Weekly news

25/07/2011 to 31/07/2011

Selected Headlines:                                                                                             

 China: ‘All-weather friend’ or ‘new colonialist’? -Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)

 Sh300 Million China Funds for Bomet Maize Millers -Nairobi Star (KEN)

 Door opens for Western companies in Lamu project -Business Daily (KEN)

 Local production of rice in September -Jornal de Angola (AGO)

 The Atlantic Joins the China-Africa Scare-Mongering -China in Africa: The Real Story

 UN Body Calls for Suspension of Gibe III Dam to Protect World Heritage -Pete Bosshard’s Environmental Policy Blog

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Training center with high technology -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
30/07/2011
The National Telecommunications Institute (ITEL) has received a modern training center equipped with the latest technology from Chinese Huawei.China: ‘All-weather friend’ or ‘new colonialist’? -Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
28/07/2011
The ongoing narrative wars over China’s African involvement between (mostly) Western Sinophobes and those they deride as ‘panda-huggers’ have become as predictable as the opening moves in a game of chess.“Germany blames Chinese land buys for Africa drought”: Really? -China in Africa: The Real Story
28/07/2011
Today here at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, I spoke by phone with a German reporter about the statement this morning by the German government’s Africa adviser Guenter Nooke who allegedly blamed Chinese land buys for the drought in the Horn of Africa.Media Must Report Honestly And Impartially -Nairobi Star (KEN)
28/07/2011
The controversy surrounding the award of the digital signal distribution licence to the Chinese-owned Pan African Network Group has exposed an ugly side of the Kenya media.

Sh300 Million China Funds for Bomet Maize Millers -Nairobi Star (KEN)
28/07/2011
The Chinese government has donated Sh300 million to jump-start Korokwony Maize Millers in Bomet district.

Interview: Ambassador Gu Xiaojie -Walta Info (ETH)
27/07/2011
Zeray Hailemariam of WIC has approached Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia his Excellency Gu Xiaojie and talked on a wide spectrum of the over all relations of Ethiopia and China

Chinese Ambassador makes donation to Ministry Of Employment -Ghana Web (GHN)
27/07/2011
Mr Gong Jianzhong, the Chinese Ambassador in Ghana, on Wednesday handed over a cheque for GH¢23,122.07 to the Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare to support the Department of Social Welfare and the National Council for Persons with Disability in Accra.

Kumasi Polytechnic, Chinese University sign MOU -Ghana Web (GHN)
27/07/2011
Kumasi Polytechnic and the Jiangsu University of China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to run joint degree programmes for undergraduate students in the Sciences and Business.

Door opens for Western companies in Lamu project -Business Daily (KEN)
27/07/2011
Kenya had signed a contract with China last year that would have seen the projects built solely by Chinese companies. A Japanese consultant hired to evaluate the viability of the projects, however, has now recommended that the projects be exposed to competitive bidding to attract funding.

Macau can be “pilot project” for Mozambican exports to enter Chinese market -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
27/07/2011
Macau can serve as a “pilot project” for Mozambique’s exports to enter the Chinese market, thus making business partnerships between all three easier, the Macau Institute for Promotion of Trade and Investment (IPIM) said Monday in Maputo.

Namibia trade ties with China stronger than ever -The Namibian (NAM)
27/07/2011
China and Namibia’s economic and trade cooperation has grown rigorously, and even the devastating global financial crisis could not stop its growth.

NAFDAC nabs 3 Camerounians, 2 others over fake drugs -The Vanguard (NGA)
26/07/2011
The trio were arrested by officials of the agency for allegedly operating an illegal clinic at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Ekemgbo, Ebonyi State, where they also dispensed and administered fake Chinese medicines on unsuspecting members of the public.

BRICS scramble for Africa markets -Daily Monitor (ZAF)
26/07/2011
Recently, the BRICS—Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa—met in the Chinese resort of Sanya and called for changes in international financial institutions and a move away from the dollar.

State, AFEC sign $8.5m deal for access roads at Ndola stadium -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
26/07/2011
The work is scheduled to take four months but the Chinese firm has assured Government that it will finish the job in two months.

China Eyes Local Beef -New Era (NAM)
26/07/2011
China would soon allow its vast market to be swamped by Namibian beef and other agricultural products that it wants to start importing.

Chinese in Wonderful Cultural Display in Freetown -Concorde Times (SLE)
26/07/2011
Hundreds of Sierra Leoneans including the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Joseph B. Dauda, and other dignitaries from all walks of lives were on Thursday hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Freetown to a spectacular Chinese cultural display at the Family Kingdom, Lumley Beach in western Freetown.

Local production of rice in September -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
26/07/2011
The Government of China has provided 76 million dollars to the Chinese firm CAMC Engineering, to implement an experimental program for rice cultivation in the commune of Long, the city of Cuito Cuanavale, Kuando-Kubango.

Nairobi Ceding Too Much to the Chinese -Nairobi Star (KEN)
26/07/2011
Perhaps only apart from the 2007/8 infamy, the Kibaki State House may yet be recalled for one other thing: Looking East, and bending over ever so much while at it.

Police seize illegal shipment of marine species -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
25/07/2011
The illegal produce was seized in the house of a Chinese citizen in the Coop neighbourhood following complaints by neighbours.

Chinese Contractor Sues Bank for 400 Million -Tanzania Daily News (TZN)
25/07/2011
A Chinese Contractor has lodged a commercial dispute before the High Court’s Commercial Division against Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania Limited, demanding 280,690 US dollars (over 400m/-) for authorized withdrawal of money from its account using an alleged forged cheque.

Chinese Firm Eyes Gas Export From Calub Through Berbera -Addis Fortune (ETH)
25/07/2011
The Ethiopian government decided last week to award the nation’s promising energy prospects down in the Ogaden Basin to a Hong Kong based company, following the departure of the Carigali Overseas Operation last year.

The Atlantic Joins the China-Africa Scare-Mongering -China in Africa: The Real Story
25/07/2011
I’m disappointed that one of my favorite magazines, The Atlantic, published on June 24, 2011, a short and sloppy article by Max Fisher– “In Zimbabwe, Chinese Investment with Hints of Colonialism.”

Lessons from the Chinese: There is a promising future and success in Kenya -Business Daily (KEN)
25/07/2011
The Daily Mail of July 18, 2008, carried an article titled How China is Taking over Africa and Why the West Should be VERY Worried. As a lazy, palavering savage I read the rest of the article with much amusement as the writer spoke of a deviously secret conspiracy by the Chinese government to colonise Africa.

Chinese firm wins airport expansion tender -Business Daily (KEN)
24/07/2011
A tender to build the second phase of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in its expansion and modernisation plan has been awarded to China National Aero-Technology International Engineering Company (CATIC).

Cameroon And China Set Higher Goals -Cameroon Tribune (CMR)
24/07/2011
President Paul Biya and First Lady Chantal Biya had a crowded agenda throughout their stay in China.

UN Body Calls for Suspension of Gibe III Dam to Protect World Heritage -Pete Bosshard’s Environmental Policy Blog

22/07/2011
The UN’s World Heritage Committee recently called on the Ethiopian government and Chinese financiers to suspend the Gibe III hydropower project to fulfill their obligation for the protection of such a site.

Increased exports to China -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
22/07/2011
The Minister of Commerce announced yesterday in Luanda,that the exports of Portuguese-speaking countries to China in 2010, have, over the previous year, an increase of 42 percent.

Lieve Joris breaks the stereotypes between Africa and China -Slate Africa (FRA)
22/07/2011
Belgian novelist, Lieve Joris, author of “Uncle of the Congo”, is interested in the relations between China and Africa.

 

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