Weekly news

February 2009

China hands over donation to Republic of Congo- People’s Daily (CHN)

1/02/2009

China donated office equipment to the Republic of Congo on Friday ahead of its presidential election set in July, according to reports reaching here. Full Story.

 

Mali, China sign memorandum to promote tourism cooperation- People’s Daily (CHN)

1/02/2009

Mali and China signed a memorandum of understanding on Friday to promote tourism cooperation between the countries, according to official information reaching here. Full Story.

 

China marches on in Africa despite downturn- The Standard (KEN)

02/02/2009

Chinese businessmen are taking a long-term view and pursuing strategic expansion in Africa even though China’s multiplying investments on the continent have lost some lustre in the global downturn. Full Story.

 

Waning demand from China zaps Sappi plant- Business Report (ZAF)

03/02/2009

Sappi would shut capacity at its Saiccor factory at Umkomaas, KwaZulu-Natal – its most profitable plant – because Chinese spending on clothing had plummeted, reducing demand for chemical cellulose used to make viscose textiles, the group said on Monday. Full Story.

 

Copper up on China recovery hopes- Fin 24 (ZAF)

03/02/2009

Copper prices rose on Tuesday, buoyed by signs that China’s economy could start to recover in the first half of the year, reinforcing stronger-than-expected manufacturing data overnight. Full Story.

 

China, Africa trade above $100bn- Fin 24 (ZAF)

03/02/2009

Trade between China and Africa went over $100bn in 2008, according to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. Full Story.

 

China president to visit Africa next week- The Standard (KEN)

03/02/2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit Saudi Arabia and four African countries from next week, the Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. Full Story.

 

China‘s Hu reaffirms support for Sudan- The Standard (KEN)

03/02/2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Wednesday reiterated China’s support forSudan, whose president has been accused of genocide in Darfur, ahead of his trip to Africa next week. Full Story.

 

Air Tanzania soars again, propelled by Chinese firm- Business Daily (KEN)

03/02/2009

Air Tanzania will soon be back in operations as the Tanzanian government plans to sell a stake to a Chinese firm. Full Story.

 

NigComSat 1: Firm to Replace Missing Spacecraft- This Day (NGA)

03/02/2009

Managing Director of Nigeria Communication Satellite, Alhaji Tima Ahmed Rufai, said yesterday that the N40 billion NigComSat 1 that disappeared in space would be replaced by the China Great Wall Corporation Limited that built and launched it into the orbit at no cost. Full Story.

 

$8bn Rail Contract: FG Orders Project Review- This Day (NGA)

04/02/2009

The Chinese firm handling the implementation of the $8.3billion railway modernisation project, China Construction Engineering Company (CCEC), said the Federal Government directed it to scale down the project in view of  the present financial limitations. Full Story.

 

“China’s involvement in Africa’s infrastructure development has fundamental, transformative impact”: Ethiopian PM – Walta Information (ETH)

04/02/2009

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi emphasized here on Wednesday the importance of infrastructure to Africa’s economic development, and hailedChina’s “fundamental and transformative” involvement in the continent’s infrastructure building. Full Story.

 

Chinese president praises bilateral ties, voices support for Al-Bashir-Sudan Tribune (SDN)

05/02/2009

President Hu Jintao of China voiced strong support for Sudan during a formal exchange of congratulatory messages with President Omar Al-Bashir ofSudan in celebration of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two, according to a statement published by the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Full Story.

 

Navigating the world recession: In the year of the Ox- Pambazuka News (KEN)

05/02/2009

The spectacle of a China-US trade war raised its head again last month when Paul Geithner, President `Obama’s nominee for the post of Treasury Secretary, told the Senate’s finance committee in a written response to questions, that “President Obama – backed by the conclusions of a broad range of economists – believes that China is manipulating its currency.” Mr Obama would “use aggressively all the diplomatic avenues open to him to seek change in China’s currency practices”, he added. Full Story.

 

Crisis ‘opportunity for Africa’- Fin 24 (ZAF)

06/02/2009

Far from being all bad news for Africa, the global financial crisis is a chance to wean the continent from aid that has only entrenched poverty, a former World Bank economist said. Full Story.

 

China says Africa ties not only about resources- Engineering News (ZAF)

06/02/2009

China hopes a trip to Africa by President Hu Jintao next week will show his nation’s commitment to the continent reaches beyond oil, mines and deals, a senior diplomat said on Friday. Full Story.

 

Chinese partner believed to hold key to accelerated coal-fired plant development (ZAF)

06/02/2009

A consortium of South African and Chinese energy investors is moving ahead with an extensive environmental-impact assessment (EIA) for a proposed multibillion-rand 300-MW to 900-MW coal-fired power station project, which could be developed on the Vele coal deposits near Musina, in Limpopoprovince. Full Story.

 

Chinese official calls for “increasing representation” of developing countries in UN security council reform- People’s Daily (CHN)

07/02/2009

Developing countries should be given more say in efforts to reform the United Nations Security Council, a Chinese official said here Thursday. Full Story.

 

China an unknown quantity in global recovery- Business Day (ZAF)

07/02/2009

Perhaps the biggest difference between this crisis and earlier ones is that it is global. Before, there was usually some part of the world that powered on, providing everyone else with hope of recovery. This time, we’re all in it together.Full Story.

 

SA key in South-South trade- Fin 24 (ZAF)

08/02/2009

Developing countries hoping to compensate for slumping demand in rich countries and falling commodity prices are looking at ways to bolster one of the most dynamic parts of their economies – South-South trade. Full Story.

Donors press Congo over $9bn China deal- FT (GBR)

09/02/2009

China’s biggest investment deal in Africa is faltering as western donors create pressure to renegotiate a minerals-for-infrastructure contract in the Democratic Republic of Congo valued at $9bn (€6.9bn, £6bn). Full Story.

Chinese in Madagascar donate to hospital after clash- People’s Daily (CHN)

10/02/2009

Chinese living in Madagascar have donated to a hospital after the weekend clash caused heavy casualties in Antananarivo, the capital of the Indian Ocean island state. Full Story.

Sino-African Trade has broader prospects- China Daily (CHN)

11/02/2009

Although far apart geographically, China and Africa have enjoyed a long tradition of friendship and economic exchanges. Full Story.

 

Africa trip not just about oil- China Daily (CHN)

11/02/2009

President Hu Jintao’s upcoming visit to four African countries will show that China’s commitment to the continent reaches beyond business and resources, a senior diplomat said. Full Story.

 

Wade praises China partnership- Fin 24 (ZAF)

11/02/2009

Dakar – Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade has praised the West African country’s partnership with China ahead of a visit on Saturday by his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao. Full Story.

 

The dragon bares its claws in eastern Africa- Monitor (UGA)

11/02/2009

To protect its commercial and maritime interests while projecting its superpower status,Beijing is modernising and expanding its military with major implications for Africa, writes Patrick Mutahi. Full Story.

 

Ethiopia expands road network- Walta Information (ETH)

11/02/2009

The Ethiopian Roads Authority (ERA) has awarded China’s Sinohydro Corporation a 45.8 million USD contract to upgrade and repair a 100 km-long road linking Ethiopia and southern Sudan, Khi Group, a construction information website, reported. Full Story.

Chinese presence felt in Dakar- News 24 (ZAF)

12/02/2009

Dakar – Rows of adjoining Chinese shops line Dakar’s General de Gaulle Boulevard; this is the face of the Chinese presence in Senegal which is growing each year. Full Story.

 

ICC still to decide on Bashir- News 24 (ZAF)

12/02/2009

The International Criminal Court said on Thursday it is still to decide whether to issue an arrest warrant for Sudan’s president and Khartoum pressed ahead with diplomatic efforts to postpone such a move. Full Story.

 

Nigeria tightens import rules- News 24 (ZAF)

12/02/2009

Nigeria has implemented tighter controls on chemical imports from India and China after 84 children were killed consuming tainted teething syrup, a health agency said on Thursday. Full Story.

 

China ‘to spend $1bn in Africa’- News 24 (ZAF)

12/02/2009

China plans to spend $1bn in Africa on commodity and industrial projects by October 2009. So said Martyn Davies, CEO of research firm Frontier Advisory, who reckonsChina’s economic growth rate this year will average 7.5% to 8.5%. Full Story.

 

Jintao set for tour to Africa- News 24 (ZAF)

12/02/2009

Bamako – Chinese president Hu Jintao is set to arrive in Mali on Thursday, the first stop in his whirlwind tour of four African countries, as Beijing stressed its interest in Africagoes beyond purely economic. Full Story.

 

China welcomes swearing-in of Zimbabwean PM- People’s Daily (CHN)

12/02/2009

China on Thursday welcomed the swearing-in of Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister of the united government of Zimbabwe. Full Story.

 

China: International Court Actions should hepl solve Darfur Issue- China Wire (CHN)

12/02/2009

Responding to a possible arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, China said Thursday that the ICC’s decision should help to achieve stability in Sudan and a proper solution of the Darfur issue. Full 

China pledges to increase aid to Africa- Walta Information (ETH)

 

13/02/2009

 

China will continue to increase aid to Africa despite the impact of the current global financial crisis upon itself so that China and African countries will be able to weather the difficult times together through mutual support, President Hu Jintao announced on Thursday. Full Story.

 

 

 

Niger cancels telecom deal- Business Report (ZAF)

 

13/02/2009

 

Niamey – Chinese and Libyan shareholders in a Niger telecoms firm are to be removed as its owners for poor management of the company, a Niger government minister said on Friday. Full Story.

 

 

 

Ombudsman warns against Chinese- News 24 (ZAF)

 

13/02/2009

 

The Motor Industry Ombudsman cautioned vehicle buyers on Thursday against buying cars from new brands on the market. Full Story.

 

 

 

Hu tour deepens China-Africa trade, investment ties- Engineering News (ZAF)

 

13/02/2009

 

Chinese President Hu Jintao said on Thursday he wanted to deepen Beijing’s trade and investment links in Africa despite the global economic slowdown. Full Story.

Hu Jintao wraps up Mali visit- News 24 (ZAF)

14/02/2009

Bamako – China’s President Hu Jintao promised to step up investment and support for debt relief in Africa as he ended the first stage of a four-nation African tour in Mali on Friday. Full Story.

China’s Hu grants aid to Tanzania- BBC (GBR)
15/02/2009

China’s President Hu Jintao has granted $22m (£15m) in aid to Tanzania as he continues his tour of Africa. Full Story.

 

Egypt vows to press for suspension of ICC move against Sudan president- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

15/02/2009

Egypt’s top diplomat today pledged that his government will continue to work on pressing the UN Security Council (UNSC) to block the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecution of the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. Full Story.

 

Russia signals support to Darfur ICC deferral, UK toughens stance- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

15/02/2009

The Russian government today called on the UN Security Council to invoke Article 16 of the International Criminal Court (ICC) statute to suspend prosecution of Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. Full Story.

 

ATCL-Chinese deal raises grave queries- IPP Media (TZA)

15/02/2009

The government has declared publicly that it is in the final stages of negotiation with the Hong Kong-based China Sonangol International Holding Ltd to acquire 49percent of Air Tanzania Company Ltd (ATCL), but it has not disclosed how the investor was chosen.Full Story.

 

Chinese President arrives in Dar- IPP Media (TZA)

15/02/2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao was expected to jet into Dar es Salaam last night, for a four-day official visit, leading a 140-strong delegation. Full Story.

Hu writes new chapter in China-Africa friendship- China Daily (CHN)

16/02/2009

President Hu Jintao said Monday that China will take steps at home and intensify cooperation with African countries to combat the global economic downturn. Full Story.

 

Chinese president says African visit produces new consensus- Xinhua (CHN)

16/02/2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday said he reached new consensus with African leaders during his ongoing visit to the continent. Full Story.

 

President pays homage to workers- China Daily (CHN)

16/02/2009

Jin Chengwei was just a month away from his 22nd birthday when he was killed in 1973 while working on the construction of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway. Full Story.

 

China signs $21.9m deals- News 24 (ZAF)

15/02/2009

China and Tanzania signed co-operation agreements worth millions of dollars on Sunday during a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to this east African country aimed to reinforce ties. Full Story.

China to Replace Nigcomsat 1- This Day (NGA)

17/02/2009

China Great Wall Industries Corporation, the firm that constructed Nigeria’s first communication satellite, Nigcomsat1,   would   replace the  failed satellite  built at   the cost  of $200million. Full Story.

 

China starts deploying peacekeepers to Sudan- Xinhua (CHN)

17/02/2009

China kicked off the deployment of its fifth peacekeeping mission to Sudan this week, with 435 officers and soldiers to be sent in four groups, the Jinan Military Command Area said Tuesday. Full Story.

 

Standard Bank: Chinese firms now embrace “best time” for investing in Africa- Xinhua (CHN)

17/02/2009

“Now is the best time for Chinese firms to invest in Africa,” Craig Bond, chief executive of South Africa Standard Bank China, told Xinhua here Tuesday. Full Story.

 

Economic Meltdown: FG begs China to rescue Nigeria- Vanguard (NGA)

17/02/2009

AMIDST fear the global economic recession may have on the country negatively, the Federal government today urged the Chinese government to come to its rescue. Full Story.

FM: Chinese president’s five-nation tour fruitful- Xinhua (CHN)

18/02/2009

President Hu Jintao’s five-nation “journey of friendship and cooperation” was very successful, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said on Wednesday. Full Story.

 

A step forward for Darfur peace- People’s Daily (CHN)

18/02/2009

Sudanese government and representatives of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), one of the major anti-government forces, signed a framework agreement on reconciliation in Doha, capital city of Qatar on February 17. Full Story.

 

Hu presents five-point proposal for advancing China-Mauritius ties- Xinhua (CHN)

18/02/2009

Chinese President Hu Jintao presented a five-point proposal for advancing China-Mauritius ties during a meeting Tuesday with Mauritian Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam. Full Story.

 

Chinese president meets with leader of Mauritian Militant Movement- Xinhua (CHN)

18/02/2009

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Paul Berenger, leader of the Mauritian Militant Movement (MMM) party, in a bid to cement bilateral ties in Port Louis on Tuesday. Full Story.

 

China, Angola to further bilateral cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)

18/02/2009

Both Chinese and Angolan governments would like to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in various fields, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Bolun said here on Tuesday. Full Story.

 

African students invited to China- China Wire (CHN)

18/02/2009

Fifty students from Tanzania will be invited to visit China this year as part of the efforts to promote exchanges between the young people of the two countries, President Hu Jintao said yesterday. Full Story.

 

Chinese Business Delegation Visits Mozambique- Club of Mozambique(MOZ)

18/02/2009

A delegation of Chinese business people from the province of Hubei, led by the deputy governor of the province, Tian Chengzhong, is in Maputo to discuss investment opportunities with the Mozambican authorities. Full Story.

 

Let’s build confidence in Africa- Business Daily (KEN)

18/02/2009

Africa hosted China’s President Hu Jintao for a fourth time in a span of less than six years. Full Story.

Chinese copper entrepreneurs flee DR Congo- FT (GBR)

19/02/2009

More than 40 Chinese-run copper smelters are standing idle in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their owners fled the country without paying taxes or compensating staff at the end of the commodity boom, according to a governor. Full Story.

India offers USD 25 mn Line of Credit to Mozambique- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

20/02/2009

India last night offered Mozambique a 25 million dollar Line of Credit and signed three agreements to strengthen bilateral relations particularly in the area of trade and investment. Full Story.

 

China and Macau amongst 10 biggest investors in 2008- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

20/02/2009

China and Macau are in the list of the ten biggest investors in Mozambique, which is led by South Africa, Macauhub has learned from the Mozambican Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI). Full Story.

 

Why Chinese contractors succeed in Africa- Engineering News (ZAF)

20/02/2009

Wu Chang is a contrac-
tor in Africa. He is feared by many Southern African contractors because his firm takes work away from them. Full Story.

 

Local vehicle importer overcomes Chinese brand perceptions- Engineering News (ZAF)

20/02/2009

Chinese vehicle importer Great Wall Motors South Africa (GWM SA) has overcome perceptions regarding Chinese vehicle brands to exceed the company’s early sales projections threefold. Full Story.

China provides made a gift of musical instruments to South Sudan- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

21/02/2009

China made a gift of musical instruments last Monday to the government of southern Sudan. Full Story.

Boost for farmers as Chinese firm plans to build tractor factories- Business Daily (KEN)

23/02/2009

China’s agricultural equipment maker, YTO, is to build seven assembly lines across Africa in the next five years, including a tractor plant slated for Kenya.Full Story.

 

Counterfeiters thrive in Africa- Monitor (UGA)

23/02/2009

A few years ago, consumer products giant Sara Lee started seeing knock-offs of its biggest seller in Africa, Kiwi shoe polish. Full Story.

*       China grants reach sh197b- New Vision (UGA)

24/02/2009

China has extended a total of $100m (about sh197b) loans and grants to Uganda in the last five years. Full Story.

 

*       Chinese companies put forward 30 investment proposals- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

24/02/2009

Twenty Chinese companies have put forward 30 investment proposals in Maputo during a seminar on investment in Mozambique and the People’s Republic of China. Full Story.

 

*       With cash to invest, China starts investing globally- Monitor (UGA)

24/02/2009

With the world suffering through a credit crunch, China has suddenly gone shopping.Full Story.

 

*       Tarda signs deal to buy rubber dam from China- Business Daily (KEN)

24/02/2009

The Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority (Tarda) signed a contract last week with a Chinese water resources company for a new rubber dam to restart irrigation in the Tana River rice-growing area. Full Story.

 

 *    Chinese copper entrepreneurs flee DR Congo- FT (GBR)

19/02/2009

More than 40 Chinese-run copper smelters are standing idle in the Democratic Republic of Congo after their owners fled the country without paying taxes or compensating staff at the end of the commodity boom, according to a governor. Full Story.

 

*       Chinese investors to export finished local products- Monitor (UGA)

25/02/2009

The Chinese business community under the newly formed Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Uganda, intends to start exporting value added goods to China and other regional markets. Full Story.

*       Beijing opens direct air link to Algiers- China Daily (CHN)

26/02/2009

Trade and cultural exchanges will benefit from direct flights between Beijing and Algeria which started earlier this week. Full Story.

 

*       Navy stops pirate attack- New 24 (ZAF)

26/02/2009

China’s navy has rescued an Italian ship from a pirate attack off the Somali coast, Chinese state media said on Thursday. Full Story

*       China’s Liaoning province plans to invest in Mozambique’s Sofala province- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

27/02/2009

The Chinese province of Liaoning plans to invest in Mozambique, particularly in Sofala province, under the terms of an agreement signed in Maputo by the governor of Sofala, Alberto Vaquina and by Yan Feng, the vice-president of the vice-president of the congress of the Chinese province. Full Story.

* Canton Fair provides platform for promotion of Sino-South Africa trade- People’s Daily (CHN)
27/02/2009
The 105th Canton Fair, to be held between April and May 2009, has been formally introduced to South Africans in Johannesburg on Thursday by Zhang Zhigang, deputy director of the Committee for Economic Affairs of National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).  Full Story.

 

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