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AFRICABIZ VOL 2 - ISSUE: 121
January 15 - April 14, 2011
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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 POLITICAL SNAFU IN IVORY COAST: THE CONSEQUENCE OF THE MISLEADING IVOIRITE CONCEPT

For all tuned to the political situation in Ivory Coast, the current post electoral dispute over who won the second leg of the presidential ballot of November 28, 2010 - Alassane Dramane Ouattara or Laurent Gbagbo, is an embarrassing amazement.

According to enacted texts, rules and procedures accepted by all parties - click here for more, Alassane Dramane Ouattara is the only true winner. His victory recognized by the International Community, and African countries's continental and regional organizations.

Nevertheless, on the date of this writing - January 14, 2011, quite one month and a half after the proclamation of the results, the country is still in political limbo, with two head of states, and two prime ministers appointed respectively by each contender.

Indeed, the former head of state, Laurent Gbagbo, who lost the election by a margin of 8 points in favor of Ouattara, is hanging on. He is adamantly convinced against all odds that he is the winner, and is using all the gimmicks of a dictator - assassination of opponents, and peaceful political rallies brutal repression, to hijack the election. He is not listening to anyone who advises him to hand over the state power to Alassane Dramane Ouattara.

To understand what is evolving now in Ivory Coast, one has to go back to the early 1990s, when disturbance and divisive seeds were sawn, starting with the political rivalry between Alassane Ouattara and Henri Konan Bedie, fighting to reach the position of President of Ivory Coast. .

The reason several Africabiz Online's issues [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11] have been dedicated to the matter, is that Ivory Coast is an economic powerhouse in West Africa UEOMOA which state-members are Benin, Niger, Burkina-Faso, Mali, Senegal, Guinea-Bissau, and Togo - that have XOF - Franc CFA as a single common currency. Table below outlines Ivory Coast's contribution (in million FCFA) within the economic system of UEOMOA.

Contribution to the UEMOA Economy
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Ivory Coast 1937,2 2080,9 2297,8 2836,5 2997,5 3127
Others 5979,8 6434,5 7170,8 8511,6 9327,2 9704,0
% Ivory Coast 32,4 32,34 32,0 33,33 32,14 32,22

During the the early years of the 1980s, under the leadership of the founding father Houphouet Boigny, the contribution was around 70%. That high level of contribution to the economy of the 8 member-states, is the reason why UEOMOA's central bank (BCEAO) head management had, ever since the inception of the organization, in 1962, been awarded to Ivory Coast.

The "remarkable" economic performance, is based on agriculture development - Ivory Coast is one of the world's largest producer and exporter of coffee, cocoa beans, and palm oil. The country enjoyed twenty five years of positive economic growth from 1960 to 1985. That lengthy period of economic performance steadily increased the country's per capita GNP to up to US$ 1,200 (1999) against an average of US$ 400 in surrounding countries.

The economic "prowess", did not, however, translated into riches for all. And now, due the the political disturbances of past two decades, the lack of vision, and the lack of a well designed economic strategy to transform raw agricultural productions into added valued industrial produces, capable of triggering double-digit growth rate, above mentioned 1999's GNP level is now a fade memory for the vast majority of Ivory Coast people.

In short, the past prosperity of the 1960-1985 period is gone. Indeed, today, most Ivorians cannot afford two substantial meals (with fish or meat proteins) a day, and several millions are eating a meal every two day - as occurring in most African countries.

10 years ago, in a paper titled, The Collapse of Ivory Coast / The Example of Devastating Consequences Triggered by Misleading Concepts and Bad Management, available here, the following had been stated:

"As we all know, nothing in human life happens on the sudden. Diseases, crucial political events, victories in sports competitions, wars, and divorces, etc.; every occurrence under the sun has hidden history and long lasting causes.

The history and hidden causes behind the collapse of Ivory Coast are closely linked to the adoption ten years ago, in 1993, and the subsequent implementation of a nationalistic concept named Ivoirité."

We are now witnessing, hopefully, the final shudders of the Ivoirité concept, because we do not think that Machiavel will win in Ivory Coast, meaning Gbagbo prevailing over Ouattara, hijacking the election.

Otherwise, it will be a profound political disaster for the continent, opening the way for the emergence of brutal dictators not at all concerned with the well being of the populations, but seeking power for the sake of power.

Click here to read about Facts to Understand the Post Electoral Imbroglio in Ivory Coast


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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 April 15, 2011

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, 120, 121, 122

- MISCELLANEOUS SERIES:INTRODUCTION TO THE IMPORTANCE OF STARCH IN FOOD INDUSTRY

With this delivery starts a new series about the importance of starch in food industry, to show how it is an absolute necessity for an emerging country, to have starch manufacturing included into its strategic development scheme. The subject had long ago been briefly exposed in the series about Roots and Tubers [54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64], and Cereals [30, 31, 32, 33]

- DEFINITION

1. Starch is a naturally abundant nutrient carbohydrate, (C6H10O5)n, found chiefly in the seeds, fruits, tubers, roots, and in stem pith of plants, notably in corn, potatoes, wheat, and rice, and varying widely in appearance according to source but commonly prepared as a white amorphous tasteless powder.

2. Any of various substances, such as natural starch, used to stiffen cloth, as in laundering.

3. Starches Foods having a high content of starch, as rice, breads, and potatoes. [Source]

- STARCH IS EVERYWHERE, IN FOODS, AND USED TO PRODUCE INUMERABLE INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS

The diagram available at this link highlights the importance of starch in food industry and other general industrial productions - such as biscuits, tapioca, sorbitol, gari, farinha, foufou, attieke, bio-plastic, drilling products, textiles, composites. Etc.

There are two main classes of starch-based products: 1- Unmodified or native starch. 2- Physical, chemical or biological Modified starches for industrial purposes to producing sweeteners, including high fructose syrup, glucose (dextrin, monosodium glutamate, pharmaceuticals;) iso-glucose (a combined syrup of glucose and fructose). For more on Cassava Starch click here

Above two paragraphs short list food and other industrial products originating from Starch. And one can see that including starch manufacturing in the development scheme is a must have strategy for emerging country. It is the sure and absolute economic catalyst to sustaining double-digit growth-rate over a lengthy period of minimum 10 years, and create riches for all - as described in Strategy for African Countries.

So, several deliveries following this current would be dedicated to the production of some of above listed food and industrial produces.


MORE ON THE STARCH INDUSTRY
1- A Practical Treatise on the Manufacture of Starch
Glucose, Starch-Sugar, and Dextrine. Illustrated by 58 Engravings (1881)
by Julius Frankel - Paperback (Aug 10, 2009)
2- The Principal Starches Used as Food
by W. Griffiths - Paperback (Oct 21, 2009)
3- The World Market for Residues
Resulting from the Manufacture of Starch
by Icon Group - Paperback (Sep 30, 2008)
4- Chemistry and Technology of Starch
by James N. BeMiller and Roy L. Whistler - Hardcover (Mar 23, 2009)
5-
Starches: Characterization, Properties, and Applications
by Andrea Bertolini - Hardcover (Dec 7. 2009)
6- Industrial uses of Starch and its Derivatives
by R. W. Radley - Hardcover (Spt. 30, 1976)

7- Starch Madness by Richard L. Heinrich - Paperback (Nov. 1998)
8- Handbook of Starch Hydrolysis Products
And Their Derivatives
by S. Z. Dziedzic and M.W. Kearsley - Hardcover (Dec 31, 1995)
9- Starches handbook
by David J., Thomas and Williams A. Atwell - Paperback (Feb 1, 1998)
10- Starch: Basic Science to Technology
Advance in Food and Nutrition Research
by Mirta Noemi Sivak, Jack Preiss, and Steve Taylor - Hardcover (Aug 3, 1998)
11- The 2009-2014 World Outlook
For Modified Corn and Sorghum Starch, and Dextrine
by Icon Group - Paperback (Sep 26, 2008)
12- Starch in Food
Structure, Function and Applications
by Ann-Charlotte Eliasson- Hardcover (Sep 20, 2004)

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