CHINAAFRICA CADF expands Africa network 22nd April 2010 Image courtesy of Panos Pictures View site The state investment fund is launching Chinese companies into overseas markets where they pick up assets abandoned by Western and African companies The China-Africa Development Fund’s expansion plans moved a step forward with the opening of a new branch in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 30 March. The office will pursue greater cooperation with the African Union, also headquartered in the city. CADF’s chief representative in Ethiopia is Wang Yong, who was Managing Director of CADF’s Eastern Africa Investment Department in Beijing. The Fund opened its first overseas branch in Johannesburg, South Africa, in March 2009, giving it a listening post in the continent’s largest economy. A third office is planned for Zambia. CADF executives have scoured the continent for investment opportunities. But while the Fund had more than 100 projects under study in 2008, no more than 20 deals have been signed since then.