Weekly news

30/08/2011 to 05/09/2011

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 China May Help Transfer Jobs to Africa -Bloomberg (USA)

  Ghana Must Urge Chinese Global Leadership -Ghana Web (GHN)

 World Bank to discuss China’s growth model -Business Report (ZAF)

 Chinese Mill to Create 5,000 Jobs Locally -Daily trust (NGA)

 Guinea, China Approach Billion Dollar Mining Deal -The Atlanta Post (USA)

 Africa Trade Using China’s Currency Set to Reach US$100 Billion, Says Standard Bank (Press Release) -Afribiz (USA)

 

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China denies knowledge of Libya arms talks -Al-Jazeera (QAT)
05/09/2011
Government seeks to distance itself from reported offer by firms to sell $200m worth arms to Gaddafi’s forces in July.

China May Help Transfer Jobs to Africa -Bloomberg (USA)

05/09/2011
The World Bank is in “very early stage” talks on cooperating with China to promote the transfer of low-value manufacturing jobs from the nation to Africa, said Robert Zoellick, head of the Washington-based lender.

Chinese Not a Threat to Regional Integration -East African Business Week (UGA)
05/09/2011
The Chinese are not a threat to the regional integration process,” an official of the East African Community (EAC) has clarified.

China Injects U.S.$40 Million in Tazara Railway -East African Business Week (UGA)
05/08/2011
China has granted a soft loan of US$39.9 m for strengthening the Tanzania and Zambia Railways Authority whose performance has drastically gone down.

Three Billion Chinese Loan For “Waratu Warasa” Projects? -Ghana Web (GHN)
05/09/2011
The parliamentary approval given to the government’s request to contract 3billion dollars from China is still creating more questions that need to be answered by the government as to what projects the loan will be used to accomplish.

Macau businessman want Mozambique Casino -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
05/09/2011
A group of businessmen from the autonomous Chinese region of Macau want to build a casino on the new premises of the Maputo International Trade Fair, in Marracuene district, about 30 kilometres north of the Mozambican capital.

Gadhafi Sought Chinese Arms in July -Wall Street Journal (USA)
05/09/2011
As it battled an insurgency and allied NATO forces, the regime of Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi sent representatives to China to meet with state-controlled arms manufacturers, a Chinese official said Monday—a revelation that could complicate relations between Beijing and Libya’s opposition National Transitional Council.

China, Africa gather to discuss rural development -Xinhua (CHN)
04/09/2011
Officials and delegations from China and African countries have gathered at a seminar being held in Beijing to discuss rural development and economic growth.

Ten firms bid for Sh5bn road project -Business Daily (KEN)
04/09/2011
When the bids were opened on Friday, most of the bidders turned out to be builders from China who have in recent years dominated the multi-billion shilling road contruction projects in Kenya.

What does Africa need from the U.S. and China? -The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
04/09/2011
The Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., is hosting a conference on what Africa needs from the United States and China November 3-4, 2011. It is open to the public.

Africa’s solution to Asian interests -Daily Nation (KEN)
03/09/2011
Foreign policy that focuses relations with China and India on issues such as infrastructure, skills transfer and market access will ensure the continent develops enough to become a global economic actor

China targets Rwanda infrastructure projects -East African (KEN)
03/09/2011
Rwanda has become the latest beneficiary of China’s foray into East Africa as the Asian giant seeks to control the region’s  economic landscape, also targeted by Japan and India.

Ghana Must Urge Chinese Global Leadership -Ghana Web (GHN)
03/09/2011
Ghana must ask the Government of the Communist Party of China (CPC) to show global leadership on behalf of Africa her traditional friends. We want democracy, good governance and sustainable development in all of Africa.

Etango’s Bannerman Still Talking to Chinese -The Namibian (NAM)
02/09/2011
Uranium hopeful Bannerman Resources, owner of the Etango uranium project in Namibia, have told delegates at the Africa Downunder conference that it was still engaging in discussions with its Chinese suitor Hanlong Mining, along with other potential development partners.

China sends first shipment of humanitarian aid to Horn of Africa -Walta Info (ETH)
02/09/2011
China sent its first shipment of urgently needed humanitarian aid to drought and famine victims in the Horn of Africa on Friday, the Ministry of Commerce said.

Sub-Saharan Africa growth 92% correlated to China -Business Report (ZAF)
02/09/2011
Don’t be fooled into thinking sub-Saharan African growth is being driven by political, macro-economic or regional reforms.

Nigerian envoy wants Nigeria-China trade imbalance addressed -The Nation (NGA)
02/09/2011
Nigeria’s Ambassador to China Aminu Wali said yesterday that  Nigeria would have to increase its exports to China as the trade balance was in the ratio of 7:1 in favour of the Asian country.

Sofala: Chinese company searches for gold in Gorongosa -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
02/09/2011
The Chinese company Sogecoa, a subsidiary of the Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group, is to invest 20 million US dollars in prospecting for gold in the district of Gorongosa, in the central Mozambican province of Sofala.

World Bank to discuss China’s growth model -Business Report (ZAF)
01/09/2011
World Bank President Robert Zoellick was set to arrive in Beijing on Thursday to discuss China’s economic prospects and possible lessons for other developing nations.

‘400 Nigerians languish in Chinese prisons’ -The Nation (NGA)
01/09/2011
Nigeria’s Ambassador to China, Aminu Wali says 400 Nigerians are languishing in Chinese jails and that one of them was executed by lethal injection last month recently.

China-Africa relations and public diplomacy -The Official Blog of Amb. David H. Shinn
01/09/2011
The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, in collaboration with Shanghai Jiao Tong University and Duke University, hosted a conference in mid-August on China-Africa relations and public diplomacy.

China says it will attend Libya meeting -IOL News (ZAF)
01/09/2011
China will send a vice minister to an international conference in Paris aimed at boosting aid to the Libyan rebels.

China to maintain close contact with Libya’s Transitional Council -Walta INfo (ETH)
01/09/2011
oreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said on Thursday that China is ready to maintain close contact with the National Transitional Council (NTC) of Libya.

Envoy wants Nigeria to address trade imbalance with China -The Nation (NGA)
01/09/2011
Nigeria’s Ambassador to China Aminu Wali on Thursday urged Nigeria to increase its exports to China as the trade balance was in the ratio of 7:1 in favour of the Asian country.

Guinea, China Approach Billion Dollar Mining Deal -The Atlanta Post (USA)
31/08/2011
The new leaders of Guinea are making multi-billion dollar moves that will hopefully help in the country’s reform after decades of unrest. The mineral rich nation is ready to sign a $5.8 billion million deal with the state-owned China Power Investment, according to Reuters.

Chinese firm, SEPCO blame PHCN for plant crisis -The Nation (NGA)
31/08/2011
SEPCO111, the Chinese engineering firm that constructed the Olorunsogo – Papalanto Power plant in Ogun State, has alleged that untrained members of staff of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) that man the power station are liable for damage to most of the plant’s turbines.

Chinese Mill to Create 5,000 Jobs Locally -Daily trust (NGA)
31/09/2011
The longitudinal submerged arc welded pipe mill to be set up in Nigeria by Jiangsu Yulong Steel Pipe Company of China will employ at least 5,000 people directly and indirectly when it begins production, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, Engineer Ernest Nwapa said on Tuesday in Lagos.

Tanzanians face China plastics ‘threat’ -BBC News (GBR)
31/08/2011
Recycling plastic provides a viable source of income for many Tanzanians.
However, according to inhabitants of Dar es Salaam’s Temeke District, the arrival of Chinese traders is putting their livelihoods at risk.

China to internationalise currency -The Zimbabwe Guardian (ZWE)
31/08/2011
THE gradual internationalisation of China’s renminbi will see at least 40 percent, or about US$100 billion, of China’s trade with Africa being made using the currency unit by 2015, a research study has shown.

STX and Chinese facility is healthy for Ghana’s Leadership Psychology -Ghana Web (GHN)
31/08/2011
A Development Planner, Nyaaba-Aweeba Azongo says controversial and ridiculously ambitious STX housing Project, and the US$3billion Chinese facility portends good for the psychology of Ghanaian leadership to damn consequences, and dare bigger things.

China Development Bank’s $3 Billion Line of Credit in Ghana: Better than the World Bank? -China in Africa: The Real Story
31/08/2011
The framework for China Development Bank’s offer of a $3 billion line of credit was approved last week by Ghana’s parliament. The controversial credit was debated over several sessions of parliament, and the opposition abstained from the final vote.

Nairobi Declaration Adopted at the First China-Africa People’s Forum -China Daily (CHN)
31/08/2011
We, 200 representatives of non-government organizations from China and 19 African countries, gathered in Nairobi between 29th and 30th of August 2011 for the First China-Africa People’s Forum.

China’s second coming in Libya -Asia Times (CHN)
31/08/2011
With Libyan rebels taking over Tripoli and authoritarian leader Muammar Gaddafi on the run, the rebellion aided by North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led air strikes to overthrow the Gaddafi regime will come to the end soon. Now reconstruction is an urgent practical issue on the agenda for the Libyan people and international society.

ONLF Blocks Chinese Oil Exploration Company From Operating -Shabelle Media Network (SOM)
31/08/2011
The Ogaden National Liberation Front ONLF on Wednesday said it had blocked an oil exploration company from China to start explorations in the Ethiopian administrated Somalia region.

China Will Use Africa to Help Internationalise Its Currency -Africa Good News (NED)

30/08/2011
The steady internationalisation of China’s renminbi will see at least 40%, or $100-billion, of China’s trade with Africa being made using the currency unit by 2015, according to research just published by Standard Bank Group.

Chinese Tender Was Above Board Namport -New Era (NAM)
30/08/2011
Chinese marine firm, Harbour Engineering Company, was pre-awarded the massive N$2-billion Walvis Bay Port expansion project because no other bidder had the financial muscle or expertise to undertake a project of this magnitude, said Bisey Uirab, NamPort Chief Executive Officer.

Nduom Queries Multi-Billion Chinese Deal -The Accra Daily Mail (GHN)
30/08/2011
CPP Presidential hopeful Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom does not seem overly impressed with the government’s handling of the US$3 billion Chinese loan for development projects in Ghana.

Network Meet Between China, Kenya Opens -Nairobi Star (KEN)
29/08/2011
MEMBERS of various non-governmental organizations in the country are set to meet with their counterparts from China today for a symposium aimed at enhancing collaboration between the two countries.

Africa Trade Using China’s Currency Set to Reach US$100 Billion, Says Standard Bank (Press Release) -Afribiz (USA)
29/08/2011
The steady internationalisation of China’s renminbi will see at least 40%, or $100-billion, of China’s trade with Africa being made using the currency unit by 2015, according to research just published by Standard Bank Group.

Chinese and African Youth Team Up to Fights HIV/AIDS -SOS Children’s Villages Canada
29/08/2011
Youth leaders from China and Kenya met today in Nairobi to discuss HIV and AIDS, as well as issues important to orphans and children affected by AIDS. This is the first meeting of this kind between the two nations.

China/Africa – Development Lessons, 1 -Africa Focus
29/08/2011
While the rising economic involvement of China in Africa has drawn wide attention in recent years, there has been significantly less attention to the impact of the Chinese model in thinking about development strategies in Africa. A new joint report is an index of the growing impact of such reflection.

Investing in Sudan a ‘win-win’ situation -China Daily (CHN)
29/08/2011
Sudan welcomes and is open to Chinese investment as it further develops its oil,agriculture and mining sectors following South Sudan’s independence in July, Sudan’s ambassador said.

China, Libya, and Oil: Update -China in Africa: The Real Story
28/08/2011
China is positioning the country to engage with the new Libyan government, despite comments from at least one Libyan rebel that China might lose out for not being part of the forces backing the rebels. I doubt that will happen, and I predict that Chinese companies, which had signed some $18 billion in infrastructure contracts, will be actively trying to restart those projects and others

Chinese aid “a la carte” -Exporting China’s Development to the World
28/08/2011
In a way, China has been a far more generous donor than the West not only in terms of flows of resources, but also in the fact that, unlike the West, China doesn’t constantly remind African countries how much aid they have been getting from China.

China facing a new reality: it can’t always remain neutral -The National (ARE)
28/08/2011
Analysts have said China’s willingness to transfer allegiance from regimes in the Middle East that are crumbling, and its early interest in rebel groups in Libya, may represent a recalibration of Beijing’s “non-intervention” foreign policy.

China says no direct investment in Libya -Daijiworld (ARE)
27/08/2011
China does not have direct investment in Libya. It only has contract projects, an official has said.

Chinese firms eye Tanzanian farmland, export market -Reuters
26/08/2011
Chinese companies plan to boost their investment in Tanzania’s agriculture, construction and service sectors, lured by low production costs and the surge in trade between the two nations, its embassy in the east African country said on Friday.

Ghana Lawmakers Approve $3 Billion China Infrastructure Loan After Debate -Bloomberg (USA)

26/08/2011
Ghanaian lawmakers approved a $3 billion loan, the biggest in the country’s history, from the China Development Bank after four hours of debate today, said Edward Doe Adjaho, first deputy speaker of Parliament.

China Gets (Needlessly) Defensive Over Famine in Africa -The Wall Street Journal (USA)
25/08/2011
When it comes to famine in Africa, China seems an easy target for critics of its rising outbound investments.

Kenya tells providers to turn off counterfeit mobile phones -IDG (NOR)
25/08/2011
The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) has directed mobile phone service providers to switch off all counterfeit handsets from their networks in an attempt to stem a flood of Chinese counterfeit phones.

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