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AFRICABIZ VOL 2 - ISSUE: 111
July 15 - October 14, 2008
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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.

- QUARTERLY DELIVERY OF AFRICABIZ ONLINE CURRENT

Africabiz Online's editorial team is working on a new brand service - The VIP-Membership/ VIP- Lounge. A paid service that goes beyond the scope of the free access Africabiz Online Current deliveries.

VIP-Membership/ VIP Lounge is a paid service, a non-stop publishing undertaking - as news, events and projects are fed into the VIP-Lounge as soon as available. This implies a heavy workload. Click here for more about the new brand VIP-Membership

In order to keep the workload bearable, the management decides to extend the periodicity of the free access website and its flagship Opportunities Section from monthly delivery - as it had been for 11 years running, since 1997 - to quarterly.

Next delivery of the Opportunities's Section will then be on October 15, 2008. Stay tune and visit the huge archive of opportunities listed in the free access opportunities's section. And also visit Africabiz Online Global which access remains free to review regularly updated news, videos, events, reports and strategic studies - about the world at large and emerging countries in particular.

- MOVING FROM ROUTINE TO INNOVATION TO IMPROVE BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

The lifting and upgrade of the site that begun few weeks ago (and announced in last issue) is still underway. All that started because a news-feed powering engine abruptly stopped delivering, and force Africabiz editorial team to search for alternative solutions.

Due to the upgrade, Africabiz Online is now fully Web 2.0 pro-active. That is to say coding had been enhanced to permit flawless input of comprehensive RSS feeds / news and video regularly updated, sometimes hourly and at least once a week - about several subjects of world concern. Visit Developing Matters and Dynamic News links to see for yourself.

Long hours of research, feverish installation of scripts and mastering of applications /tools have been source for brainstorming about the necessity to walk away from routine in order to improve business efficiency.

Indeed, as far as the unique feed provider was delivering, we keep on doing business as usual, missing a lot about Web 2.0 and not keeping abreast of innovation in the field. And now we think it was a good thing the feed provider let us down - without notice.

This shows that a business needs to be shook up from time to time - under pressure from external events/causes or deliberately shaken up by "provoked" internal events/ managerial decisions, to force management and staff search for better ways to improving productivity, business efficiency and keep on with the developing pace, to confront the competitors and survive.

Click here to read about: "Routine Can Be Lethal To Business Development

- VIP MEMBERSHIP

In the near future (hopefully end of September/ beginning of October 2008), Africabiz Online will move a step further and open a VIP Members's section inside the current free access electronic magazine.

Indeed, after 11 years of existence, it is time for Africabiz Online to use the full potential of Web 2.0 to provide investors, traders and business people around the world with practical information, to better assist them in efficiently doing business in and out African countries.

For an annual fee, investors and decision-makers worldwide will have access to Africabiz Online's VIP Lounge, that provides the following (not limited) benefits

- Review tenders from 48 sub-Saharan African countries. Urgent tenders being notified to VIP-Members by Alert/Mails posted on the VIP Member Lounge /and or delivered to mailboxes.
- Listen to, review and download Councils of Ministers's statements /audio and text communiqués.
- Take notice of investment projects (agribusiness, infrastructure and housing schemes. Etc.;) included in national development schemes/ infrastructure and privatization.
- Preview projects promoted by African national investors in Agribusiness development, real estate and other lines of business.
- Download essential documents such as Investment Codes, States's Constitutions, Annual Budget Reports, Global Stats. Etc. - all delivered in PDF format.
- Have access to Exclusive Trading Studies and Reports.
- Request Confidential Support using a Private Support-Console. (That is to say a dedicated support console is attributed to each VIP Member from which she or he can request confidential support - about a detail/ a link to a specific information in any of the 48 sub-Saharan African country or ask for a quote for elaborate/ additional paid support )
- Plus a Forum Platform for exchanges/discussions between VIP Members.
- Automatically have access to a Blog/ Confidential Newsletter to be delivered (once or twice per month).

The Confidential Newsletter will expose inside of and insight about sub-Saharan African countries's politics and economy. It will deliver critical and non-critical information hidden by mainstream media that could assist investors and decision-makers know what is going on behind the scene, to forecast future political and economic trends in a specific country. And therefore making the right investment decisions and planning. Etc.

The Confidential Newsletter will also analyze the political and economic situation in sub-Saharan African countries with regards the international situation. Click here to read more about VIP-Membership.

So, please stay tune to the free access monthly issue of Africabiz Online to take advantage of Africabiz Online VIP Members Lounge as soon as available.

- SERVICES AND PRODUCTS FROM Dr. QUENUM & ASSOCIATES / BUSINESSAFRICA (TM)

List of Products and Solutions to trading and investing in and out emerging nations - and particularly in sub-Saharan African nations - is here to review.

We draw your attention to Jobs & Projects' platform that assists first, project-owners to tender for the best experts to carry out projects at very competitive costs, and, second, job-seekers to publish for free Résumés/CV to attract project-owners attention.

The Free and Pay-Per-Click advertisement platform is also the cheapest way to advertise for your business and drive traffic to your website.

Click the image for moreDr. Quenum and Associates, IBC / BusinessAfrica (TM) have decided to follow Yahoo wise business practice - that is to establish business relationship only with clients who can produce email address linked to an ISP domain name or that could be traced back against a database of valid and legitimate domain names. In other words, from now on, only ISP-based email messages can expect replies from Dr. Quenum & Associates, IBC / BusinessAfrica (TM). For more on the matter, please visit this link.

- Contributor's Guidelines are here to review. Your contribution on "How emerging nations and particularly African countries / entrepreneurs could bridge the developing gap" is welcome.

Your feedback / objection / contribution is welcome. Visit WorldWide BizCenter, and choose General Information (as topic) to create a thread for discussion. On the top of the WorldWide BizCenter page, there is a HELP link to assist you making an efficient use of the discussion board. This link also is useful


Many thanks for dropping by and see you here on October 15, 2008

Dr. B.M. Quenum

Editor of AFRICABIZ

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN AFRICA


- Several business opportunities - component parts of the Integrated Developing Scheme described in Africans, Stop Being Poor! are listed in following table.


1-SHEA BUTTER (5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13)
2- BLUE GOLD (14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19)
3- FREEZE-DRIED PAPAIN (20, 21, 22 and here)
4- KENAF (23, 24)
5- VEGETABLE OIL (25, 26, 27, 28)
6- CEREALS (30, 31, 32, 33)
7- FRUITS (34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46)
8- ESSENTIAL OILS (47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52)

9- ROOTS & TUBERS (54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64)
10- FOWL BREEDING (66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76)
11- FISH FARMING (78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87)
12- BIOMASS ENERGY (89, 90, 91, 92)
13- SUGAR CANE & PRODUCTS (93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99/100, 101, 102)
14- LIVESTOCK (103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113

- LIVESTOCK & GAME DEVELOPMENT: PART VIII - MEAT PRESERVATION IN TROPICAL ENVIRONMENT

Visiting African countries "traditional" marketplace, one can see open-air butcher stalls (as per picture at the left side of the paragraph) swamped by flies. This enables bacteria to be transmitted that boost micro-organisms proliferation, degrade meat nutritional quality, which may result in food poisoning when the meat is eaten.

In reality, the infection starts from the beginning when the animal is slaughtered as this is done in unhygienic conditions (cutters and knifes are not sterilized and the animal lies direct on the soil or on mat laid down direct on bare soil.) And worsen further as sellers keep non-sold meat in non-refrigerated space/boxes and sell it as long as the decay smell is not too strong.

This delivery explores solutions to minimizing infection risks.

- SALTED, SMOKED AND SUN-DRIED MEAT

We do not have the space to fully cover the matter. Making an Internet search with Meat Preservation as criteria would show the extent of the matter.

Here, only will be given hints and links to assist entrepreneurs who had interests in setting up operation as previously described [104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109] to process meat for long term preservation using techniques and method other than energy guzzler refrigeration technology.

Indeed, African individual animal-slaughters and meat-sellers on traditional marketplace cannot afford having refrigerated boxes to keep the merchandise safe and free from contamination. And even if they do, energy crisis occurring right now all over the continent [1, 2, 3, 4] does not guarantee that the problem would be solved in the near future.

This delivery briefly explores alternatives to preserving meats in tropical environment.

- Smoked Meat

In a previous delivery titled "Economics Briefs About a Small Scale Operation to Smoking Tilapia and Catfish" a versatile equipment had been introduced, that used several kinds of energy sources from wood to electricity. This equipment can also be used to smoke meat. Click here to review said delivery.

In South Africa, they produce a delicacy called biltong, described in a veterinary dictionary as "Strips of beef, or other meat, which are cured briefly in salt, marinated in vinegar and then air-dried. The resulting dried meat is used as a snack or as a subsistence ration. Called also jerked beef."

Practicalanswers.com's has an excellent article on biltong that can be download here in PDF format. The recipe given in that article is not pure South African one and one can visit this link to get more on South African biltong.

- Salted and Sun-Dried Meat

Since ages, coastal world population used to salt fish meat and dry it under the sun for preservation. Shark meat was and is still one of the most common fish salted and sun-dried worldwide

Food and Agriculture Development Organization (FAO) drafted a manual about "Simple techniques for production of dried meat", which provides wealth of information about how to proceed prior to the drying process to the composition of the saline solution. There are also a lot of illustration about the techniques. Click here to read more about the matter

Next delivery (online on October 15, 2008) will explore the economics of a medium scale operation to processing fresh cattle meat into smoked finished product.


MORE ON MEAT PROCESSING
1- The World Market for Salted, Brined, Dried, or Smoked Meat
And Edible Offal Excluding Flours and Meals Thereof:
A 2004 Global Trade Perspective (Digital - Nov 21, 2003) - Download: PDF
2- The 2003 World Forecasts of Salted, Preserved, Dried and Smoked Meat
And Edible Offals Export Supplies (Digital - Oct 22, 2003) - Download: PDF
3- Dried Salted Meats
(FAO Animal Production & Health Paper)
by Food and Agriculture Organization (Paperback - Jul 1986)
4- The Canning, Freezing, Curing and Smoking of Meat, Fish and Game
(Paperback - Dec 1975)
5-
The River Cottage Meat Book
by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (Hardcover - May 2007)

6 - Manual on Simple Methods of Meat Preservation
FAO Animal Production and Health Paper
by Food and Agriculture Org. (Paperback - Sep 1990)
7- Handbook of Fermented Meat and Poultry
by Fidel Toldrá (Hardcover - Sep 1, 2007)
8- Fresh meat processing
(Food processing review)
by Endel Karmas (Unknown Binding - 1970)
9- Physical Principles of Food Preservation
Second Edition, Revised and Expanded (Food Science and Technology)
by Marcus Karel and Daryl B. Lund (Hardcover - Jun 20, 2003)
10- Meat Refrigeration
by S.J. James and C. James (Hardcover - May 6, 2002)

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