All last week’s China Africa developments:
UIT chief hails China’s dynamism in ICT development- Walta Information (ETH)
China plays an active role in the information and communication Technologies (ICT) sector, where its experience should be shared, the secretary general of the International Telecommunication Union (UIT), Hamadoun Toure, told Xinhua in an interview on Monday. Full Story.
Maybe China is not so bad an investor: miners- Business Report (ZAF)
Gloomily admitting that America has lost its appetite for the risk of investing in African mining ventures a group of mining executives meeting in the sidelines of the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, agreed that perhaps China is not so bad an alternative. Full Story.
Tanzania to complete fibre-optic link in June- Engineering News (ZAF)
Tanzania expects to finish building a $300-million fibre-optic network linking its major urban centres in June, its communications minister said on Tuesday. Full Story.
Eight-lane highway to ease city traffic congestion- Standard (KEN)
The multi-billion shilling expansion project of the Nairobi-Thika road into a super highway is being undertaken by three Chinese companies, China Wuyi, Sino Hydro and China Shangli. Full Story.
Construction of a 325-km fuel pipeline from Nairobi that will initially double supplies to Eldoret, will start in 2011, the Kenya Pipeline Corporation said yesterday. Full Story.
Even more SA trade mooted at Canton fair- Business Day (ZAF)
African businesses are again expected to increase their presence at, and generate more business from, China’s biggest trade fair, the China Import and Export Fair in Guangzhou in April and May. Full Story.
Unions Upset Over Import of Chinese Labour- West Cape News (ZAF)
South African trade unions are up in arms over visas granted to over 50 construction workers from mainland China who are building new premises for the Chinese consulate in Cape Town. Full Story.
Harare Secures U.S.$150 Million Loan Facility- Herald (ZBW)
Harare’s water delivery and sewer reticulation system is set to improve drastically following the advancement of a US$150 million loan facility to the city by China’s Eximbank. Full Story.
Anti-Malaria Medicine Donation Hand-Over Ceremony Held in Monrovia- FOCAC (CHN)
A hand-over ceremony for another two batches of China-aid anti-malaria medicine to Liberia was held at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Monrovia, Liberia, on January 28, 2009. Full Story.
India has stepped up its efforts to gain an economic foothold in Africa in a new scramble with China for the continent’s resources, signing energy deals with top oil producers Angola and Nigeria. Full Story.
Surge in ivory poaching fuelled by organised crime, says report- The East African (KEN)
The dramatic increase in ivory poaching across Africa is being fuelled by organised crime based in China and the Far East, according to a new report. Full Story.
Big Oil in full retreat from downstream African retail markets- The East African (KEN)
There have been rumours of yet another international oil company withdrawing from African downstream business. Big Oil withdrawals from Africa have always been expected, the question was which big player and when. Exit from Africa is now established as part of Big Oil’s readjustment to changing global oil business realities.Full Story.
Expert – China Hungry for African Resources- The Citizen (TZA)
Researchers have to prove claims that Chinese investments in Africa are driven by the Asian country’s hunger for raw materials and energy, a senior Chinese conservationist said yesterday. Full Story.
Sudan to sign deal to expand oil refinery in 2010- Standard (KEN)
Sudan expects to sign a final deal with China’s CNPC in 2010 to expand its Khartoum oil refinery by 50,000 barrels per day within three years to meet growing local demand, a senior official said on Thursday. Full Story.
Volta Region Development Agency expresses concern about Volta Textiles- Ghana Web (GHN)
The Volta Region Development Agency (VORDA) on Friday expressed concern about the uncertainty surrounding the Volta Textiles Limited (VTL) at Juapong and said what the Company needs is a strategic partner or institution. Full Story.
China reschedules Zisco steelmaker debt- Zimbabwe Guardian (ZBW)
China has rescheduled to 2013 the debt of Zimbabwe’s biggest iron and steel maker following a request by the Zimbabwean government, according to official sources. Full Story.
Meles holds talks with Chinese deputy foreign minister- Walta Information (ETH)
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi here on Thursday held talks with a delegation led by Chinese deputy foreign minister, ZHAIN GUN. Full Story.
Africa-China partnership yields concrete, profitable outcomes, says AU- Walta Information (ETH)
The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has yielded concrete and profitable results to Africa in many areas, even though the continent has not used up its potential in market opportunities and niche markets, a report of the African Union Commission, copied to APA, disclosed here Wednesday. Full Story.
Namibian, Chinese trade enjoys rapid growth- Pambazuka (KEN)
Despite the financial crisis that has wrecked global economies, the volume of trade between Namibia and China has grown, resulting in commerce between the two countries exceeding US$550 million in 2009. Diplomatic ties between the two are sound.Full Story.
Africa rising- Pambazuka (KEN)
With the stoicism demanded of all who hope to make money in Africa, Beauty Chama sits in her empty hair salon in a leafy town in northern Zambia’s Copper Belt and looks forward to better times. Full Story.
Chinese join Tullow, Eni SPA tug of war- Daily Monitor (UGA)
A state-owned Chinese oil company may enter Uganda’s oil sector, as President Museveni welcomed proposals that the China National Offshore Oil Corporation enter into a partnership with Tullow Oil. Full Story.
A Lot to Reap From Sino-Rwanda Relations- The New Times (RWA)
There are two major Chinese ICT companies operating in Rwanda: ZTE and Huawei. The two companies with a reputable international status have sought partnership with Rwanda to assemble affordable mobile handsets and tracking communication gadgets.Full Story.
Sudanese vice president stresses importance of China-Arab cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)
Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohamed Taha on Tuesday underscored the importance of China-Arab cooperation in all fields to achieve mutual benefits on basis of mutual respect. Full Story.
Chinese Ambassador Assured Liberia of China’s Support- FOCAC (CHN)
Mr. ZHOU Yuxiao, Chinese Ambassador accredited to Liberia, reiterated his country’s full commitment in supporting Liberia’s postwar reconstruction and national renovation endeavor during his presence at a live talk show program, the National Forum, of the state-run Liberia Broadcasting System. Full Story.
Ugandan President meets Chinese oil giant amidst increased lobbying- Xinhua (CHN)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday met officials of the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) amidst increased lobbying by international oil giants to enter the country’s oil sector. Full Story.
ZTE inks 378 mln USD deal with South Africa’s Cell C on network turnkey supply- Xinhua (CHN)
ZET Corporation, China’s largest telecom equipment producer by market value, said it signed contract with Cell C (PTY) Ltd., a mobile telecom operator in South Africa, to provide telecom facilities and services worth 378 million U.S. dollars. Full Story.
Sudan, India discuss energetic cooperation- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
Sudan and India discussed ways to develop joint cooperation and investment in oil and electricity as well as gas. Full Story.
Sudan underscores importance of China-Arab energy co-op conference- Xinhua (CHN)
Sudanese Minister of Energy and Mining al-Zubair Ahmed al-Hassan on Sunday highlighted the importance of the second China-Arab Conference on Energy Cooperation, due to be held on Jan. 26-28 in Khartoum. Full Story.