House Summons Julius Berger, Chinese Firm over Rail Projects- This Day (NGA)
House of Representatives has summoned construction giant, Julius Berger and the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) over the abandonment of two strategic rail transport projects. Full Story.
Court asks police to get ready for trial in Chinese sex trade case- Ghanaweb (GHN)
A Circuit Court in Accra on Monday ordered the Police to assemble all witnesses in the case of three Chinese who were busted for transporting and trafficking 10 Chinese girls to engage in the sex trade in Ghana so that trial could begin. Full Story.
Is Southern Sudan re-arming ahead of referendum in 2011?- Business Daily (KEN)
Whether the Sudanese administration will accept the secession of Southern Sudan in the next two years is a nagging question even to the best of regional affairs analysts, though for the latter, the mantra seems to be: ‘if you want peace, prepare for the war’.Full Story.
Mozambique: Further Chinese Funds for National Stadium- AllAfrica (USA)
The Chinese government has pledged a further 2.5 million US dollars to finance work to remove soil from the site where the new Mozambican national stadium is being built.Full Story.
China to Proceed With $9 Billion Congo Plan, Ambassador Says- Bloomberg (USA)
China plans to spend $9 billion on mining and infrastructure in the Democratic Republic of Congo and won’t bow to a demand from the International Monetary Fund to alter the accord, the Chinese ambassador to the country said. Full Story.
Upgrade of Thika Road set to cost Sh3bn more- Business Daily (KEN)
The cost of reconstructing Nairobi’s Thika Road has increased by 10 per cent to accommodate planned acquisition of new parcels of land for additional lanes. Full Story.
Tullow not distressed; African assets seen as prize- Guardian (UK)
Tullow Oil is the latest Africa-focused energy firm to draw Chinese takeover interest, but the $8 billion oil and gas independent, emboldened by its prospects, has snubbed potential buyers, dealmakers say. Full Story.
Feature: Sudan hails world’s longest dam- Xinhua (CHN)
Squinting amid the dazzling sunshine on the brink of the Sahara Desert, Asem Khalil Idris tried to get a clear view of President Omar al-Bahir, who was addressing a crowd at the inauguration ceremony for Merowe Dam, the country’s largest hydropower project.Full Story.
Chinese anti-climax hits rand- Fin 24 (ZAF)
The rand gave up earlier gains during the afternoon on Thursday as safe haven considerations once again raised their head and pushed the dollar stronger. Full Story.
Standard Bank: earnings fall 1%- Fin 24 (ZAF)
Standard Bank, the third of the “Big Four” South African retail banks to report its results, says headline earnings have decreased by 1% to 942c/share and predicts a tough year ahead. Full Story.
Oil steady above $45 after 9% jump, eyes US data- Engineering News (ZAF)
Oil hovered above $45 on Thursday, after surging nearly 9% overnight on government data showing a surprise drop in US crude stocks, which could signal recovering demand in the world’s top energy consumer. Full Story.
Capitalism reshaping Africa- Business Daily (KEN)
Don’t look now, but capitalism – maligned in these bailout-ridden recessionary days – is reshaping Africa inexorably. What is different today is that it is emanating from China and India, rather than from the conventional bastions of capitalist prowess. Full Story.
Outcry against arrest move from Arab, African countries, Russia, China- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
Arab ministers opposed to the ICC arrest move against President Al-Bashir began meeting in Cairo shortly after the announcement while African Union Chairman Jean Ping also expressed deep concern over the decision made. Full Story.
Kenyan President appreciates China’s development support- Xinhua (CHN)
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki Wednesday expressed appreciation for China’s technical and financial support to Kenya. Full Story.
China regretful, worried about Sudan president arrest warrant- Xinhua (CHN)
China is felt regretful and worried about the decision by the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on war crimes charges, Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Thursday. Full Story.
Sino-DRC contracts to thwart the return of Western patronage- Pambazuka (KEN)
The DRC’s desire to choose its own mining trading partners, whether Chinese investors or Western corporations, calls the bluff of global financial institutions like the IMF and World Bank, writes Antoine Roger Lokongo. Full Story.
Lifan to set up $10mln assembly plant in Ethiopia- Gazgoo (CHN)
Lifan Group, one of the biggest privately-owned enterprises in China, will set up a vehicle assembly plant, the first of its type, in Ethiopia with an initial investment outlay of $10 million, Pan Juequan, chief representative of the company and project manager of the future establishment in Ethiopia told The Reporter. Full Story.
Stanbic, China in trade deal- Monitor (UGA)
Ugandan businesses should explore the business opportunities existing between China and Uganda, Mr Phillip Odera, Stanbic Bank Managing Director, has urged. Full Story.
UN fails to agree on Sudan action- BBC (GBR)
Key powers at the United Nations have failed to agree on a statement asking Sudan to reverse its decision to expel aid agencies. Full Story.
Somali mission ships to be replaced in two months- Walta Information (ETH)
Addis Ababa, March 8 (Chinadaily) -The Chinese naval fleet currently fighting pirates in the Somali waters will likely be replaced by new ships by the end of April or in early May, a senior naval officer told China Daily on Saturday. Full Story.
China to increase financial support for exporters, firms- Business Daily (KEN)
China will increase financial support for exporters and companies investing overseas in a bid to minimise the impact of the global downturn on its economy, Prime Minister Wen Jiabao said. Full Story.
Sudan frees opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi- Business Report (ZAF)
Sudan has released an Islamist opposition leader two months after he was detained for calling on President Al-Bashir to surrender to the International Criminal Court. Full Story.
President al-Bashir of Sudan taunts the West as aid agencies warn of crisis- The Times (GBR)
President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Darfur yesterday looking more like a conquering hero than one of Africa’s most wanted men. Full Story.
Sudan’s Bashir says offered to suspend warrant if aid groups return- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir disclosed today that he was offered to freeze his indictment if he reverses decision on expelling aid groups. Full Story.
Oil Production Begins in 175,000bpd Akpo Field- This Day (NGA)
French oil major, Total, yesterday stated that its subsidiary,Total Upstream Nigeria Limited, operator of the Oil Mining License (OML) 130 block, has started production from its world-class 175,000 barrels per day Akpo deep water development ahead of the planned start-up date. Full Story.
China to renew Somalia anti-piracy mission- Walta Information (ETH)
China’s navy will renew an anti-piracy mission to the Gulf of Aden when the current commitment expires in the coming months, a naval top officer was quoted as saying by state media on Monday, AP reported. Full Story.
Sudan wants warrant quashed- News 24 (ZAF)
Sudan said on Tuesday it was looking at how to get an arrest warrant against its president suspended or quashed – the first sign that it might engage with the international community on the issue, not just defy it. Full Story.
Sudan seeks India’s help against ICC ‘targeting’ its president- Thaindian News (IND)
Attacking the US for its alleged double standards, Sudan Friday sought India’s diplomatic support against International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s decision to indict President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on charges of genocide in Darfur. Full Story.
Expert: China plundering Africa- News 24 (ZAF)
China’s thirst for natural resources including wood and minerals is leading to massive deforestation in Africa and the destruction of crucial wildlife habitat, world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall said on Tuesday. Full Story.
No partisan ICC policy on Africa- Business Day (ZAF)
Paul Moorcraft gets it wrong and wrong again on the International Criminal Court (Africa suspicious of court’s motives in taking on Bashir, March 6). Full Story.
Minmetals Seeks Metal Assets in South America, Southern Africa- Bloomberg (USA)
China Minmetals Corp., buying OZ Minerals Ltd. for A$2.6 billion ($1.7 billion), is seeking metal assets in South America and southern Africa, taking advantage of seven-year low commodity prices to secure supplies. Full Story.
The counterfeit trap- Monitor (UGA)
The earth didn’t seem to have been shaken under the feet of traders dealing in counterfeit goods since President Y.K. Museveni’s proposal to execute those who manufacture, import and distribute or sell the counterfeit products. Full Story.
Eritrea invites Bashir- News 24 (ZAF)
Eritrea has invited Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir to pay a visit in a show of solidarity after international prosecutors issued a warrant for his arrest, the government said on Wednesday. Full Story.
Sino-DRC contracts to thwart the return of Western patronage- Pambazuka (KEN)
Is the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the verge of bankruptcy? Reuters reports that the DRC’s foreign reserves, which stood at over US$225 million last April 2008, fell to just US$36 million in early February 2009. Full Story.
FG: Why We Proceeded with $8.3bn Rail Contract- This Day (NGA)
The Federal Government yesterday said its hands were tied over the Lagos-Kano rail project whose contract was awarded to the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) during the Olusegun Obasanjo administration. Full Story.
China may up loans to Angola- Fin 24 (ZAF)
China thinks it may need to increase loans to Angola to help the oil-rich nation develop its agricultural sector, state media said on Friday, after Angola confirmed it had received another $1bn loan from Beijing. Full Story.
Tutu: Stop abusing Dalai Lama- News 24 (ZAF)
Nobel Peace Prize winners, human rights activists and such celebrities as Harrison Ford and Gwyneth Paltrow are urging China to “stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing” the Dalai Lama. Full Story.
ICC ‘selectiveness’ does not absolve al-Bashir- Business Day (ZAF)
Since the 1998 arrest in Britain of Gen Augusto Pinochet, who overthrew Chile’s democratically elected president Salvador Allende and installed himself , dictators everywhere have slept uneasily. Full Story.
Sudan brushes aside Egyptian proposal for international conference- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
The embattled Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir today received Egypt’s foreign minister Ahmed Aboul-Gheit and intelligence Chief Omer Suleiman who delivered a verbal message from president Hosni Mubarak. Full Story.
Developing nations wield new clout- Fin 24 (ZAF)
Emerging nations Brazil, Russia, India and China came to the fore at Saturday’s Group of 20 summit of the world’s biggest economies, firmly telling the US and Europe that they needed to move fast to restore global growth. Full Story.
`Economic downturn blessing to Tanzania- IPP Media (TZA)
Current global economic meltdown might be a blessing in disguise for Tanzania should long term strategies be employed to revamp its agricultural sector, Standard Chartered Bank` s Regional Head of Research, Africa Razia Khan has said. Full Story.
China to boost Africa investment fund- Business Report (ZAF)
China plans to boost its state-run Africa investment fund by $2 billion to snap up opportunities left by Western investors leaving the continent. Full Story.
Development fund to boost China’s role- Business Report (ZAF)
In what it called “a major step for Sino-African co-operation”, the China-Africa Development Fund opened its first representative office in Johannesburg on Monday. Full Story.
China aids Moz’s 2010 dream- News 24 (ZAF)
China has injected a total of $60m to construct a stadium in Mozambique as a way of tapping into the 2010 World Cup tournament to be held in neighbouring South Africa.Full Story.
CNOOC’s OML130 project put into operation- People’s Daily (CHN)
The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) recently announced that the Akpo deepwater oilfield of the OML130 project in Nigeria has been successfully put into operation. CNOOC holds a 45 percent share in the OML130 project. Full Story.
Confucius Institute becomes “brand” for disseminating Chinese culture- People’s Daily (CHN)
Since the world’s first Confucius Institute was opened in Korea in November 2004, the Confucius Institute has already become a global brand and a platform for disseminating Chinese culture and promoting Chinese language instruction. Full Story.
China-Africa relations to deepen– Media Club South Africa (ZAF)
More opportunities for Chinese investment into Africa are to open up soon, with the announcement that China is to bolster its China-Africa Development Fund by an additional R19.8-billion ($2-billion). Full Story.
Libya Will Exercise Right to Purchase Verenex- Bloomberg (USA)
Libya will exercise its right to buy Verenex Energy Inc., trumping a proposed C$499 million ($393 million) takeover of the Canadian explorer by China National Petroleum Corp. Full Story.
Team named to set oil revenue rules- Business Daily (KEN)
A new committee of energy experts will draft rules that will guide the country’s revenue management should it strike oil. Full Story.
China Advises Sudan Not to Let Darfur Crisis Worsen- Bloomberg (USA)
China has expressed “serious concern” to Sudan’s government about the expulsion of aid workers from Darfur, yet won’t backUnited Nations Security Council pressure to reverse the decision, China’s envoy said. Full Story.
Beijing presses ahead with bid for Tiomin- Business Daily (KEN)
China says it is pressing ahead with its bid to take over Tiomin Kenya, a subsidiary of a Canadian mining firm licensed 10 years ago to mine titanium at the Kenyan Coast. Full Story.
How to look at Sino-African relations?- People’s Daily (CHN)
Sino-African relations have aroused a lot of attention from around the world. Some are critical and some see more positive changes. Full Story.
China to add 1,8m barrels African crude to reserves- Engineering News (ZAF)
China will import 1,8-million barrels of African crude in April for the government’s strategic reserve, said a trade source familiar with the transaction, as it capitalises on low prices to add to already swollen state stockpiles. Full Story.
No laws would be passed to nationalize foreign assets in Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)
Vice President John Mahama on Friday moved to assure the international business community about government’s commitment to protect their investments, declaring that no laws would be passed to nationalize such assets. Full Story.
Second Take: The China-Africa relationship- Engineering News (ZAF)
Creamer Media’s Mariaan Webb speaks to Engineering News senior contributing editor Keith Campbell about the deepening links between China and Africa. Full Story.
China grants Morocco $1.5 mln to rev up technological cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)
China has granted Morocco 10 million yuan (about 1.5 million U.S. dollars) to fund bilateral cooperation projects in the field of technology, local MAP news agency reported late Thursday. Full Story.
Somali pirates give Chinese navy self-serving cruise – Busines Daily (KEN)
Since the beginning of January, three vessels of China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) have been operating in the Gulf of Aden and other waters off as part of a worldwide naval mobilisation against the Somali pirates whose attacks, are more likely to increase in the coming months, notwithstanding the attention which the international community has focused on the problem. Full Story.
China’s shot across the bows- Pambazuka (KEN)
African leaders put their case as finance ministers from the world’s 20 richest countries met in London, ahead of next month’s G20 summit on the global economic downturn.Full Story.
Sudan dispatching delegations to UNSC member countries- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
The Sudanese government will send high level delegations to countries which sit on the UN Security Council (UNSC), according to a newspaper report. Full Story.
China appeals for comprehensive solution to Darfur issue- Xinhua (CHN)
China on Friday called for a comprehensive solution to the issue of Darfur. “The issue of Darfur is multi-faceted and complex,” Liu Zhenmin, China’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told the council in a public meeting. Full Story.
Chinese trade delegation visits Cote d’Ivoire- Xinhua (CHN)
A delegation of the China Council for Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) arrived in Abidjan, the capital of Cote d’Ivoire, on Saturday for a three-day visit to follow up a blueprint set in 2006 between China and West African countries. Full Story.
DRC: $9bn Chinese deal still on– News 24 (ZAF)
Democratic Republic of Congo will push ahead with a $9bn Chinese mining and infrastructure package despite pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) which believes the deal will add to Congo’s debt mountain, a top government official said on Monday. Full Story.
Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama- The Times (GBR)
South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup. Full Story.
Mozambican PM meets Chinese military officials, stresses military co-op- Xinhua (CHN)
Mozambican Prime Minister Luisa Dias Diogo on Monday met with Deputy Chief of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff Liu Zhenwu, with the two sides stressing the importance of further enhancing military cooperation in future. Full Story.
Chinese businessmen mourn countryman killed in Tanzania- Xinhua (CHN)
About 200 Chinese nationals and more than 50 Tanzanians on Tuesday gathered to mourn a Chinese businessman killed in an armed robbery last week. Full Story.
China provides humanitarian aid to DR Congo- Xinhua (CHN)
Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo) for a two-day visit during which he unveiled humanitarian aid to refugees in the central African country. Full Story.
China-Angola intergovernmental commission meets to strengthen bilateral cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)
The China-Angola Intergovernmental Bilateral Commission will meet here on Friday to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in various sectors, according to a communique issued here on Tuesday. Full Story.
Dalai Lama snub: China grateful – News 24 (ZAF)
China expressed appreciation Tuesday for countries that shun the Dalai Lama, a day after South Africa denied the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader an entry visa. Full Story.
As Chinese Investment in Africa Drops, Hope Sinks- New York Times (USA)
Chinese and Guinean workers toil shoulder to shoulder on a sun-blasted construction site at this crumbling city’s edge, building the latest symbol of an old and sturdy alliance: a $50 million, 50,000-seat stadium. Full Story.
Beninese president meets Chinese assistant FM on ties- Xinhua (CHN)
Beninese President Boni Yayi met with Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun here Wednesday. Full Story.
China to open malaria control center in Cameroon- News Medical
Chinese officials plan to open a malaria research center in the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde, Shen Yi, a Chinese embassy official, said recently ahead of an opening ceremony for the center, Xinhuanet reports. Full Story.
Zimbabwe imports roads equipment from China- Xinhua (CHN)
The Zimbabwe National Road Authority has purchased road construction equipment worth 2.6 million U.S. dollars from China for use in repairing and maintaining roads throughout the country, New Ziana reported on Wednesday. Full Story.
Chinese at centre of human trafficking case opens defence- Ghana Web (GHN)
James Xu Jin, the man who is alleged to have trafficked 10 Chinese girls to engage in the sex trade in Ghana, opened his defence at the Accra Fast Track High Court in Accra on Wednesday. Full Story.
China hurt SA’s dignity – envoy- News 24 (ZAF)
The Dalai Lama’s chief envoy said on Wednesday that China hurt its own bid for deeper ties with Africa by pressuring South Africa to bar the Tibetan spiritual leader. Full Story.
China sets up $30mln Africa food fund- Walta Information (ETH)
China has set up a 30 million dollar trust fund to back agricultural projects, mainly in Africa, carried out by the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the UN food agency said Wednesday.Full Story.
‘China’s Investments Offer Little Value’- New Era (NMA)
China’s so-called investments in Namibia bring very little, if any, skill and technology transfers, neither do such investments play a significant role in developing the country’s value addition and manufacturing base. Full Story.
Secrecy on party funding leads to skewed policy – Idasa- Business Report (ZAF)
Because party funding is shrouded in mystery, it allows the refusal to give the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa to be linked to the ANC’s receiving of funds from China. Full Story.
Africa’s infrastructure project pipeline overflowing- Engineering News (ZAF)
Opportunities exist to invest over a trillion dollars in infrastructure in 12 African countries over the next 40 years, a recent industry study has found. Full Story.
Sinohydro gets EUR 282-mln hydroelectric project in Togo- China Energy Forum (CHN)
Stated-owned Sinohydro Corp, the largest hydropower engineering and construction company in China, recently won a hydroelectric project in West Africa, according to information released yesterday by the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC), sources reported. Full Story.
Chinese Expedition in Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)
On March 1, 2009, at the Auditorium of the Yunnan Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) in Kunming, the Chinese Exploration Team of adventurer-explorer Jin Fei Bao and geoscientist Fei Xuan announced their “Expedition to Cross the Sahara Desert”. Full Story.
China urges cautious action on Darfur issue- Xinhua (CHN)
China Friday called on the international community to “act cautiously” on the Darfur issue as it is afraid rash action could damage peace and stability in Sudan. Full Story.
Moza Banco and Bank of China sign agreement for exchange of banking transactions between clients- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
Mozambican bank, Moza Banco, a partnership between Geocapital, owned by Macaubusinessman Stanley Ho, and 216 Mozambican shareholders, Thursday signed a cooperation protocol with the Bank of China, with a view to exchanging the banking transactions of its clients. Full Story.
China second largest investor in 2008 after South Africa- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
hina became the second biggest foreign investor in Mozambique in 2008 after ranking sixth in 2007, the project director for the Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI) told Macauhub in Maputo. Full Story.
Mugabe immunity: HK must defer- News 24 (ZAF)
Hong Kong must defer to China’s decision to grant immunity to Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe over her alleged attack on a British photographer because Beijing is in charge of foreign affairs, the territory’s justice secretary said on Monday. Full Story.
China Mobile may buy MTN assets- Fin 24 (ZAF)
China’s largest telecom operator, China Mobile, is said to be looking for a partner to acquire assets worth about $2bn from its South Africa-based peer MTN Group (MTN), Chinese media reported on Monday. Full Story.
Workers grumble about China- The Times (ZAF)
Chinese investment in the West African state of Benin has brought substantial and visible benefits to the country but local workers mutter about exploitation and even slavery. Full Story.
China asks Zambia for biofuel- Fin 24 (ZAF)
China has asked Zambia to plant 2m hectares of jatropha in the Southern African country for production of biofuels, the Biofuels Association of Zambia (BAZ) said on Tuesday. Full Story.
Dalai Lama thanks China- News 24 (ZAF)
Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Tuesday brushed off South Africa’s refusal to grant him a visa, saying it was the result of Chinese pressure that had backfired on Beijing. Full Story.
‘China no threat to good governance in Africa’- Afrique en Ligne (SGL)
China’s presence in Africa, “taken to be massive,” is no t a threat to economic good governance, Carlos Oya, lecturer in development economic policy at the School ofOriental and African Studies (SOAS) of London Univer s ity, said here on Monday. Full Story.
China Mobile Denies Eyeing MTN Assets- This Day (NGA)
China Mobile Communications, the world’s largest mobile phone carrier yesterday denied seeking partners to acquire assets of MTN Group of South Africa, Africa’s largest phone company as reported by the South China Morning Post. Full Story.
Ghana Telecom and ZTE sign MOU to enhance ICT Training- Ghana Web (GHN)
Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC) and Zhong Xing Telecommunication (ZTE) University, on Tuesday signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the areas of resource sharing and training. Full Story.