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AFRICABIZ VOL 2 - ISSUE: 118
April 15 - July 14, 2010
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Editor: Dr. Bienvenu-Magloire Quenum
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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.

- THE ICELANDERS DID IT: THEY REFUSE TO BOW TO THE FINANCIAL SWINDLE AND MADE HISTORY

Previous deliveries [1, 2, 3] exposed the dire economic situation existing currently in The Republic of Iceland - heavily hit by the financial crisis, and compare the political and economic situation in the republic of Iceland with the one existing in African countries submitted to Structural Adjustment Programs.

The issue available on above link number one - above outlined, highlights the fact that, contrary to African countries decision makers, Icelanders are fighting to oppose the repayment of debts sustained by the bankrupted bank IceSave - staging a referendum to impede the enacting of the IceSave bill of repayment into law.

The referendum took place on March 6, 2010, and voters defied both their parliament and the "international community" to display their anger, and assert their sovereign rights with a strong 'No' result totaling 96% of the constituency.

Magnus Arni Skulason, co-founder of a group (listen to the above YouTube video) that opposed to the deal declares after the historic vote, "The Icelandic public understands that we are sovereign and we have to be treated like a sovereign nation -- not being bullied like the British and the Dutch have been doing."

This is an outstanding voting result that would have, doubtless, an international repercussion within the circle of developing nations worldwide - in the near future.

This even if, in spite of the vote, all three governments (Britain, Iceland and the Netherlands) involve to solving the dispute promised to work on a new agreement.

Click here to read about The Collapse of a Predatory Economic System: Part II: The Fire Is Spreading


- VIP MEMBERSHIP IS LIVE RUNNING

The VIP Members section is now running live. More on the matter is available at following link that is the permanent announcement page concerning VIP-Membership. Visiting said page, you will always take notice of what is showing live on the confidential newsletter - Inside Africa & Insights About Africa - dedicated to VIP Members.

- 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 the 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.

- 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 July 15, 2010

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
15- MISCELLANEOUS (113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119

- MISCELLANEOUS SERIES: RENEWABLE ENERGY: PART VI: AN OUTSTANDING EQUIPMENT TO PRODUCE ENERGY FROM WASTE

In developing countries, and in African nations in particular, straw, hay and leaves - by-products of cereals's and tropical fruits's crops - are not used as raw materials to generate additional revenues.

In addition to these vegetable raw materials, there are also big dump of rubber tires, and empty plastic bottles scattered around that are a disgrace in the landscape.

Previous deliveries [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] discussed how biomass/ vegetable waste could be used as raw materials to generate electricity and solve the existing power crisis in most African countries.

The current delivery deals with the usage of abundant raw materials - from vegetable waste, to discarded used-rubber tires, to generate power.

- BRIEFS ABOUT A NEW TECHNOLOGY/ EQUIPMENT TO TRANSFORM WASTE INTO ENERGY

A new operational technology/equipment - pictured below (The Green Energy Machine /GEM - Click on the picture to reach manufacturer website) - now permits the transformation of all kinds of waste (vegetable wastes, plastic packaging, and used-rubber tires) into synthetic gas to powering electricity generators. The raw materials /waste are piled into the machine, to be transformed into fuel pellets, which are further converted into synthetic gas to electricity's generators.

The minimum intake of trash/waste is two tons per day, which make it a good investment for waste management and power generating system for agribusiness concerns, small municipalities, hotels, apartment blocks, industrial plants. Etc.

The GEM takes up three car-parking spaces. The selling price beginning of year 2010 stands around US$850,000. A valuable investment which ROI would be in the range of 3 to 4 years, according to the manufacturer.

Courtesy of istenergy.com

- WASTE MANAGEMENT AND POWER PRODUCTION USING GEM TECHNOLOGY

As stated by the manufacturer, GEM can power the lighting/ heating/ cooling system of a 200,000 square foot office-compound housing more than 500 people. Considering the energy consumption per capita in the United States being equal to approximately 13,600 kwh /year, the total production of GEM/ year to catering for 500 people stands around 6,800,000 kwh/year.

Now considering that Benin's energy consumption per capita is in the range of 70 kwh/ year, a GEM unit can cater for the energy's needs of 97,000 people in Benin. That is ten units can cater for the energy need of the city-port of Cotonou, which population numbers 800,000.

The selling price of one unit is currently set by the manufacturer at about US$850,000. Thus, ten imported units would be costing around nine million US dollar (taxes excluded).

It is worthwhile making a comparative analysis with the cost of investing in other producing systems that use fossil raw materials (oil, natural gas and coal).

Indeed, even if the investment costs into these may compare favorably with GEM investment level as outlined per previous paragraphs, one can state straight away that GEM technology has an indisputable advantage as it generates clean energy that drastically reduces the emission of carbon dioxide.

Further, and most important, it would assist salubrity and health managers get rid of the "astounding" amount of trash and waste disgracing African cities's landscape.

Next issue available on July 15, 2010 will consider the usage of straw as raw material to producing ethanol.

MORE ON BIOGAS
1- 21st Century Essential Guide to Methane and Biogas
Landfill Methane and Manure for Energy, AgStar Program, Recovery and Mitigation, Greenhouse Gas Emissions
by World Spaceflight News (CD-ROM - Mar 5, 2005)
2- Running a Biogas Program
by David Fulford
3- Biogas From Waste
by Dieter Deublein and Angelika Steinhauser (Hardcover - Apr. 18, 2008)
4- A Chinese Biogas Manual: Popularising Technology in the Countryside
by Ariane van Buren
5-
The biogas handbook
by David House
6- Biogas: What It Is, How It Is Made, How to Use It
by Food and Agriculture Organization of the (Paperback - Jan 1985)

7- Biogas systems: Principles and applications
by K. M Mittal
8- Biogas:
The Indian NGOs' Experience
9- Landfilling of Waste: Biogas
by T. Christensen, T. H. Christensen, R. Cossu, and R. Stegmann (Hardcover - Jan 15, 1996)
10- Building a Better Biogas Unit
(Better Framing Series, No 32/F3028)
by Food and Agriculture Organization of the (Paperback - Jun 1987)
11- Winning Our Energy Independence
by S. David Freeman (Paperback - Sept. 7, 2007)
12- China, azolla propagation and small-scale biogas technology
Report on an FAO/UNDP study tour to the People's Republic of China
by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Paperback - 1978)

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