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AFRICABIZ VOL 1- ISSUE : 13
MAY 15 - 14 JUNE 14, 2000
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Editor: Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum
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A WORD FROM THE EDITOR

Dear visitor and international investor,


We warmly welcome you, if this is your first visit to Africabiz Online - The ultimate newsletter on trading and investing in 49 sub-Saharan African countries. If you are a regular and faithful reader, welcome back.
If you are a regular and faithful reader, welcome back.

We have decided to change our free Email edition format from ASCII to php. Click here to view the new look and here to register to the free Email edition.

Your registration to the free Email edition give you the following privilege with your access codes (your registered Email address with /africabiz/ or oxfordCLUB; and africabizPLAN or africabiz1000 as password):

1- Access to the AFRICABIZ business plans' vault at least twice per year.(Announcement is made on this page - the one you are perusing right now - and in the free Email edition - to the link in question when the vault is opened)

2- Access to the private download area available here.

The change from ASCII format to the php one for the free Email edition, was necessary to merge that edition with AFRICABIZ Online's website; and deliver to you rich text contents.

African scholars are now publishing more and more books and essays to analyzing the reason why development processes implemented in most African countries are not successful not to speak of failure.

We point to your attention two books:

1- Nigeria: Real Problems, Real Solutions by Prof. UMEZ
There is an interesting review at this link

2- Private Capital Flows To Africa - Perception and Reality.
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In the same line of brainstorming to propose solutions to the development process in Africa, we released also a scheme drafted for the Republic of Benin: "Strategy for African Countries", which can be adapted to the economic development situation of any sub-Saharan African nation . A discussion about said strategy is opened

You are invited to enter the discussion's board and contribute to the debate. The more proposals and solutions we have, the better for the economic development of the Continent.

In doing so, we may succeed in helping some African decision makers to comprehend that the development process of our respective countries is the only war left to be fought and won; and avoid strategic mistakes - the controversial Land Reform based on the seizure of white farmers' lands in Zimbabwe - which are detrimental to the whole continent and scare away international investors.

Many thanks for dropping by and see you here next month.

Dr. B.M. Quenum
Editor of AFRICABIZ
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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA


Still on AFRICABIZ promotional board is the vegetable oil production factory in Benin to produce mainly Shea Butter
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WHAT IS SHEA BUTTER?click hereto review

We received many feedback in which some people expressed their concern about the high level of ROI (Return On Investment) shown in the bizplan available here. It sounds to good to be true! Oh yes, it is true and below is an addendum, which shows that this is really an opportunity not to be missed. Click this link to have a look on the "Ice on the cake"

Instead of selling the shea-butter as a raw material, it is easy to increase the bottom line of the company by selling a more elaborated product. One can produce a cosmetic product - 99 % of the composition being refined shea-butter, and 1% a special essential oil for skin care - for the American and European markets, packed in small glass or reinforced plastics bottles.

The market already exists; karité - shea-butter - small bottle weighting in average 250 gr. for price in the range of US$ 5 to 10 (five to ten) are sold in some Europe' supermarkets


So let assume that a portion of the production of shea-butter as stated in "Sales Forecast" is transformed into skin care cosmetic product. One ton of shea-butter gives 4,000 bottles (250 gr. each); we take a selling price of US$ 5 per bottle in the table below which highlights the resulting "Net Profit". You may compare this to the initial "Loss and Profit" and see that there is really an ice on the cake.

Shea-butter Skin-Care Cosmetic Product
Investment   
3,000,000
Capacity (bottles)
20,000
28,000
36,000
x1,000.00
Turnover (US $ 5 per bottle)
100,000
140,000
180,000
x1,000.00
Direct costs of sales
20,000
28,000
36,000
x1,000.00
Operating costs
10,000
14,000
18,000
x1,000.00
Interests + taxes
30,000
42,000
54,000
x1,000.00
Net profit
40,000
56,000
72,000
x1,000.00

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