Weekly news

November 2008

Chinese oil worker found in Sudan- BBC (UK)

31/10/2008
Sudanese authorities say they have found one of two missing Chinese oil workers from a group of nine kidnapped in South Kordofan state 13 days ago.Full Story.
Metals prices start month higher- Fin 24 (RSA)
3/11/2008
Metals markets rose in London and Shanghai on Monday, with copper gaining more than 3% after its weakest monthly performance in at least 35 years in October, but dealers said the outlook remained pessimistic. Full Story.
Nigeria suspends Chinese deal- Fin 24 (RSA)
2/11/2008
Nigeria has suspended a railway deal with China and threatened to revoke two oil licences awarded to South Korea in the latest move by President Umaru Yar’Adua to review contracts signed by the last administration. Full Story.
China’s Chery pleased with SA sales- Engineering News (RSA)
31/10/2008
Sales of the Chinese Chery passenger vehicle range has averaged 356 units a month since the brand’s introduction to the South African market in June, says Chery MD Brett Soso. Full Story.
China’s FAW to bring new light commercial vehicle to SA in ’09 – Engineering News (RSA)
31/10/2008
A new entrant in the light commercial vehicles market will arrive in South Africa in January, from China’s largest vehicle manufacturer, FAW. Full Story.
China’s Huawei leaps into the big league- Standard (KEN)
2/11/2008
The next generation of mobile and fixed wireless infrastructure will be intelligent and eco-friendly systems, able to “think” for themselves, and save energy. Full Story.
How Africa can attract foreign investors- Business Daily (KEN)
3/11/2008
When the world woke up last Tuesday to the news that five of the nine employees of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) kidnapped nine days earlier in an oil field in the Kordofan region of Sudan had been killed, Africa reacted with its usual indifference although this was the third time in a year that oil workers have been abducted in the region. Full Story.
China mines DR Congo’s vast mineral riches- Al Jazeera (QTR)
3/11/2008
General Laurent Nkunda, rebel leader of the National Congress for People’s Defence (CNDP), has said he wants to re-examine a $5bn dollar deal the Congolese government has struck with China. Full Story.
China‘s top legislator to visit five African countries – Walta Information (ETH)

03/11/2008
China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo is to make a two-week official goodwill visit to Algeria, Gabon, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Seychelles Xinhua reported. Full Story.
Africa: China’s Mythical Military Menace- Fahamu (UK)
30/10/2008
In an engaging piece highlighting the inherent one-sidedness of Western media coverage of China’s presence in Africa, Stephen Marks explores the extent to which the Asian giant’s presence on the continent is primarily visible in its economic and diplomatic links rather than any military presence. Full Story.
Beijing keeps its interest – and its distance- Guardian (UK)
3/11/2008
It may be half a world away, but China will be closely watching the conflict in eastern Congo, aware of the risks the chaos poses to its involvement in the region. Full Story.
Fighting in Congo fuelled by minerals- Financial Times (UK)
3/11/2008
In the days since fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo reignited, the world price of tin has shot up – a reminder of how much there is to fight for under the verdant slopes of the eastern Kivu province where the conflict is playing out. Full Story.
Asian stock markets mixed- Fin 24 (RSA)
4/11/2008
Asian and European stock markets were mixed in cautious trade on Tuesday after Wall Street’s relatively flat finish ahead of the US presidential election. Japan’s market jumped after being closed for a holiday. Full Story.
New vehicle exports may fall up to 15% in ’09 – Naamsa- Engineering News (RSA)
4/11/2008
Current indications were that new vehicle exports from South Africa would drop between 10% and 15% in 2009 compared with 2008, this as consumer appetite diminishes in some of South Africa’s key export markets, National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) director Nico Vermeulen said on Tuesday. Full Story
Oil price: Realistic benchmark for 2009 budget- Vanguard (NIG)
4/11/2008
When the Federal Government, at the wake of the current global economic turmoil, said the Nigerian economy was in good health, it was very correct for the following reasons. Full Story.
Uganda telecom signs to revamp network capacity- Monitor (UGD)
3/11/2008
Uganda Telecommunication Company Ltd is investing over $10million(1.7billion) in the expansion of its Next Generation Network (NGN). The company has teamed up with Huawei, a Chinese telecom solution provider to replace 33 Remote Line Units (RLUs) which will be spread all over Uganda with new soft switches for better services. Full Story.
Nigeria suspends $8bn rail contract with China- Financial Times (GBR)

4/11/2008
Shares in China Railway Construction Corp fell 18 per cent in Hong Kong on Tuesday on news that Nigeria had suspended its $8.3bn contract to modernise a north-south route across the African nation. Full Story.
Senate Considers Sanctions against Fake Products- This Day (NGA)
5/11/2008
Worried by the influx and proliferation of counterfeit products in the country, Senate Committee on Commerce announced yesterday that measures would be taken by the Senate to halt the trend. Full Story.
Why N70billion textile industry revival fund is not released- Vanguard (NGA)
5/11/2008
Federal Government’s delay in signing the guarantee for the N70 billion Textile sector bail out loan from the United Bank of Africa (UBA) is responsible for non disbursement, even as both the employers and workers in the industry have raised alarm that only government immediate intervention can save the sector from imminent collapse. Full Story.
China killer milk latest: NAFDAC alerts on killer ice-cream- Vanguard (NGA)
5/11/2008
Following the recent discovery of the killer melamine (China Killer -Milk) products allegedly imported into the country, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has warned consumers of milk and milk products to steer clear of contaminated milk and ice cream with melamine allegedly produced by the company. Full Story.
China: Shift in focus- Fin 24 (ZAF)
5/11/2008
Johannesburg – While the relationship between China and the commodity ‘super cycle’ may be cooling, an asset manager believes that another segment of the Chinese economy is likely to offer great value for investors in the future.Full Story.
Government improves citizens’ access to housing- Journal de Angola (AGO)
5/11/2008
The people will have greater access to social housing in the near future. The President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, yesterday in Luanda, a working group that will develop a specific program to meet the needs of the population in terms of access to housing. Full Story.

UN peace-building delegation visits Central African Republic- People’s Daily (CHN)

6/11/2008

A delegation from the UN Peace-building Commission is conducting a week-long mission in the Central African Republic (CAR), which remains beset by unrest and widespread displacement in the north and entrenched poverty across the country, said a UN press release issued Wednesday. Full Story.

 

Local labour too dear, says Ford- Business Report (ZAF)

6/11/2008

Protectionism and expensive labour have been blamed for South Africa’s higher production costs compared with other developing countries such asIndia and China. Full Story.

 

Yar’Adua vows to guarantee investors, investment- Vanguard (NGA)

6/11/2008

President Umaru Yar’Adua has reinstated that the federal government would do everything possible to encourage and guarantee investors and their investment in the country as part of the move to achieve the set 7 point agenda. Full Story.

 

China’s ceramic and aluminum companies to build plants in Ogun- Vanguard (NGA)

6/11/2008

Ogun State may soon play host to the biggest aluminum and ceramic producing companies in Asia. The two outfits, Asia Aluminum Company Limited and the New Zhongyuan Ceramics limited have indicated their interest to build and operate their manufacturing plants in Igbesa. Full Story.

 

Interview: Egypt hopes to strengthen co-op in archaeological excavations with China- People’s Daily (CHN)

6/11/2008

Secretary-General of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) Zahi Hawass voiced his hope to strengthen cooperation with China in archaeological excavations during an exclusive interview with Xinhua on Tuesday. Full Story.

 

House Probes Killing of Nigerian in China- This Day (NGA)

17/10/2008

House of Representatives yesterday resolved to investigate the brutal murder of a Nigerian, Mr Ojide John Ekene, in China. The deceased was said to have died in the hands of Chinese security operatives who clubbed him to death for allegedly urinating in public. Full Story.

Copper tumbles on weak demand- Fin 24 (ZAF)

7/11/2008

Shanghai copper futures tumbled by their 5% daily limit on Friday, after London losses overnight on worries about slowing global industrial activity, as reflected by interest rate cuts by major central banks. Full Story.

 

Dumping investigations surge by 39%- Engineering News (ZAF)

7/11/2008

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) has reported that there was a 39% surge in initiations of antidumping investigations from January 1 to June 30, compared with the figure for the corresponding period last year. Full Story.

 

China vows to step up role in fixing world markets- Engineering News (ZAF)

7/11/2008

China vowed to step up support for developing countries on Thursday, as representatives of 21 Pacific Rim economies urged coordinated action to revive capital markets and economic growth. Full Story.

 

Govt, Chinese Company Partner in Large Scale Fish Farming- Ghanaweb (GHA)

7/11/2008

The government in collaboration with a Chinese company is investing in large scale fish farming in the Western Region. She said already over 2,000 acres of land had been acquired at Asemasa near Beposo to start the project. Full Story.

 

Trade with China exceeded 20 million U.S. dollars- Journal de Angola (AGO)

7/11/2008

Trade relations between Angola and China have reached the 20.8 million dollars from January to September this year. Full Story.

 

China signals it will not introduce resolution to defer Bashir indictment- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

3/11/2008

A senior Chinese official suggested that his country has no plans to introduce a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution suspending the indictment by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir. Full Story.

 

China prepares to increase special cooperation zones in Africa to ten-Macau Hub (MAC)

3/11/2008

China is preparing to double from five to ten the number of special cooperation zones to be set up in Africa, according to the director of African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, quoting diplomatic sources. Full Story.

 

China-Africa Watch- Pambazuka News (GBR)

6/11/2008

‘We wish US president-elect Obama well’ said the official English-language China Daily in a fulsome post-election tribute. ‘Like American people on the other side of the Pacific, we are excited, too, at the landslide win of Democrat Barack Obama.’ Full Story.

 

China’s Maturing Foreign Policy: Implications for Africa- Ian Taylor @ Pambazuka News

3/11/2008

Beijing’s role in Africa—like that of all other foreign actors—is diverse, and its effect on the continent varies widely, depending on local economic and political circumstances. In this light, it is important to contextualize and discuss bothBeijing’s foreign policy and the evolving political economy of the PRC. Relatedly, the diverse nature of both China and sub-Saharan Africa, warrants prompt consideration if we are to develop a coherent picture of what is going on. Full Article.

‘No Foreign Solution to African Problems’- This Day (NGA)

10/11/2008

President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua yesterday rejected any foreign solution aside African solutions to the ongoing crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zimbabwe. Full Story.

 

Eritrea: Chinese Medical Team Provides Health Service in Awgaro- AllAfrica (ERI)

30/10/2008

An eight-member Chinese medical team provided health service in Awgaro. The head of the Awgaro health center, Mr. Girmai Measho, stated that the Chinese doctors gave medical treatment to patients from different areas of Laelai-Gash sub-zone, and that the service was undertaken efficiently. Full Story.

 

Oil up 4%, tops $63 on China stimulus, G20- Engineering News (ZAF)

10/11/2008

Oil rose more than $2 to over $63 a barrel on Monday, fuelled by top exporter Saudi Arabia’s plans to cut December supplies to Asia, a weaker dollar and hopes that global economies’ plans to lift growth could avert recession. Full Story.

 

NPA, Lagos approve $6 billion first deep sea port- Guardian (NGA)

5/11/2008

The promoters of the Lagos Free Trade Zone (LFTZ) have received the approval of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Lagos State government to build the first private and deep sea port in Lekki, 60 kilometres away from theLagos metropolis. It would cost them $6 billion on completion. Full Story.

 

World Bank offers Nigeria N345b infrastructure lifeline- Guardian (NGA)

10/11/2008

From the World Bank Group, about N345 billion ($3 billion) new lending facility from which Nigeria can draw to fix her debilitating infrastructure in the next three years has been put in place, the Bank’s Country Director for Nigeria, Mr. Onno Ruhl, disclosed in Abuja at the weekend. Full Story.

 

Soroti- Lira Road tarmaking starts- Monitor (UGA)

10/11/2008

The tarmaking of the 124km Soroti-Dokolo-Lira road has been commissioned by the Minister of Transport and Works, Eng. John Nasasira, with a call to the people of Teso and Lango sub-regions to make use of it to eradicate poverty.Full Story.

Search for peace ‘doomed’ by scramble for minerals in Congo- Times (GBR)

8/11/2008

Efforts to avert all-out war in eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo are doomed as long as negotiators ignore the role of the area’s lucrative mineral trade in fuelling the violence, according to anticorruption advocates and development officials. Full Story,

 

Mauritius’ shipping hub plans bear fruit- Engineering News (ZAF)

11/1/2008

Mauritius saw record freight traffic of 6,4-million tons through its terminals inPort Louis during the 2007/08 (July/June) financial year, the Mauritius Ports Authority (MPA) said in its annual report. Full Story.

 

Infux of Chinese traders deals blow to local firms- Business Daily (KEN)

11/11/2008

Chinese investors have been flocking into the country after President Kibaki called for increased investment in Kenya. Full Story.

 

Chinese boost ‘good for Africa- Fina 24 (ZAF)

11/11/2008

China’s impressive $586bn stimulus package announced at the weekend was good news for Africa, Frontier Advisory CEO Martyn Davies said on Monday.Full Story.

 

China: Take Advantage of FG’s Reforms – NIPC Boss- This Day (NGA)

11/11/2008

Executive Secretary, Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC), Engineer Mustafa Bello, has called on  Chinese investors to take advantage of  government’s major reforms in the country from 1999 to date, to invest in different areas of our economy. Full Story.

 

NAFDAC commences mandatory screening of milk products- Vanguard (NGA)

11/11/2008

In the wake of the discovery of melamine-contaminated dairy products allegedly imported from China by a Ogun State-based company,  Director Narcotics, Port Inspectorate of NAFDAC, Pharm. Ololade Alabi gave an extensive update on the efforts of the agency to ensure safety of all milk and milk products in the country. Full Story.

 

China‘s ties with Ethiopia on a higher level: China’s top legislator- Walta Information (ETH)

10/11/2008

China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo said China’s relations with Ethiopia have been developing quite rapidly in recent years and have been pushed up to a higher level, Xinhua reported. Full Story.

 

Mozambique Trade with China totals US$285 million in 2007- Club ofMozambique (MOZ)

Trade between Mozambique and China totalled US$285 million in 2007, an official from Mozambique’s Institute for Export Promotion (Ipex) told Macauhub.Full Story.

Nigeria’s N40bn Satellite Missing from Orbit- This Day (NGA)
12/11/2008
The Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat), which was launched into orbit over 18 months ago, is said to be missing. Full Story.

Government’s foreign policy has paid off – Kufuor- Ghana Web (GHN)
11/11/2008
Government’s foreign policy of good neighbourliness and economic diplomacy pursued within the past eight years has paid off, President John Agyekum Kufuor said in Accra on Tuesday. Full Story.

Chinese investor separated with her tortoise friends- Standard (KEN)
11/11/2008
A Chinese national stunned a Nakuru court when she confessed to rearing two tortoises to comfort her. Full Story.

Nigeria satellite ‘not missing’- News 24 (ZAF)

12/11/2008

Nigeria Communication Satellite Limited on Wednesday denied allegations that Africa’s first communication satellite was missing in orbit. Full Story.

 

Nigeria’s Satellite Faulty, Not Missing, Says FG- This Day (NGA)

13/11/2008

The Federal Government has said Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigCom-Sat)  is not missing but packed up “due to loss of energy”. Full Story.

 

Nigerian satellite launched by China loses power- Washington Post (USA)

13/11/2008

A Nigerian communications satellite built and launched by China has been knocked out of service due to a power failure, a spokeswoman for China’s launch services provider said Thursday. Full Story.

 

Minister confirms Nigeria’s satellite not missing- People’s Daily (CHN)

13/11/2008

Nigerian Minister of State for Science and Technology Dr Alhassan Zaku confirmed on Wednesday that NigComsat-I, Africa’s first communication satellite was not missing but parked to conserve its energy. Full Story.

 

Tanzania finds poison in imported Chinese milk- Monitor (UGA)

13/11/2008

Samples of the Chinese milk impounded in Dar es Salaam and sent to South Africa in October for tests have been found to be contaminated with the killer chemical, melamine, Daily Monitor can reveal. Full Story.

 

China proposes to Ethiopia to develop close ties- Sudan Tribune (SDN)

13/11/2008

China proposed to Ethiopia to enhance bilateral relations through expanding joint cooperation and coordinate their positions on world affairs to safeguard their interests.Full Story.

 

China, Madagascar vow to boost ties- People’s Daily (CHN)

12/11/2008

Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo and Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana said here on Tuesday that they will do their utmost to boost ties between the two countries. Full Story.

 

Chinese exports to slow down again- Journal de Angola (ANG)

13/11/2008

Reflecting the impact of the financial and economic crisis that has reduced the consumption in most developed countries, sales of Chinese products to the world again decelerate in October, but nevertheless kept up with a double-digit growth. Full Story.

 

ANGOLA: Prevention made in China- IRIN (UN)

12/11/2008

The best place to gauge the extent of China’s growing role in Angola is at the Quatro de Fevereiro airport in the capital, Luanda, where crowds of Chinese wait their turn to have their passports stamped. Full Story.

Chinese boat seized near Kenya- News 24 (ZAF)

14/11/2008

A Chinese fishing boat with 24 people on board has been seized off the Kenyan coast by “unidentified persons”, China’s official Xinhua news agency said on Friday. Full Story.

 

Chinese Embassy decries spate of fake visa documents- Vanguard (NGA)

14/11/2008

The Chinese Embassy in Lagos has decried the volume of fake documents usually submitted to it by prospective visa applicants in Nigeria. Full Story.

 

Chinese showcases entrepreneurial skills at trade fair- Vanguard (NGA)

13/11/2008

Chinese companies showcase their entrepreneurial skills and products at the 2008 Lagos International Trade Fair (LITF). Full Story.

 

Minister blasts conditions attached to donor grants- IPP Media (TZN)

14/11/2008

The government has expressed concern over conditions attached to grants by foreign donors, saying the terms denied the people a say over services and projects being funded. Full Story.

 

China to the rescue?- Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)

14/11/2008

China’s $570bn expansion package has been welcomed by World Bank President Robert Zoellick, particularly as it was announced in advance of this weekend’s top-level meeting of the G20 group of nations to discuss the growing global economic crisis. Full Story.

Chinese balm for SA’s miners- Business Day (ZAF)

17/11/2008

Despite throwing heaps of money at the problem, so far there’s no sign that the US and Europe can avert recession, which could lead to depression. Full Story.

 

China may need a bigger bazooka to end global jitters- Business Report (ZAF)

16/11/2008

South Korea may owe China a debt of gratitude. Officials in Beijing managed to do what their counterparts in Seoul couldn’t: create a bit of optimism about South Korea’s economy. Full Story.

 

G20 leaders call for Doha breakthrough by year end- Engineering News (ZAF)

17/11/2008

World leaders agreed on Saturday to “strive” for a major breakthrough in long-running world trade talks by the end of the year and pledged not to raise any new trade barriers for the next 12 months. Full Story.

 

Ugandan coffee firm flying high in China- Business Daily (KEN)

17/11/2008

A Ugandan coffee business is forging a steady path in the Chinese market, positioning itself for growing sales when coffee drinking takes off.Full Story.

 

Govt set to launch NigeriaSat-2 next year- Guardian (NGA)

17/11/2008

Nigeriasat-2, a high resolution satellite which will place the country on the fast track to realising a better environment in terms of timely efforts in disaster monitoring and management, will be launched in the last quarter of 2009. Full Story.

 

Kenya’s first 8-lane modern highway born- Standard (KEN)

14/11/2008

The construction of an eight-lane highway on Thika Road begins on Monday. This follows the Government’s signing of a Sh27 billion contract with three Chinese road construction firms. Full Story.

China defends DRC investments- News 24 (ZAF)

18/11/2008

China on Tuesday defended its presence and investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a rebel leader there demanded commercial contracts between the two nations be reviewed. Full Story.

 

Kebs renews contract for pre-shipment firms- Standard (KEN)

18/11/2008

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has appointed a Chinese firm to inspect imports destined to Kenya from China. Full Story.

 

State may up quota for textile companies in EPZ- Business Daily (KEN)

17/11/2008

The Government is considering increasing the amount of textile products from export processing zones sold locally to cushion the manufacturers against expected losses with the full entry of China into the US market. Full Story.

 

NigComSat Is Second Chinese Satellite to Fail- This Day (NGA)

18/11/2008

The N40 billion Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) designed, developed, manufactured and launched by the Chinese is the second Chinese-made satellite to fail in orbit in two years. Full Story.

 

Agency dashes hope of recovering ‘missing’ satellite- Guardian (NGA)

18/11/2008

Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat) may have foreclosed the recovery of the parked NigComSat-1 satellite powered down eight days ago as a result of solar panel power shut-out. Full Story.

 

Loss of Satellite not peculiar to Nigeria, says Boroffice- Vanguard (NGA)

17/11/2008

As controversy trailed the alleged loss of Nigeria Communication Satellite (NigComSat-1) in orbit, the Director-General National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA), Professor Robert Borrofice has re-affirmed that the satellite is not missing, even as he stressed that loss of satellite in orbit is not peculiar to Nigeria. Full Story.

 

Kufuor inaugurates Fleet Renewal Project- Ghana Web (GHA)

18/11/2008

President John Agyekum Kufuor on Monday inaugurated government-private sector “Fleet Renewal Project” aimed at increasing the fleet of buses and providing safe, efficient and affordable road transportation services to Ghanaians. Full Story.

 

China defends DRC investments – News 24 (ZAF)

19/11/2008

China on Tuesday defended its presence and investments in the Democratic Republic of Congo after a rebel leader there demanded commercial contracts between the two nations be reviewed. Full story

 

Telecom industry needs govt regulation to control inferior Chinese products – Vanguard Online (NGA)

19/11/2008

Motorola is one of the world’s leading equipment vendors. In this interview with Raphael Udeagu, Motorola Nigeria managing director and country manager, held in Sun City, South Africa during the 2008 MOTO4AFRICA Show, he outlines his vision, the company’s next moves and relationship with government. Full story

 

Police, Interpol raid Arts Centre Market – Ghana Web (GHN)

17/11/2008

A team of 96 personnel from the Ghana Police Service, Interpol and the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission at the weekend raided 11 shops at the Arts Centre Market and seized 500 kilos of suspected ivory products and raw elephant tusks valued at GHc350,000. Full story

 

250 New Buses Put on The Roads – Ghanaian Times (GHN)

19/11/2008

The Private Sector Fleet Renewal Project which aims at providing a safe, efficient and affordable mass transport service to the people was yesterday launched in Accra by President J.A. Kufuor. Full story

 

Agreements signed with China – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

19/11/2008

The Mozambican and Chinese governments signed three agreements inMaputo on Tuesday, under which China is to provide a total of 43 million dollars in loan and grant finance. Full story

 

Nigeria Seeks $500m Loan to Build New Satellites – This Day (NGA)

19/11/2008
The management of NigComSat Limited has appealed to the House of Representatives  Commi-ttee on Science and Technology to prevail on the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to approve the utilisation of $500 million (N59 billion) concessionary loan for the construction of NigComSat 2 and 3 advanced series. The loan, according to the firm, would come from the China Exim Bank. Full story
Agreements signed with China – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
19/11/2008
The Mozambican and Chinese governments signed three agreements in Maputo on Tuesday, under which China is to provide a total of 43 million dollars in loan and grant finance. Full Story
South Africa: Retailers left out of China Quota Talks – All Africa (USA)
20/11/2008
THE trade and industry department is to hold talks today on the possibility of extending quotas on Chinese clothing and textile imports. Full story
Kebs renews contract for pre-shipment firms – The Standard (KEN)
17/11/2008
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has appointed a Chinese firm to inspect imports destined to Kenya from China. Full story
Botswana, China in power deal – News 24 (ZAF)

21/11/2008
Botswana’s state-owned energy utility, Botswana Power Corporation, said on Thursday it had signed a contract with leading Chinese firms for the development of a 600 megawatts (MW) power station. Full story
G8 should include SA, China, India, others, panel says – Engineering News (ZAF)
21/11/2008
The Group of Eight major industrialised countries should be doubled to include South Africa, Brazil, China and India and other nations to better tackles global challenges like climate change and economic stability, a blue chip panel said on Thursday. Full story
Govt yet to press insurance claims on NigComSat – Vanguard (NGA)
20/11/2008
Despite official admission that the country has actually lost its multi-million dollar satellite, the Federal Government is yet to file insurance claims to underwriters of the in-orbit risks. Nigcomsat was insured for its full value of  $256m or N40billion. Full story
China’s ZTE to boost ETC’s Ethiopia mobile users – Walta Information (ETH)
21/11/2008
The Ethiopian Telecommunication Corporation (ETC) is set to boost the number of mobile phone subscribers to 15 million in two years period, from 2.2 million now, using 1.5 billion USD from China’s ZTW. Full story
Demand high for Africa-China trade facilitation services – Business Daily Africa (KEN)

24/11/2008
The Standard Bank of South Africa reports that it has seen an upsurge in demand for trade facilitation services from its customers who do business with Chinese firms in the last two months. Full story
Lagos-Kano Rail Contract ‘Inflated by $700m’ – This Day (NGA)
24/11/2008
The Lagos-Kano Rail contract awarded by the immediate past administration and which Federal Government plans to revoke was inflated by a whooping $800 million, THISDAY has learnt. Full story
Nigeria, Chinese firms meet over missing satellite – Guardian News (NGA)
24/11/2008
Worried about the negative implications of the “lost” Nigerian Satellite (NigComSat-1) in space about two weeks ago, officials of China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and Export-Import Bank (EXIM) of China arrived in Nigeria at the weekend to hold talks with President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.Full story
Rwanda, China sign Rwf 800 million deal – New Times (RWA)
24/11/2008
Rwanda and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday. Full story
Reconstruction works begin on Akatsi-Aflao highway – Ghana Web (GHN)
24/11/2008
President John Agyekum Kufuor on Friday broke the ground for the reconstruction of the 58.8 kilometer Akatsi-Aflao section of the Tema-Aflao Highway at an official ceremony in Aflao. Full story
ANDM playing leading role to extricate country from backwardness, poverty – Walta Information (ETH)
22/11/2008
The Amhara National Democratic Movement (ANDM) is playing the leading role in the efforts underway to extricate the country from backwardness and poverty. Full story
Agreements signed with China – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
19/11/2008
The Mozambican and Chinese governments signed three agreements in Maputo on Tuesday, under which China is to provide a total of 43 million dollars in loan and grant finance. Full story
China to give full play to China-Africa Cooperation Forum – Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
20/11/2008
China will work together with African countries to give full play to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), a senior official said before leaving for the 6th FOCAC senior official meetings in Egypt. Full story
Cobalt fall reflects slowdown in China – Financial Times (GBR)

25/11/2008
Industrial activity in China has slowed so quickly that demand for cobalt has ground to a halt, according to one of the biggest cobalt miners in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the world’s largest source of the metal. Full story
Demand high for China-Africa Facilitation Services – Business Daily (KEN)
24/11/2008
The Standard Bank of South Africa reports that it has seen an upsurge in demand for trade facilitation services from its customers who do business with Chinese firms in the last two months. Full story
Ethiopia Draws Increased Chinese Investment – Business Daily (KEN)
24/11/2008
Ethiopia is attracting growing amounts of Chinese investment, which could see it play a bigger role in regional and international trade. Full story
Fate of China’s Luster-Scheme dangles – Vanguard (NGA)
24/11/2008
The fate of the Clusters Concept Strategy introduced one year ago by the former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Engr. Charles Ugwuh, as the new platform for the country’s industrial development plans (2007-2011) now hangs in the balance. Full story
Reconstruction works begin on Akatsi-Aflao highway – Ghana Web (GHN)
22/11/2008
President John Agyekum Kufuor on Friday broke the ground for the reconstruction of the 58.8 kilometer Akatsi-Aflao section of the Tema-Aflao Highway at an official ceremony in Aflao. Full story
Senate’s public hearing on gas flaring begins – Vanguard (NGA)

25/11/2008
Concrete steps to stem gas flaring by oil majors in the country were taken by the Senate yesterday as a public hearin on Hgas Flaring (Prohibition and Punishment) Bill commenced. Full story
Chinese to invest $1.5b in Rakai – Walta Information (ETH)
25/11/2008
A Chinese firm plans to invest $1.5b in the Lake Vicypria free-trade zone in Rakai district, the investment state minister has said. Full story
Naspers plans to slash costs to the bone – Business Report (ZAF)

27/11/2008
Naspers would retrench staff, slash capital expenditure and close down non-performing titles at its newspapers and magazines business, which remained subdued with revenues growing only 4 percent to R3.1 billion, the media giant said yesterday. Full story
Nigeria shuts drug maker after syrup kills 25 infants – The Standard (KEN)
27/11/2008
Nigeria’s drug admiknistration agency has closed down a pharmaceuticals manufacturer in the commercial capital Lagos after contaminated teething syrup killed 25 infants and hospitalised at least 10 more. Full story
Kebs gets new partners for export quality control – Business Daily (KEN)
27/11/2008
Standards regulator, the Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), has enlisted additional new partners to run its pre-export verification programme, raising hopes for more efficient and faster inspection services. Full story
Rwanda, China sign Rwf 800 million deal – New Time (RWA)
22/11/2008
Rwanda and China signed an agreement on economic and technical cooperation at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday. Full story
26 Small – Scale Miners on Tour of China – New Times (GHN)
26/11/2008
Twenty-six small scale miners from Ghana are undertaking a two-week study tour of China to enhance their efficiency and sustainability of their operations.Full story
Establish Handicraft Centres – New Times (GHN)
27/11/2008
Aburihene Nana Otubour Djan Kwasi II, has appealed to the government to set up handicraft centres in the regions to boost the country’s economy. Full story
Sierra Leone Navy kill four pirates after Chinese boat raid – The Times (GBR)

28/11/2008
Four pirates were killed in clashes with the Sierra Leone Navy after they raided a Chinese fishing boat off West Africa. Full story
Africa concerned about China – News 24 (ZAF)
27/11/2008
The African Union’s top executive on Thursday expressed his concern over the prospect of an economic recession in China, a key trade partner and investor for the continent. Full story
Chinese slowdown hurts metal workers – Business Daily (KEN)
28/11/2008
The sales of recyclable metals to China have collapsed, threatening the livelihoods of scrap dealers and Kenya’s largest source of income from China.Full story
Zamfara Signs MoU on N19bn Power Project – This Day (NGA)
28/11/2008
Multi billion naira Zamfara Independent Power project has taken off, with  official signing of the agreement between the state government and  China Geo-Engineering Ltd (CGC). Full story
Government acquires Diesel Multiple Unit trains – Ghana Web (GHN)
27/11/2008
The government has acquired Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains to boost the railway sector, a statement signed by Mr Ahmed Ayuba, Special Assistant to the Minister of Harbours and Railways, said in Accra on Thursday. Full story
China and the world crisis – Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
27/11/2008
Economic guru Jeffrey Sachs added his voice to the growing consensus that the recent G20 meeting marked the end of the era of unchallenged US predominance.Full story

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