Weekly news

April 2009

* Jatropha for biodiesel not a miracle crop – D1 Oils- Engineering News (ZAF)

01/04/2009

Jatropha, often hailed as rich source of biodiesel that flourishes in semi-arid areas ofAfrica, is hard to grow and often fails if farmers lack expertise, an executive of a company developing the crop said. Full Story.

* Crisis could make China into Africa’s ‘partner of choice’- Pambazuka (KEN)

02/04/2009
China’s continuing African trade investment and aid could act as a buffer for African economies. And if China can steer its way through the crisis it could become a ‘development partner of choice’, increasing its ‘soft power’ influence in the developing world and acting as a steadying factor in trade and investment compared to the West. Full Story.

* China starts driving a harder bargain with African governments- FT (GBR)
02/04/2009
To the dignitaries gathered at Johannesburg’s convention centre last month, haunting tales of a Chinese exodus from Africa must have seemed far from the truth. Full Story.

 

* Chinese Involvement in African Conflict Zones- Jamestown Foundation (USA)
02/04/2009

As China expands its engagement throughout Africa, it increasingly finds itself involved in African conflict zones either by design or accident. Full Story.

* Russia urges UN Security Council to discuss again Sudan’s Bashir case-Sudan Tribune (SDN)

03/04/2009

 

The United Nations Security Council should discuss one again the International Criminal Court (ICC)’s arrest warrant for the Sudanese president and its impact on the political situation in the country, said the Mikhail Margelov, special representative of the Russian President on Sudan. Full Story.

 

 

* G20 empowers developing world: China- Business Report (ZAF)

 

03/04/2009

 

China’s state-run media on Friday hailed the Group of 20 summit as a watershed event in Beijing’s push to secure the developing world a more powerful seat at the table of world economic policy. Full Story.

 

 

* Cheap dry cell imports banned to save local jobs- Business Daily (KEN)

 

03/04/2009

 

More than 30 battery brands have been banned from trading in Kenya to save jobs at the country’s sole manufacturer Eveready East Africa, which laid off more than 400 people last year because of low sales. Full Story.

 

 

* Standard Bank gets $400m for trade in Africa- Business Day (ZAF)

 

03/04/2009

 

THE International Finance Corporation (IFC) is giving Standard Bank a $400m line of credit to help unblock trade in Africa, which has been constrained by the global financial crisis and credit crunch. Full Story.

 

 

* NPC delegation leaves for Ethiopia, Belgium, Greece- Walta Information (ETH)

 

03/04/2009

 

A Chinese delegation of the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, left here Friday for Ethiopia, Belgium and Greece. Full Story.

 

 

* Chinese flotilla sails to relieve ships in Somalia anti-piracy mission- Walta Information (ETH)

 

03/04/2009

 

China’s Navy deployed a second flotilla here Thursday morning as it rotated warships escorting merchant vessels on an anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters. Full Story.

 

 ‘China a partner to Africa’- News 24 (ZAF)

 

04/04/2009

 

China’s partnership with Africa is not only an economic alliance, but a political one as well, said an academic at a lecture on Tuesday at Unisa. Full Story.

 

 

 

 Chinese Counsellor commissions Assin-Nkran Basic Model School- Ghana Web (GHN)

 

04/04/2009

 

A plush model basic school built by the government of China for Assin-Nkran and its surrounding communities in the Assin South District was on Thursday handed over by the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Yu Wenzhe, to the Ministry of Education at a ceremony at Assin-Nkran. Full Story


* Cheap tyres threaten SA- News 24 (ZAF)

05/04/2009

 

Government has been asked to hike import duty on tyres in response to the dumping of cheap tyres, especially from China. Full Story.


* Beijing’s investment muscle could lighten SA’s load- Business Day (ZAF)

06/04/2009

 

SA’S power woes have sparked renewed interest in alternative energy sources, economical use of the country’s existing electrical supply and, most notably, sourcing new avenues to finance. Full Story.

 

 

* China is second biggest foreign investor – govt- Monitor (UGA)

 

06/04/2009

 

China’s defied global recession fears to move from eighth to second position of countries with the highest Foreign Direct Investment in Uganda. Full Story.


* Angolian Airlines increases flights to China – Xinhua (CHN)

07/04/2009

 

The Angolan Airlines, TAAG, is to increase direct flights to China this week from two times a week to three times, according to a communiqué issued here on Tuesday. Full Story.

 

 

* Thika Road works chaos to cost economy billions- Business Daily (KEN)

 

07/04/2009

 

A transport crisis is looming in the Mount Kenya region and the Northern tourism circuit as the long awaited construction work on Nairobi’s Thika Road begins in a few weeks time without a clear traffic flow plan. Full Story.


* Chinese NPC officials discuss bilateral ties with Ethiopian parliament leaders – Xinhua (CHN)

08/04/2009

 

Uyunqimg, vice chairwoman of the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC),on Tuesday met with leaders of the Ethiopian parliament to discuss bilateral relations and parliamentary exchanges. Full Story.

 

 

* Stop tyre imports, say stakeholders- Business Report (ZAF)

 

08/04/2009

 

Government has been asked to hike import duty on tyres in response to the dumping of cheap tyres, especially from China. Full Story.

 

 

* KPCU fails to honour Sh1.4b export order to China- Standard (KEN)

 

08/04/2009

 

Kenya has been unable to export coffee worth Sh1.4 billion to China in the last two years due to wrangles at the Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (KPCU). Full Story.

 

 

* Lekki port commences operation 2012, to employ 3000 Nigerians- Guardian (NGA)

 

08/04/2009

 

Nigeria’s first deep sea port which construction is currently on-going at Lekki area of Lagos is expected to commence port operations in the next three years, precisely 2012. The port would provide the initial employment to no fewer than 3000 Nigerians. Full Story.


* Chinese tourists explore Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)

09/04/2009

 

A group of Chinese tourists on Thursday announced a travelling expedition from Ghana across the Sahara desert to help them learn more about Africa and also promote Ghana and the continent as a good tourist destination for other Chinese. Full Story.

 

 

* ANC: Party T-shirts made in SA- News 24 (ZAF)

 

09/04/2009

 

The ANC’s T-shirt suppliers are all South African, the ruling party said on Thursday after reports that it sourced T-shirts totalling millions of rands from China. Full Story.

 

 

* The G20, China and the implications for Africa – Pambazuka News(KEN)

 

09/04/2009

 

On paper it all looks great. The G20, its communiqué assured us, had pulled the rabbit of expansion and regulation out of the hat and clearly turned the old days of global free market dogmatism into history Full Story.

* Chinese take Guinea-Bissau route to top med school- Reuters (GBR)
09/04/2009
Dozens of Chinese students who saw little prospect of getting into a top medical school have secured admission by becoming nationals of the tiny west African country of Guinea-Bissau, a newspaper said on Thursday. Full Story.


* SA, China unveil PBMR cooperation agreement- Engineering News (ZAF)

10/04/2009

 

South Africa’s Pebble Bed Modular Reactor (PBMR) company has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with its Chinese counterparts, the Institute of Nuclear and New Energy Technology (INET) of Tsinghua University and the Chinergy company. Full Story.

 

 

* W.Bank releases Sh20 billion roads construction funds- Business Daily (KEN)

 

10/04/2009

 

The World Bank has given Kenya Sh20.4 billion to complete road repairs some of which are behind schedule. Full Story.

* China encourages domestic firms to invest overseas- China View (CHN)
10/04/2009
China unveiled Friday an investment guide book to help domestic firms make foreign investments. Full Story.


* China-built stadium in Zimbabwe ready for 2010 World Cup – Xinhua (CHN)

11/04/2009

 

The three-year renovations that have been taking place at Zimbabwe’s National Sports Stadium in Harare is ready for the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in neighbouring South Africa, New Ziana reported on Saturday. Fulll Story

 

 

* Overseas investment norms released – China Daily (CHN)

 

11/04/2009

 

The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Friday released the guidelines for overseas investment and cooperation with 20 countries as part of its strategy to help Chinese enterprises seek overseas opportunities. Full Story.


* Weak demand threatens sisal exports to China- Business Daily (KEN)

14/04/2009

 

Weak demand for sisal products is pushing down prices for Chinese processors, a trend that could stunt imports from East Africa for some time. Full Story.

* Trade between Africa, China now exceeds $100billion- Monitor (UGA)
14/04/2009
Trade between China – an emerging market and Africa leaped over the $100 billion mark last year, according to the Mr Anil Dua, the Regional Head of wholesale banking, Standard Chartered Bank Africa. Full Story.
* High quality Chinese rice introduced in Mozambique- Club de Mozambique (MOZ)
14/04/2009
On April 6 combine harvesters were used harvest high quality rice in the outskirts of Xai-Xai, the capital of Gaza Province, Mozambique. Full Story.
* Thousands of dolphins block Somali pirates- China View (CHN)
14/04/2009
Thousands of dolphins blocked the suspected Somali pirate ships when they were trying to attack Chinese merchant ships passing the Gulf of Aden, the China Radio International reported on Monday. Full Story.

 

* China juggles its future in Africa- Asia Times (HK)

 

16/04/2009

 

China isn’t in Africa merely to snap up raw materials, exploit African labor, or build geopolitical influence. Full Story.

 

 

* Sino-Eritrean Relationship: The Tip of an Iceberg- Shaebia (ETR)

 

16/04/2009

 

What I have put here as the title is what President Isaias Afwerki said in an interview with China Business Weekly Magazine in 2007, talking about Chinese and Eritrean relations and with particular reference to what Chinese investors see when they look at Eritrea. Full Story.

 

 

* China: Investors still shy overseas- Business Report (ZAF)

 

16/04/2009

 

China’s foreign direct investment fell last month for a fifth month as the global crisis battered trade and finance. Full Story.

 

 


* Total’s Akpo Field to Export 77,000 bpd in May- This Day (NGA)

15/04/2009

 

Nigeria’s crude oil export will soon receive a boost, as Total’s Akpo deepwater oil field will commence loading for the first time in May, with 77,000 barrels per day to be exported, a  Reuters report has said. Full Story.

 

 

* SA benefited from Chinese goods- Business Report (ZAF)

 

15/04/2009

 

Bangladesh, Mauritius, Malaysia and Vietnam increased their imports up to twentyfold on a monthly basis, compared with the period preceding the quotas, says Johann van Eeden, a researcher with trade consultancy Econex. Full Story.

 

 

* Fishing boat blast kills five Chinese crew members in Lagos, Nigeria- China View (CHN)

 

15/04/2009

 

An official with the Chinese Consulate-General in Lagos confirmed that five Chinese crew members were killed in a fishing boat explosion in Nigerian economic hug Lagos on Monday night. Full Story.

 

 

* Quotas on imports pointless – reports- Business Report (ZAF
15/04/2009
As job losses mount in the clothing and textile sector, two reports have criticised quotas imposed on 31 lines of Chinese imports as pointless and probably counterproductive.Full Story. 

* New companies turn the heat on Kenya’s dry cells maker- Business Daily (KEN)

16/04/2009
Dry cells maker Eveready East Africa is bracing itself for a new round of market trouble as six foreign firms set up shop in Kenya to grab a fraction of its consumers. Full Story.

 

 

* Official: Egypt eyes more investment from China- China View (CHN)

 

16/04/2009

 

Egypt is looking forward to more Chinese investment to help fuel the economy of the most populous Arab country in the future, Youssef Wali, chairman of the Egyptian-Chinese Friendship Association (ECFA), said on Wednesday. Full Story.

* Government technical way in China- Journal de Angola (AGO)

17/04/2009
The Government of Angola will send to China, next month, 40 young people will be trained in the maintenance and management of stadiums, said yesterday the Deputy Minister of Public Works, Joanes André, when visiting the future stadium of Luanda, located in the zone of Camama. Full Story.
* Let’s unite in rebuilding Somalia- Business Daily (KEN)
17/04/2009
The rescue of the American captain of Maersk Alabama by US naval forces last weekend may have been a heroic achievement, but it has limited value unless regarded as the beginning of serious efforts to rid the Somali coast of pirates who have repeatedly threatened maritime trade, freedom of navigation, regional stability and economic prosperity with impunity. Full Story.
* Chinese financing to be more prominent in African market- Engineering News (ZAF)
17/04/2009
The current disarray in the Western financial system will probably benefit Chinese banks seeking to finance projects in Africa. Full Story.
* Sino-Egyptian economic zone to be completed in 2018- China View (CHN)
17/04/2009
Construction of the Suez Economic and Trade Cooperation Zone, a key project of the Forum on China-African Cooperation, is expected to be finished around 2018, a Chinese source said here Saturday. Full Story.

* Chinese goods not banned, says Kebs- The Standard (KEN)

20/04/2009
China is free to sell cheap products in the country as long as they meet local standards, the Kenya Bureau of Standards said yesterday. Full Story.
* Government’s delegation ends visit to China- Journal de Angola (AGO)
20/04/2009
A delegation of the Government, headed by Minister of Public Works, Higino Carneiro, concluded yesterday, a working visit of three days of the Republic of China. Full Story.

* China rules out pursuit of African farmland- FT (GBR)
20/04/2009
China has said it will not join the growing trend of outsourcing food production by investing in overseas farmland, particularly in Africa, expressing doubts that such deals could improve its food security. Full Story.
* China, Gabon celebrate 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties- China View (CHN)
20/04/2009
A reception was held here Monday to mark the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Gabon. Full Story.


* Sudan’s president arrives in Ethiopia amid Western boycott- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

21/04/2009
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir arrived today in Addis Ababa heading a high level delegation to discuss bilateral issues with their Ethiopian counterparts at a two day high joint committee meeting. Full Story.
* Zimbabwe parliament gets equipment worth 150,000 dollars from China’s NPC- China View (CHN)
21/04/2009
Chinese Embassy in Harare on Monday gave digital recording and conferencing equipment worth 150,000 U.S. dollars to the Parliament of Zimbabwe, to be used for recording parliamentary proceedings. Full Story.

 

* China to finance Angola’s housing, agriculture projects- China View (CHN)
22/04/2009
Angolan Prime Minister Antonio Paulo Kassoma and the Chinese ambassador in Luanda on Wednesday discussed China’s financial aid to Angola’s housing and agricultural projects. Full Story.
 
* East China’s Shandong Province launches twice-monthly sea service to Benin- China View (CHN)
22/04/2009
China’s eastern province of Shandong now has a sea link from the coastal city of Yantai to the Republic of Benin in west Africa, the Yantai Border Checkpoint said Wednesday.Full Story.
 

* Kenya turns to China in hunt for bigger tea market- Business Daily (KEN)

22/04/2009
Changing consumer appetites in China could open up an important new market for Kenya’s tea industry, said representatives in Beijing this week. Full Story.

* Another way to build a foothold- Pambazuka News (KEN)

23/04/2009
How will the global economic crisis impact on China’s African involvement? Till now discussion has focussed on whether the impact will be positive or negative. Full Story.
* Verdict in Chinese human trafficking case on June 2- Ghana Web (GHN)
23/04/2009
A Circuit Court in Accra hearing the case of the three Chinese busted for transporting and trafficking 10 Chinese girls to engage in the sex trade in Ghana would deliver its verdict on June 2. The date was fixed after the defence filed its address before the court.Full Story.
* China Seeks Larger Africa Investments, China-Africa’s Fung Says- Walta Information (ETH)
23/04/2009
China-Africa Development Fund will seek larger investments on the continent as it becomes more comfortable with the local environment, said Mark Fung, general counsel of the state-backed company. Full Story.
* Huawei net surges past $1b mark- China View (CHN)
23/04/2009
Chinese telecom equipment maker Huawei Technologies said yesterday its net profit jumped 20 percent in 2008, driven by strong overseas sales in emerging markets and improved profit margins. Full Story.
* China pledges support for housing project- Journal de Angola (AGO)
23/04/2009
The program to build one million housing dwellings over the next four years yesterday in Luanda, the meeting that the Prime Minister, António Paulo Kassoma, remained with the ambassador of China, Zhang Bolun. Full Story.


* Standard paints bleak picture- Fin 24 (ZAF)

24/04/2009
South African banking giant Standard Bank said in an annual report on Friday that despite weathering an exceptionally challenging year, it expected extremely difficult operating conditions for 2009. Full Story.
* Sars slaps provisional antidumping duties on stainless-steel sinks from China, Malaysia- Fin Engineering News (ZAF)
24/04/2009
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has announced the imposition of provisional payments (provisional antidumping duties) on stainless-steel kitchen sinks imported from or originating in Malaysia and the People’s Republic of China. The provisional payment is imposed from April 9 to October 8, that is for a period of six months. Full Story.


* WB welcomes China’s investment in Africa- China View (CHN)

25/04/2009
The World Bank said Friday it welcomes China’s investment in Africa, where capital and liquidity are in great demand as a result of the global financial crisis. Full Story.
* China Union Pay’s ATM business expands in Middle East, Africa- Walta Information (ETH)
25/04/2009
China UnionPay’s automatic teller machine (ATM) network has expanded to 61 countries and regions after it recently started service in nine Middle East and African countries, sources with the company said on Friday. Full Story.
* Construction of Kigali Convention Centre kicks off next month- New Times (RWA)
25/04/2009
The construction works for the Kigali Convention Complex is set to begin next month. This was revealed by, Ultimate Concepts, the company responsible for the project. Full Story.


* Chinese naval frigate comes to escort released Filipino tanker in Somali waters- China View (CHN)

26/04/2009
At the request of the Philippines, a Chinese naval frigate came to escort a Philippine-flagged chemical tanker which has just been released from pirates in Somali waters, according to the press office of China’s Ministry of National Defence on Sunday. Full Story.
* China of great help to Africa in fighting global financial crisis: Zambian minister- China View (CHN)
26/04/2009
China is of great help to African countries in their efforts to deal with the current global financial crisis and the worst world economic downturn since the Great Depression in the 1930s, Zambian Minister of Finance Situmbeko Musokotwane told Xinhua here on Saturday. Full Story.


* Kenya’s tourism to suffer as China cuts foreign trips by civil servants- Business Daily (KEN)

27/04/2009
China is clamping down on junkets organized by government officials, which could take a bite out of the country’s tourism spending in Kenya and other African markets. Full Story.
* Huawei Technologies blazes trail for Chinese firms in Africa- Business Daily (KEN)
27/04/2009
Walk into a bookstore in Beijing and you will find shelves filled with books about Huawei Technologies. Full Story.

* Road repair to involve sinking of boreholes- Standard (KEN)

29/04/2009
The repair of Athi River-Namanga road will enhance cross-border trade with Tanzania and boost economic activities on the route. Full Story.
* Deputy speaker: China concerned over Africa’s setbacks from global financial crisis- Xinhua (CHN)
29/04/2009
China is concerned over the difficulties that African countries are suffering from the global financial crisis and hope to work together with them to tide over the difficulties posed by the crisis, said a Chinese deputy speaker in Addis Ababa on Tuesday. Full Story.
* Trade routes still suffer at hands of bandits- China Daily (CHN)
29/04/2009
Nearly six months after the deployment of 40 warships by 20 navies to tackle the pirates plaguing the Gulf of Aden, global trade is still at the mercy of these murderous villains.Full Story.
* PLA Navy expands its horizons in Somalia mission- China Daily (CHN)
29/04/2009
After returning from China’s first anti-piracy mission yesterday, fleet commander Rear Admiral Du Jingchen admitted he had more on his mind than battling hijackers during his four-month tour off the coast of Somalia. Full Story.

 

 

* Road contractors to tour China- Ghana web (GHN)

30/04/2009
A 30-member delegation of the Association of Road Contractors of Ghana (ASROC) begins a two-week visit to China on May 3, according to an official statement issued by the Ministry of Roads and Highways in Accra on Thursday. Full Story.
* Mills cuts sod for hospital- Ghana web (GHN)
30/04/2009
President John Evans Atta Mills on Wednesday took a further step in redeeming his pledge to improve the nation’s health delivery when he cut the sod for work to commence on a Chinese Government assisted 100-bed capacity general hospital and malaria research centre at Teshie in Accra. Full Story.
* Chinese milk taints Nigeria- News 24 (ZAF)
30/04/2009
Nigeria on Thursday alerted the public about the presence in west Africa of a consignment of Chinese powdered milk contaminated by melamine, a toxic industrial chemical. Full Story.
* SA exports to Asia surprise- Fin 24 (ZAF)
30/04/2009
Another solid performance by the South African export sector surprised the market on Thursday as it comes during a global recession and after a gloomy prognosis by the central bank on the local economic growth outlook. Full Story.
* Liberia: China Again! -Turns Over US$5.5M Barracks- All Africa (USA)
30/04/2009
The government of the People’s Republic of China had done it again, this time completing a major project and turning it over the Liberian government at the cost of US$5.5M. Full Story.

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