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January 15 - April 14, 2014
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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 year 2014 started with deadly political clashes bordering civil wars in several sub-Saharan African countries.

The Central African Republic and South-Sudan being the most visible examples. The ultimate cause of the clashes being rampant poverty. Rulers and the opposition fighting to control meager financial resources.

The Central African Republic and South-Sudan are not the only ones concerned by state disorder and poverty. The temperature is boiling up in several others where irresponsible rulers are using all political tricks and ropes to amend the Constitution, in order to get a third term and stay in power..for ever!

For sure, these political behavior could open the door to huge social disturbances and chaos, which would further hamper the developing process.

These rulers who caught the third term disease are neglecting to fulfill their main duty, which is to develop the nation, implementing policies that create riches for all and increase the purchasing power of the populations - that had stagnated for 50 years running - averaging only US500/year per capita for most - as extensively demonstrated in Africans, Stop Being Poor!

They, the sick rulers and their ministries waste valuable action-time roaming the country - day in day out - for non-productive meetings, shouting out false promises to the populations, distributing cash to bolster their popularity. They have it easy do behave like that as the populations are in deep poverty - eating one meal every other day, and desperate to have few cents to spend.

Most of the time, these rulers come to power without a true developing program. They just needed to chant the sing-song of "changes, things must change" to be in sync with the populations - and grab the power from failed and dying regimes. The populations seeing the new comer as a savior.

In an article dated back to April 15, 2011, Africabiz Online highlighted Benin's bad economic development performance under the leadership of its president, Yayi Boni. And in subsequent articles [1, 2] the conclusion had been reached that the country would be in deep political trouble in the near future of two years time.

Unfortunately, Africabiz Online's forecast is now a palpable reality in Benin at the beginning of this year 2014.

The economy is in shamble and mistrust, intrigues and dirty political maneuvers are - since the strange presidential election ballot described in above links - destructuring the country's social fibers, due to the relentless push by Yayi Boni, to amend the Constitution, to run for a third term.

Yayi Boni is not the only one playing that game. Another west African ruler, Burkina-Faso's Blaise Compaoré, is also working hard to amend the Constitution's Article 37, to stay in power for ever. He is at the helm of the country since 26 years - which Gross National Product had remained flat (averaging US100 per capita) for 26 years running!

The problem is the situation cannot stay as it is now in Benin for sure. Some great political disturbance is going to happen in the very near future! Leaders of opinion and the catholic church are already ringing the alarm bell.

The country's main trade unions are now staging an all-out fight against the government. They staged a strategy for 48-hour renewable strikes to protest against the use of brutal force against a peaceful protestation rally against Yayi Boni's bad governance which took place end of December 2013. The first round occurred January 7-8, 2014. The second round January 15-16.

According to trade unions leaders's declarations, the 48-hour renewable strike would eventually evolve into a permanent strike till something happen if the government does not fire those responsible for the repression at the administration level - which seems unlikely.

Therefore a sober observer of Benin's political and social scenery at the beginning of this 2014-year can reasonably predict that something is going to happen in the very near future, that would reshuffle the political cards in Benin. A coup? Maybe. Or something else would happen before Yayi Boni's rule ends at the constitutional term of April 5, 2016.

Click here to read about: Third Term - The Obasanjo Syndrome ... Ambition and the Place of God, to review how rulers who caught the third term disease behave.

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, 2014

Dr. B.M. Quenum


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- 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, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131
, 132, 133, 134


With the release on January 31, 2013 of Africabiz Media™ flagship eBook, Africans, Stop Being Poor! The Roadmap to Prosperity for African Nations, the systematic update of the "Business Opportunities" section ends with delivery 129.

The several deliveries about "Business Opportunities" in African countries - started since 1997 - exposed in the table above number 128. Each of these opening way to at least five additional investment opportunities, that makes around 600 (six hundred) business opportunities exposed by Africabiz Online since 1997.

That is enough for anyone searching for business opportunities in African countries, to find his bread and water to entering the promising market of 49 sub-Saharan African countries where double-digit growth rate is the norm for well planned and professionally implemented projects.

From time to time, some exceptional project might be here reported, which needs shareholders.

- This is not the end of Business Opportunities in Africa

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