Chinese oil worker found in Sudan- BBC (UK)
UN peace-building delegation visits Central African Republic- People’s Daily (CHN)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
‘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
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)