28/12/2009 to 03/01/2010

All last week’s China Africa developments:

* China, Africa explore new strategic partnership- Standard (KEN)
04/01/2010
At the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, one month ago, the foreign ministers of some African countries invited me to visit Africa again at my convenience, and I happily accepted. Full Story.
* Poachers shrink size of Tsavo elephant- Standard (KEN)
04/01/2010
Many residents living around the Tsavo National Park still recall the cracking sound of automatic guns that rattled the region for many day in 1988 when the Government issued a shoot-on-sight order against poachers. Full Story.

* Senegal, China sign interest free loan- Africa News (NED)
04/01/2010
Senegal has announced it had reached a rewarding deal that would boost existing technical and economic cooperation between it and China. Full Story.

* Masaiti Boarding School to Be Completed This Year- Times of Zambia (ZAM)
04/01/2010
construction of the first boarding high school in Masaiti District worth K24 billion is on course and will be completed by December this year. Full Story.

* Ghana, China trade hits over $189m in 2009- Ghana Web (GHN)
03/01/2010
Trade between Ghana and China has reached over $189.395 million as at the end of October 2009 according to official statistics published in the Chinese media. Full Story.

* Chief Mpidi Cries for Chinese Contractors- Times of Zambia (ZAM)
02/01/2010
Chief Mpidi of the Lunda people of Zambezi District in North-Western Province has said he wants Chinese Companies to be awarded contracts to construct schools, health centres and other infrastructure in the area because their work quality is better than local contractors. Ful Story.

* Luanshya Copper Mine Hopes to Meet 2010- Times of Zambia (ZAM)
02/01/2010
The China Non-Ferrous Metal Company Luanshya Copper Mine (CLM) management is optimistic that the mine this year will endeavour to meet the anticipated production target of more than 1,000 tonnes of copper ore a day. Full Story.

* China rules out overseas naval base now- China Daily (CHN)
01/01/2010
China will stick to its current supply regime to support anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden, the Defense Ministry said on Thursday, responding to an admiral’s suggestion that Beijing set up a permanent base in the region. Full Story.

* Chinese minister jets in next week to discuss aid to Kenya- Standard (KEN)
01/01/2010
Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi will tour the country next week in a move expected to determine what portion of the $10 billion (Sh740 billion) aid pledge to Africa will be apportioned to Kenya. Full Story.

* China to reduce trade imbalance- Daily Nation (KEN)
01/01/2010
The Chinese government is fast-tracking modalities to reduce trade imbalances with Kenya as it seeks to cement bilateral ties between the two countries. Full Story.

* China has a moral obligation to help Africa, says Chinese envoy– Walta Information (ETH)
01/01/2010
China has a moral obligation to help Africa develop, said a Chinese diplomat accredited in Dakar, emphasizing, in this regard, the willingness in recent years of his country’s authorities to strengthen the cultural and commercial ties between Beijing and the African continent. Full Story.

* Visit seeks to promote agreements- Daily Nation (KEN)
01/01/2010
China and Africa are good friends and old friends. At the Fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, a month ago, the foreign ministers of some African countries graciously invited me to visit the continent again, and I happily accepted the invitation. Full Story.

* Chinese companies top FDI list in Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)
31/12/2009
Chinese companies top the list of companies registered in terms of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Ghana, the CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) has said. Full Story.

* Zambia: Pros and Cons of Chinese Investments in Zambia- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
31/12/2009
Of late, investments by Chinese corporations in Zambia seem to have become a topical issue among politicians and the general public. Full Story.

* China mulling naval base in Gulf of Aden- Global Times (CHN)
31/12/2009
A top Chinese naval official has proposed setting up a permanent base to support ships on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, raising the idea that China could build foreign bases elsewhere. Full Story.

* Chinese medical team arrives in Ghana- Xinhua (CHN)
31/12/2009
A Chinese medical team arrived here on Wednesday to begin their two-year mission of working in the West African country. Full Story.

* Government commends China for support- Ghana Web (GHN)
30/12/2009
Dr Kwabena Duffour, Minister of Finance and Economic Planning on Wednesday, commended China for its continuous support to Ghana’s developmental agenda. Full Story.

* Ghana Records More Investment – GIPC- Ghana Web (GHN)
30/12/2009
In spite of the global financial crisis experienced by the world economy Ghana continues to make significant strides in attracting more investments. Full Story.

* Chinese Investors Indicate Interest in Osun Power Project- Daily Independent (NGA)
30/12/2009
Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria-China Business Council, Matthew Uwaekwe, has disclosed that the council has brought in 45 international investors, 10 out of which have shown interest in investing in the Osun State Independent Power Project (IPP). Full Story.

* China offers Congo $7.6 mln to finance health facilities- Xinhua (CHN)
29/12/2009
The Republic of Congo has received a donation of 3.5 billion FCFA (about 7.6 million U. S. dollars) from China to finance the central African country’s health facilities. Full Story.

* A year of protection against pirates- China Daily (CHN)
29/12/2009
It is more than a year since China dispatched its first anti-piracy fleet to the Gulf of Aden on Dec 26, 2008. Full Story.

* EAC official warns against concessioning Tazara- Business Daily (KEN)
29/12/2009
East African Community (EAC) secretary- general Juma Mwapachu has cautioned Zambia and Tanzania against rushing into concessioning Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara), as ministers from the two African countries and China meet to discuss financing of the cash-strapped firm. Full Story.

* Financial Collaboration in Emerging Markets- This Day (NGA)
29/12/2009
The term emerging market is used to describe a nation’s social or business activity when it is in the process of rapid growth and industrialisation. Full Story.

* GIPC makes strides despite global crunch- Ghana Web (GHN)
29/12/2009
Despite the global crunch, which has slowed down the pace of global economic growth, the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) has made significant gains in the 2009 financial year. Full Story.

* When Chinese are captured on foreign soil- Global Times (CHN)
29/12/2009
With China’s presence expanding globally, Chinese are increasingly becoming the target of hostile activities on foreign soil, such as kidnappings. That means emergency response plans are needed for everyone from individuals to governments. Full Story.

* Help us build a coast guard, pleads Somali diploma- China Daily (CHN)
29/12/2009
China has done an excellent job protecting and rescuing ships in the Gulf of Aden for the last 12 months, but the threat from pirates off the coast of east Africa has in no way diminished, said Mohammed Awil, the Somali ambassador to China. Full Story.

* It’s all about trust- China Daily (CHN)
28/12/2009
Turay Lamin in his newly opened Turay’s Africa Home, a restaurant and entertainment center in Beijing. Full Story.

* (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema backs Chinese investment- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
28/12/2009
United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said his party supports Chinese investments and would work to harmonise it’s position with that of Patriotic Front (PF). Full Story.

* Minister condemns Chinese “filthy” Coal mine- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
28/12/2009
Deputy Minister for Local Government and Housing Elijah Muchima has described the sanitary condition prevailing at the Nkanddabwe Collume Coal Mine for Chinese in Sinazongwe district as pathetic. Full Story.

* Luanshya MMD happy with President Banda’s performance- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
28/12/2009
The ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Luanshya district on the Copperbelt province is happy with President Rupiah Banda’s commitment to revamping the economy. Full Story.

* China to Hand Over Several Projects 2010- Informer (LBR)
28/12/2009
Chinese Ambassador Zhuo Yuxiao says all ongoing Chinese-sponsored projects in the country will be completed and formally turned over to the Liberian Government on July 26, 2010. Full Story.

* Energy in 2009: Giant Strides Despite Initial Hiccups- This Day (NGA)
28/12/2009
At no time in modern history was much concern raised over the operating environment in Nigeria’s energy sector as in 2009. Full Story.

* Climate change conference: Here is China’s stand- Dainly Nation (KEN)
28/12/2009
The UN climate change conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, on December 7-19. During the last two days, 119 heads of state or government attended. Full Story.

* Crew of hijacked Chinese carrier rescued- FT (GBR)
28/12/2009
The crew of a Chinese ship hijacked by Somali pirates in mid-October was safely rescued, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Monday, making no mention of a reported ransom payment. Full Story.

* Africa Says “NO” to “China Threat” – Interview with the Vice Chairman Msekwa of the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania- FOCAC (CHN)
28/12/2009
Vice Chairman Pius Msekwa of the Revolutionary Party of Tanzania, who was on a visit to China, said on12 December that “China threat” drummed up by the Western world was entirely groundless and essentially it was born out of jealousy towards China’s influence. Full Story.

* Addis-Adama Expressway Hogs Funds- Addis Fortune (ETH)
28/12/2009
The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) is cutting one billion Birr from the budget of its other road construction projects to pay the advance needed for the construction of the six-lane expressway from Addis Abeba to Adama (Nazareth). Full Story.