Weekly news

30/06/2010 to 06/07/2010

Chinese firm begins tests on Isiolo gas pits – Business Daily (KEN)
06/07/2010
Kenya’s hopes of striking oil in Isiolo have been dashed with the Chinese firm prospecting in the region now shifting its activities to establishing whether the natural gas discovered there two months ago can be commercially exploited.

China in Africa – World Politics Review (USA)
06/07/2010
Chinese President Hu Jintao ended his tour of four African nations this week, having promised to deepen ties with the continent.

Chinese Traditional Medicine – Spices Natural Treatment – All Africa (USA)
06/07/2010
Many people in Cameroon tend to embrace Chinese traditional form of natural healing. The use of natural plants for treatment in Cameroon is on the increase.

NNPC, Chinese firm to establish refinery, hydrocarbon park in Lagos  – Nigerian Guardian (NGA)
06/07/2010
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in collaboration with a consortium of Chinese investors, known as China State Engineering Construction Corporation (CSECC), has concluded plans to establish the first crude oil refinery and hydrocarbon industrial park in Lagos State, with Lekki Greenfield refinery as the flagship project.

DTI promoting SA investment opportunities at China trade expo – Engineering News (ZAF)
06/07/2010
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies has launched South Africa’s two-month trade and investment promotion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010 in China… “We believe that there are many opportunities for Chinese companies to invest in our country in areas of capital equipment and infrastructure development, which will continue long after the 2010 FIFA World Cup,” said Davies.

U.S. bars PetroChina from using its new refinery to process Sudanese oil – Sudan Tribune (SDN)
06/07/2010
PetroChina, the largest oil and gas firm in China, has scrapped plans to process Sudanese crude at its new refinery in south China under U.S. pressure.

MPs order inquiry into illegal immigration – Daily Monitor (UGA)
06/07/2010
Members of Parliament yesterday asked the police to investigate the Internal Affairs ministry after a report showed that 323 people had been arrested over illegal immigration.

An Interview with Egyptian Ambassador to China, Mahmoud Allam – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
06/07/2010
Egypt is the first Arab and African country to establish diplomatic relations with China. Egypt is also the first Arab and African country to establish strategic partnership with China.

Top Chinese political advisor meets Sudanese National Congress vice president – Xinhua (CHN)
06/07/2010
China’s top political advisor Jia Qinglin Tuesday met with vice president of Sudanese National Congress Nafi’a Ali Nafi’a, pledging to upgrade friendly cooperation.

China wants ‘credible’ Sudan referendum, Darfur solution – Walta Information (ETH)
05/07/2010
Beijing wants a “credible” referendum on south Sudan’s independence, and for a political solution to the Darfur conflict, Chinese envoy Liu Guijin said on Sunday.

Chinese Firm Flees With Kano’s N80 Million – All Africa (USA)
05/07/2010
A Chinese construction company collected millions of naira for a road project from the Kano State government but disappeared before executing the work, state commissioner for projects monitoring and evaluation Alhaji Ibrahim Garba has said.

Ghana, China congratulate each other for strengthened relationship – Ghana Web (GHN)
05/07/2010
Monday, July 5, marked exactly 50 years when Ghana and China established diplomatic relations. A statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration said in furtherance of their commitment to strengthening and deepening relations, the two countries released congratulatory messages for and on behalf of their Presidents and Foreign Ministers simultaneously in each other’s capital.

Klutse Wins Diageo’s Best Reporting Award – Ghana Web (GHN)
05/07/2010
Felix Dela Klutse of the DAILY GUIDE beat journalists from publications across the continent and international outfits like Reuters, the BBC and the Economist to collect the best business news award at the Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards held in London Thursday. His piece titled: “China Takes African Market by Storm,” emerged the overall winning piece making him the first-ever Ghanaian winner.

Air Tanzania ditches Chinese firm and partners with Air Zimbabwe – The East African (KEN)
05/07/2010
Tanzania may sever ties with China’s Sonangol International Ltd over failure by the company to invest and take over 49 per cent shares in the ailing Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL) as agreed four years ago.Mozambican business federation urges Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
05/07/2010
The head of the Mozambican Federation of Economic Associations (CTA), Salimo Abdula, has urged Chinese entrepreneurs to invest in the country, especially in the agro-forestry sector in Zambezia and Sofala provinces.

Guebuza Receives Chinese Business Delegation – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
05/07/2010
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday received in his office the Chinese Deputy Minister of Trade, Chen Jian, who is heading a 46 member strong Chinese delegation interested in investment opportunities in Mozambique.

Egypt-China trade seminar held in Cairo – Xinhua (CHN)
05/07/2010
A seminar aimed at improving the levels of trade between Egypt and China was held in Cairo late Monday. The two-hour forum was attended by about 60 officials and representatives from both Egyptian and Chinese companies.

Exploit China Business Partnership, Makuza Tells Africa – All Africa (USA)
04/07/2010
(Rwandan) Prime Minister Bernard Makuza has called on African countries to fully exploit the export opportunities that China has to offer to the continent.

Mozambique singles out main areas for co-op with China – Xinhua (CHN)
04/07/2010
The Mozambican government has chosen the areas of energy, natural resources, agriculture and tourism as the priorities for cooperation with China, Finance Minister Manuel Chang has said.

China keen on Sudan’s stability and peace: envoy – Xinhua (CHN)
04/07/2010
Visiting Chinese Special Envoy to Darfur Liu Guijin said on Sunday that China is keen on Sudan’s stability and peace and hopes to see south Sudan referendum conducted in a smooth and credible manner.

China builds bridges to fuel its engine room – Financial Times (GBR)
04/07/2010
Angola is Africa’s largest provider of oil to China, but China has upped its efforts to broaden its oil arrangements on the continent. The signing in May of a $20bn-plus deal with Nigeria to build oil refineries and infrastructure represents a crucial breakthrough.

China in Africa Podcast: Winning Hearts, Minds and Wallets – China Talking Points (CHN, USA)
04/07/2010
In this edition of the “China in Africa” podcast, host Eric Olander speaks with Africa scholar Dr. David Robinson, Phd. of Western Australia’s Edith Cowan University about his recent article “Hearts, Minds and Wallets:  Lessons from China’s Growing Relationship with Africa.”

Nigeria, China Plan Talks on $8bn Refinery – This Day (NGA)
03/07/2010
Nigeria and China may sign an accord on the construction of an $8 billion oil refinery in the West African nation after talks next week, the state-owned oil company said yesterday.
Chinese vice president meets Botswana ruling party chairman – Xinhua (CHN)

03/07/2010

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met Friday with Daniel Kwelagobe, chairman of Botswana Democratic Party, according to a press release from the International Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee.
China: the master stadium builder – The Africa Report (FRA)

02/07/2010
With poor infrastructure posing an obstacle to continental sport, many African countries have turned to China for help in the last few decades. This co-operation is not without its pitfalls.

Chinese contractor begins work on luxury Lilongwe hotel – Engineering News (ZAF)
02/07/2010
Chinese company Shanghai Construction has started construction on a five-star hotel and an international conference centre in Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe.

Big shift in trade relations taking shape across Africa  – Engineering News (ZAF)
02/07/2010
Africa’s total merchandise trade with non-African developing countries surged from $34-billion in 1995 to a material $283-billion in 2008, making this category of trading partner the continent’s fastest growing, a new United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) study shows. It also shows that China’s role as a trade and investment partner has underpinned much of the expansion.

New concerns take centre stage in China – Daily Nation (KEN)
02/07/2010
A large Chinese naval fleet is heading your way. The six ships, which left at midweek, are being set to secure the coastal waters off Somalia. A Chinese ship, which was carrying dangerous chemicals, was hijacked on Monday. Soon, there will be an additional 1,000 Chinese sailors in the region.

Chinese businesspeople from Yiwu, Zhejiang province take part in seminar in Maputo, Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
02/07/2010
A delegation of 32 people, including 25 businesspeople from the city of Yiwu in China’s Zhejiang province, is taking part Friday in a seminar on business opportunities in Mozambique, a source from the Mozambican Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI) told Macauhub.

China threat to local vuvuzela production – Business Day (ZAF)
01/07/2010
It is a “shameful business” to hear that the vuvuzela, which is part of South African sport and customs, is mostly being made in China, says Stellenbosch University theologian and former politician Allan Boesak.

The future is to follow China – Walta Information (ETH)
01/07/2010
Sub-Saharan Africa should draw from the agricultural reforms in China over the past 25 years or so. After all, changes in the agricultural sector made it possible for China to embark on its current unprecedented industrialization… argues Moeletsi Mbeki.

Ecological destruction? Chinese loan for Ethiopian dam draws controversy – Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
01/07/2010
Campaign groups remain concerned about the environmental impacts of Ethiopia’s Gibe 3 dam, following the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s approval of a $400 million loan towards its construction.

China scraps tariff on 60 pct of imports from 26 African nations – Xinhua (CHN)
01/07/2010
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOC) announced Thursday that the country will cease levying tariffs on 60 percent of imports from 26 least developed African nations, including Ethiopia and Liberia. This policy went into effect July 1, an MOC spokesman said Thursday.

China’s top political advisor meets Djibouti party leader – Xinhua (CHN)
01/07/2010
China’s top political advisor Jia Qinglin met here Thursday with a party leader of the People’s Rally for Progress (PRP) of Djibouti, pledging closer ties between the two countries and parties.

China and Western-Led Aid Structures in Cambodia (guest post) – Deborah Brautigam’s Blog (USA)
01/07/2010
It is widely assumed/reported that China does not participate in western-led aid structures. However, is this always true? In Cambodia, it appears that China is in fact moving towards some degree of greater transparency and participation in the Western aid-dominated landscape.

China’s helping hand, fact or fiction? – Money Web (ZAF)
01/07/2010
The media should report it all on China in Africa, the promising and the slanderous, reports Charlie Pistorius.

Ghana, China organises anniversary celebration of relations – Ghana Web (GHN)
30/06/2010
A joint statement issued in Accra on Wednesday by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration and Chinese Embassy said… the two friendly countries had outlined a programme of activities to mark the celebrations of the Golden Jubilee of the relations.

Chinese Foreign Minister meets Ethiopian counterpart – Walta Information (ETH)
30/06/2010
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks in Beijing on Wednesday with his Ethiopian counterpart, Seyoum Mesfin… Yang hailed the relationship between the two countries, saying it has witnessed continuous and rapid development in recent years.
Sudanese official to start China visit on Friday – Sudan Tribune (SDN)

30/06/2010

The Sudanese presidential assistant Nafie Ali Nafie will fly to China on Friday for talks that will focus mainly on the economic ties.
China remains strong supporter of South-South Cooperation – Xinhua (CHN)
30/06/2010
The Chinese government has… announced eight new initiatives for the next three years to help development of Africa, including preferential loans of 10 billion U.S. dollars, 100 clean- energy programs to develop solar energy, biogas, and small hydropower, loans of 1 billion U.S. dollars…

Chinese baksheesh makes African deals trickier – China Wire (CHN)
30/06/2010
When we take both the good and bad sides of China’s role in Africa into account, we have to wonder: What changes is China causing in African life, work and values?

What vuvuzelas can teach about cheap labor – China Wire (CHN)
30/06/2010
Chinese plastics manufacturer Wu Yijun first glimpsed a possibility for the vuvuzela in 2001 when he saw a cartoon on the Internet featuring Africans blowing bamboo vuvuzelas to drive away baboons.

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