today gave more details about the trilateral agreement between China, Ethiopia and Somaliland that the government pre-agreed last week in China.

Sino-Kenyan co-operation can counter hunger -The Standard (KEN)

25/08/2011
The worsening condition facing famine victims in the region in general and particularly in Kenya has caused great concern among the international community, the Chinese Government and people included.

Government revises $3 billion Chinese loan agreement -Ghana Web (GHN)
25/08/2011
The Minority in Parliament feels vindicated over government’s decision to withdraw and amend the controversial $3 billion Chinese loan.

Western Region to receive $1.8 billion dollars from China loan facility -Ghana Web (GHN)
24/08/2011
The Western Region is to receive over $1.8 billion dollars from the three-billion-dollar loan facility from the China Development Bank (CDB) for development projects.

Mbarawa lauds China`s assistance in ICT sector -IPP Media (TZN)
24/08/2011
The Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Makame Mbarawa on Monday hailed China’s assistance to Tanzania in the sector of communications, science and technology and expected more telecom investments.

Media owners granted digital TV signal distribution licence -Daily Nation (KEN)
24/08/2011
Media owners have been given the go-ahead to distribute TV signals.
The Media Owners Association will be given the third licence after the second one was awarded to a Chinese-owned company in June.

China turns to Libya rebels, urges “stable transition” -Reuters
24/08/2011
China urged a “stable transition of power” in Libya and said Wednesday it is in contact with the rebel National Transitional Council, the clearest sign that Beijing has effectively shifted recognition to forces poised to defeat Muammar Gaddafi.

China-Africa Entrepreneurship: The company Sinohydro six years after its establishment in Gabon -Afriquinfos (FRA)
24/08/2011
Located in Gabon for six years, the Chinese company Sinohydro has quickly become a major player in key areas of infrastructure construction and road energy useful for the economic takeoff of this small state’s oil in the Gulf of Guinea.

Africa tipped on China trade -New Vision (UGA)
24/08/2011
Tony Elumelu, the former United Bank for Africa chief executive officer, has called on African governments to adopt a single policy on China to confront the issue of competitiveness on the continent.

President gets new Shs70b office block -Daily Monitor (UGA)
23/08/2011
A new multi-billion twin-tower building that will house the President and Prime Minister’s offices was unveiled yesterday by the Chinese deputy Premier.

Chinese oil giant ends ops in Libya, Syria: report -AFP (USA)
23/08/2011
China’s largest oil and gas producer has shut down six major projects in war-torn Libya, Syria and other restive nations because of political instability, state media said Tuesday.

China, Africa plan 1st NGO forum -Xinhua (CHN)
23/08/2011
More than 200 representatives from Chinese and African non-governmentorganizations will gather in Kenya’s capital of Nairobi from Aug 29 to 30, the China NGONetwork for International Exchanges (CINE) announced Tuesday.

Chinese Businessmen in Court -New Era (NAM)
23/08/2011
Eleven Chinese immigrants and one Indian national last Friday appeared in the Katutura Magistrate’s Court a day after they were arrested at China Town in Windhoek in a dragnet involving a combined team of police, immigration and labour officials.

China in Africa: What Can Western Donors Learn? -China in Africa: The Real Story
23/08/2011
A new report of mine: China in Africa: What Can Western Donors Learn? has just been published by Norfund.

Why I Speak to the State and Defense Departments on China and Africa -China in Africa: The Real Story
22/08/2011
An article in China Monitor by Jesse Salah Ovadia, a York University (Canada) Ph.D. student who did fieldwork in Angola. His comments on his interviews with US government officials in Angola were illuminating, and disturbing

GSM Handset – Starcomms Partners Chinese Firm to Crash Price -Daily Trust (NGA)
22/08/2011
Starcomms Plc has announced a partnership agreement with China Telecoms, to provide affordable and quality GSM handsets for its customers.

How Chinese Thwart Olorunsogo Power Plant’ -Daily Trust (NGA)
22/08/2011
The multi-billion naira Olorunsogo power plant phase 1 which was built five years ago to generate 335 megawatts of electricity could not work because the Chinese contractors refused to allow Nigerian engineers to acquire the technical information needed to operate it, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the plant Engr. Mohammed L. Almu said at the weekend.

Chinese to handle Somaliland port extension -ESI Africa (ZAF)
22/08/2011
Chinese petroleum firm PetroTrans is to carry out extension works to the port of Berbera, in the wake of signing a transaction agreement with the government of the breakaway enclave of Somalia.

Ghanaian Lawmakers to Debate $3 Billion China Loan for Infrastructure, Gas Bloomberg (USA)
22/08/2011
Lawmakers in Ghana will begin debate today on a $3 billion loan from the China Development Bank, the biggest in the West African nation’s history, for infrastructure projects including the development of a natural-gas industry.

Looking closer at the Congo -China Dialogue
22/08/2011
An NGO report on Chinese investment in the Democratic Republic of Congo opens a vital debate, but its methodology leaves the reader wanting a fuller version of the facts, write Johanna Jansson and Jiang Wenran.

How Chinese Firm Frustrates Power Generation -Leadership (NGA)
22/08/2011
Minister of power, Professor Barth Nnaji listened in utter bewilderment as the acting chief executive officer of Olorunsogo Power Plant Phase 1 spoke on how a Chinese firm, SEPCO Electric Power Construction Corporation, was frustrating the smooth take-off of the eight gas turbines of the plant.

China in Africa Podcast: Understanding the “Negative Narrative” -The China Africa Project
22/08/2011
In this edition of the China in Africa podcast, host Eric Olander talks with Washington, D.C.-based writer and journalist Te-Ping Chen. Chen is an editor for change.org where she writes extensively on sustainability and social entrepreneurship in the developing world.

The Personal Challenge of Being Chinese in Africa – The China Africa Project
22/08/2011
For most people, the Chinese engagement with Africa is an enigma. The combination of these two peoples, cultures and, increasingly their politics, are just so foreign to most of us that we do not have the necessary reference points to form an opinion.

Chinese Officials Visit South Africa to Study Corn Imports, Grain -Bloomberg (USA)
22/08/2011
Chinese officials have visited South Africa to investigate the possibility of buying corn from the biggest producer of the grain on the continent.

ENI leads Libya oil race; Russia, China may lose out -Reuters
22/08/2011
Italian oil company Eni led the charge back into Libya on Monday as rebels hailing the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule warned Russian and Chinese firms that they may lose out on lucrative oil contracts for failing to support the rebellion.

Ma talks peace with former South African president -Focus Taiwan (TWN)
22/08/2011
President Ma Ying-jeou met with visiting former South African President F. W. de Klerk at the Presidential Office Monday for a discussion about “peace”

Aircraft manufactured in China to the Congolese company -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
22/08/2011
A Chinese company in import and export of aeronautical materials AVIC pledged last week-end to provide a type MA60 aircraft to the Republic of Congo to Congo Air relaunch, it was learned from official sources in Brazzaville.

Aluminum plant built by China -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
21/08/2011
China Power Investment Corporation (CPIC) committed have themselves to building an aluminum plant in Boffa, about 140 kilometers from the capital, it was learned from an official source.

China becomes South Africa’s biggest export destination: ambassador -People’s Daily (CHN)
21/08/2011
China became South Africa’s top export destination atthe end of 2010 due to strengthened bilateral trade links, according to South Africanambassador Bheki Langa.

Chinese investment energizes Zambia’s development -People’s Daily (CHN)
20/08/2011
Many Chinese enterprises have come to Zambia in recent years, injecting energy into local economic and social development through aid projects and investment, according to a Chinese diplomat.

Chery to set up JV to further explore African carmarket -China Daily (CHN)
20/08/2011
Leading private Chinese automaker Chery will set up a joint venture (JV) with China-Africa Development Fund to further explore the car market in Africa, according to anagreement signed Friday in Hefei city, the capital of Anhui province.

China to Train Locals in Stadium Maintenance -Times of Zambia (ZAM)
20/08/2011
China has offered to train Zambians in specialised fields to help sustain and maintain the newly-constructed high-tech sports stadium in Ndola.

China demand for W.Africa crude jumps, US returns -Reuters
19/08/2011
China’s buying of West African crude oil is set to rise about 15 percent in September from August, trade sources said on Friday, but overall Asian imports from West Africa will fall due to slower Indian demand.

The Economist on China International Fund -China in Africa: The Real Story
19/08/2011
As readers of this blog know, I’ve been compelled to (as Owen Barder once Tweeted) “fisk” some of The Economist’s fact-challenged articles that deal with topics I follow fairly intensely: China in Africa, and Chinese aid. But this week I was, in general, impressed by a lot of Oliver August (and team)’s investigative reporting on China International Fund and the 88 Queensway syndicate.

China grants a credit of 60 million euros to BOAD -Xinhua (CHN)
19/08/2011
The China Development Bank (CBD) has a credit line of EUR 60 million available to the Bank of West African DevelopmentBank (BOAD), a financial institution of the European Economicand Monetary West African (UEMOA ) from eight countries, following an agreement signed Thursday at the headquarters of the BOAD in Lome, Xinhua found.

West Africa: the Alstom Group -Le Griot (FRA)
19/08/2011
Strengthen its position in West Africa, and launch largeinnovative projects is the goal that is currently the giant French group Alstom, which now wants to settle in Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea.

China probes its Africa model (2) -China Dialogue
18/08/2011
China can improve its policies on aid and investment in Africa, writes Yi Yimin in the second section of a two-part article. But doing so will require a more open conversation.

Chinese Couple-Fraud Case Opens as Interpreter is Found -The Herald (ZWE)
17/08/2011
The trial of a couple and a businessman accused of swindling a furniture company of shares worth US$500 000 continued yesterday after the Supreme Court dismissed their application to have their case treated as a civil matter.

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