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AU, China agree big infrastructure deal

2015-01-27 22:23

Addis Ababa - China and the African Union agreed on Tuesday an ambitious plan to develop road, rail and air transport routes to link capitals across the continent.

African Union chief Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma praised the proposal at "the most substantive project the AU has ever signed with a partner", although the ambitious project that includes highways and high speed railways is at present just a commitment to develop the infrastructure, and contains few details.

The memorandum of understanding was signed at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, ahead of a summit meeting of the leaders of the 54-nation pan-African bloc on Friday.

At present, the quickest route to travel across from one side of Africa to the other can involve flight connections routed via Europe, although major airport hubs are rapidly growing, including Addis Ababa and Nairobi in the east, Johannesburg in the south and Abuja in west Africa.

"This is the document of the century... the aviation agreement marks a new area for co-operation between the AU and China," said Zhang Ming, Chinese vice minister for foreign affairs, after the signing ceremony.

"Africa is a vast continent where it must be possible to travel without transiting via Paris or London."

China, the continent's largest trading partner, is already involved in a raft of transport infrastructure projects.

Comments
  • marnus.vandermerwe - 2015-01-27 23:03

    Whats in the fineprint?

  • Domingos Faustino Kamanya - 2015-01-27 23:10

    Poor quality materials.no skills transfer for locals.majority workers will be Chinese prisoners

      Gustav Preller - 2015-01-27 23:18

      Just look at the airport in Livingston, Zambia to see quality Chinese work. The place is literally falling apart. China is fast becoming the new colonial master of Africa...

  • Craig Thom - 2015-01-27 23:13

    The new settlers!

  • Vermeulen Gerrit - 2015-01-27 23:13

    Lol. All of africa traded for a bowl of rice. Nobody does anything for nothing, watch this space.....

      Mbizi Heart - 2015-01-29 16:15

      uuh Africa was traded before for a packet of sugar and a silver teaspoon....Nothings changed, just the region thats plundering has changed hands.

  • Akhenaten C.T. - 2015-01-27 23:29

    China is now going to colonise Africa.

      Graham Vorster - 2015-01-28 02:55

      Not going to have already

  • Peter Webb - 2015-01-27 23:58

    Soon Africa will be colonised by these little yellow men. Wake up all you idiots who vote ANC?

      Mbizi Heart - 2015-01-29 16:16

      little yellow men. WOW

  • Kevin James - 2015-01-28 00:38

    China has colonized AFRICA

  • Werner Nel - 2015-01-28 03:11

    Well done my chinese baas!!

  • Raymond Van Den Brink - 2015-01-28 03:46

    The silent/sly take-over of Africa by China. China is over populated and in need of space for its people.

      Hayley Janse Van Rensburg - 2015-01-28 09:20

      Raymond have you ever been to China? I am working here for over 2 years and can assure you there is more than enough space over here. The cities are very crowded for obvious reasons. The Chinese are busy taking over africa because it is the easiest thing in the world to do business deals with african countries. 'Made in China' will soon be 'Made by Chinese in Africa'.

      Hayley Janse Van Rensburg - 2015-01-28 09:20

      Raymond have you ever been to China? I am working here for over 2 years and can assure you there is more than enough space over here. The cities are very crowded for obvious reasons. The Chinese are busy taking over africa because it is the easiest thing in the world to do business deals with african countries. 'Made in China' will soon be 'Made by Chinese in Africa'.

  • Donald Alexander Elder - 2015-01-28 05:26

    Only 2015 and the document of the century has already been penned. Pressure is off. One less thing to worry about going forward then.

  • johan.weakley - 2015-01-28 05:30

    The new colonization of Africa is picking up speed. The Einsteins in charge of African states do not seem to understand the problem. The disinterest shown by Europe and USA indicates they have given up on this hopeless continent.

  • Stephan Coetzee - 2015-01-28 05:38

    Nust gona make it easier for them to reach everywhere and set up shop.

  • Alan Robertson - 2015-01-28 05:53

    The AU is usually lots of talk and no action...will anything come of this? And who is going to pay?

  • Johan Fourie - 2015-01-28 12:07

    When will Africa ever learn - foreign aid and assistance always come with strings attached! The Chinese (like the Europeans and Americans) will demand their "cut" sometime!!

  • NanaYaw Afrifa - 2015-01-29 19:21

    Oh nonsensical effusions about China colonizing Africa! Has the Chinese ever professed a 'manifest destiny'? It is up to Africans to make sure the deals serve our long-term interests. Africans generally are selfish as it reflects in the kind of leadership the continent has. China is a better partner than the Europeans and Americans who want to tell us what to eat, where to take a dump, and what we need to consider as marriage. The Chinese are not angels but they know their interests; and we are supposed to know our interests. China offered Ghana a loan deal with Ghana's oil as collateral at $85 per barrel. The comprador Ghanaian leadership who think Europeans and Americans love them refused. They went to the IMF. How much is the price of oil now? Africa cannot ignore history. For 400 years that Europe colonized our continent, did they link any major capitals by rail? The only rail lines they build were to haul their stolen goods. How is China a colonizer? Do they have AFRICOM on our continent? Force our governments to leverage the relationship with the Chinese. The Chinese only want to do business not dictate who should be our friends and enemies.

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