Weekly news update: 04/04/2013 to 10/05/2013


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CAN comment: Wise words from Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), “we should see Africa’s manufacturing sector beginning to make different parts for various final goods which are produced in China. Africa should become the factory to the world just like China became one in the last 15-20 years ago.”

CAN comment: African countries should take a leaf out of China’s book when dealing with large foreign companies keen to invest in the African market. China demanded foreign investors partner with local companies to build native capacity. African countries should do the same to assuage the fears of businessmen like the one quoted in this article who fear that well funded Chinese companies  could take business away from local firms.

CAN comment: The full article reveals that China is one of a number of potential investors in Nigeria’s power sector, which hopes to grow its per capita electricity provision to a level similar to South Africa, meaning 200,000MW would be needed in total (up from less than 4000MW currently). There are very few details provided on the project itself except that it would use natural gas, which has up until now been flared.

CAN comment: This article provides an interesting example of the increasing cooperation between China and African countries on health care. Particularly significant here is that this is the first time this annual meeting has been held in Africa. Among other things, they explored how China can help support Africa’s local production of health products, while at the same time, African leaders shared their expertise on areas where China can learn from Africa, such as around AIDS prevention and treatment, to help improve China’s efforts at home.

CAN comment: This article claims that China has plans to escalate its media war in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in Africa by erecting giant screens in major cities to screen Chinese news, documentaries and films. According to the article China already supplies Zimbabwe with jamming equipment clocking critical western news sources like the BBC and France 24, but this new scheme would take a more direct route to influencing Zimbabweans. I have no idea whether the story has any truth to it, but China has certainly been putting a great deal more effort into protecting its image in recent years, especially through the media.

CAN comment: Some interesting points made in this article about the approach China has taken in Ethiopia, supporting manufacturing through investment in private sector organisations, as well as extensive skills training through local universities and scholarships abroad. This offers a useful example of where Chinese investment can do a lot of good and offer something quite different to what another international partner might be able to.

 

Politics

Nigerian president aborts state visit over security situation – FOCAC (CHN)
10/05/2013
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has cut short his visit to South Africa and aborted his state visit to Namibia which was to begin on Thursday.

Chinese and Africans Make Their Dreams Come True – FOCAC (CHN)
10/05/2013
I have been in China for 2 years, and I had been a journalist for 12 years before I went to study in China. Now I want to change my career to be an expert on China and Africa relations. After graduation I can work with China Daily, or CCTV or Communication University of China where I got my master degree and I’m pursuing my Ph D.

Democracy Won’t “Save” Africa, the Chinese Will – PolicyMic
09/05/2013
On June 5, 1873, in a letter to The Times, Sir Francis Galton, the cousin of Charles Darwin and a distinguished African explorer in his own right, outlined a daring (if by today’s standards utterly offensive) new method to “tame” and colonize what was then known as the Dark Continent.

China-Africa: How Unreliable Data Skews the Debate – Think Africa Press
07/05/2013
‘Publish or perish’ runs the mantra of the research industry, putting its harried worker bees under constant pressure to issue material. The development industry is similarly quick on the draw, with Morten Jerven recalling how World Bank staffers have published GDP figures on African economies despite having little or no source data, on the basis that it was better to have some data rather than none.

Chinese VP meets South African guests – Xinhuanet (CHN)
06/05/2013
Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on Monday met with a delegation of the South African Communist Party headed by its second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila. Li thanked Mapaila during the meeting for his offer of condolences over the recent earthquake in Lushan County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province.

Africa should have strategy for China – Prof. Ncube – Ghana Business News (GHN)
05/05/2013
An economist is advocating for Africa to have a well-cut strategy for China as the Asian country’s dominance on the continent keeps rising. According to Professor Mthuli Ncube, Chief Economist and Vice President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Africa should start using China as a ladder to play a major role in the global economy.

Agriculture

Innovation from China boosts agricultural development in Africa – People’s Daily Online (CHN)
06/05/2013
In 1968, when I was in high school, a book titled The Population Bomb was published. The author, Paul Erlich, began the book with this statement: “The battle to feed all of humanity is over. In the 1970s hundreds of millions of people will starve to death in spite of any crash programs embarked upon now. At this late date nothing can prevent a substantial increase in the world death rate…” I knew very little about farming then, but was frightened by the vision and wondered if anyone could prevent this future state.

South African citrus feels uncertainty from China, E.U. – Fresh Fruit Portal
06/05/2013
The Citrus Growers’ Association of South Africa lamented the effect of market uncertainty on consumer habits on Friday. CEO Justin Chadwick highlighted the particular influence of China, the European Union and Russia.

Finance and Banking

China aid to Africa totals $75b in one decade – Ghana Business News (GHN)
07/05/2013
China’s official aid to Africa reached $75 billion within a decade between 2000 and 2011, a new study has identified based on reported figures gathered from the media. According to a dataset in a joint aid paper published April 29, 2013, Chinese-backed or financed projects in 50 African countries between the said year period were 1,673.

South African Banks To Adopt Chinese Currency? – Ventures Africa
07/05/2013
South Africa banks have been urged to adapt the Chinese currency (the renminbi) as the currency will become a prominent factor in doing business.

Kenya topples India, China as major investor in East Africa – The Standard (KEN)
05/05/2013
Even as the influence of China and India continues to reverberate across the East African region, it has emerged that Kenya has toppled the Asian powerhouses in terms of investment in the region.

Big Brother China pumps $11b into East Africa – The East African (KEN)
04/05/2013
The East African region has received about $11 billion in investment and development aid from China over the past decade, new data shows, reflecting the growing influence of the Asian giant in the region.

Manufacturing

African companies in fear of China’s corporate invasion – South China Morning Post
07/05/2013
Bafana Ndendwa has conflicting feelings when he sees the increased presence of Chinese companies in Africa. On one hand, the managing director of a construction company in South Africa believes companies such as his can learn from their Chinese counterparts who are doing business in the continent. On the other hand, those companies are cutting into his profits.

Mining and Metals

Indian companies unable to keep up with Chinese and Brazilian counterparts in Mozambique – Macauhub (MOZ)
06/05/2013
Indian companies have been unable to keep up with the rate at which their Brazilian and Chinese counterparts are setting themselves up in Mozambique, a country whose mining resources are piquing the interest of international powerhouses, according to researcher Loro Horta.

Oil and Energy

Chinese firm questions controversial hydroelectric contract – Africa Report
08/05/2013
Sino Hydro Corporation, which placed a bid of $990 million lost out to China Machinery Engineering Company (CMEC), which charged $1.3 billion. The massive project aims at increasing electricity generation by up to 600 megawatts at Hwange Power Station.

Chinese firm to build 20,000mw plant – The Nation (NGA)
06/05/2013
Chinese firm plans to build a 20,000 megawatts electricity generating plant in Nigeria, Minister of Power Prof. Chinedu Nebo said at the weekend. Vice-President Namadi Sambo, also at the weekend, said the government has approved $3.7b to boost power transmission to 20,000mw.

Telecommunications

Chinese firm gets $220m digital migration contract – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
09/05/2013
GOVERNMENT has awarded a tender for the supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of Terrestrial Digital Migration to Beijing-based Star Software Technology Company, also known as StarTimes.

6,000 Km Fiber Optic Underneath Cameroon – Business in Cameroon (CAM)
09/05/2013
Cameroon has now a fiber optic network of 6,000 km. Jean-Pierre Biyiti bi Essam, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Last Friday, officially received 3,200 km of fiber optic in Maroua from the Chinese partner, Huawei, adding to the already existing 3,800km.

Trade

China Wants More Namibian Trade – New Era (NAM)
07/05/2013
Equality, mutually beneficial and win-win situations are the basic principles that guide China’s economic relations with Africa, according to the Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Xin Shunkang.

Transport and Infrastructure

Zim loses millions over Chinese projects – Zimbabwe Independent (ZWE)
07/05/2013
ZIMBABWE is losing millions of dollars to the Chinese in untendered government projects like the US$98 million National Defence College (NDC) and Long Cheng Plaza in Belvedere whose workmanship is of substandard quality, local engineers say.

Chinese want to help upgrade airports – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
07/05/2013
THE recent trip by President Michael Sata to China has started bearing fruit with a number of Chinese investors expressing interest to help Government in upgrading the country’s 10 provincial airports to international standards.

Excitement builds on West African rail potential – Proactive Investors (GBR)
06/05/2013
The development of a West African railway to service the newly emerging iron ore industry in the region is once again under the spotlight. Investor excitement has been fuelled by a clutch of announcements and speculation about the next steps for a number of companies working in the region – notably in Cameroon.

China Lends US$3.3 Billion to Rail Construction in Horn of Africa – Design Build
06/05/2013
The Chinese government has agreed to provide US$3.3 billion in financing to the Ethio-Djibouti Railway project in the Horn of Africa. Officials from the Export-Import Bank of China will travel to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in early May to put the finishing touches on the agreement between the finance ministers of China and Ethiopia.

Addis-Djibouti Railway Gets Chinese Financing – Addis Fortune (ETH)
05/05/2013
Higher level officials fromChina’s Ex-Im Bank are expected to arrive in Addis Abeba this week to finalize a three billion dollar loan agreement with the Ethiopian government to finance the Ethio-Dijibouti Railway project.

Media

China to erect big screens in Zimbabwe – Nehanda Radio (ZWE)
07/05/2013
Diplomatic officials close to China Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Lin Lin, have told Nehanda Radio how Beijing is seriously considering a blockade on critical European media houses, which it accuses of damaging its image in Africa.

Society

Why China is getting involved in Africa’s health issues – CNN
09/05/2013
There is an old African proverb: “If you want to walk fast, walk alone. But if you want to walk far, walk together.” That was the guiding principle behind the International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation this week in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana. This is the fourth such annual conference — and the first to be held on African soil.

China, Africa explore partnerships on health challenges – Ghana Business News (GHN)
09/05/2013
Chinese and African leaders have met at the 4th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Cooperation and the first China-Africa health meeting to be held in Africa, to explore new partnerships to address some of the most pressing health challenges facing the continent.

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Weekly update: 27/04/2013 to 03/05/2013

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CAN comment: Interesting to see another well reasoned article asking the question of whether China’s influence is entirely positive. The article raises an interesting question as to the sustainability of China’s support for dictators when opposition forces eventually come into power. However, as was evident in South Sudan after its split from the north, China can be very quick to adapt its approach and find favour with new governments.

CAN comment: This article praises China’s long history of economic and political support for Sudan and calls for greater cooperation in the agricultural sphere. A major source of China economic growth in the 1980s was through increased rural agricultural production, which Africa will likely need to replicate in order to make similar strides itself.

CAN comment: Interesting quotes from former Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga at the Times African CEO’s summit: “If you deal with the Chinese, they will come, you negotiate and these negotiations are not endless; you discuss and agree … The role of China in Africa is being misconstrued or deliberately misunderstood. For Africa to realise its potential, there is need for injection of capital. Opportunities [to invest in Africa] exist, but we need to work with everybody.”

CAN comment: For every major multi-million dollar infrastructure or resources project investment there are likely to be hundreds of these small teams of Chinese agricultural or medical experts doing training programs in Africa. China’s experience of labour intensive small scale agriculture makes it an ideal partner for these projects. While these projects seem to be pervasive and long standing it remains very difficult to judge how successful they have been.

CAN comment: In order for Nigeria to see significant Chinese investment in manufacturing it will need to make significant improvements to its power infrastructure, according to 18 Chinese companies which have indicated interest   to visit  and establish manufacturing-based  offices in Nigeria. While upgrading infrastructure remains a priority of President Jonathan’s government, it remains to be seen whether vested interests can be overcome, and Nigeria’s manufacturing potential can be realised.

CAN comment: Interesting use of the newly available aid data on Chinese investment in Africa offering a breakdown of how that money was spent in Kenya. When reading the top line numbers and recipients its difficult not to conclude that the money is being invested wisely. Road-building and other transport projects accounted for nearly half of China’s assistance. Energy generation and supply is identified as the second-largest. One example project is the construction of the Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital in Nairobi, costing $92 million.

 

Politics

China can do more for Africa – Daily Monitor (UGA)
02/05/2013
How should Africa’s political elite respond to China’s escalation of its ‘soft power charm offensive’, which is widely thought to be intended to secure future clout on the continent?

The Sudanese-Chinese Political and Economic Relations – Sudan Vision (SUD)
02/05/2013
Relations between the two countries since the beginning were based on mutual respect of the principles of peaceful coexistence, the non intervention in the domestic affairs of the others. This matter has constituted a solid base for the development of the bilateral relations that continued to be stable and developing regardless of the succession of government in the Sudan and despite the differences of the political systems in the two countries.

Chinese aid to Africa: A detective story – The Interpreter
02/05/2013
This endeavour involved a team of researchers and has taken more than 18 months, and sought to find and classify all instances of Chinese development finance to Africa from 2001 to 2011. Anyone who has attempted to quantify Chinese aid would know this is no mean feat.

African leaders defend China links – Africa Review
01/05/2013
African politicians have told a top business executives summit in London that the continent is gravitating towards China because it readily provides development financing unlike the Bretton Woods institutions. Kenya’s former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, on Monday spoke of “frustrations”, while in government, in dealing with lengthy bureaucratic procedures of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.

Domestic critics carp over extent of China’s munificence towards Africa – The Guardian (GBR)
29/04/2013
Is it pure altruism or thinly veiled self-interest? Neither, according to Beijing: aid to Africa, which has doubled in the last few years, is about co-operation and mutual benefit. But if the outside world has become increasingly suspicious about China‘s involvement with Africa – prompting accusations that its aid strategy is solely about pursuing raw materials or finding work for Chinese firms – some at home have the opposite concern: that it is too generous.

Chinese Firm Warns Uganda On Karuma – Hydro World
29/04/2013
In the March issue of the international business magazine, Forbes, the billionaire Sudhir Ruparelia is asked in an interview what he thinks is the biggest weakness of the Uganda economy.Sudhir answers: “The left doesn’t know what the right is doing, unfortunately. The decision making process of this country has gone very bad. Although there are a lot of processes, unfortunately these checks and balances have been abused; thereby the people have been scared into making decisions. The only way people feel they will survive in the job is by not making decisions and that’s very bad”.

China hopes to hit the right note with Algeria opera house – The Guardian (GBR)
29/04/2103
Along the highway, alternating blue-and-white corrugated iron sheets are all that can be seen of the opera house China offered as a gift to Algeria six years ago.

 

Agriculture

Chinese team tells Ghana to consider technology transfer to boost agric output – Ghana Business News (GHN)
01/05/2013
A delegation from China has called on Mr Clement Kofi Humado, Minister of Food and Agriculture to consider technological transfer to Ghana to boost agricultural development to make the country self-sufficient in food production.

 

Finance and Banking

Chinese investors urge FG to improve power supply – The Punch (NGA)
02/05/2013
About 18 Chinese investors under the aegis of African Investment Network have called on the Federal Government to improve power supply in the country as a way of attracting more investment from China.

Ecobank Tanzania Launched China Desk -Tanzania Invest (TZA)
02/05/2013
During the event which attracted over 100 Chinese investors in Tanzania including officials of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce , the bank also formally launched the direct trading of the Chinese currency (RMB) in Tanzania bundled with the settlement of payments through the Bank of China.

Chinese gives Kenya $1.4bn aid in decade – Daily Nation (KEN)
01/05/2013
China provided Kenya with $1.4 billion aid in the 2001-2011 period, says a new report by US researchers. Road building and other transport projects accounted for nearly half of China’s assistance, according to the study compiled by AidData, a research partnership involving two US universities and a non-governmental organisation.

Zambia set for more investment from China – African Review
01/05/2013
The MFEZs are located in Chambishi (Copperbelt) and in Lusaka, near the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport. Zambia investment is expected to create thousands of new jobs, this is according to an MoU signed in Beijing on 11 April 2013 on the sidelines of the Zambia-China Economic and Trade Forum.

Zim-China Economic Relationship Needs Democratic Review – Zimbabwe Mail (ZIM)
30/04/2013
When the Chinese President visited Africa last week, the 28 March-4 April 2013 editorial comment of the weekly Zimbabwe Independent was correct to criticize our government’s ‘look east policy’.

New database focuses on China’s secretive aid to Africa – Business Daily (KEN)
30/04/2013
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China’s aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing’s secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance.

Govt Keen On Fruitful Economic Relations With China – The Herald (ZIM)
30/04/2013
Zimbabwe is eager to translate its relations with China into fruitful economic benefits for the people of the two countries, Local Government, Rural and Urban Development Minister Ignatius Chombo has said.

China commits billions in aid to Africa as part of charm offensive – interactive – The Guardian (GBR)
29/04/2013
China has committed $75bn (£48bn) on aid and development projects in Africa in the past decade, according to research which reveals the scale of what some have called Beijing’s escalating soft power “charm offensive” to secure political and economic clout on the continent.

Egypt signs Chinese investment agreements worth $500 million – Middle East Monitor (EGT)
29/04/2013
The Egyptian government has signed four cooperation agreements with Chinese companies to develop and improve the economic area northwest of the Gulf of Suez. During a press conference, Minister of Investment, Osama Saleh, confirmed that the total amount of investments to be made by the companies amounts to $500 million and will be delivered in 3 stages.

Uganda Asked to Focus On Local Investors – New Vision (UGA)
29/04/2013
Emphasis on foreign investment is overrated. Policy makers should instead focus on local investors, increasing the tax to Gross Domestic Product (GDP) ratio and value addition to agricultural produce to achieve higher economic growth rates.

Ghana plays ball as China splashes cash on gyms and stadiums – The Guardian (GBR)
29/04/2013
Barely audible above the din of schoolchildren enjoying their afternoon dip in the pool, Eric Sarpong – an engineer in the Ghanaian armed forces – explains why he loves swimming. It’s not just a question of exercise, he says, but also focus, and it keeps him away from the more negative distractions that get some of his army colleagues into trouble.

 

Manufacturing

Chinese firm steps up investment in Ethiopia with ‘shoe city’ – The Guardian (GBR)
30/04/2013
Helen Hai, vice-president of Chinese footwear manufacturer the Huajian Group, has a bold ambition. Within a decade, she wants Ethiopia to be a global hub for the shoe industry, supplying the African, European and American markets.

 

Oil and Energy

Kenya Aspires to be East Africa Hydrocarbon Transit Hub – Oil Price.com
02/05/2013
Kenya is moving forward incrementally with its massive $24 billion regional infrastructure project, the Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transit Corridor (LAPSSET), awarding a key tender to a Chinese company.

ONGC said to be lead bidder for $6 billion Mozambique gas assets – Live Mint
30/04/2013
Oil & Natural Gas Corp. and Oil India Ltd. are the leading bidder for the stake in a Mozambique gas field being sold byAnadarko Petroleum Corp. and Videocon Industries Ltd., said three people with knowledge of the discussions.

China lends Ethiopia S$1.2b for mega-dam power lines – Straits Times (SGP)
27/04/2013
Ethiopia secured a US$1 billion (S$1.2 billion) loan from China on Friday to build transmission lines linking its capital Addis Ababa with Africa’s biggest hydropower dam being built on the Nile.

 

Telecommunications

Hong Kong Calling: How China’s Cheap Phones Make Their Way to Africa – Think Africa Press
02/05/2013
Nathan Road is Hong Kong’s busiest shopping street. It is lined with skyscrapers and decorated with neon signs of every size, colour and shape. Most of the logos are familiar: McDonald’s, KFC, Samsung, Rolex, Carlsberg, 7-Eleven, Standard Chartered.

 

Trade

Exports to China Reach U.S $2 Billion – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
30/04/2013
The Government has said Zambia exported nearly US$2 billion worth of commodities to China in 2012. Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry Permanent Secretary Stephen Mwansa told journalists in Lusaka at the weekend that Zambia’s exports to China in terms of commodities reached $1.9 billion.

Ecobank Launches China Desk in Dar – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
29/04/2013
ECcobank Tanzania Limited, an affiliate of the Ecobank Group, has launched the China Desk in Tanzania to support emerging business opportunities, international trade, infrastructure projects and investments between Tanzania and China.

S Africa: China might make all the (trade) difference – Financial Times (ZAF)
29/04/2013
A weaker rand may add to the cost of imports in South Africa, but there are positive effects. The depreciation that has seen the rand fall 6.47 per cent year to date is helping exports and, if could even help ease the country’s balance of trade headache.

 

Transport and Infrastructure

Nigeria, China may partner on affordable houses – The Guardian (NGA)
02/05/2013
Nigeria and China are to strike a deal on the provision of affordable housing estates for Nigerians. The partnership deal, according to the government, will also include energy matters and road construction in the country.

How Ghana dumped World Bank for China Development Bank over gas infrastructure – Ghana Business News (GHN)
02/05/2013
Many businesses in Ghana were excited when the Government of Ghana (GoG) announced that, it was going to develop its own gas infrastructure to produce gas to shore up the energy generation level and need of the country.

Roads and energy main beneficiaries of Chinese aid to Kenya, report – Africa Review
30/04/2013
China provided Kenya with a total of $1.4 billion in aid during the 2001-2011 period, according to a report issued on Monday by US-based researchers.

Chinese firm in Sh15bn Moi hospital expansion plan – The Star (KEN)
29/04/2013
The government is negotiating with donors to help expand the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital to have a bed capacity of more than 1,000 from the current 600. The National government has approved talks with investors from China on the possibility of expanding the hospital at a cost of more than Sh16 billion. The CEO of the hospital, John Kibosia, hosted China Machinery Engineering Cooperation which is associated with China’s Wu Yi Company.

 

Defence

US Security Strategy in South Sudan – An anti-China Strategy? – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
03/05/2013
The cornerstone of an academic debate which took shape over the last twelve years among Marxist scholars – since the publication of Empire (2000) – focuses on what can be considered the mother of all questions for scientists of international politics: what is the structure of the current geopolitical world order we live in?

 

Education

Nigeria signs MoU with China on skills, technology transfer – Vanguard (NGA)
03/05/2013
The Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment and Sanshui District Bureau of Economy, Science and Technology Development Promotion in China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU to facilitate the transfer of skills and technologies.

Africa’s future leaders benefit from Beijing’s desire to win hearts and minds – The Guardian (GBR)
29/04/2013
Liberian children hold Chinese flags before the arrival of China’s president Hu Jintao in Monrovia. Last summer the former leader announced an African aid programme that would encompass government scholarships and training schemes. Photograph: Christopher Herwig/Reuters/Corbis.

UDOM Launches Chinese Courses – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
29/04/2013
The Vice-President, Dr Mohammed Gharib Bilal, on Sunday launched the Confucius Institute of the University of Dodoma (UDOM) that will be offering courses on Chinese language and culture.

 

Society

Chinese doctor brings vision to African patients – China Daily (CHN)
29/04/2013
When Zhu Siquan developed a whole set of medical techniques for the treatment of late-stage cataract among Chinese patients in the 1990s, he did not expect that his endeavors would one day benefit patients in Africa.

Chinese NGOs reach out to African countries – People’s Daily Online (CHN)
29/04/2013
Groups give new impetus and direction for people-to-people exchanges in Africa withtheir community outreach programs, report Meng Jing and Sun Yuanqing. At almost the same time that President Xi Jinping announced during his recent visit toAfrica that China will extend a $20 billion credit line to the continent over the next twoyears, Zhang Ming, a director of the Red Cross Society of China, was busy raisingfunds of more than 30 million yuan ($4.85 million) from China to build public healthcenters in Africa, the first overseas project by her organization.

Chinese hospital heals sore spot in Zambia – The Guardian (GBR)
29/04/2013
Joy Bwalya-Mwale, 16, has a baby tied to her back and an umbrella to protect her from the burning sun. The teenage mother has come for a check-up at the Levy Mwanawasa general hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, where her daughter, Natalia, was born eight months ago.

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Weekly news: 20/04/2013 to 26/04/2013

Politics

China in Africa – Sierra Express Media
26/04/2013
Sierra Leone’s sustained growth continues to make great progress with specific reference to the governance period of President Ernest Koroma. During his first five years, he moved the country toward a change drive. 

Will Africa be able to compete successfully with China? – Global Times (CHN)
25/04/2013
It is indisputable that China is the world’s most competitive economy. Its industries boast high-level technology, a highly trained workforce, innovation and operational efficiency. The country’s businesses are known to outcompete their rivals in new regions through low pricing and low production cost.

Beijing, Paris should ‘work together’ – China Daily (USA)
24/04/2013
China and France should join forces in Africa to boost the continent’s development, vice-president of a major French political party said on Tuesday.

China political system offers lessons for Africa – Shanghai Daily (CHN)
24/04/2013
Africa should take advantage of the deepening relations with China to study Chinese political model and come up with lessons that can enable it to develop its own political system that is inclusive, encourages economic growth and will promote ethnic cohesiveness, a Kenyan expert said on Tuesday.

New Africa Scramble: China Has Economic Might but Lacks Brazil’s “Soft Power” Edge – Huffington Post
24/04/2013
Move over, 19th-century African power struggle — the coming scramble for continental resources may feature some new and rising players. While European nations such as Britain and France dominated Africa and vied for influence some one hundred years ago, the next geopolitical struggle could pit none other than China against an increasingly more assertive Brazilian dynamo.

‘Africa must be smart about China’ – The Southern Times
22/04/2013
On becoming the new Chinese Leader, Xi Xinping’s first foreign trip was to Moscow, Russia and if this was a shocker, more was to follow. Fresh from the visit to the Kremlin, the Communist Party chief was on the plane to Dar es Salaam on the first leg of his triangular trip to Africa that would also take him to the Congo Republic and the Republic of South Africa.

China-Africa cooperation contributes to African growth – FOCAC
22/04/2013
Economic cooperation between China and Africa has contributed more than 20 percent to African countries’ growth over the past 13 years, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

Mali: China Calls for Peace in Mali – FOCAC
22/04/2013
China hopes the international community can continue to play an active role in consolidating security in Mali, through close coordination with the Malian side, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Chinese VP Vows Stronger Ties With South Sudan – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
21/04/2013
The Chinese vice president, Li Yuanchao on Thursday vowed to promote friendly cooperative ties with newly independent South Sudan.

Finance and Banking

AfDB and People’s Bank of China Commit to Expand Cooperation – African Development Bank
26/04/2013
The President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Donald Kaberuka, and the Governor of the People’s Bank of China (PBC), Zhou Xiaochuan, have agreed to expand cooperation between the two banks.

Zambia expects to register increase in investment – Daily Mail (ZAM)
23/04/2013
ZAMBIA is expected to register increased investment this year due to various pledges the country is receiving with foreign direct investment (FDI) projection at US$10 billion this year.

Cape Verde and Mozambique are two of the most attractive destinations for investment in Africa – Macauhub (MOZ)
22/04/2013
Cape Verde and Mozambique are two of the most attractive destinations for foreign investment in Africa in 2013, according to a document published in Lille by French consultancy StrategiCo.

China’s investments in Egypt increases by 60 pct – Business Ghana (GHN)
21/04/2013
China’s Ambassador to Egypt Song Aiguo said Sunday that the Chinese investments in Egypt increased by 60 percent over the past two years to exceed half a billion U.S. dollars, an official source in the embassy told Xinhua.

China Gets Tough On Zim’s Debts – Zimbabwe Independent (ZIM)
19/04/2013
The Chinese government has raised red flags on Zimbabwe’s creditworthiness after insisting the cash-strapped government settle all outstanding arrears before accessing additional funds for infrastructure development projects.

Manufacturing

The Chinese threat to growth – Financial Mail (ZAF)
25/04/2013
Economic data from China paints a worrying picture for Africa’s growth prospects. Latest  information is that China’s manufacturing base expanded less than expected in April. The purchasing  managers’ index registered a reading of just 50.5-below 50 indicates contraction.

China Africa Cotton to build cotton ginning factory in Mozambique – Macauhub (MOZ)
22/04/2013
The China Africa Cotton project for construction of factory for cotton ginning and producing cotton seed oil in the Maringué district, in the north of Sofala province, is at an advanced stage, said a district official.

Mining and Metals

Chinese In Ghana Resented For Running Illegal Mines, Destroying Environment – International Business Times
24/04/2013
The Chinese have left their footprints all over the African continent, with decidedly mixed results and mixed reactions from the African people themselves.

Influx of Chinese goldminers sparks tensions in Ghana – The Guardian (GBR)
23/04/2013
Huang Ren Zhong’s striped parasol stands out against the muddy cliff of excavated earth. The horizon is fringed with the tall trees of the Ghanaian rainforest, but for Huang, this dilapidated shelter is his only shade from the sweltering tropical sun.

Oil and Energy

Shale gas resource, dismissal fears arise, China-Africa collision – Engineering News (ZAF)
26/04/2013
Exploration needs to go ahead to determine how much of the shale gas in South Africa’s Karoo is commercially viable. Gas industry stakeholders supporting and opposing the exploiting of shale gas reserves in the Karoo basin reached that consensus at Gas Week 2013, as can be read on page 16 of this edition of Mining Weekly.

Nigeria Losing Ground To New African Oil Frontiers – Leadership (NGA)
25/04/2013
While the Nigerian government continues to delay the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) the nation is fast losing grounds to emerging African crude oil frontiers. Countries like Ghana, Sierra Leon and Kenya are among top contenders eager to dislodge Nigeria and take over its investments.

China’s Sinopec Threatens To Abandon $700m Ghanaian Gas Project – Ventures Africa
25/04/2013
Chinese firm, Sinopec International Petroleum Service Corporation is threatening to abandon work on Ghana’s Gas infrastructure.

Hydro power development full steam ahead – Hydro World
22/04/2013
Hydro power development full steam ahead. ‘The contract is to build the station and operate it for a number of years’. THERE is a quickening of tempo in electricity-generation projects in Zambia. The state electricity monopoly, Zesco Ltd, recently disclosed that 25 companies, two of them Chinese, have expressed an interest in developing the 1600MW hydro-power station at Batoka Gorge on the Zambezi.

Trade 

Namibia to Export Fish, Beef to China – CRI (CHN)
25/04/2013
A Chinese food safety supervising body has signed two memorandum of understanding for fish and beef exports with its Namibian counterpart, enabling Namibia to export fish and beef to China in the following several years.

Setting Up Shop in Lesotho – How the Chinese Succeeded – Think Africa Press
22/04/2013
Of all the African destinations that Chinese migrants have travelled to since China’s economic and political reforms in the late-1970s, Lesotho is perhaps one of the least obvious.

Transport and Infrastructure

Ethiopia hopes to reap benefits from eco-friendly rail projects – Reuters
23/04/2013
Taking advantage of its expanding hydropower and other renewable energy capacity, Ethiopia is building an extensive system of electric railways to ease urban traffic congestion and reduce carbon emissions and pollution, officials say.

China approves major loans for S. Sudan to improve infrastructure – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
23/04/2013
South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit said on Tuesday that the Chinese government has approved a major loan scheme to help his country improve infrastructure, adding that the agreement shows the level of cooperation between the two countries.

Environment

Flaws identified in India, China, Kenya policy narratives on climate change – Ghana Business News
22/04/2013
Partners in an international study, have identified flaws in policy narratives on climate change in the Indian, Chinese, Kenyan and global contexts, which they say limit resilience in the world’s dry regions.

Africa, stop digging holes for the West – Mail & Guardian (ZAF)
20/04/2013
For at least two generations, African leaders and policymakers have recoiled from the 300-year model of African natural-resource development. Simply put, the model was based on Africans, originally as slaves and later as paid porters, carrying ivory to the coast for ­Europeans and Asians to cut and process.

Education

Chinese Firm to Build Betty Kaunda School – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
19/04/2013
A CHINESE mining firm has announced plans to build an ultra-modern multi-million Kwacha skills training school to carter for the underprivileged in society in honour of late Betty Kaunda, the wife of first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda.

Media

From China With Love or Hate – This Day (NGA)
21/04/2013
Claims that Chinese investment in the nation’s media landscape is symbiotic look far-fetched. Here is why. Three months ago, Chinese Foreign Minister, Yang Jiechi, toured five African countries, a trip that was initiated by the signing a $7.6 million aid grant to Zimbabwe.

Society

Ellen Wants Cultural Exchanges Between Liberia, China Promoted – Hertitage
24/04/2013
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf has stressed the need for the promotion of cultural exchanges between Liberia and China According to President Johnson-Sirleaf, cultural exchanges between the two countries will foster a stronger bond of friendship between the two countries.

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 Diplomatic Relations with China and the Ghanaian Predicament – Ghana Web (GHN)

CAN comment: After an article last week exploring whether or not Ghanaians hated the Chinese, this article in the Ghanaian press again explores whether the relationship is fair. This week the Chinese and Ghanaian governments began negotiations aroundstopping the flow of illegal Chinese miners to the country. Ghana does seem to be closely questioning the benefit of China’s role in the country.

 Kenya firmly in China’s sights as the West ponders future ties – Daily Nation (KEN)

CAN comment: On the one hand, the ICC’s attempts to hold leaders accountable for alleged human rights abuses is an important deterrent for international leaders, and a source of justice for those who have been wronged. However no court can function without credibility, and while the ICC lacks the authority to indict leaders from the richer nations, its unsurprising that much of the developing world is suspicious of it.

 Mutambara tells Africa to be tough on China – Zimbabwe Mail (ZWE)

CAN comment: Arthur Mutambara, Deputy Prime Minister of Zimbabwe said last week it was time for Africa to stop taking a “romantic view” of China because it had grown from a “comrade in poverty” to a global economic giant and superpower. The Chinese must come to Africa on African terms. The terms that will allow the Chinese to make money but the terms that will also allow Africa to develop, win-win. China wins, Africa wins.”

 Looming China/Africa head-on collision – Solomon – Mining Weekly (ZAF)

CAN comment: This article takes a similar slant and is part of a growing trend of considered criticism of China’s role from senior politicians, technocrats and business leaders. Solomon said that while Chinese investment was premised on the offtake of raw materials needed to drive China’s thriving economy, where costs were lower, Africans were wanting to see not only primary benefits from mineral resources but also minerals-based secondary and tertiary development.

 Experts see transparency on foreign aid – China Daily (CHN)

CAN comment: One of a number of recent changes China has began to make in its interactions with Africa (and other parts of the world) is in aid transparency. “The Chinese government is becoming more open and transparent on its foreign aid, which has received positive feedback,” said Yu Yingfu, deputy director-general of the Department of Aid to Foreign Countries under the Ministry of Commerce.

 

 Chinese firms employ over 30,000 Ugandans – New Vision (UGA)

CAN comment: While there has been great deal of criticism of China’s role in many African countries (see above) there continues to be those who are grateful for the investment and job creation China has brought. Recent criticism seems to be more about reset expectations in countries in which China has been active for a number of years than any particular downturn in Chinese behaviour.

 

Politics 

Diplomatic Relations with China and the Ghanaian Predicament – Ghana Web (GHN)
19/04/2013
The world being a conglomerate of nations with diverse natural and human resource makes no country an island. This need for partnership and interdependence has given rise to the establishment of diplomatic ties amongst nations.

China-Africa cooperation contributes to African growth – Xinhuanet (CHN)
19/04/2013
Economic cooperation between China and Africa has contributed more than 20 percent to African countries’ growth over the past 13 years, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Friday.

Mutambara tells Africa to be tough on China – Zimbabwe Mail (ZWE)
18/04/2013
Africa must learn to dictate its own terms when dealing with China and stop blaming Beijing, apartheid or colonialism for its economic woes, Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

Challenges for China-Africa Relations – International Policy Digest
18/04/2013
Before making any predictions it is important to begin with a few basic assumptions about China that will also impact its relations with Africa. I believe China’s leadership will remain stable and in full control of the country through at least the Xi Jinping era. China’s focus will remain on ensuring domestic political stability and economic development.

China plays huge role in promoting Africa’s industrialization: diplomat – Global Times (CHN)
18/04/2013
The Chinese government and companies are playing a critical role in promoting job creation and industrialization in African countries, a top Chinese diplomat told Xinhua on Wednesday.

China Must Come To Africa On African Terms – Ventures Africa
17/04/2013
Africa is duty bound to realise it needs to put across its specific conditions when striking transactions with China, Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister said on Wednesday.

Zimbabwe deputy PM tells Africa to be tough on China – Global Post (USA)
17/04/2013
Africa must learn to dictate its own terms when dealing with China and stop blaming Beijing, apartheid, or colonialism for its economic woes, Zimbabwe‘s deputy prime minister said Wednesday.

Looming China/Africa head-on collision – Solomon – Mining Weekly (ZAF)
17/04/2013
An economic head-on collision was looming between Chinese business imperatives and Africa’s aspirations to derive more benefit from their continent’s minerals, J&J Group executive director Michael Solomon warned on Wednesday.

China says economic, social progress key to addressing African conflicts – Xinhuanet (CHN)
16/04/2013
China said on Monday that effectively helping Africa achieve economic growth and social progress is the fundamental means to address the root causes of African conflicts, calling for the enhancement of international coordination and collaboration.

China/Africa: Trustworthy friends and sincere partners forever – People’s Daily (NGA)
15/04/2013
This is my first visit to Africa as the Chinese President and my sixth visit to the African continent. Whenever I come to Africa, two things always strike me the most. One is the continuous progress.

Kenya firmly in China’s sights as the West ponders future ties – Daily Nation (KEN)
13/04/2013
In a diplomatic coup that was hardly noticed by observers, the Chinese flag took pride of place at the April 9 inauguration of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.

French connection – China Daily (CHN)
12/04/2013
Armed with a bottle of wine and enthusiasm, Wu Bin is on a mission to crack the French-speaking African market.  While most Chinese companies in Africa concentrate on English-speaking regions and battle with Indian, European and American companies for work, Wu Bin has taken a different approach, focusing on French-speaking countries where international competition isn’t as tough.

Finance and Banking

Developed world ‘invests far more in Africa than China’ – Business Day (ZAF)
19/04/2013
AFRICA’s annual trade with China has doubled to $199bn since 2008, but Chinese foreign direct investment into the continent, which is just 3%, is miniscule compared with the developed world, a senior Chinese banker told the China-Africa Business Summit in Sandton this week.

Liberia, China Sign U.S.$17 Million Economic-Technical Cooperation Agreement – Front Page Africa
18/04/2013
The Governments of Liberia and China on Thursday signed an Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement valued at nearly US$17 million. The agreement is intended to finance eight ongoing bilateral projects in Liberia.

China will remain valuable to Africa in the long-term – Hedgeweek
17/04/2013
“China is a source of valuable inward investment for Africa and will remain a long-term source of demand for African exports.

Experts see transparency on foreign aid – China Daily (CHN)
16/03/2013
China has become more transparent about disclosing information on its foreign aid in order to clear up misunderstandings on the issue, according to experts.

Chinese firm seeks stronger ties with Nigeria – Daily Drust (NGA)
16/04/2013
A Chinese firm, Hong Kong Jun Tong International Group Limited has called for improved bi-lateral business relations between Nigeria and China.

Chinese Investment in Africa – Amb. David Shinn
16/04/2013
The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment published on 15 April 2013 a brief study titled “How the Private Sector Is Changing Chinese Investment in Africa” by Xiaofang Shen, senior visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

As Africa Embraces China, It Must Take Caution – The Star (KEN)
13/04/2013
In a Financial Times article that was published early last month, Nigeria’s central bank governor Lamido Sanusi warned that Africa must shake off its romantic view of China and accept that it is a competitor as much as a partner and that it’s capable of exploitation as much as Western nations.

Mining and Metals

Chinese-invested Husab uranium mine kicks off construction in Namibia – Xinhuanet (CHN)
19/04/2013
The construction of the Husab Uranium Mine, a joint venture between the Chinese and the Namibian governments, has started after the ground-breaking ceremony held on Thursday at the site situated about 60 km from the coastal city of Swakopmund.

Mining shares plummet as China slows – Business Report (ZAF)
16/04/2013
Gold and platinum shares plummeted yesterday, extending a rout that took hold on Friday, as weaker-than-expected Chinese growth figures fuelled concerns about the global demand for commodities.

Ghana and China to establish a working committee to check influx of Chinese miners – Government of Ghana (GHN)
15/04/2013
Governments of Ghana and China have resolved to establish a high-powered working committee to review circumstances leading to the influx of illegal Chinese miners to Ghana and bring up an integrated roadmap to stop the influx.

Oil and Energy

Shell Shut Out as Africa’s Gas Trove Lures Asian States: Energy – Bloomberg
17/04/2013
Asian state-owned oil companies are making inroads in the contest for East Africa’s energy reserves, gaining power in export projects that Western explorers like Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) used to dominate.

Uganda Seeks Funds for 600MW Hydro Project from China – Uganda Picks (UGA)
16/04/2013
The government of Uganda is seeking funds from China to finance 600MW Karuma hydro-power plant on the River Nile in the Murchison Falls National Park, within the Lake Albertine rift basin.

CNPC’s move into the Mozambican market improves outlook for country’s gas industry – Macauhub
15/04/2013
The entry of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) into the Mozambican natural gas market is expected to improve the industry’s outlook, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Trade

Africa needs collective strategy to trade with China – BizDay (ZWE)
17/04/2013
Africans should come out with a strategy to do business with China which includes negotiating as a continent or as regional blocs and adding value to its products, Zimbabwe Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara said on Wednesday.

Don’t Blame China for Trade Imbalances with Africa, Expert Says – Caixin Online (CHN)
12/04/2013
China is not to blame for trade imbalances with African, says South African political economist Moeletsi Mbeki.

Comfort zone for companies – China Daily (CHN)
12/04/2013
Several African countries are embarking on a new drive to attract investment from China, using a method that China itself has used so effectively to achieve economic success over the past 30 years.

Transport and Infrastructure

Rwanda refutes Contract to Chinese Firm to Build Bugesera Airport – Rwandan Flyer (RWA)
16/04/2013
According to Igihe (HERE), the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure (MININFRA), James Kamanzi has refuted media reports which indicate that government has contracted the China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) to construct a multi million dollar modern Airport at Bugesera district.

Environment

Tanzania: Serengeti Wins Hearts in China – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
15/04/2013
A CHINESE millionaire with capital worth more 700 million US dollars, Mr Zhou Yi, has shown interest in building a luxurious accommodation facility in Serengeti National Park.

Education

Chinese firm to build Betty Kaunda school – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
19/04/2013
A CHINESE mining firm has announced plans to build an ultra-modern multi-million Kwacha skills training school to carter for the underprivileged in society in honour of late Betty Kaunda, the wife of first Republican President Kenneth Kaunda.

China’s incursion in Kenya’s higher education: Partner or Patron? – Capital FM (KEN)
17/04/2013
‘Africa is the cradle of mankind’, so say anthropologists and going by the recent interest from the East, it seems Africa is again the focus of the world. But having experienced the scramble for the continent by the west, Africa is treating there new friends from the East with caution.

China offers 40 scholarships for Ugandan students – New Vision (UGA)
15/04/2013
Chinese ambassador, Zhao Yali made the pledge at a media reception held at the Chinese embassy in Kampala on Tuesday. “In order to strengthen capacity building of Uganda, Chinese government offered about 40 government scholarships for young Ugandan talents and 404 slots of training courses for Ugandan government officials in various sectors,” he stated.

Media

TopTV to ‘rattle’ DStv with Chinese investor – Channel24 (ZAF)
18/04/2013
StarTimes, a Chinese media group ready to bail out the struggling TopTV wants to take on MultiChoice’s DStv by slashing pay-TV subscriptions, dramatically improve pay-TV content and “rattle” the South African pay-TV market.

Chinese firms employ over 30,000 Ugandans – New Vision (UGA)
17/04/2013
Chinese firms employ 33,000 Ugandans over a period of the last 19 years, the Chinese ambassador, Zhao Yali, has revealed. This is according to the statistics of Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) since 1993 to 2012.

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 Do We Hate The Chinese? – The Ghanaian Chronicle (GHN)

CAN comment: Interesting article in the Ghanaian press saying that while tensions are running high regarding Chinese informal mining practices in the country, Ghana remains open to the Chinese. Interestingly the author compares Ghana’s resistance of illegal Chinese mining with China’s defence of its interests against Britain in the Opium wars.

 Sinohydro shrugs off Africa criticism – Financial Times (GBR)

CAN comment: Matter of fact quotes from Wang Zhiping, board secretary of Sinohydro, “A dam is a sign of social progress and civilisation. You have resources. I have money, technology and management. We can develop together.”

 China and Africa: a maturing relationship – EIU

CAN comment: Fascinating figures from the EIU saying that five energy exporters—Algeria, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Libya and Sudan—accounted for 40.3% of Chinese imports from Africa in 2012, with South Africa (a major iron-ore source) accounting for a further 39.4%. Despite the commodity dominated imports and labour issues in Zambia the article comes to the conclusion that the China-Africa relationship is improving.

 Zambia can clinch agro exports to China  – Times of Zambia (ZAM)

CAN comment: Michael Sata hopes that his countries reliance on copper exports can be lessened through further exports of agricultural products to China. While it would be hugely beneficial to his country there are a number of obstacles around transport and agricultural technology to overcome before Zambia and Africa can make a real impact in agricultural exports.

 Assessing Nigeria, Chinese global investments – Business Day (NGA)

CAN comment: According to a report from the US based Heritage foundation, between 2005 and 2012 Nigeria received $15.6 billion in investment from China, more than any other country in Africa. The figure was also greater than that of Saudi Arabia, the UK or Russia in the same period.

 Sanusi’s Protest against Trade Imbalance Ruffles China – This Day (NGA)

CAN comment: Great article from This Day looking for incidences of where the Chinese government might have sought to respond to Nigerian Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi’s claims that Africa should be wary of Chinese neocolonialism. The question is often raised as to whether China is sensitive to criticisms. It appears in this case that it is.

 

Politics 

Zambia, China seek deeper ties – Daily Mail (ZAM)
12/04/2013
ZAMBIA and China have agreed to boost trade exchanges in order to deepen investment and financial cooperation. During a bilateral meeting with President Sata on Wednesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang urged the two countries to expand mutual trust and provide political safeguards for cooperation.

Ethiopia, China and the European Union – Amb. David Shinn
12/04/2013
Christine Hackenesch, research fellow at the German Development Institute, published an article in the first issue for 2013 of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs titled “Aid Donor Meets Strategic Partner? The European Union’s and China’s Relations with Ethiopia.”

Chinese president pledges ‘eternal’ support for Africa – New Times (RWA)
11/04/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping has said China-Africa relationship will never cease its development and that China is ready to elevate and broaden its ties with Africa.

Kenya’s new president meets envoys to seek cooperation – Xinhuanet (CHN)
11/04/2013
Kenya’s new President Uhuru Kenyatta held a series of meetings with regional leaders and envoys on his first day in the capital Nairobi to seek cooperation, especially foreign investments in the East Africa nation.

Kenya benefits as East and West compete in wooing African riches – Global Times (CHN)
10/04/2013
Kenyans have been entertained by a diplomatic comedy or saga that has seen subtle threats, followed by a speedy change of tack that would make good content for a television series or a political novel.

Sinohydro shrugs off Africa criticism – Financial Times (GBR)
10/04/2013
“Do we look like colonists? We haven’t killed any locals.” The unusual remarks by Wang Zhiping, board secretary of Sinohydro, in an interview with the Financial Times highlight the debate about China’s role in Africa.

China and Africa: a maturing relationship – EIU
09/04/2013
Africa’s place at the heart of China’s foreign policy agenda was highlighted in April, when the new Chinese president, Xi Jinping, chose to tour the continent on his inaugural foreign trip. The economic relationship between the two regions continues to develop apace, with rapid growth in trade and strong flows of Chinese financing into Africa.

President Sata hails China – Zambia Daily News (ZAM)
07/04/2013
PRESIDENT Sata has paid tribute to China’s contribution to Zambia’s development. In opening remarks to the bilateral talks with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at Sheraton Hotel in the southern resort town of Sanya, President Sata noted that China has always been a co-operating partner.

China-Zambia relations a model of win-win approach – FOCAC
07/04/2013
Chinese enterprises have brought investment and boosted employment and livelihoods in Zambia, President Michael Chilufya Sata told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinpingduring their first official talks on Saturday.

Sata says Africa has A Lot to Learn from China – Zambia Reports (ZAM)
05/04/2013
President Michael Sata says Africa has a lot to learn from China’s fast-growing economy. Speaking on arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport last night, President Sata, a once fierce critic of China while in the opposition who is now flirting with them, said Zambia was using Chinese personnel in its infrastructure development.

Africa and China are good for each other – Financial Times (GBR)
05/04/2013
Lamido Sanusi, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, wrote in a recent article for the Financial Times that China’s approach to Africa embodied “the essence of colonialism” – the export of manufactured goods and the import of primary resources.

Agriculture

Mozambique and China in negotiations to produce GM cotton – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
10/04/2013
Mozambique and China are expected in November to conclude negotiations on introducing genetically-modified cotton into the African country, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Correio da Manhã.

Zambia can clinch agro exports to China  – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
10/04/2013
PRESIDENT Michael Sata yesterday said Zambia can capture an export market in China for its agricultural produce. President Sata made the remarks before closed-door talks with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang and other senior Chinese government officials.

Finance and Banking

China’s Yuan Internationalization: Africa Eyeing Dim Sum Bond Market – International Business Times
10/04/2013
China’s currency — the yuan or renminbi (RMB) — hit a 19-year high against the U.S. dollar last week. An appreciating currency should breathe new life into China’s offshore“dim sum” bond market after a surprisingly subdued 2012.

Assessing Nigeria, Chinese global investments – Business Day (NGA)
10/04/2013
Nigeria has been one of the leading recipients of investments from Chinese companies between the period of 2005 and 2012, according to a new report by Derek Scissors of the US-based Heritage Foundation.

Dar Courts Chinese Tourism Investors – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
10/04/2013
TANZANIA has encouraged Chinese businesspeople to invest in the country, as there are many opportunities in the tourism industry which have not been well explored.

Chinese Group Seeks Investment Opportunities In Ghana – Government of Ghana (GHN)
09/04/2013
Executive Secretary-General of the China People Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries has declared its intention to build a large port in Ghana to facilitate economic activities.

How real are Chinese investments in Nigeria? – Vanguard (NGA)
08/04/2013
In recent times, there has been growing concern over the genuineness of Chinese involvement in Africa and Nigeria in particular. The concern is borne out of the fact that China in its appetite for oil, in particular, to fuel its growing economy, is busy buying oil blocks and mineral resources from existing investments at any cost.

Mining and Metals

China to spend $20-million on acquiring ferrochrome smelters in Zimbabwe – Mining Bulletin
12/04/2013
Chinese chrome processor Afro-Chine Smelting says it is to spend more than $20-million on acquiring and building six chrome smelters in Zimbabwe, two of which will be commissioned in the country’s Midlands province in July, initially producing up to 50000 t/y of ferrochrome.

India, China eager for Botswana Coal – ZBC News (ZAM)
09/04/2013
Buyers in India and China have expressed strong interest in securing thermal coal supplies from Botswana, as the two Asian nations look for sources of energy to support their fast growing economies.

Oil and Energy

China’s Oil-backed Loans in Angola and Brazil – Amb. David Shinn
12/04/2013
Ana Cristina Alves, senior researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs, published an article in the first issue for 2013 of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs titled “Chinese Economic Statecraft: A Comparative Study of China’s Oil-backed Loans in Angola and Brazil.”

China’s Oil Firm Makes Foray Into Kenya – The People (KEN)
10/04/2013
China’s major oil corporation is planning to make major inroads in Africa to take advantage of the growing interest in the continent’s oil industry. According to The China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Chief Executive, Fu Chengyu, the company plans to capitalise on growing interest in the continent among explorers due to high oil prices and growing energy nationalism elsewhere. In Kenya, the company is seeking a stake in Tullow Oil, which is drilling oil in Turkana.

Chinese Firm Wins Bid to Expand Hwange – Financial Gazette (ZIM)
10/04/2013
THE State Procurement Board has awarded the tender for the extension of Hwange Power Station to China Machinery Engineering Company, The Financial Gazette’s Companies & Markets (C&M) has learnt.

Trade

Africa urged to drive harder bargains with China – Zimbabwe Mail (ZWE)
14/04/2013
For more than a decade African governments have rolled out the red carpet for Chinese investors, trading oil, coal, iron ore and other resources for badly needed ports, roads and railways.

China offers Africa trade, not aid – Business Day (ZAF)
11/04/2013
THE views she expressed were outrageous. Because they were made by a woman — and a black woman at that — they demanded attention. And the more attention her opinions received the more the chattering classes realised she was right.

China Waiver Window to Raise Exports – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
09/04/2013
PREFERENTIAL treatment for Tanzanian goods in entering the Chinese market is expected to increase the country’s exports to the Asian nation, analysts say. Those who spoke to ‘Business Standard’ believe the implications are that Tanzanian businesses that are exporting the items that have received tax exemption will potentially export more to China. This is because the goods will be cheaper due to reduced tax.

Hong Kong ship owners seize chance as Africa trade soars – South China Morning Post (CHN)
08/04/2013
Burgeoning trade between China and Africa and sales by German shipping investment funds have combined to create opportunities for two fledgling Hong Kong ship owners.

Sanusi’s Protest against Trade Imbalance Ruffles China – This Day (NGA)
07/04/2013
Barely a month after the wake-up call by the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, on Africa in general and Nigeria in particular to shrug off the yoke of economic imbalance with China, indications have emerged that the Chinese government may have embarked on a comprehensive review of its business role in the country.

Transport and Infrastructure

Kenya says Chinese firm wins first tender for Lamu port project – Engineering News (ZAF)
12/04/2013
A Chinese company has won the tender to build the first three berths at Kenya’s new mega port in Lamu, a senior Kenyan official said on Thursday, offering a glimpse of how east Africa’s biggest infrastructure project will be put together.

Zimbabwe overhauls major tourist airport on Chinese loan – Xinhuanet (CHN)
10/04//2013
A Chinese construction group will officially start the massive overhaul of a major Zimbabwean tourist airport near the Victoria Falls on Friday, a two-year project aimed at raising the airport’s passenger handling capacity and ushering in long-haul international flights.

Chinese-built locomotives fail Tanzania trial runs – Africa Review
08/04/2013
Six locomotives bought by the Tanzania Zambia Railway Corporation (Tazara) using a $24 million loan from China are said to have failed several trial runs.

Africa in China

Sad tales from Nigerians in China – CodeWit News
8/04/2013
VARIOUS narratives about Nigerians resident in different countries abroad show how individuals are constantly subjected to various levels of inhuman treatment while in pursuit of  existence. Little wonder some Nigerians are of the opinion that it is time Nigerians in Diaspora began dreaming of actualizing decent lives back in Nigeria.

Society

China condemns attack on UN peacekeepers in South Sudan – Xinhuanet (CHN)
10/04/2013
China strongly condemns an attack on United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Wednesday. “The Chinese side strongly condemns the violent act of attacking UN peacekeepers in South Sudan,” Hong Lei said at a regular press briefing.

Do We Hate The Chinese? – The Ghanaian Chronicle (GHN)
08/04/2013
While I do not like stereotyping, I cannot help, but state categorically, that Ghana is not a xenophobic country that hates or fears foreigners. The 1971 Aliens Compliance Order will prayerfully remain the only discount note in an otherwise near-perfect harmony that has characterised relations between us and other people of the world.

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 Africa-China – Friends, Sincere Partners Forever – The Herald (ZWE)

CAN comment: Comments from President Xi Jinping during his visit to Tanzania. Very interesting to see the Chinese President publish a full article in an African news source praising the continent and the relationship with China. The down to earth and familiar style is a big part of what has endeared the Chinese government to African partners, Whenever I come to Africa, two things always strike me the most. One is the continuous progress… The other is your overwhelming warmth.”

 Is China Tanzania’s genuine partner or an opportunist? – The Citizen (TZA)

CAN comment: In the face of China’s charm offensive this Tanzanian journalist asks whether China is really a beneficial partner for Tanzania. The journalist also calls for stronger leadership from African governments to ensure opportunities presented by China’s presence are fully utilised.

 West losing out to China in Africa, Senegal’s Sall tells Obama – RFI

CAN comment: Despite a great deal of expectation around the way in which the US might engage Africa under President Obama, there has been little activity under his administration. President Bush was in fact far more active in Africa than Obama has been. In a rare move last week four African leaders (selected for their good governance credentials) were selected to visit Washington.

 Chinese businessmen slow to exploit potential for farming in Africa – South China Morning Post (CHN)

CAN comment: SCMP reports on Chinese agriculture development quoting a Chinese cabbage farmer in Sudan, “Sudan has a small population but a lot of arable land. Areas along the Nile are good for agricultural production, but [Chinese] people fear the social environment, so few Chinese have farmed well there so far.” One constraint not mentioned here may be water availability. Us of Nile water is a sensitive issue in the country and the region.

 Ethiopia could be shoemaker to the world – BDLive (ZAF)

CAN comment: The Ethiopian shoe making industry has been a great example of the potential positive impact that can be achieved through Chinese investment. While extractives investment and infrastructure programs have been important to recent growth, Chinese companies establishing large labour intensive industries in Africa could be truly transformative.

 China’s Sudanese dilemma: Secure oil whatever the cost – The Independent (GBR)

CAN comment: An odd article recycling a number cliches around China’s engagement in Africa. The article’s main finding is that China has invested a great deal of money in building relationships with North and South Sudan and it is likely to continue to do so. Hardly groundbreaking, and only really newsworthy because the title hints at Chinese malevolence.

Politics 

China needs Africa, so it must respect it – The Nation (TAI)
05/04/2013
The Economist magazine noted on the eve of Xi Jinping’s first overseas trip as Chinese president, when he visited three African countries: “China’s image in Africa, once marred by suspicion, is changing … a growing number of Africans say the Chinese create jobs, transfer skills and spend money in local economies.”

Africa-China – Friends, Sincere Partners Forever – The Herald (ZIM)
04/04/2013
This is my first visit to Africa as the Chinese President and my sixth visit to the African continent. The moment I set foot on this beautiful land, I was impressed by the overwhelming friendship of the Tanzanian people toward the Chinese people.

Has China been a friend in Africa? – South China Morning Post (CHN)
02/04/2013
Despite its undeniable symbolism, Xi Jinping’s first trip to Africa as China’s president hasn’t brought any substantial change to Beijing’s rhetorical approach to the resource-rich continent. In his opening address in Tanzania, Xi drew on the same pompous language used by his predecessors.

Is China Tanzania’s genuine partner or an opportunist? – The Citizen (TZA)
03/04/2013
It is time for debriefing as the dust of the highly anticipated visit preceded by overwhelming propaganda settles down. In a well furnished brand new conference hall, flanked by his host President Jakaya Kikwete, President Xi Jinping  of China uttered exactly what an African leader enjoys to hear, especially from a donor: No (political) strings will be attached to aid from China.

China urges political solution in CAR – FOCAC
03/04/2013
China urges all sides in the Central African Republic (CAR) to resolve the country’s current crisis through political means, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

Applause for China-Africa cooperation – Daily Mail (ZAM)
03/04/2013
RECENTLY, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria published an article in theFinancial Times. In this article, he claims that China takes Africa’s primary goods and sells Africa-manufactured ones, which is the essence of colonialism.

China’s new president concludes first foreign visit with fruitful results – FOCAC
01/04/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday left Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of the Congo, for Beijing, concluding his first foreign visit after taking office with fruitful results.

China hopes for post-election Kenyan unity,development – People’s Daily (CHN)
01/04/2013
A spokesman for China’s Foreign Ministry on Monday expressed the country’s hope that Kenyans can join hands for national stability and development following their recent presidential election.

China, Republic of Congo issue joint communique to boost ties – FOCAC
01/04/2013
China and the Republic of the Congo issued on Saturday a joint communique on the agreements reached by the two nations’ presidents, as well as their common desire to promote bilateral ties and expand cooperation in the future.

West losing out to China in Africa, Senegal’s Sall tells Obama – RFI
30/03/2013
The West should pay as much attention to Africa as China and other developing economies are doing, Senegal’s President Macky Sall told RFI in Washington. Sall was among four African leaders judged democratic enough to meet US President Barack Obama at the White House on Thursday.

Ivory Coast looks to China for support – UPI
29/03/2013
African countries like Ivory Coast need the support of the Chinese government to advance economic and political goals, the Ivorian president said. Ivorian PresidentAlassane Ouattara met with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the BRICS forum in Durban, South Africa.

Agriculture

Chinese businessmen slow to exploit potential for farming in Africa – South China Morning Post (CHN)
31/03/2013
Jin Jianzheng, 57, has a job many Chinese might envy – farming 13 hectares of virgin land along the Blue Nile in Sudan. His vegetable farm in Khartoum, Sudan’s capital, provides a taste of home for Chinese who moved there to exploit the country’s oil and mineral resources. In peaceful times, he made a profit of US$100,000 a year.

Finance and Banking

Aid giving by rich nations falls for second year – China Daily (CHN)
05/04/2013
Development aid from rich countries to some of the world’s poorest fell for a second year in a row in 2012, as big European donor countries hit by years of debt crisis cut their spending. Data released by the Paris-based club of rich countries, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, on Wednesday showed a 4 percent fall in aid last year by its Development Assistance Committee members to $125.7 billion.

Continued Chinese assistance to Zimbabwe applauded – Global Times (CHN)
05/04/2013
Agriculturist and political commentator Sheunesu Mupepereki on Thursday applauded the Chinese government for continuing the economic support to Zimbabwe.

Intimidated Chinese investors pack out of Ghana – Antwi Boasiako – GhanaWeb (GHN)
04/04/2013
Intimidated Chinese investors are reportedly packing out of the country. That is according to the President of the Ghana-China Chamber of Commerce.

US, China can grow Africa’s market – BD Live (ZAF)
02/04/2013
AS CHINA’s President Xi Jinping was noni-nterferingly signing deals in Africa last week on his first overseas foray as head of state, his American counterpart, Barack Obama, had four African leaders around to the White House for a pat on the back and a quiet chat about democracy, governance and how, in the US view, they lay the foundations for economic success.

China and Mozambique central banks to increase cooperation – Macauhub (MOZ)
02/04/2013
The central banks of China and Mozambique have decided to increase their two-way cooperation, specifically in the area of professional training and expanding banking activities in Mozambique into rural areas, during a meeting of the two governors.

China’s Xi signs multimillion-dollar deals in Congo – BDLive (ZAF)
31/03/2013
China’s new President Xi Jinping on Friday signed deals worth several million dollars with his Congolese counterpart in sectors as varied as banking and infrastructure, on the final leg of his three-nation Africa tour.

Is China buying up Africa? – CNN International
29/03/2013
The world’s second superpower is pouring billions of dollars into Africa, running oil and mining firms all over the continent. China is constructing everything from roads and bridges to stadiums and important government buildings.

Manufacturing

Ethiopia could be shoemaker to the world – BDLive (ZAF)
04/05/2013
HELEN Hai, GM for overseas investment at Huajian Group, a leading Chinese footwear manufacturer, has a bold vision: in 10 years she wants Ethiopia to be a global hub for the shoe industry, supplying the African, European and American markets and providing jobs for more than 100,000 local workers.

Mining and Metals

Resource-rich Africa: China expresses resolve to invest – International Herald Tribune
31/03/2013
China’s new President Xi Jinping on Saturday wrapped up his first foreign trip, which has seen him sign energy deals with Russia and scores of accords with countries in resource-rich Africa, ending his tour by visiting the African nation of Congo, a first for a Chinese president.

Gabon still in talks with China over Belinga mine – Business Recorder
30/03/2013
Gabon is still negotiating with its Chinese partner to develop the giant Belinga iron ore deposit, a project key to diversifying the country’s oil-reliant economy, but it will likely bring in other miners and could break up the vast concession. Deputy Minister for the Economy Desire Guedon also said economic growth will slip to 7.0 percent this year, from 7.3 percent in 2012, and crude oil output will decline half of 1 percent.

Oil and Energy

China’s Sudanese dilemma: Secure oil whatever the cost – The Independent (GBR)
03/02/2013
News broke in late March that South Sudan ordered its oil companies to start production again. The fledgling Sub-Saharan nation stopped oil exports in January 2012 amid failed negotiations with Sudan over oil transmission prices. Not that this is anything new. The two Sudans reached an agreement last September but it was never implemented due to disagreement over border security issues.

The Revelation of China for Tanzanian Coal Resource Development – Digital Journal
01/04/2013
Coal has been meeting human demand for energy for a long time, and it has also become the indispensable element for various countries’ industrial revolution and the modernization process.

Trade

China-Zim Trust in Awareness Drive – The Herald (ZIM)
04/04/2013
ZIMBABWEANS interested engaging in trade with Chinese companies have been presented with a platform to enable them to gather the necessary information before sealing business deals to avoid losing their hard- earned money through bogus companies.

China-Nam trade volume reaches N$6 billion – New Era (NAM)
03/04/2013
Trade volumes between Namibia and China grew to over N$6 billion by the year 2012, and there is a real and enormous potential to further grow trade volumes between the two countries.

Xi’s visit to Tanzania ‘a blessing’ for local traders – The Citizen (TZA)
01/04/2013
Dar es Salaam-based Home Shopping Centre has described the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping as a blessing, urging stakeholders to take advantage of opportunities the world’s second largest economy has on offer.

Transport and Infrastructure

Chinese firm kicks off railway modernization project in Nigeria – Shanghai Daily
03/04/2013
The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on Wednesday kicked off a railway modernization project in Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa.

Diversity, infrastructure will shape new Sino-African relations – Global Times (CHN)
02/04/2013
Africa is at the epicenter of global attention recently as leaders from Brazil, Russia, China and India converged in South Africa in late March to strike a deal on their integration and industrialization. The five emerging economies sought to deepen political and entrepreneurial operations at the fifth BRICS Summit in Durban.

Education

Republic of Congo gets library dedicated to China – FOCAC
03/04/2013
People in the Republic of Congo interested in Chinese culture will be able to watch as many as 341 documentaries and feature films at Ngouabi University’s newly launched China Library to guide them into an exploration of modern China’s dynamic society.

Society

Xi encourages Chinese doctors to help further improve Africa’s health care services -FOCAC
01/04/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday encouraged his country’s medical volunteers in Africa to make more contributions to the improvement of local health care services.

China to build cultural centre in Tanzania – IPP Media (TZA)
01/04/2013
China’s government has revealed plans to set up a Chinese cultural centre in Tanzania that will accommodate 100-120 Chinese students at a time.

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 China and the BRICS: Unavoidable Hegemony? – The Diplomat (CHN)

CAN comment: China’s growth and size has outstripped the other BRICS nations and is calling into question whether China is a comparable with its contemporaries. China’s growth to become an economic superpower has also called into question relations with African governments which rightly question whether China can any longer be considered a fellow developing nation.

 The simplicity of China-Africa relations – The Citizen (TZA)

CAN comment: In contrast to my comments in the previous article, some still feel that China’s history of friendship with countries like Tanzania in the 1950s and 1960s gives it enduring political capital in its dealings with African governments.

 China Works to Improve Image in Africa – Voice of America

CAN comment: A key difference in communication between China and US and European powers is that Chinese leaders speak in terms of brotherhood, independence, and respect for integrity and sovereignty, while Western powers tend to deal in dictats and rebukes.

 The myth that is no-strings-attached Chinese ‘aid’ to Africa – Africa Review (KEN)

CAN comment: Great reasoned analysis from the Africa review discussing the manufacture of myths around Chinese engagement in Africa, “Like other traditional donors, China generally either offers normal aid and export credits, or goes for lines of credit and resource-supported loans”.

 Gabon still in talks with China over Belinga mine – Mining Weekly (ZAF)

CAN comment: Talks over China’s China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) developing the Belinga iron ore deposit in Gabon have been ongoing for some time. However the complex technical requirements of the project make it likely that a partner will be sought. There were rumours of BHPB interest last year but this may have fallen away now as BHPB reconsiders its investments in Africa.

 Nigeria offers to sell power plant to Chinese firm – Engineering News (ZAF)

CAN comment: The same company CMEC has been selected for the privatisation of a Nigerian power plant under plans by President Jonathan to improve the country’s ailing infrastructure. Analysts hope the move might lead to better management and produce more electricity than in government hands.

Politics 

Chinese president calls for closer cooperation with Uganda, Mozambique, Ethiopia – Xinhuanet (CHN)
29/03/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Thursday that his country is ready to boost cooperation with Uganda, Mozambique and Ethiopia. Xi made the remarks during separate meetings with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn.

China and the BRICS: Unavoidable Hegemony? – The Diplomat (CHN)
29/03/2013
As China’s relative economic growth has continued apace, its dominance within BRICS has become increasingly entrenched. Almost regardless of its intentions, China’s size and national power make it the unavoidable hegemon of BRICS. Yet the other member states distrust of Beijing’s economic and strategic plans makes them unwilling to accord China the degree of influence within the grouping that its national power capabilities would suggest. Resolving this is as necessary as it is difficult.

Chinese, Egyptian leaders vow to deepen strategic cooperation – Xinhuanet (CHN)
28/03/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi agreed here Wednesday to move forward their strategic cooperative relations.

China-Africa ties set to move into higher gear – Capital News (KEN)
28/03/2013
China, as a long-time friend and supporter of Africa’s development, has been making substantial efforts to bring China-Africa relations to higher levels.The commitment has been on full display during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing maiden overseas trip, which includes visits to Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of the Congo.

The simplicity of China-Africa relations – The Citizen (TZA)
28/03/2013
Just ten days after taking office as the leader of the People’s Republic of China, President Xi Jinping landed in Tanzania on Sunday to begin his three-nation historic tour of Africa that included South Africa and the Republic of the Congo. He had just concluded his first foreign tour in Russia.

Angolan President Analyses Co-Operation With Chinese Counterpart – Angola Press (ANG)
28/03/2013
Matters related to the increase of friendship and co-operation between Angola and China were discussed on Thursday by president José Eduardo dos Santos and his Chinese colleague, Xi Jinping, Angop learnt.

What the Chinese should do in Africa – New Era (NAM)
27/03/2013
CHINA enjoys a good relationship with Africa. That Africa is part of the first state visits by the new Chinese president Xi Jinping is an evident demonstration that China attaches a great importance to Sino-Africa relations. The continent is now China’s second-largest project-contracting market and the fourth-largest investment destination.

President Xi on China-Africa: it’s business as usual – Daily Maverick (ZAF)
27/03/2013
Like all good guests, new Chinese President Xi Jinpeng arrived for his first visit to an African country bearing gifts: 19 multi-million dollar contracts for Tanzanian companies and a new, state-of-the-art exhibition centre built in the heart of Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam.

China Works to Improve Image in Africa – Voice of America
27/03/2013
China’s activities in Africa have long been a target of criticism. Its support of controversial leaders on the continent and massive hunger for resources have led some to question its intentions. Changing that perception has been a key point during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trip to Africa this week.

Critics of China-Africa relations ‘not objective’ – China Daily (CHN)
27/03/2013
Western critics of the China-Africa relationship are often guilty of superficial research and a lack of objectivity, according to a leading South African academic. Garth Shelton, a professor of international relations at the University of Witswatersrand in Johannesburg, said many use terms such as “neo-colonial” without thinking.

Basic facts about China-Africa ties – Global Times (CHN)
25/03/2013
China and Africa, though geologically far apart, have enjoyed a profound friendship, which has stood the test of time for the past 50 years or so.

Ethiopia, China eye stronger ties – Xinhuanet (CHN)
24/03/2013
Ethiopia and China on Sunday expressed the hope to lift their cooperation and bilateral relations to a new level. The two sides exchanged views on the issue during a meeting between Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Chen Fengxiang, deputy head of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Finance and Banking

China’s Xi signs multi-million-dollar deals in Congo – Global Post (USA)
29/03/2013
China‘s new President Xi Jinping on Friday signed deals worth several million dollars with his Congolese counterpart in sectors as varied as banking and infrastructure, on the final leg of his three-nation Africa tour.

The myth that is no-strings-attached Chinese ‘aid’ to Africa – Africa Review
28/03/2013
The news out of Tanzania this week was that China would advance Africa $20 billion in “unconditional” loans. As is increasingly the norm these days, the wide reaction—interestingly from Africans—was loudly along the lines of “what’s the catch” and “yeah, right”.

China has potential to play a positive role – People’s Daily Online (CHN)
25/03/2013
As President Xi Jinping embarks on his first trip to Africa as a head of state,expectations are high for the world’s second-largest economy to play a greater role in the region.

Mining and Metals

Gabon still in talks with China over Belinga mine – Mining Weekly (ZAF)
28/03/2013
Gabon is still negotiating with its Chinese partner to develop the giant Belinga iron-ore deposit, a project key to diversifying the country’s oil-reliant economy, but it will likely bring in other miners and could break up the vast concession.

Ghana arrests Chinese suspects in illegal mining crackdown – BBC News (GBR)
27/03/2013
More than 120 Chinese nationals have been arrested in Ghana as part of a renewed clampdown against illegal mining. Growing numbers of Chinese have been going into Ghana, Africa’s second-biggest gold producer, since the price of gold soured at the start of the global financial crisis.

Zambia seizes Chinese-Owned Mine – Spy Ghana (GHN)
26/03/2013
Zambia announced last week that it had revoked the licenses of a controversial Chinese-owned coal mine in the south of the country in response to violations of safety and environmental laws and a failure to pay mineral royalties.

India, China eager for Botswana coal – Mmegi Online (BOT)
26/03/2013
Yesterday, Botswana Chamber of Mines CEO, Charles Siwawa said stakeholders from the two Asian giants recently made enquiries about assisting Botswana to develop its export quality thermal coal resources. “Two weeks ago, I was in India where I gave a presentation about Botswana coal,” Siwawa told delegates at a coal conference. “After the conference, delegates were asking how they could help to get the coal out.

Oil and Energy

Nigeria offers to sell power plant to Chinese firm – Engineering News (ZAF)
28/03/2013
Nigeria has offered to sell a major power station to the Chinese engineering firm that has upgraded the plant, the privatisation agency said, as it aims to end power shortages that are the biggest brake on economic growth.

Chinese Company buys stake in ENI’s Mozambique gas field – East Africa Energy Blog
25/03/2013
Italy’s Eni SpA has sold a 20% stake in its giant natural gas field offshore Mozambique for US 4.2 billion dollars to China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), the latest in a string of Chinese deals aimed at boosting the country’s overseas energy production.

India Mimics China in Seeking African Energy – Oil Price.com
22/03/2013
Africa is undergoing the great scrabble for its resources since Europeans carved up the Dark Continent in the 19th century. The latest to enter the fray for Africa’s energy resources is India, which, like China, is a net energy importer, seeking reserves anywhere and everywhere it can.

Trade

China’s Xi promises equal trade relations with Africa – CNN
26/03/2013
China’s new president sought to address concerns among African leaders about the uneven nature of trade relations on Monday, promising an equal relationship that would promote development on the continent.

Africa’s trade ties with China in spotlight as President Xi visits – The Standard (KEN)
24/03/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping faces growing calls from policymakers and economists in Africa for a more balanced trade relationship between the continent and China as he arrives in Tanzania at the beginning of an African tour on Sunday.

Nigeria embarks on vast free trade zone with China – AFZA
23/02/2013
Nigeria is building a multi-billion dollar free trade zone with Chinese investors on the edge of its commercial capital Lagos to try to develop a local manufacturing base and help reduce its import dependence.

Transport and Infrastructure

SA, China’s Chery reach multibillion dollar port, ship deal – The New Age (ZAF)
27/03/2013
South Africa has reached a deal valued at several billion dollars to build and repair ships at its Richards Bay port with China’s Chery Holdings, affiliated with the automaker, according to documents obtained by Reuters on Wednesday.

Environment

Mining may contaminate Zambezi water – Mail and Guardian (ZAF)
28/03/2013
Zimbabwe faces a possible row with neighbours Botswana and Mozambique after it emerged that planned mining activities in the Matabeleland North region could disturb wildlife and contaminate the Zambezi River, according to a conservation group.

Education

China Offers Nairobi Scholarships to Beijing – The Star (KEN)
29/03/2013
THE government of China has offered 50 scholarships a year to the residents of Nairobi. Chinese ambassador Liu Guangyuan said the scholarships to Beijing University will be given for five years.

Society

Congolese sceptical that Chinese leader will bring jobs – Global Post (USA)
29/03/2013
Congolese awaited a visit from China‘s new President Xi Jinping to the impoverished Republic of Congo starting on Friday, with many expressing doubt that he will bring job opportunities with him.

Chinese experts lift Congolese people’s hope for food self-sufficiency – Global Times (CHN)
28/03/2013
With hectares of maize plants growing neatly in rows, ridges of jade-green vegetables, and thousands of robust chickens scrambling for feedstuff, the landscape looked amazing. That was what the Xinhua correspondents saw at the Chinese Agricultural Technology Demonstration Center in the Republic of Congo.

China Promises More Medical Experts – BBC
22/03/2013
CHINA has promised to send more medical and health experts to Tanzania to assist the country combat all threatening and emerging diseases, precisely killer ones like malaria and heart ailments as well as research in other medical fields.

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 China threat forces UK rethink of Kenya policy – Business Daily (KEN)

 What Xi Jinping’s visit to Tanzania means – Africa Review

 China and Africa with President Xi Jinping at the helm – SAIIA (ZAF)

 ‘China Not Responsible for De-Industrialisation of Africa’ – Leadership (NGA)

 Chinese firms urged to invest in Africa – Fin24 (ZAF)

 China lowers trade tariffs to woo Kenya exporters – Business Daily (KEN)

Politics

China threat forces UK rethink of Kenya policy – Business Daily (KEN)
21/03/2013
Warned that it might lose its strategic position, the UK government has said that it will not impose any sanctions on Kenya for electing Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto as President and Vice President—citing commercial, military and strategic reasons.

Tanzania visit ‘testifies’ to bonds – FOCAC
21/03/2013
President Xi Jinping’s visit to Tanzania during his first overseas trip since taking office demonstrates how much Beijing cares about its relationship with the country and the African continent, a high-ranking Chinese official said in Beijing on Wednesday.

What Xi Jinping’s visit to Tanzania means – Africa Review
20/03/2013
Xi Jinping, the new Chinese President, is expected in Dar es Salaam Sunday for a visit that has great significance for Sino-Tanzania relations. Tanzania will be the second country–after Russia–that the Chinese president visits next week, only days after he officially assumed the presidency, signifying how much the Chinese value relations with Tanzania.

India unable to match Chinese efforts in Africa: Zambia V-P – Live Mint (IND)
20/03/2013
India hasn’t been able to match Chinese efforts to tap the resource-rich African continent, according to Guy Scott, vice-president (V-P) of Zambia.

China-Africa cooperation contributes to African development: spokesman – Xinhuanet (CHN)
19/03/2013
China’s trade and economic cooperation with Africa plays a positive role in the continent’s development, a Ministry of Commerce (MOC) spokesman said Tuesday.

China’s Embrace of Africa – China US Focus (USA)
19/03/2012
When President Xi Jinping goes to South Africa he will naturally assure Africans of China’s continued friendship, desire to invest, to trade broadly, and to assist most of the forty-nine sub-Saharan African countries with their massive new or refurbished infrastructural needs. But he could also inaugurate a strikingly new and more favorable economic relationship with Africa that reflects Africa’s paramount needs.

China and Africa with President Xi Jinping at the helm – SAIIA (ZAF)
19/03/2013
Last week rung in the changes in China’s top leadership positions as Xi Jinping replaced Hu Jintao as China’s new president. President Xi is also the general secretary of China’s Communist Party and chairman of the Central Military Commission. In one of his first visits abroad as head of state, President Xi will be undertaking a state visit to South Africa on the margins of the upcoming BRICS Summit on 26-27 March 2013 in Durban.

‘China Not Responsible for De-Industrialisation of Africa’ – Leadership (NGA)
18/03/2013
The Chinese Government has said that it was not to blame for the de-industrialisation and less developed state of African countries as widely believed, saying that this was a result of western media hype.

China values Botswana’s friendly cooperation – The Patriot (BOT)
18/03/2013
The outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Botswana Liu Huanxing says his country attaches great importance on the friendly cooperation with Botswana and all other African countries.

Chinese president to embark on four-nation tour – FOCAC
18/03/2013
Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo on March 22-30. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang made the announcement in Beijing on Monday. Xi is making the visit at the invitation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, South African President Jacob Zuma and President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso.

Will China Wear Out Its Welcome in Africa? – FPIF
18/03/2013
From the eight-lane Nairobi-Thika highway built by Chinese construction companies to the ubiquitous Chinese restaurants around town, the signs of China’s activity are everywhere in Kenya—right down to the friendly nihao called out by Kenyans as I walk down a Nairobi street.

Adopting The China Strategy: Aggressive Enterprise vs National Development – Ventures
17/03/2013
Undoubtedly, China’s economical success is phenomenal. Some are challenged by it; some intimidated. And some feel threatened. I fall in the category of those challenged by it, and it fueled my curiosity to know how China achieved its present economic status. Several sources have analysed the transformation of the Chinese economy, but I laid my hands on a book titled: THE CHINA STRATEGY by Edwards Tse which attempts to narrate the enterprise side of the coin.

China’s rise and Nigeria’s prospects: Can we replicate same? – This Day (NGA)
16/03/2013
I was struck by the caption on the cover of The World Street journal edition of Wednesday-March 13, entitled “For Xi, a ‘China Dream’ of Military Power. “In the article written by Jeremy Page, the writer had analyzed the shape of things to come in China especially in international politics and other strategic initiatives under the leadership of Xi Jinping who was formally invested with the position of President of the Republic last Thursday-having already assumed the command of the military as well as the position of the Secretary General of the Communist Party of China.

Finance and Banking

FG seeks enhanced economic ties with China – Business News (NGA)
19/03/2013
The Federal Government on Monday called for enhanced economic ties with the Chinese Government. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, made the call at a meeting with Mr Zhong Jianhua, Special Representative, African Affairs for China, in Abuja.

India And Australia, Not China, Lead Asian M&A Charge In Africa – Forbes
19/03/2013
China‘s interest in Africa is no secret. A lesser documented story is that of India and Australia’s interest in the continent. A recent article in The Economist noted that foreign direct investment in Africa hit $46 billion in 2012, up from $15 billion in 2002. The bulk of deals are in infrastructure and transportation, with China as a majority investor, but straight-forward M&A is also playing a role.

China’s Pledge of $20 Billion to Africa: Aid or Not? – China in Africa: The Real Story
19/03/2013
At the fifth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation held in Beijing last summer, the Chinese announced a new pledge of a $20 billion line of credit “for Africa”. Almost immediately, reporters began to call this pledge of credit “Chinese aid” to Africa. Jane Perlez at the New York Times probably influenced many when she called it “Chinese aid”. Others confidently labeled the $20 billion in finance “concessional“.

Chinese firms urged to invest in Africa – Fin24 (ZAF)
18/03/2013
Chinese businesses operating in Africa need to follow local laws and put long-term benefits ahead of short-term gains, a Beijing diplomat said Monday, acknowledging that rising trade had created “growing pains” in economic ties.

Manufacturing

Ethiopia Welcoming More Chinese Manufacturers – BolePark News (ETH)
19/03/2013
As China’s labor, manufacturing and resources costs continue to rise, Ethiopia, one of the fastest developing countries in the world is hoping Chinese companies will consider opening more factories there.

Oil and Energy

China to Undertake Large-Scale Shale Gas Production By 2015 – Vanguard News (NGA)
20/03/2013
China has announced plans to undertake large-scale commercialized production of shale gas by 2015. According to its 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-2015), the country said it hopes to achieve its production target of 6.5 million cubic meters by 2015, by accelerating its pace in surveying and exploring the unconventional energy source.

Trade

China investments in Africa boom – UPI
20/03/2013
China’s trade with Africa is booming as Chinese investments in the continent soar, Chinese officials and experts say. The official China Daily reported Wednesday a growing number of Chinese companies are investing in Africa where they see big opportunities. China is already Africa’s largest trading partner.

Chinese imports to Nam growing – The Namibian (NAM)
20/03/2013
This made China Namibia’s third biggest import partner, with imports from the Asian giant representing 4% of Namibia’s total imports for 2012. In 2011, imports from China constituted 3% of total exports.The trade relationship, however, is not mutual as China doesn’t feature as one of Namibia’s key export markets.

China views Ethiopia as major economic, trading partner in Africa: minister – China.com
20/03/2013
The bilateral trade volume reached a historical high of 1.376 billion U.S. dollars during the first 11 months of last year, up 12.4 percent over the same period of the previous year, said Chen, adding that China’s imports from Ethiopia during that period rose 202 percent to over 200 million dollars.

China lowers trade tariffs to woo Kenya exporters – Business Daily (KEN)
19/03/2013
China is dangling lower tariffs and regulatory reforms to woo Kenyan traders in a bid to cement commercial relations that are heavily slanted in its favour. Africa’s industrial products now attract only 8.9 per cent tariff while agricultural ones face 15.2 per cent, said Yao Chenxi, economic and commercial counsellor at Chinese Embassy in Nairobi.

Quality, corporate image stressed in China-Africa cooperation – People’s Daily (CHN)
19/03/2013
Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun on Monday stressedraising the quality of the China-Africa trade partnership and projecting responsibleimages of Chinese corporate culture in Africa.

Transport and Infrastructure

China, Africa’s confusing puzzle – The Africa Report
20/03/2013
Not all Africans have welcomed China’s gift. West African political commentator Chika Ezeanya considers it an “insult to the AU and to every African that in 2012 a building as symbolic as the AU headquarters is designed, built and maintained by a foreign country.”

Blacklisted Chinese company hired to build Ugandan highway – African Review
19/03/2013
China Communications Construction Company Limited, the company contracted to construct the four-lane 51.4 kilometre Kampala-Entebbe Express Highway was blacklisted by the World Bank over fraud, the Bank’s website shows.

Chinese contractor completes Ghana’s new Foreign Affairs building – Ghana Business News (GHN)
18/03/2013
The Yanjian Group, Chinese contractors, working on the construction of the new office premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, has handed over the completed building to the ministry, one month ahead of schedule.

West plays catch-up on Africa contracts – Financial Times
15/03/2013
It took the Africa Cup of Nations to bring Bechtel, the US construction and engineering group, back to Gabon. In 2010, with just two years to go until the football competition, the co-host was behind schedule building stadiums. The pro-US president invited the company to speed things up.

Africa in China

Ghanaian community in china home coming – Ghana Web (GHN)
16/03/2013
On 23rd Febraury, 2013, Ghanaian businessmen/women who reside in China took the opportunity to be in Ghana as Chinese celebrates their new year. As part of their holiday making, they took time out of their busy schedules to dine, wine and dance with love ones and business partners at KINGSBY HOTEL, Achimota, Accra.

Defence

Africa-China-EU experts urge improvement of global arms trade treaty – FOCAC
17/03/2013
A group of non-proliferation experts from Africa, China and the European Union (EU) urged UN member states to fix loopholes in the drafted Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Friday. A strong and robust ATT should be secured to prevent lives from being destroyed by the arms trade, the nine-member Africa-China-EU Expert Working Group (EWG) on Conventional Arms said in a statement ahead of UN-led negotiations on the issue scheduled for Monday.

Environment

China-Africa cooperation on rainwater harvesting – World Agro Forestry
18/03/2013
A major problem for the Maasai people of East Africa is accessing water for themselves and their livestock. A joint China-Africa project is providing intensive technical training and workshops to promote rainwater harvesting in the region.

Media

China’s media challenge in Africa – China Daily (CHN)
22/03/2013
Even a cursory look at the African media will reveal its uncanny similarity between Eurocentric media trends and the contours of Sub-Saharan African press, which can be attributed to historical reasons.

China should increase influence on international affairs: media head – FOCAC
17/03/2013
The new leadership in China should be aggressive and up their influence on the international agenda in order to neutralize the voice of the west which has been dominant in international affairs, the head of one of Zambia’s leading daily newspapers has said.

Society

Chinese firms need to engage more with locals inside South Sudan – Global Times (CHN)
21/03/2013
The situation for Chinese companies in South Sudan remains relatively stable. However, though some are operating effectively, others are at standstill due to financial difficulties.  Some Chinese companies face challenges operating in conflict-affected areas outside of the capital. This hampers some of their operations in South Sudan.

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09/03/2013 to 15/03/2013

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 CNPC in talks with Eni for $4b gas assets in Mozambique – Sweet Crude (NGA)

CAN comment: It used to be that Chinese firms could only compete for resource assets in frontier markets which the big western companies avoided. CNPC buying into Eni’s assets is an example of a growing trend for partnerships between Western and Chinese firms in Africa.

 Bosomtwi MP Launches First Ghana-Made Vehicle In Tema – Modern Ghana (GHN)

CAN comment: The curious case of the Wontumi Grifon, a Ghanaian designed heavy duty vehicle which has up until now been assembled in China, for the Ghanaian market. Ghanaian firm Hansol Assembly will start to assemble the vehicles in Tema, Ghana.

 China products gaining ground on African market – Gabon News (GBN)

CAN comment: While the story is not groundbreaking – it reports that Chinese exports to Africa have risen again in 2012- interesting to see this Gabonese article celebrate Chinese goods goods for their low cost and high quality. This is not a common refrain in African news sources.

 BRICS African agriculture investments paying off – GhanaWeb (GHN)

CAN comment: Great article about BRICS aid and investment in African agriculture. Chinese aid is financing 20 agrotechnology research and training centres in Africa specializing in activities chosen by the host country. Programs also encourage country-specific opportunities for Chinese agricultural investment such as cotton in Egypt, fruit and nuts in Nigeria, sisal in Tanzania and tobacco in Zimbabwe.

 Kenya election reactions: West cautious while China, African countries positive – Africa Review

CAN comment: Useful contrast drawn by Africa Review between the warm welcome for new Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta given by the Chinese government, and the guarded approach of European and US governments unsure about giving their full support considering Kenyatta’s unresolved ICC indictment.

 Chinese investors show interest in Kenya’s Rift Valley – NewsTime Africa

CAN comment: Interesting article about Chinese investors from Henan province setting up manufacturing facilities in Kenya to supply products to the Kenyan market. Unfortunately no further details of the products being manufactured, are offered. If this type of import substitution project can be made successful it could be a hugely significant trend.

Politics

China Is Deserving Of More Attention By Africa Nations – Brown Beauty (SUD)
14/03/2013
Chinese purchase of Africa has increased quickly over the past few years, but do you know the implications of China’s foray within the region, asks expert in China-African relations Solange Guo Chatelard.

Nigeria central banker says China’s Africa embrace self-serving – The Standard (HKG)
13/03/2013
China is engaged in the African continent for its own interests, Nigeria’s central banker has said. Nigeria Central Bank Governor Lamido Sanusi, whose father was previously Nigeria’s ambassador to Beijing, says Africa must remove “the rose-tinted glasses through which we view China.’’ He made the observations in an opinion published in the Financial Times today.

Africa warned of China exploitation – BDLive (ZAF)
13/03/2013
AFRICA must shake off its romantic view of China and accept Beijing is a competitor as much as a partner and capable of the same exploitative practices as the old colonial powers, Nigerian central bank governor Lamido Sanusi has warned.

Ekweremadu seeks parliamentary tie between Nigeria, China  – The Guardian (NGA)
11/03/2013
IN view of the emerging trend in parliamentary diplomacy across the globe, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has advocated a closer relationship between the national parliaments of Nigeria and China.

Botswana and China true friends – Daily News (BOT)
11/03/2013
China has become a significant and strategic partner in Botswana’s development, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Phandu Skelemani has said. Bidding farewell to Ambassador Liu Huanxing of China on March 11, Mr Skelemani said Botswana continued to receive development assistance from China to improve the livelihood of its people.

Africa must get real about Chinese ties – Financial Times (GBR)
11/03/2013
It is time for Africans to wake up to the realities of their romance with China. Nigeria, a country with a large domestic market of more than 160m people, spends huge resources importing consumer goods from China that should be produced locally. We buy textiles, fabric, leather goods, tomato paste, starch, furniture, electronics, building materials and plastic goods. I could go on.

Does Africa need China? – Africa Interrupted
11/03/2013
Most if not all, of the articles – in books, magazines and on the Internet – which I have perused about China in Africa, state that Africa is integral for China’s development. Even a recent Africa Forbes magazine article asked why China could not survive without Africa. However, in terms of development, does Africa need China as much as China needs Africa?

Africa wants robust, dynamic relations with China: PM Hailemariam – Walta Info (ETH)
11/03/2013
In an exclusive interview with CCTV, the newly appointed Chairperson of the African Union and current Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, said Africa is looking forward to a robust and dynamic economic relationship with China.

Kenya election reactions: West cautious while China, African countries positive – Africa Review
10/03/2013
Western nations were Sunday silent on how they will work with the new Kenyan government to be headed by President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta even as the Chinese congratulated the Jubilee flag bearer.

Kenya’s Election: What Uhuru Kenyatta’s Victory Means for Africa – Time World
09/03/2013
Uhuru Kenyatta, wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes against humanity, won election Saturday as Kenya’s new President. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission announced that Kenya’s richest man — the current Deputy Prime Minister, former Finance Minister and the son of Kenya’s first President Jomo Kenyatta — won 50.07% of the vote, just marginally more than was needed to avoid a second-round runoff.

Chinese FM urges respect of Africa’s choice for partners – Xinhuanet (CHN)
09/03/2013
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Saturday urged all parties to respect African countries in choosing cooperative partners by themselves. “We hope that all parties can view the cooperation between China and African countries in an objective manner, and respect the African friends in choosing cooperative partners by themselves,” Yang told a press conference held on the sidelines of the annual parliamentary session.

Agriculture

BRICS African agriculture investments paying off – GhanaWeb (GHN)
13/03/2013
BRICS African agriculture investments in small projects paying off. The African agriculture sector is showing signs of improvements attributed to BRICS investment flows in smaller agricultural projects, reversing the trend triggered by the global food crisis in 2008.

Liberia Project Gets US$500 Million Loan from China Development Bank – 4 Traders
12/03/2013
SINGAPORE–Golden Agri-Resources Ltd. (E5H.SG) said Wednesday its investment unit in Liberia has received a US$500 million loan from China Development Bank Corp. to develop palm plantations in the African country.

Chinese and Brazilian cooperation with African agriculture: the case of Mozambique – Trademark Southern Africa
12/03/2013
It has become a cliché to say that Brazil and China are rising powers in international development and that debates on development and aid can no longer overlook their roles. Their growing presence and inflence in Africa has attracted much attention from the development community, press and social scientists and is leading to a quickly expanding body of literature, most notably on China

Finance and Banking

Loan from China Development Bank to Sonangol is a sign of the “close relationship” between Angola and China – Macauhub (CHN)
11/03/2013
The US$1.32 billion loan recently granted by the China Development Bank to Angolan oil company Sociedade Nacional de Combustíveis de Angola (Sonangol) is a sign of the “close relationship” between the two countries, which will “remain strong,” the Economist Intelligence Unit said.

Manufacturing

Chinese investors show interest in Kenya’s Rift Valley – NewsTime Africa
13/03/2013
Cost of living is set to drop at some percentage for people living in Nakuru town and Rift Valley as a whole as well as increased job opportunities to the youth living within the region. This is after the region’s business community came into collaboration with a group of 20 Chinese from China’s Henan province.

Mining and Metals

‘China firms eye Africa for growth’ – Business Report (ZAF)
13/03/2013
Resource-hungry Chinese firms eager for a slice of Africa’s mineral wealth are opting for joint ventures over mergers and acquisitions to limit costs in the face of fragile global growth, a Bank of China International official said on Wednesday.

Diamonds discovered in Bikita: Chinese move in – News Zimbabwe (ZIM)
10/03/2013
FOUR kimberlitic pipes rich in diamonds have been discovered in Budzi communal lands in Bikita near the border with Manicaland Province. The four rock formations infested with diamonds discovered here, experts say, are likely to see Zimbabwe consolidating its position as one of the top world diamond producers.

Oil and Energy

Why China is taking a burning interest in North Sea oil and gas – The Independent (GBR)
12/03/2013
China’s decade-long acquisition spree has taken an unlikely turn as Britain’s long-declining North Sea oil and gas industry finds itself at the centre of the Asian juggernaut’s latest phase of expansion. China entered the North Sea last year when state-owned Cnooc bought into Britain’s largest oilfield in the latest phase of its global asset takeover designed to secure energy for its rapidly growing electricity needs.

China oil enters Mozambican – Journal de Angola (ANG)
11/03/2013
The Chinese state oil company China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) will enter the oil exploration in Mozambique, as reported this week the Mozambican press.  The company is negotiating with the Italian group ENI to acquire a stake in an oil block in Mozambique where they were discovered large deposits of natural gas, according to the Mozambican press.

Ghana gas infrastructure suffers another setback – Ghana Business News (GHN)
11/03/2013
The Ghana government has said it received only $200 million out of the total $3 billion China Development Bank (CDB) loan that it applied for. At a budget review workshop with the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ) in Accra Friday March 8, 2013, Mr. Kwabena Oku Afari, Chief Economic Officer at the Finance Ministry lamented over Ghana’s inability to get all the amount the government had applied for.

CNPC in talks with Eni for $4b gas assets in Mozambique – Sweet Crude (NGA)
09/03/2013
China National Petroleum Corp, the country’s biggest oil company, is in talks with Eni for a stake in a gas project in Mozambique valued at as much as US$4 billion, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

Telecommunications

Uganda, China enjoy robust relation in ICT sector: Minister – FOCAC
08/03/2013
The relation between Uganda and China, especially in the information and communication sector, is robust, said Thembo Nyombi, Ugandan ICT State Minister, on Thursday. Attending the meeting of Africa multi-stakeholder internet governance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nyobi told Xinhua that Uganda has very strong relation with China in the ICT sector which the State Minister said is growing rapidly in Uganda, significantly contributing to his country’s economy.

Trade

Botswana narrows trade deficit with China – Mmegi Online (BOT)
13/03/2013
Botswana narrowed its merchandise trade deficit with China to P1.4 billion last year, improving from P5.1 billion in 2011, mainly due to the completion of major public infrastructure projects.

China products gaining ground on African market – Gabon News (GBN)
11/03/2013
Chinese exports soared in 2012, exceeding the expectations of most observers. Beijing exporting activity went up 7.9% in 2012. An increase in exports, which corresponds to an explosion of trade surplus: in 2012 it reached 231.1 billion dollars: 48% increase compared to 2011.

Transport and Infrastructure

China’s new strategy to develop relations with Africa: dam construction – Today’s Zaman
10/03/2013
Even though relations between China and Africa date back more than 2,000 years, a visit by Ibn Battuta, known as one of the greatest travelers of all time, in the 14th century is considered the start of relations.

Chinese Firm to Build Four Airport Terminals in Nigeria – This Day (NGA)
12/03/2013
Top Chinese construction company that built the world’s biggest airport in China, Beijing Capital International Airport, would start the construction of four airport terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Kano and Port Harcourt in June, 2013.

Bosomtwi MP Launches First Ghana-Made Vehicle In Tema – Modern Ghana (GHN)
11/03/2013
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bosomtwi in the Ashanti Region, Simon Osei Mensah, has launched the first Ghana-made heavy duty vehicle, which was manufactured by Hansol Assembly Company Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian company, in China.

Chinese railway in Ethiopia to replace historic French line – Global Post (USA)
10/03/2013
Camels rather than locomotives lumber over the railway tracks in this remote desert, famously traversed by storied French adventurers Arthur Rimbaud and Henry de Monfreid in the early 20th century.

Defence

Djibouti welcomes China to build a military base – China Africa Project
14/03/2013
Looking out the window as the plane descends into Djibouti International Airport you can see military planes from Western countries at a short distance away. Some are parked while some are preparing to take off or have just landed. This was the first time that we, the Global Times’ special correspondents to Djibouti, had heard the roar of fighter planes and the sound irritated our ears.

Education

Angola and China Sign Agreement on Technical Training – Prensa Latina (CUB)
13/03/2031
Delegations from Angola and China signed today in Zaire province, northern Angola, a cooperation agreement including technical and professional training of Angolan staff in China. The agreement includes specifically the training in China of Angolan students in engineering areas as of September, 2013.

Interest of Chinese learning increases in Africa – People’s Daily Online (CHN)
11/03/2013
In Africa, there is an increasing number of people curious about Chinese culture. Aspecial school in the South African capital of Pretoria is doing its part to educate kidsfrom all over the continent.

Society

Kenya China Project Focused On Increasing Skilled Labour – MBA Vault (KEN)
11/03/2013
In the past few months, President Mwai Kibaki has launched 15 new public universities, all with a view to achieving the goal set in Vision 2030. Yet the fact that all the 15 came into being as a result of upgrading colleges and polytechnics has generated mixed feelings among a number of educationists and education-loving Kenyans.

China brings healthcare PR to Africa – Global Times (CHN)
10/03/2013
The story of China in Africa is one of the most complex in the recent times. It has been lauded and criticized in equal scale. The Asian nation’s supposed appetite for natural resources has attracted the wrath of the Western nations. In their view, China has a keen focus on exploiting Africa’s vast wealth.

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Blog: Immigration. Blessing or curse?

An increasingly common complaint emanating from the African media is that Chinese immigrants in Africa are having a negative impact in their host economies. Recent studies suggest that the population of Chinese in Africa now stands at close to one million. The chief concern is that Chinese SMEs, often run by a Chinese families, are capitalising on: their better access to Chinese markets; more advanced techniques; or superior access to capital, to make profits in key industries in which Africans seek employment, namely petty trading, agriculture, mining and building work.

Migration has long been a popular route for poorer Chinese workers and traders hoping to make their fortunes. This has resulted in the establishment of Chinese communities throughout Southeast Asia, often setting up industries with close connection to the Chinese economy. This model has been playing out for hundreds of years and has allowed the Chinese economy to vent excess labour out into the peripheries of its sphere of influence, creating durable linkages with other markets, and more recently easing the political pressure created by rural poverty and urban unemployment. This has played a catalyst role in the growth of a number of economies in Southeast Asia whilst also garnering disquiet as local inhabitants complain that Chinese migrants take their opportunities.

In recent times there have been moves in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to curtail which industries Chinese immigrants are allowed to work in, especially focused on market traders. Chinese market traders have a poor reputation in Africa with complaints over counterfeit and poor quality goods, although this may be partially motivated by jealousy of the immigrants success. Their advantage over African traders stems from their superior access to Chinese markets and capital, sometimes earned through working on large Chinese building projects on the continent. In other industries such as building, agriculture and mining Chinese labourers and small businesses often bring with them skills and experience lacking in many African markets.

The question of whether these small scale Chinese businesses and labourers benefit African economies comes down to how far they integrate. Some Chinese entrepreneurs set up in Africa to make their fortune, but use the wealth they accrue to support their families in China or to build up sufficient capital to move home and set up a business there. This is akin to outsourcing industries like petty trading and agriculture to China, as in this case most of the wealth created leaves the country. However in other cases Chinese entrepreneurs build up successful pockets of industry, employing local people and transferring skills to the local economy. This is especially useful when considering industries which are not well developed in Africa such as manufacturing. If Chinese entrepreneurs using skills learnt in China, can successfully set up manufacturing for export in Africa, it could provide a huge boost to the African economy.

The problem for African governments in knowing which immigrants are going to be productive members of the economy, and which will take opportunities away from locals or transfer their wealth back to China. Considering the generally weak bureaucracies in many African countries this is a real challenge. In order to make progress here African governments will need to enlist the support of their Chinese counterparts to help limit the flow of unskilled immigrants, and to send home those who are not creating employment or investing in the local economy.

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