24/08/2009 to 30/08/2009

All last week’s China Africa developments below: 

 
* Beijing debates world’s biggest aid fund- Africa- Asia Confidential (GBR)
August 2009
Chinese officials are discussing ways to use some of their country’s $2.1 trillion in foreign reserves to finance what could be the world’s biggest development aid programme, as Western economies are still staggering under the weight of recession. 
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* Labouring the point- Asia Confidential (GBR)

August 2009
African trades unionists are stepping up their criticism of the Chinese companies in countries likeAlgeria, Nigeria and South Africa. 
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* African officials ignore labour abuses- Asia Confidential (GBR)
August 2009
African Labour Research Network investigators found that many factory inspectors at Kenya’s Labour Ministry took bribes from Chinese and other companies to overlook bad practices. 
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* The race for strategic minerals- Asia Confidential (GBR)

August 2009
Strategic minerals are back in fashion and – along with oil and gas – at the centre of geopolitical rivalries between industrial economies in Asia and the West. Full Story.
* 61 students set for US & China- Rwandan Times (RWA)
31/08/2009
With a view of enhancing the country’s science and technology human resource base, the Student’s Financing Agency of Rwanda (SFAR) in partnership with Chinese and US universities have sponsored 61 students to upgrade their studies. 
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* Investors rush for mining sector- Rwandan Times (RWA)

31/08/2009
Potential investors are rushing to explore Rwanda’s mining sector despite the challenge of the drop in prices of minerals on the international markets attributed to the global financial crisis. 
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* China builds agricultural technology research centre in Mozambique- Club de Mozambique (MOZ)
31/08/2009
A Chinese Agricultural Technology Research and Transfer Centre is being built on the site next to the Umbeluzi Agricultural Station, in the Boane district of Maputo, reported the Notícias newspaper in Maputo on Tuesday. 
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* Beijing vehicle group plans assault on SA’s heavy-duty truck market- Engineering News (ZAF)
28/08/2009
Beijing-based vehicle manu- facturer Foton aims to introduce a range of heavy-duty trucks into the South African market. 
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* SA vehicle distributor plans to expand Chinese range- Engineering News (ZAF)

28/08/2009
The newly formed Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD) joint venture between McCarthy (the Bidvest group) and Imperial – both JSE-listed rivals under any other conditions – is set to expand its range of Chinese imports over the next few years. 
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* Chinese buying of West African oil hits new high- Engineering News (ZAF)
27/08/2009
A surge in Chinese buying of Angolan crude oil will keep Asian demand for West African oil near its highest level for two-and-a-half years in September, a Reuters survey showed on Thursday. 
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* Crisis no excuse to shelve port expansion plans — expert- Standard (KEN)
27/08/2009
Kenyan port authorities must invest more in the facilities despite the crippling effects of the global economic recession. 
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* Chinese medical team finishes mission in Togo- Xinhua (CHN)

27/08/2009
The 17th Chinese medical assistance team has accomplished its mission in Togo and left for China Wednesday. Full Story.
 
* China impresses young African minds- Business Day (ZAF)
25/08/2009
Steven Ngobeni can see the future. “Fifty years down the line we cannot blame China for becoming a colonialist. As we embrace the opportunities it brings, we have to define the relationship (with Africa),” the African National Congress Youth League’s deputy secretary-general said after a 10-day visit to China. 
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* SA: Cheap Chinese goods cause stir- Africa News (NED)

24/08/2009
Trade Unions in South Africa have expressed anger over the continued influx of cheap Chinese goods and services forcing local companies to close shop. Full Story.
 
* Twenty young Chinese volunteers arrive in Togo- Xinhua (CHN)
24/08/2009
A group of 20 young Chinese volunteers arrived on Sunday afternoon at the Togolese capital, Lome, where they will work for one year in the domains of teaching, health, telecommunication and sports. 
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