Weekly news

25/11/2010 to 30/11/2010

The power of a smile, another lesson from China -The New Times (RWA)
30/11/2010
There is this famous Chinese proverb which goes … “A man who cannot smile should not open a shop”. During my two weeks visit to China (which I have written about in two parts of my previous columns) I was impressed when came across this proverb. I couldn’t help but notice that it is not only a saying but it is actually put in practice as it is part of the culture well integrated in business relationships in China.

China willing to see EU’s help for Africa’s sustainable development: ambassador -Xinhua (CHN)
30/11/2010
China is willing to see the European Union provide effective help for Africa’s sustainable development, said the Chinese Ambassador to Libya Wang Wangsheng on Tuesday.

Interview: Kenyan VP hails China’s help to Africa in infrastructure development -Xinhua (CHN)
30/11/2010
Kenya’s Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka hailed on Monday China’s help to Africa in infrastructure development.

Shifting Sino-African Ties -China-Wire (CHN)
30/11/2010
In recent years, China and Africa have fostered a strategic partnership through enhanced cooperation in political, economic, social and cultural areas. After Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to three countries in southern Africa—South Africa, Angola and Botswana—in-mid November, analysts believe the bilateral relationship will now enter a new phase of development.

“China-Malawi Visual Recovery Project” Launched at Malawian Capital -FOCAC (CHN)
30/11/2010
On November 21, 2010, Malawian President Bingu Wa Mutharika presided over the launching ceremony for the ‘China-Malawi Visual Recovery Project’ at the presidential palace in Lilongwe.

Zimbabwe tourism brand launched in China -The Herald (ZWE)
30/11/2010
Zimbabwe on Friday launched its new tourism brand — “Zimbabwe the World of Wonders” — before 70 ambassadors and heads of missions accredited to China, at a ceremony held in Beijing.

Chinese aid to Africa in the spotlight -The Standard (ZWE)
29/11/2010
CHINA’S approach to humanitarian assistance to African countries is set to shape aid architecture on the continent at a time inflows are projected to dwindle, a senior official with the African Development Bank (AfDB) said last week.

The China-Africa business school -Chin-Afrique
29/11/2010
The China-Africa business school, the first institute of university specifically for the China-Africa trade cooperation in China, was opened Saturday in the Zhejiang Normal University in east China.

S. Africa Must Boost Wine to China, Standard Bank Says -Bloomberg Businessweek (USA)
29/11/2010
South African wine producers need to look at increasing exports to China, which is set to become the seventh largest consumer of wine by 2012, Standard Bank Group Ltd. said.

Chinese Ambassador to Burundi in Interview with Burundian National TV -FOCAC (CHN)
29/11/2010
Yu Xuzhong, Chinese Ambassador to Burundi, Nsanze, former Burundian ambassador to the United Nations, Sahasmic, former Burundian ambassador to China and Kazum, chief representative of Burundian pavilion in Shanghai World Expo, were invited to a special interview by Burundian National Television to mark the 10th anniversary of China-Africa Cooperation Forum.

China Henan International Wins Mozambique Water Supply Tender -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
29/11/2010
China Henan International Cooperation Group Co. won a 32 million-euro ($42.4 million) tender to upgrade water-supply facilities in Mozambique, an official from the urban water authority, known as Fipag, said.

Ethiopia-China 40th anniversary of relations -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
28/11/2010
The Voice of America Horn of Africa service (Amharic, Tigrinya and Afan Oromo) asked me to comment on Nov. 24 on the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and China.

China, Africa target HIV/AIDS stigma (Video) – CNTV (CHN)
28/11/2010
Breaking the “conspiracy of silence” is a major step in fighting HIV … and wiping out stigma and discrimination for the 33 million people living with the virus globally. Meanwhile, access to treatment, as well as the fulfillment of rights, is a crucial challenge, not just in the world response, but here in Asia as well.

Chinese worker freed in Sudan after brief abduction -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
28/11/2010
A Chinese oil worker who was kidnapped in Sudan’s state of South Kordofan on Friday was released today, according to the Chinese embassy in Khartoum.

China is winning over the heart of Africa – at the West’s expense -The Globe And Mail (CAN)
27/11/2010
While we’ve been busy looking at noisier events elsewhere, a small boom has been taking place in the lands south of the Sahara. Still the poorest place in the world, the heart of Africa is nevertheless catching up fast this year, with huge improvements in infrastructure, industry and most importantly agriculture; it could soon become the world’s major food producer.

Chinese hospital ship back after treating thousands -FOCAC (CHN)
27/11/2010
China’s first hospital ship Daishandao, nicknamed “Peace Ark”, came home on Friday after treating thousands of people in Africa and South Asia in its maiden overseas medical mission.

China – Africa relations hailed -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
27/11/2010
Government says the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has played an important role in guiding the comprehensive and fast growth of China-Africa relations since the Beijing summit in 2006.

China, the West & Democracy in Africa -Ghana Web (GHN)
27/11/2010
Before daybreak on 14 May 2007, engineers at China’s Xichang Space Centre in south-western Sichuan Province launched a Chinese-made communications satellite into orbit on behalf of the West African state of Nigeria. The launch of the satellite, named NIGCOMSAT-1, marked a major milestone both in China and Africa and in the relations between the two.

China’s Africa resource hunt needs transparency. -Silo Breaker (GBR)
26/11/2010
Chinese companies eying African mineral resources must stop making closed-door deals and become more transparent in their investments, a senior World Bank executive said on November 16.

NDC China Congratulates Ghanaian Farmers -Ghana Web (GHN)  
26/11/2010
The National Democratic Congress members in China want to use this opportunity to appreciate and congratulate all our hard working Ghanaian farmers and fishermen, as the country prepares to celebrate this year’s 26th National Farmers Day under the theme “Grow more food”.

Ties between business and aid programs in Africa -Chine-Afrique
26/11/2010
The goal of this paper is to compare ties between business and aid development programs in Africa for European and Chinese firms.

Interview: Nigeria welcomes Chinese investment: Nigerian official -Xinhua (CHN)
25/11/2010
Nigeria has developed very good relationship with the Chinese government and it welcomes Chinese investment as it is reshaping its infrastructure, said Deputy Governor of Lagos State Sarah Adebisi Sosan at an ongoing construction machinery and equipment exhibition on Wednesday.

NTDC signs partnership pact with ABTA, China promotes Nigeria Tourism -The Vanguard (NGA)
25/11/2010
The Director General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Segun Runsewe, has expressed satisfaction over Nigeria’s participation at the World Travel Market (WTM), an annual travel trade exhibition recently held at the ExCel Centre, London, as he described the country’s performance as the best in the last four years.

China looking beyond resources in Africa -Business Day (ZAF)
25/11/2010
Energy deals took centre stage during a Southern African tour by China’s leader-in-waiting.

China and Rwanda: New Era of Cooperation -FOCAC (CHN)
25/11/2010
The trade volume between China and Africa has grown from 10 billion U.S. dollars to 100 billion U.S. dollars in less than eight years.

Senior Chinese political advisor meets president of Senegalese National Assembly -FOCAC (CHN)
25/11/2010
Senior Chinese political advisor Li Wuwei met with President of the Senegalese National Assembly Mamadou Seck Tuesday to discuss the development of China-Senegal relations.

Chinese interest in Zambia -Zambian Watchdog (ZMB)
24/11/2010
“We’re an economy in transition, and we can’t afford to lose the cow that gives us milk today,” said Zambia’s Labour Minister Austin Liato as he described his country’s dependency on China whose presence in Africa is growing by leaps and bounds.

Sino-African cooperation benefits all people of Africa -Xinhua (CHN)
24/11/2010
Senegal is one of China’s key partners in Africa and the Senegalese Democratic Party (SDP) worked closely with government in pushing forward political cooperation between the two countries since the resumption of diplomatic ties, said Mamadou Lamine Ba, Senegal’s minister for international and humanitarian affairs.

Senior CPC official meets with South African guests -Xinhua (CHN)
24/11/2010
Senior Communist Party of China (CPC) official Li Yuanchao met in Beijing Wednesday with a delegation consisting of members on the third course of the Workshop of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa.

Chinese vice president’s trip achieves goals -Xinhua (CHN)
24/11/2010
Vice President Xi Jinping’s visit to Singapore, South Africa, Angola and Botswana on Nov.14-24 achieved the goals of “consolidating traditional friendship, expanding strategic mutual trust, deepening substantial cooperation and boosting common development,” Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun said Wednesday.

Chinese firm boosts law enforcement in Lagos -The Vanguard (NGA)
24/11/2010
As part of efforts to boost security measures in Lagos State, the Chinese government recently presented 10 new security patrol motorcycles to the State Government.

China-Africa trade ties move beyond resources -Africa Good News (ZAF)
24/11/2010
Energy deals took centre stage during a southern African tour by China’s leader-in-waiting, but the growing ties between China and Africa are quickly moving beyond the traditional sectors of energy and infrastructure.

Ethiopian, Chinese presidents exchange messages to mark 40th anniversary of ties -Walta Info (ETH)
24/11/2010
Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday exchanged congratulatory messages with Ethiopian President Girma Wolde-Giorgis to mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Xinhua reported.

PM Meles eyes Chinese, Indian investment boost -Walta Info (ETH)
24/11/2010
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that Ethiopia is hoping to attract more investment from Chinese, Indian and Turkish companies as part of efforts to industrialise its largely agriculture-based economy.

I will enhance bilateral relations between China and Ghana-Chinese Ambassador -Ghana Web (GHN)
23/11/2010
Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of China to Ghana Gong Jianzhong
say, he will use his office as the Chinese Representative in Ghana to promote
trade and bilateral relations between Beijing and Accra.

Chinese company due to deliver stretch of road in Mozambique in December -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
23/11/2010
Chinese company China Henan International Cooperation group (Chico) is due in December to hand over the road between Xai-Xai and Chissibbuca, a 100-kilometre section linking the provinces of Gaza and Inhambane in Mozambique, a company source told Macauhub.

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