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  • Valley Boy
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    We are still waiting for official word that Haiti is joining the African Union. What might that mean?
    http://bit.ly/YapkR6
    http://bit.ly/UaV7n4
    http://bit.ly/YapmIJ
    12 Feb 2013, 01:32 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Haiti is in the process of recovering from various natural disasters.
    http://bit.ly/UaYF8U
    http://1.usa.gov/Y77bll
    http://uni.cf/UaYFpc
    12 Feb 2013, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Haiti looks past the natural disasters and economic troubles to participate in better times ahead.
    http://bit.ly/Ubf0u1
    Haiti, when viewed as a shipping stop in the Caribbean region, has certain geographic advantages. The country is situated on the main shipping routes coming northeastward from the Panama Canal to the U.S. Atlantic Seaboard and Western Europe. Haiti is not far from the main shipping lines from the African coasts to the Panama Canal. Haiti might be able to enhance its economic potential by channeling some of Africa's trade with the Americas.
    http://bit.ly/VSOUIW
    Shipping and trading may prove to be the key economic mainstays for the country if Haiti's future becomes prosperous.
    http://bit.ly/Ubf0u9
    http://1.usa.gov/VSOUIY
    http://1.usa.gov/Ubf0uc
    12 Feb 2013, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    Olam branching out: fertilizer, consumer goods in Gabon, Nigeria
    http://on.ft.com/VSJCNC
    12 Feb 2013, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    I have been reading that China is investing hugely in Africa.

     

    A friend of mine, who owns a hedge fund, told me last year that Africa is the hottest spot to invest. Why? The world's cheapest labor.
    12 Feb 2013, 02:15 PM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    EM Private Equity
    http://on.ft.com/VSKKRf
    (Although the link is more at home at the East & Sub-Saharan Africa Investing Blog)
    12 Feb 2013, 02:22 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    That is a fascinating subject, Maya. It looks like China is heavily invested in Central and West Africa along with the rest of the continent. Maybe they are showing everyone how it's done?
    http://bit.ly/X6ffXf
    http://www.focac.org/eng
    http://bit.ly/VVAKXA
    http://bit.ly/X6ffXj
    http://bit.ly/VVANT0
    13 Feb 2013, 08:36 PM Reply Like
  • Mayascribe
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    VB: What's fascinating is your research. Well done. Your sites you've linked I took a quick glance at, which backs up the investing premise that China is going large into Africa.

     

    Hits home with me, as my mother, when she was fading, had a fabulous young, strong and extremely courteous woman as an in-home nurse, and when I would talk to her around the dinner table about her previous life in Guinea, I became amazed at her perspective of what her country was just ten years ago as compared to today.

     

    Electricity has arrived to more remote towns and villages and things we've long taken for granted, like refrigerators, TVs, cell phones and roads paved, have all occurred since the year 2000. The growth is explosive.

     

    Frankly, and I love what Jon is doing, I'm more interested in this African Insta than any others he's so brilliantly created.

     

    Hey Jon, get better, brother!
    13 Feb 2013, 09:54 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Well, Maya, the more I dig into the research, the more I think Jon and the authors he links to are really onto something about frontier markets. A something people are not very aware of which can get their investments back into shape. I hope you're taking it easy, Jon.
    14 Feb 2013, 12:08 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    It might be best to introduce Central and West Africa by the main regional organizations serving the countries.
    The Communaute Economique des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale serves ten countries in Central Africa. The organization provides a regional framework for economic and peacekeeping cooperation between the countries. Perhaps their economies will integrate in the future. The group of nations is known for its ample resources of forest, farmland, water supplies, oil reserves and mineral wealth.
    http://ceeac-eccas.org
    The Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie serves as a networking opportunity for the French speaking countries of Central and West Africa.
    http://bit.ly/Z9FajD
    The Economic Community of West African States provides a basis for economic partnerships and security cooperation between fifteen countries. The organization manages an annual trade fair highlighting the economic possibilities of West Africa. West Africa is rich in mineral production but for the most part still needs more work in improving agriculture and water distribution.
    http://ecowas.int
    http://bit.ly/YWn0hJ
    13 Feb 2013, 03:40 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The travel warnings from the State Department sometimes provide some useful insights about Central and West Africa.
    http://1.usa.gov/ZITHiP
    1 Mar 2013, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The economies of Central and West Africa for the most part are still dependent upon the health of their environments. The environment can be broadly described as being diverse across a number of zones.
    http://bit.ly/WJP1KM
    http://bit.ly/14T8fzr
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    To the north is the great Sahara Desert, a vast zone of dry climatic high pressure influencing the environments to the south in a harsh kind of way.
    http://bit.ly/WJP3lL
    The southern edge of the desert is a transition zone known as the Sahel. The Sahel waxes and wanes in variable rainfall totals across time spans of decades and centuries. The people there suffer when drought occurs.
    http://bit.ly/14T8drm
    Savanna lands of grasslands are the next zone to the south. These grasslands are reliable sources of agricultural income when rainfall is sufficient.
    Savanna lands of open woodlands occurring south of the grasslands indicate a greater amount of moisture available for farming. Some deforestation has been done in this zone for agricultural purposes.
    http://bit.ly/WJP3lQ
    The rainforests of Central Africa are surrounded by the wooded savanna lands. The rainforests of West Africa are bounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Guinea to the south and the wooded savanna zone to the north. The rainforests constitute a zone of an interesting variety of fauna and flora. The harvesting of tropical wood there has raised concerns about deforestation and its undermining of a lot of other livelihoods.
    http://bit.ly/14T8fzt
    http://bit.ly/WJP217
    The generally flat to hilly landscape of Central and West Africa is broken by several mountain ranges and plateaus centered on Guinea and Cameroon. These higher elevations enable more temperate climates with a wide variety of vegetation to occur. Rich mining districts can be found there. The Congo and West African cratons are considered to be rich in minerals as well.
    http://bit.ly/14T8drp
    http://bit.ly/WJP3Ca
    http://bit.ly/zcukYK
    Most of the populated areas in Central and West Africa are found in fertile lowland basins along the Congo River and the Niger River and some coastal districts. The large country of Nigeria and the small countries of Gambia and Sao Tome and Principe have the highest population densities in that part of Africa.
    http://bit.ly/14T8dHD
    http://bit.ly/WJP21b
    http://bit.ly/14T8dHE
    13 Feb 2013, 07:00 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The Sahel is the zone which is most economically fragile. Its climate is whipsawed between the hot, dry influences of the adjacent Sahara Desert and the hot, humid influences raising up from the tropics. Few of its soils are fertile. Its geology hasn't been explored much for mineral wealth. Water delivery projects need to be built there. Much of the food supplies need to be imported into the zone. It is probably the area of Africa least affected by the commercial African Renaissance occurring elsewhere in the continent.
    The United States government is making efforts to assist and research possible remedies for the Sahel.
    http://1.usa.gov/XPALha
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    One idea is to simply plant more trees there.
    http://bit.ly/Zdp5cU
    Hollywood has brought the problems of the Sahel to the attention of the public by focusing on Darfur. "Darfur Now" and "Attack on Darfur" are a couple of films about the suffering going on in that part of the Sahel.
    http://bit.ly/XPALhd
    http://bit.ly/Zdp4pc
    14 Feb 2013, 01:52 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The Sahel and the savanna zones are gradually being linked together by the Dakar to Port Sudan Railway currently under development. This transcontinental railway will link the large city of Dakar, facing the United States and the Panama Canal across the Atlantic Ocean, with Sudan's main Red Sea port at Port Sudan, facing the Middle East, Suez Canal and the rest of Asia. The main line will connect several countries with feeder routes connecting several more countries. When this railway is scheduled to be completed in several years, that whole northern half of Central and West Africa should be much more promising as an investment destination.
    http://bit.ly/VY4Idv
    The segment of the transcontinental rail line that is currently under construction will link Nyala in South Darfur, where the railway ends now, with the capital of Chad, N'Djamena. The railway is being built by the Chinese. The Chinese are interested in the arable lands of southern Chad and northern Central African Republic. Both China and the United States are interested in purchasing Chad's oil.
    http://bit.ly/Vj7NKp
    http://bit.ly/VY4Idx
    http://bit.ly/Vj7NKr
    http://bit.ly/VY4ItL
    http://bit.ly/Vj7NKv
    It is important for their economic development that the West African countries complete their sections of this transcontinental project in addition to integrating and coordinating their existing rail lines and extending them.
    http://bit.ly/VY4ItN
    http://bit.ly/Vj7PC2
    14 Feb 2013, 11:40 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    A footnote regarding the first article linked to in the previous blog entry:
    http://bit.ly/VY4Idv
    By Namibia, the article meant Nigeria.
    By Libya, the article must have meant Liberia. There was some talk of connecting Libya with Chad with a rail line about ten years ago. But the rail development situation within Libya is now many years behind schedule because the recent civil war fought there. And such a international rail link will have to somehow cross the sandy Libyan Desert, a problematical scenario.
    http://bit.ly/YyjdoC
    When the rail link gets completed from Nyala to N'Djamena, there will still be a missing link between N'Djamena to the large city of Maiduguri, in northeastern Nigeria about 150 miles away at another rail terminus. The missing rail link will need to cross a marshy area in the far northern part of Cameroon near Lake Chad.
    http://bit.ly/12UyqHv
    The missing rail link section is serviced by a segment of the Trans- Sahelian Highway connecting several countries.
    http://bit.ly/YyjdoE
    Existing railroads link Maiduguri with the large Nigerian port cities of Lagos and Port Harcourt on the Gulf of Guinea.
    16 Feb 2013, 05:26 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Fresh water is probably the most necessary ingredient for an economic recovery for the Sahel and adjacent savanna regions. A lack of water is related to sanitation problems, disease, hunger, poverty and other problems. But there are endeavors underway to remedy the situation. Aquifers can be tapped for irrigation, water from rainier regions can be piped to dry areas, clouds can be seeded, desertification can be counteracted and so on.
    http://bit.ly/WPfy9t
    http://bit.ly/XhagQC
    http://bit.ly/WPfy9v
    http://bit.ly/Xhajf7
    http://bit.ly/WPfwOQ
    There are international efforts to work with the waters of the Niger River, the main watercourse flowing through the Sahel and savanna lands.
    http://bit.ly/Xhah6W
    http://www.abn.ne
    16 Feb 2013, 09:32 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Central Africa is undergoing efforts to improve its economy in several ways.
    Improving the health of its forests is a core economic function.
    http://carpe.umd.edu
    http://www.comifac.org
    Working on better agricultural methods in the tropical environment cannot be overemphasized.
    http://bit.ly/17GldQD
    http://bit.ly/14HPnXN
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    Constructing more efficient transport corridors will enable supplies to be brought to the less developed regions in Central Africa.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    More supplies will assist the poor refugees while supporting the economy in the interior of the continent.
    http://bit.ly/17Gle6X
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    More energy from hydropower will go a long ways to improve the economy of the interior of Central Africa.
    http://bit.ly/Z1291c
    There should be more hopeful news on Central Africa in the years to come as the economic statistics improve.
    http://bit.ly/17Glbbi
    http://bit.ly/14HPpig
    21 Apr 2013, 08:35 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Most of the interior of West Africa, in other words the Sahel and savanna zones, are grappling with periodic drought and famine. A lot of efforts are being made to alleviate the harsh conditions while planning some projects and directing economic resources for revitalizing the interior economy.
    http://bit.ly/U3SH8m
    http://bit.ly/XPVPqe
    http://bit.ly/ZGVZhb
    21 Apr 2013, 08:54 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Finding ways and means to improve the agricultural economies of the interior of West Africa is of prime importance. Most of the food there is imported from more temperate regions closer to the coast.
    http://bit.ly/XZ0l89
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://www.coraf.org
    http://1.usa.gov/13pF3yP
    21 Apr 2013, 09:15 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Improving transport to the interior from the coast is an ongoing process. Transport is currently hindered by numerous roadblocks put up by West African countries due to security concerns.
    http://bit.ly/11BINuw
    http://bit.ly/ZCGLgq
    http://bit.ly/Vj7PC2
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    There still are some road and rail links which need to be built between the countries. Much needed supplies can reach the drought stricken interior quicker when those projects are completed.
    http://bit.ly/11BINKQ
    http://bit.ly/ZCGLwI
    http://bit.ly/11BIQ9s
    http://bit.ly/VY4ItN
    http://bit.ly/11BIQ9x
    21 Apr 2013, 09:53 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    West Africa is that side of the continent facing North America and South America. The main sea lanes connecting Europe and South America go by West Africa and the main sea lanes connecting South Africa and South Asia with North America go by West Africa. These geographic facts give impetus to the efforts being made to improve the seaports of West Africa.
    http://bit.ly/YEAxt2
    http://bit.ly/XQ3kNT
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    21 Apr 2013, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Trading activities are becoming a bit easier to perform in West Africa with better awareness of what policies are needed to be put into action.
    http://bit.ly/14I1Evn
    http://bit.ly/11uYCoc
    West Africa has some of the highest economic growth rates in the world because of better policies and infrastructure projects.
    http://bit.ly/14I1CDF
    http://bit.ly/11uYBR9
    21 Apr 2013, 10:43 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The West African economy is improving with the assistance of more modern communications and more distributed power supplies.
    http://bit.ly/14I38ps
    http://slidesha.re/17c...
    http://www.ecowapp.org
    http://bit.ly/14I38FL
    http://bit.ly/17cNHCZ
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    21 Apr 2013, 11:01 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The West African economic improvements are gaining momentum according to the business news.
    http://bit.ly/YEGrKN
    http://bit.ly/Zf2dsm
    http://bit.ly/YEGs17
    http://bit.ly/Zf2fjK
    The improvements are facilitated by a regional network of chambers of commerce and a regional stock market.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://www.brvm.org
    21 Apr 2013, 11:27 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Cooperation between the West African nations is increasing in such a way that regional monetary integration in some future year becomes a distinct possibility. Integration will encourage trade and communication between the countries.
    http://bit.ly/17R8oFP
    http://bit.ly/ZI66RX
    http://bit.ly/17R8oFQ
    http://www.bceao.int
    21 Apr 2013, 11:46 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    West Africa is making progress on improving its economy, trade and health despite the hardships.
    http://bit.ly/11vimYP
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/11vimYV
    22 Apr 2013, 01:43 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    New discoveries of oil and gas along West Africa's coasts are giving the region an added boost to its economic potential.
    http://bit.ly/11vpIM4
    http://bit.ly/15ydtU2
    http://bit.ly/11vpJ2k
    http://bit.ly/15yduHy
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    22 Apr 2013, 02:14 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    West Africa keeps expanding its mining industry. The region is famous for uranium in the Sahara Desert borderlands, bauxite and iron ore in the Guinea Highlands and gold throughout the hilly regions where greenstone belts occur.
    http://bit.ly/11dCMVM
    http://bit.ly/17RmY0d
    http://bit.ly/11dCMVQ
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    http://bit.ly/17Rn0oT
    22 Apr 2013, 03:09 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    I'm still reviewing the economic situation of Nigeria and its neighbors to its west now and then. The African Renaissance seems to be weaker so far in this region than elsewhere on the continent. A couple of new challenges bringing severe hardship are the religious war in northern Nigeria and the Ebola virus outbreak spreading across the countries. At least the drought in the interior is much less severe than before. Some of the countries are in the process of recovering from civil wars.
    The strongest economies in the region so far appear to be within the coastal strip around Dakar and along another coastal strip from San Pedro in the Ivory Coast to Lagos in Nigeria and then inland to Abuja. Both Dakar and San Pedro are strategically positioned astride the busy Atlantic Ocean shipping lanes servicing Europe and South America. If their hinterlands can be made economically stronger then these cities should boom.
    Morocco sees West Africa's economic potential and is now investing aggressively there.
    http://bit.ly/1obutXH
    http://bit.ly/1obus68
    27 Jun, 10:40 PM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    It's not al that bad...I guess.

     

    Nigeria overtook South-Africa as the continent's largest economy:
    http://bloom.bg/VvB99N

     

    http://bloom.bg/VvB7P2

     

    Also having a serious business billionaire to global standards:
    http://on.ft.com/VvB7P3

     

    French retailer Carrefour is entering the African continent via 8 countries specifically in West-Africa (Cote dÍvoire, Ghana, Gabon, Congo, Cameroon, Senegal and Nigeria), in a partnership with "Compagnie Française de l'Afrique Occidentale (CFAO)" founded in 1887 specifically as a trading house to do business with Africa. (listed CFAO has recently been bought by Toyota). Only country no. 8, i.e. DRC, can be seen as a non-west african country.
    http://bloom.bg/VvB9qa

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB7P6

     

    Like Nigeria, Equatorial Africa and Gabon are benefiting from oil. Giving Gabon enough "confidence" to kill it's kickstarting tourism business:
    http://ind.pn/VvB7Pa

     

    While Ghana is having exciting developments on FMCG industry:
    http://bloom.bg/VvB7Pb

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB7Pg

     

    Guinea on the brink of an iron boom:
    http://bit.ly/VvB9qf

     

    And French Bolloré investing HEAVILY in West-African logistics:

     

    Ghana:
    http://bit.ly/VvB9qh

     

    Ivory Coast
    http://reut.rs/VvB85w

     

    http://bloom.bg/VvB9qj

     

    http://reut.rs/VvB85B

     

    Burkina Faso:
    http://reut.rs/VvB85E

     

    Niger, Benin:
    http://bit.ly/VvB9qn

     

    Sierra Leone:
    http://bit.ly/VvB85H

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB9GD

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB9GF

     

    http://reut.rs/VvB85J

     

    Togo
    http://bit.ly/VvB9GI

     

    Cameroon:
    Lukoil
    http://bloom.bg/VvB9GK

     

    Chevron
    http://bloom.bg/VvB9GN

     

    MTN, Dangote cement (see links above).

     

    Also within French conglomerate Bolloré, which accounts 23% of it's revenue from Africa and 54% of Bolloré's revenue from Logistics, there seems a focus on West-Africa for Bolloré Africa Logistics:
    http://bit.ly/VvB85H

     

    http://tinyurl.com/ppp...

     

    I would assume that only the interior of West-Africa is lagging behind in the continent's Renaissance.

     

    Mass media only covers the bad news coming from Islamic militants in Niger, Mali, Chad and Northern Nigeria.

     

    In that sense, I fully understand Morocco: not in my backyard + protection of the King vs. (Islamic) Republic.
    However, Tigo (=Millicom Int'l (previously listed on Nasdaq, now Stockholm only) has also made inroads to the inner, more northern, regions, i.e. Chad and Senegal in 2006 and 2007:
    http://bit.ly/VvB85K

     

    With all these bad news headlines (in mainstream media) covering the West-African region as a whole, it almost 'looks' like a good time to enter general West-African markets .

     

    In the meantime business goes. Dangote very recently had plans for a London IPO:
    http://on.ft.com/VvChKk
    28 Jun, 07:21 AM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    The 2nd listing of Dangote Cement, in London, would be Aliko Dangote's 5th IPO (!)
    - Dangote Cement (2x)
    - Dangote Flour Mills
    - Dangote Sugar Refineries
    - National Salt Company of Nigeria

     

    ..., while he is currently working on his biggest bet so far, a Nigerian refinery:
    http://tinyurl.com/nt9...

     

    Nigeria faces African market bubble risk:
    http://bit.ly/VvEaXr
    28 Jun, 07:48 AM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    With the only news covering West-Africa being bad news on piracy, Islamic militants and Ebola (which SEEMS to be, far less worse/ more under control than in the 1990s); bad memories on war torn Liberia and Ivory Coast and a lack of easy accessible investment vehicles for us (non-african) retail investors to enter West-Africa, it only LOOKS (in my opinion) to be missing a part of the Renaissance.....

     

    While at the same time, there's a lot going on: real M&A, mutli-billion tenders, regional and international African expansion and large company alliances.

     

    I guess you can also see something like that in mutual funds. Mutual Funds aiming at the rise of the African consumer were only betting on Egypt, Morocco, South-Africa and/ or resource/ mining companies. These funds are now (finally !) also starting to take up local consumer staple companies. In which they tend to focus on companies from West-Africa: Nigeria, Ghana:
    http://bit.ly/TgUp88

     

    http://bit.ly/1pAE662

     

    http://bit.ly/1pAE664

     

    http://bit.ly/1pAE91B

     

    http://bit.ly/1pAE666
    28 Jun, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    Small correction on Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivoire):

     

    http://reut.rs/1nRMPtQ

     

    http://reut.rs/VvB85w

     

    http://reut.rs/VvB85B

     

    Recently everybody wants to use Ivory Coast as a point of entry to Sub-Sahara Africa: Ivory Coast as a retail hub to "the" African consumer ?

     

    http://bloom.bg/1nRMPtR

     

    http://bloom.bg/VvB9qa

     

    Sierra Leone:

     

    http://bloom.bg/VvB9qj

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB85H

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB9GD

     

    http://bit.ly/VvB9GF

     

    http://reut.rs/VvB85J

     

    Could Ivory Coast and Siera Leone move away from its commodities and war past ?

     

    http://bit.ly/1pAGfhW

     

    http://bbc.in/1nROaAM

     

    http://bbc.in/1nROaAO

     

    http://bit.ly/1nROdwy)
    28 Jun, 09:09 AM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    Sierra Leone:
    http://bit.ly/1nRRgVm

     

    http://on.ft.com/1nRRjk6
    28 Jun, 09:50 AM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    And let's not forget Hyflux (OTCPK:HYFXF) the world's largest water company:

     

    "China has failed to generate the sales momentum that the Singaporean developer had been hoping for. The company sees better prospects in Ghana and Nigeria. "

     

    Deputy CEO Sam Ong told:
    “These are the two countries where we see good policies and progressive governments with the resources to implement their water supply programmes” (August -2013).

     

    http://bit.ly/1nRSD6s

     

    Interesting, April 2014:
    http://bloom.bg/1nRTrZh

     

    2 June 2014
    http://bit.ly/1nRTsfu

     

    Long Hyflux shares listed in Singapore.
    28 Jun, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    I think the key factor to encouraging a West African Renaissance is strengthening the ECOWAS economic alliance based on easing the flow of goods and services across their internal borders. That means continuing the work on the border checkpoints. The authorities seem to agree on this.
    http://bit.ly/11BINuw
    http://bit.ly/1pBug3S
    An eased border scenario along with an enhanced regional economic and currency integration should help the interior areas immensely. And such a scenario should brighten the business climate for West Africa thereby making any investment suggestions there more viable.
    28 Jun, 07:29 PM Reply Like
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    Ivory Coast:

     

    “ ...was the locomotive of West Africa in the 80s,” country risk analyst for Rand Merchant Bank in Johannesburg says .

     

    “If there is a succesful election and we don’t see systematic violence then the country is set to take off."

     

    The African Development Bank’s return from Tunesia “is a symbol of the revival of the Ivorian economy after a decade of recession,”

     

    Source: Bloomberg's Businessweek (June 29, 2014)

     

    http://buswk.co/V1eodg
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    The Ivorian economy should get a boost with the improvements of the highway connecting its main port at Abidjan with Nigeria's main port at Lagos.
    http://bit.ly/V36QXe
    A trans- national railway between Abidjan and Lagos is also expected to be an important component of that transport corridor.
    http://bit.ly/V36S1x
    30 Jun, 12:42 PM Reply Like
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    "Lagos, Nigeria: Africa’s Big Apple"
    Fortune Magazine (June 12, 2014):
    http://bit.ly/1nZglPF

     

    Financial Times (June 20, 2014):
    "Internet retailer tapping into diaspora dollars"
    (i.e. Nigerian diaspora)
    http://bit.ly/1nZglPH

     

    Full disclosure: I am long shares Millicom Int'l (OTCPK:MIICF) listed in Stockholm, Sweden
    and living in Rotterdam, NL :)
    30 Jun, 12:46 PM Reply Like
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    A number of trans- national railway projects are planned to be constructed and improved in West Africa over the next decade. This effort is part of an overall regional economic integration process. There are many possibilities for this to happen but also many obstacles.
    http://bit.ly/V3sXNl
    http://bit.ly/V3sZVw
    30 Jun, 01:54 PM Reply Like
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    Lagos is definitely the financial power center of West Africa. The more that the Lagos business community invests in West Africa through expanded trans- national trade links and economic integration, the better chances for West African economic success, all things considered.
    http://bit.ly/1qKIBYK
    http://bit.ly/1qKID2X
    30 Jun, 02:40 PM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    I was wrong on Ebola (!)

     

    "Ebola death toll rises in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone", as indicated an hour ago:
    http://bit.ly/1z5p6Pr

     

    Death toll rises from 399 to 467 deaths (and 759 Ebola cases) during the past week.

     

    Liberia vows prosecution for hiding ebola patients:
    http://abcn.ws/1z5p6Pv

     

    http://reut.rs/1z5p4XX
    1 Jul, 01:12 PM Reply Like
  • Schumpeter_1
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    60 Sierra Leonean ebola patients missing.
    UNICEF Director saying Sierra Leone hasn't got ebola under control !
    http://bit.ly/1sWWVSo
    (article in Dutch, but can easily be translated via browser or Google Translate)

     

    Ebola patients scared of visiting the hospital, thinking "government will inject you, to get rid of you".
    2 Jul, 08:45 AM Reply Like
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    An article I valued earlier on, but even more in hindsight :)

     

    Nigerian Cement Sector, Dec 2012
    http://bit.ly/1sX65y3

     

    New developments since Dec 2012:
    - proposed merger of LaFarge & Holcim
    - proposed IPO of Dangote Cement in UK

     

    Also interesting to note are the ever present ties between previously colonized countries and business(men) originating from their old colonial "rulers", as I re-discovered this week. For example Belgium richest man, i.e. Albert Frère, owns 21% of LaFarge which in itself originates 34% of revenue from Africa. The only continent where Belgium was ever to had colonies. Frère also immediately backing the proposed merger with Holcim, creating a pan-emerging market powerhouse :)

     

    Likewise French multinationals Carrefour, Casino, CFAO and Bolloré are very predominate players (and early entrants) in Africa.

     

    More on Africa's cement:
    http://bloom.bg/1sX65y9

     

    http://bit.ly/1sX8qZY
    2 Jul, 09:56 AM Reply Like
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    10 Stocks account for 71% of market cap of Nigerian equities market:
    http://bit.ly/1rXEsAG
    2 Jul, 10:58 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Some Nigerian stock winners are mentioned here.
    http://bit.ly/TEDA7Y
    The other three stock exchanges servicing West Africa should be able to gain market share as the economic integration progresses with time.
    http://bit.ly/TEDA80
    http://bit.ly/TEDA84
    http://bit.ly/TEDAVu
    3 Jul, 03:47 AM Reply Like
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    Very interesting first link.
    Ryan Hoover's articles are always very interesting. Not at least because we have similar interests & his story on the birth of an African investor, looks a bit like mine:) Pitty he didn't continue to write here on SA.
    3 Jul, 06:04 AM Reply Like
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    More new business opportunities focusing upon West African diaspora, Stanbic bank, July 2nd, 2014:

     

    http://bit.ly/1pLdvn0
    3 Jul, 06:13 AM Reply Like
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    Chad is the Central African country facing West Africa and North Africa by virtue of its landlocked position on the continent. Chad straddles the Sahara Desert, the Sahel, the grassy savanna and the wooded savanna. Chad, along with its neighbors to the east and west, is on the frontier between the Islamic part of Africa and the Animist part of the continent.
    http://bit.ly/YyDzOw
    http://bit.ly/15lKTDy
    http://bit.ly/15lL8i4
    Its economy is currently mired in poverty but will have a positive potential when some international transport corridors are opened for world trade and when some water projects get completed.
    http://bit.ly/15lKSj7
    http://bit.ly/YyDyu6
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    16 Feb 2013, 10:06 PM Reply Like
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    Chad's natural resources haven't yet been thoroughly studied for their potential to enrich the economy. For instance, the northern half of the country is largely unexplored for its minerals. Its extensive underground water resources need to be drilled to benefit the public and nourish its farms. Its abundant solar energy can be harnessed to power its electrical grid.
    http://on.doi.gov/XQPavr
    http://bit.ly/Z6HHY9
    http://bit.ly/XQPavv
    http://bit.ly/Z6HJiX
    http://bit.ly/XQP9aW
    http://bit.ly/Z6HHYd
    http://bit.ly/XQPaLR
    http://bit.ly/Z6HHYh
    http://bit.ly/XQPaLV
    16 Feb 2013, 10:46 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Chad is increasingly known for its oil and gas reserves. The reserves are only in the beginning stages of being drilled. Existing oil supplies from southern Chad are piped through Cameroon to a marine terminal in the Gulf of Guinea for export revenue.
    http://bit.ly/ZjdGbA
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/WAPbT4
    http://on.doi.gov/ZjdGbC
    16 Feb 2013, 11:08 PM Reply Like
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    Cameroon is located in the central core of Central and West Africa. The corridor connecting the capital, Yaounde, with the main port city, Douala, has the potential the act as an commercial crossroads for Central and West Africa when Cameroon finishes the road and rail connections with neighboring countries. Cameroon has the distinct advantage of having an ample supply of natural resources and geographic diversity. Improvements in agriculture, forestry, port developments, transportation, trade and other sectors are now underway after a frustrating period of economic stagnation.
    http://bit.ly/Ysu58J
    http://bit.ly/VZuseJ
    http://bit.ly/Ysu58L
    Cameroon has a well developed sense of economic diversity.
    http://bit.ly/VZutPR
    http://bit.ly/Ysu3xw
    http://bit.ly/VZuseO
    http://bit.ly/Ysu3xA
    http://bit.ly/VZuseQ
    http://bit.ly/Ysu3xE
    18 Feb 2013, 04:51 AM Reply Like
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    The new international road and rail connections and the port improvements are of prime importance for Cameroon's economic growth going forward. Cameroon's infrastructure has been focused almost entirely on internal connectivity until very recent times.
    http://bit.ly/WFJxyS
    http://bit.ly/15oXvtC
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://www.camrail.net
    http://bit.ly/WFJvHe
    http://bit.ly/15oXvtI
    http://bit.ly/WFJxyY
    http://bit.ly/15oXxBU
    Trade improvements are being made in conjunction with the infrastructure improvements.
    http://bit.ly/WFJxz8
    http://bit.ly/15oXxBX
    18 Feb 2013, 05:20 AM Reply Like
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    Work continues on developing Cameroon's oil and minerals potential. More manufacturing can result from those efforts. More manufacturing is needed in order to lessen the country's dependence on its primary trade of raw materials.
    http://bit.ly/XjPAYj
    http://bit.ly/VqvFtb
    http://bit.ly/XjPz6E
    http://on.doi.gov/VqvFJs
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/XjPz6G
    18 Feb 2013, 06:13 AM Reply Like
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    Tourism and conservation make up an important segment of Cameroon's economic potential. There are many wildlife preserves and parks. The country has quite a variety of cultural differences especially in its northern reaches.
    http://bit.ly/Vqxlmp
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/Za5pD0
    http://bit.ly/Vqxlms
    http://bit.ly/Za5rur
    18 Feb 2013, 06:25 AM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    With its central coastal position in Central and West Africa in an area of productive agriculture, and with a variety of projects and economic efforts which make sense, Cameroon stands a good chance to diversify its economy in this era of the African Renaissance.
    http://bit.ly/ZGKN9p
    http://bit.ly/Zygpu8
    http://bit.ly/ZGKPOo
    http://bit.ly/ZygpKq
    http://bit.ly/ZGKN9t
    http://bit.ly/Zygs98
    26 Feb 2013, 02:06 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Equatorial Guinea has the highest gross domestic product per capita in Sub- Saharan Africa because of its profitable oil revenues. The country is split between islands strategically located in the Gulf of Guinea and between mainland Rio Muni centrally located in the core area of Central and West Africa.
    http://bit.ly/W6tWGv
    http://bit.ly/VBGcnG
    The United States works with the country on a list of concerns.
    http://1.usa.gov/W6tYy1
    18 Feb 2013, 05:27 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Equatorial Guinea has been able to develop its business abilities with the oil boom.
    http://bit.ly/YCkuep
    http://bit.ly/12EbnRf
    http://equatorialoil.com
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    http://bit.ly/YCkwCT
    18 Feb 2013, 05:33 PM Reply Like
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    Sao Tome and Principe has been able to reform its economy in recent years. The island country expects to attract additional business with some offshore oil drilling and other economic developments.
    http://bit.ly/WIF26W
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/11Rq97Y
    http://stpinvest.com
    18 Feb 2013, 06:27 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    One of links given, MacauHub, is from Macau, the former Portuguese colony off the southern coast of China. Macau partly serves as a Chinese commercial gateway to the Portuguese speaking countries including Sao Tome and Principe. In previous centuries it served as Portugal's commercial gateway to China.
    http://bit.ly/XseJSq
    http://bit.ly/VFMyCJ
    19 Feb 2013, 01:55 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The island nations of Sao Tome and Principe and Equatorial Guinea lie in the Gulf of Guinea, the region of Sub- Saharan Africa's most prolific offshore oil production. The Gulf of Guinea extends from the coasts of Cote d'Ivoire to Nigeria to Gabon. Piracy in the gulf waters is a cause for concern.
    http://on.doi.gov/15NT0t1
    http://bit.ly/XYOy3b
    http://bit.ly/15NT1x1
    26 Feb 2013, 02:40 PM Reply Like
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    Gabon is one of the forested, tropical countries facing the Atlantic Ocean. Gabon is rich in natural resources, both onshore and offshore. The country has steadily improved its economic performance over the last couple of decades. It is now at a point where some of the wealth derived from natural resource extraction is being targeted toward a nascent manufacturing sector and infrastructure improvements.
    http://bit.ly/YWLMxt
    http://bit.ly/13gFnmy
    http://bit.ly/YWLMxz
    26 Feb 2013, 05:40 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Gabon has some mineral wealth to trade. The country has been noted for its sources of manganese and iron ore in particular.
    http://on.doi.gov/XZ6Z7Z
    http://bit.ly/ZHcleP
    http://bit.ly/XZ6Z83
    http://bit.ly/ZHcleV
    26 Feb 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
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    Gabon has just begun to hit the jackpot with its oil discoveries. Gabon happens to be fortunately situated between the top two oil producers of Sub- Saharan Africa: Nigeria and Angola.
    http://1.usa.gov/XZ8L9c
    http://bit.ly/129fxkU
    http://on.doi.gov/XZ8O4B
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    26 Feb 2013, 06:16 PM Reply Like
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    Gabon doesn't have good ground connections to neighboring countries for international trading purposes. It is concentrating on improving its domestic infrastructures for internal trading and communication radiating outward from the port capital of Libreville.
    http://bit.ly/YyA8Xt
    http://bit.ly/XAL0YR
    http://bit.ly/YyAb5J
    http://bit.ly/XAKXMA
    http://bit.ly/YyAb5L
    There is a good chance that the Tripoli- Cape Town Highway will be routed through Gabon in order to strengthen ground connections between Cameroon and Congo, and by extension, North Africa with South Africa.
    http://bit.ly/XAKXMI
    26 Feb 2013, 06:32 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Gabon is working on developing a manufacturing sector around Libreville and its port. Libreville has easy ocean trade connections from its port to the population centers of Nigeria, Brazil and South Africa.
    http://bit.ly/YWWHY1
    http://bit.ly/YBBXHf
    http://bit.ly/YWWHY5
    http://bit.ly/YBBXHj
    26 Feb 2013, 06:51 PM Reply Like
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    The Central African Republic has two major concerns about participating in the African Renaissance. The first one is settling the civil wars to the benefit of the population. The second one is opening up a second trade corridor to the ocean which will serve as an alternative to the existing Ubangi River- Congo River navigable corridor. The country will be better able to improve its economy when another trade corridor becomes efficient for the transport of goods.
    http://bit.ly/YXWYZj
    http://bit.ly/XCJl4R
    http://www.acap-cf.info
    http://bit.ly/XCJl4V
    27 Feb 2013, 12:38 PM Reply Like
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    The second corridor, the Douala- Bangui Corridor, involves improving the roads crossing the forested plateaus connecting the Central African Republic with the Cameroon port of Douala. The highways in the C.A.R. are scheduled to be completed after the political situation becomes more peaceful. Part of the corridor involves a railway being built between Belabo and Bertoua in eastern Cameroon. From Belabo an existing railway serves traffic coming into Douala. From Bertoua a road segment of the Douala- Bangui Corridor connects the border town of Garoua Boulai where the highway improvement project is being implemented.
    http://bit.ly/XiDeSo
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    27 Feb 2013, 12:55 PM Reply Like
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    The economy of the Central African Republic will become better integrated with its neighbors in the CEMAC group of countries with the opening of a second trade corridor. The economic prospects for the country will improve as its inherent untapped wealth becomes more accessible for trading purposes.
    http://www.cemac.int
    http://bit.ly/XCP6jb
    http://bit.ly/XCP8aP
    http://bit.ly/YA1Nr2
    http://on.doi.gov/XCP6jd
    27 Feb 2013, 01:20 PM Reply Like
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    Late word on the civil war ravaging the Central African Republic.
    http://bit.ly/Y7nweE
    23 Mar 2013, 11:45 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The Congo Basin is the forested heartland of Africa, half of it being rainforest and the other half of it being wooded savanna. There is mostly subsistence agricultural activity located here and there within the basin. The basin is not well connected with transport corridors to other areas of the continent at this time. Attempts are being made to develop the region economically while working to preserve the forest resources.
    http://bit.ly/Wml6tz
    http://bit.ly/Ydp1Gg
    http://bit.ly/Wml3Ou
    http://bit.ly/12dyL7S
    http://bit.ly/YdoZ1g
    http://bit.ly/Wml6tC
    1 Mar 2013, 06:34 PM Reply Like
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    Wide swaths of the Congo Basin have been damaged by several civil wars for many years. The wars have sometimes spread across international boundaries resulting in a severe refugee crisis. A recent international effort has been made toward peace.
    http://bit.ly/ZS2SBw
    http://bit.ly/VJs8Ix
    http://bit.ly/ZS2UJv
    http://bit.ly/ZJZh4C
    http://bit.ly/ZS2SRO
    1 Mar 2013, 06:56 PM Reply Like
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    The Congo Basin has the most ample unused sources of fresh water and hydroelectric power in Africa. If the region can capitalize on its water resources when peace can be maintained then it will have better prospects for economic development.
    http://slidesha.re/ZSANWQ
    http://bit.ly/VXKCTG
    3 Mar 2013, 04:07 PM Reply Like
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    The Republic of the Congo has been making economic strides recently despite the problems affecting the Congo Basin. Most of the economic progress is occurring in the southern part of the country on the trade axis linking the main deepwater port of Pointe Noire with the capital of Brazzaville.
    http://bit.ly/Y4H1Qr
    http://bit.ly/XIvYQU
    http://bit.ly/Y4H1Qx
    http://bit.ly/XIvYQW
    Most of the country is forested, partly marshy, with a small agricultural area located inland from Pointe Noire on the way to Brazzaville.
    http://bit.ly/Y4GZIi
    http://bit.ly/XIvZ7c
    1 Mar 2013, 08:21 PM Reply Like
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    Port development in Congo has progressed to where it is approaching capacity on existing properties. New ports will have to be started on other stretches of the Atlantic Ocean coastline and Congo River banks.
    http://bit.ly/Y4Mbfd
    http://bit.ly/VTSTIe
    http://bit.ly/Y4M8QC
    http://bit.ly/VTSW74
    The most important public works project underway is the highway being constructed between Pointe Noire and Brazzaville. The next most important project will be a bridge crossing over the Congo River connecting Brazzaville with Kinshasa, the very large city which is the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The bridge will enable Brazzaville to more easily obtain food transported from Bas- Congo, the agricultural region west of Kinshasa. The DR Congo will use the bridge to transport ores and products to the port at Pointe Noire.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/Y4Mbfe
    http://bit.ly/VTSWno
    http://bit.ly/Y4M8QD
    http://bit.ly/VTSTIm
    1 Mar 2013, 09:38 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    The infrastructure projects will help Congo trade its extensive supply of natural resources for profit in addition to securing supplies for the inland port city of Brazzaville.
    http://bit.ly/XgiFYi
    http://on.doi.gov/Y4OSNV
    http://bit.ly/XgiIDf
    http://bit.ly/XgiGeA
    http://bit.ly/Y4ORcI
    Congo is one of largest oil producers in Sub- Saharan Africa. Most of the oil is found off the coast.
    http://1.usa.gov/XgiIDh
    1 Mar 2013, 10:17 PM Reply Like
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    Cabinda is a coastal exclave squeezed between the two Congolese nations adjacent to Congo's Atlantic oilfields. It is currently administered by Angola but has some aspirations for autonomy or independence. The province accounts for much of Angola's oil reserves.
    http://bit.ly/VmMLcC
    http://bit.ly/ZaD26T
    http://bit.ly/VmMIxq
    http://bit.ly/ZaD26V
    http://bit.ly/VmMIxr
    2 Mar 2013, 02:31 PM Reply Like
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    For those willing to invest in Ivory Coast (logistics) via the Paris stock exchange =>

     

    Milat:
    http://reut.rs/YNCRwp

     

    or somewhat related,

     

    http://reut.rs/12uvBxJ
    (which also has a Pink Sheet listing)
    6 Mar 2013, 01:57 PM Reply Like
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    Ivory Coast just received some good news. It will have a stronger strategic trading link with Central and West Africa's largest market, Nigeria, with the construction of a new highway between the two countries. This project should help the logistics industry in Ivory Coast a great deal.
    http://bit.ly/Wv9811
    6 Mar 2013, 02:33 PM Reply Like
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    The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the huge nation sprawling across about sixty percent of the Congo Basin. The country is composed of several regions with their own languages and customs. Communication and trade is not easy between the regions due to a lack of roads and railways which will need to be built in order to transverse the difficult tropical terrain. That is partly why the DR Congo has had a turbulent history since its independence in 1960. If peace can hold in its interior regions, the country will have a better chance to spread prosperity from its commercial centers.
    http://bit.ly/169wzPb
    http://bit.ly/XX46Wc
    http://bit.ly/169wDhE
    http://bit.ly/XX46We
    6 Mar 2013, 05:55 PM Reply Like
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    Economic life in the DR Congo is centered around its large capital city of Kinshasa, its river ports and trade zones, and the trade corridors connecting Kinshasa with the ports of Matadi and Boma downstream from the capital city. The main mining districts around Lubumbashi in Katanga Province serve as an economic magnet for the southern part of the country. The Congo River and its tributaries operate as trading channels to the interior of the country to the smaller economic centers deep in the Congo Basin. Kisangani at the head of navigation on the Congo River is the hub of the interior part of the country.
    http://bit.ly/13HBwiN
    http://bit.ly/108DALG
    http://bit.ly/13HBwiP
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    6 Mar 2013, 06:49 PM Reply Like
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    Investment flows to the DR Congo are probably being channeled toward the existing areas of economic activity, Kinshasa and its environs, the western agricultural provinces and the mines of Katanga in particular. The interior sections of the country can benefit later from the investment efforts when they are better connected with the rest of the country.
    http://bit.ly/XXao8h
    http://bit.ly/WTYYY5
    http://bit.ly/XXaqgf
    http://bit.ly/WTYYY9
    6 Mar 2013, 07:13 PM Reply Like
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    Kinshasa is showing evidence of an economic revival. The city, serving as the main economic and transport hub of DR Congo, is one of the largest in all of Africa. It is an inland river port city with access to the ocean by road and rail.
    http://bit.ly/12vlrgq
    http://bit.ly/XXhKbM
    http://bit.ly/12vlrgw
    http://bit.ly/XXhKbO
    The city's economy will be reinforced by several upcoming public works projects. An upgrading of the river docks on the Congo Riverfront both in the central city and outlying trading zones will help Kinshasa's trade with DR Congo's interior regions. The Brazzaville- Kinshasa Bridge to be built connecting Kinshasa's transportation arteries with the roads and rails of the Republic of Congo across the river will enable Kinshasa to access the deepwater port at Pointe Noire. The construction of the railroad connecting Kinshasa with Ilebo where the rail line coming up from Katanga dead ends will enable Kinshasa to access the Indian Ocean ports by extension. The construction of the deepwater port of Banana at the mouth of the Congo River will improve Kinshasa's access to the Atlantic Ocean if the roads and rails between the city and port will be upgraded concurrent to the port construction.
    http://bit.ly/12vlpoU
    http://bit.ly/XXhKbS
    http://bit.ly/12vlrwS
    http://bit.ly/XXhM3m
    http://bit.ly/12vlpFe
    http://bit.ly/XXhKsa
    http://bit.ly/12vlpFh
    6 Mar 2013, 08:41 PM Reply Like
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    Future news about DR Congo's projects will help answer whether of not the country's economic progress will radiate outward from Kinshasa and the maritime ports.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/WvJM2Y
    http://bit.ly/15yPeCE
    6 Mar 2013, 09:32 PM Reply Like
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    Some of the projects involve the improvement of agriculture in and around Kinshasa and the neighboring provinces of Bas- Congo and Bandundu. This fertile side of western DR Congo is waiting to be developed into additional farms and plantations. The region has the potential to feed much of Africa given its central trading position between many countries.
    http://bit.ly/WvMhlL
    http://bit.ly/15yRNEJ
    http://bit.ly/WvMhlN
    http://bit.ly/15yRLN3
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    6 Mar 2013, 10:04 PM Reply Like
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    Other efforts concentrate on maintaining the health of the people and the environment in the country's tropical setting.
    http://bit.ly/XU0iIm
    http://bit.ly/WLfAMb
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/XU0h7l
    http://bit.ly/WLfzrv
    6 Mar 2013, 10:26 PM Reply Like
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    Some other efforts will be made to open up the interior of the country with transport linkages. Kisangani, the economic hub of the interior, has the potential to be a major transshipment point for the Congo River traffic wanting to cross over to the east side of Africa. In order for that to happen, however, peace has to prevail throughout eastern DR Congo so that roads and railroads can be built between Kisangani and the eastern countries.
    http://bit.ly/YANCVL
    http://bit.ly/16a60Jv
    http://bit.ly/10IwXnD
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/16a5YBt
    http://1.usa.gov/YANCVV
    6 Mar 2013, 11:14 PM Reply Like
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    DR Congo aims to tap into its bountiful hydropower by expanding the Inga Dams complex located downstream from Kinshasa. A powerline from Inga serves to supply electricity to the mines in Katanga. Electricity sales from the project to foreign countries will earn some revenue for DR Congo.
    http://bit.ly/16a7HH2
    http://bit.ly/YAQC4v
    http://bit.ly/16a7KCs
    6 Mar 2013, 11:34 PM Reply Like
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    Some of DR Congo's oil can be found offshore down below the Inga Dams. The other oil is found in the eastern part of the country where the fighting has occurred.
    http://on.doi.gov/YASE4N
    http://bit.ly/10imvD5
    6 Mar 2013, 11:46 PM Reply Like
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    Mining is big business in the eastern third of DR Congo. The eastern regions have been mined since independence despite the civil wars. Orientale is known for its gold. Kivu is famous for the conflict metals defined as coltan, tungsten, tin and gold. Maniema has gold, diamonds, coltan and tin. Kasai is famous for the diamonds found along its rivers. Katanga is world famous for copper, cobalt and uranium.
    http://on.doi.gov/WvYozl
    http://bit.ly/XSNp04
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    7 Mar 2013, 01:14 AM Reply Like
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    Katanga and Kasai are the two mineral rich provinces of DR Congo which used to be independent countries for a short time.
    http://bit.ly/12GETXA
    http://bit.ly/Y4JQSm
    http://bit.ly/12GEW5O
    The provinces, made up of plateaus rising above the jungle floor of the Congo Basin, have the bulk of accessible resources of the inland part of DR Congo.
    Kasai is known for its diamonds of the Kasai craton.
    http://bit.ly/Y4JRG9
    http://bit.ly/ZdNVW3
    Katanga is known for its copper and cobalt from the Lufilian Arc. There are deposits of lead, zinc, uranium, iron and more copper located elsewhere in the province.
    http://bit.ly/12GETXF
    http://bit.ly/Y4JRGb
    http://bit.ly/12GETXH
    http://bit.ly/13QqkjZ
    The provinces are tied together with railroads connecting southward into Zambia and westward into Angola. Trade between them and Kinshasa has to be routed through the river port of Ilebo in northern Kasai at the end of the Congo Railway. More trade from three directions will help to improve the economy of the capital, Lubumbashi, and the surrounding countryside.
    http://bit.ly/Y4JQSq
    http://bit.ly/12GETXN
    Efforts are being made to diversify Katanga's mining- based economy with more agriculture since much of province is fertile.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://katanga.gouv.cd
    10 Mar 2013, 10:27 PM Reply Like
  • Valley Boy
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    Zambia is the landlocked country uniquely situated between Central Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa. Zambia is centrally located on the trade corridors crossing the southern half of the continent.
    http://bit.ly/XTCHbn
    Central Zambia's role as an inland business center will be strengthened as the trade corridors get improved and expanded.
    http://bit.ly/YBxWir
    Roads are being paved across the country.
    http://www.rda.org.zm
    http://bit.ly/XTCHbp
    The existing railroads will be brought up to date soon. New rail links will be built in the coming years. Some of the new railways will directly connect with the neighboring countries of Botswana, Namibia, Angola and Malawi. The new railways will be built to close some existing gaps: from the end of the rail line in Chindola westward through Lumwana and Mwinilunga to Angola, from the end of the end of the rail line in Mulobezi westward to the Caprivi Strip of Namibia, from Simonga on the Mulobezi rail line westward to cross the Zambezi River into Botswana with the new Kazungula Bridge, from Serenje on the TAZARA rail line eastward to Chipata on the border with Malawi.
    http://bit.ly/YBxWyF
    http://bit.ly/ZCGW99
    http://bit.ly/XTCHbt
    18 Mar 2013, 02:17 AM Reply Like
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    The trading hub of Central Zambia, the capital city of Lusaka, will increase its prosperity with the improvement of the corridors to the coastal countries.
    http://bit.ly/113c1Uv
    The economy of Zambia is expected to grow in the years to come as trade expands along the corridors.
    http://bit.ly/XTFxx6
    The country will be more attractive to investors as the mining- centered economy grows and diversifies.
    http://bit.ly/113c4jn
    http://www.luse.co.zm
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    http://www.zam.co.zm
    http://bit.ly/XTFxx8
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    18 Mar 2013, 02:58 AM Reply Like
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    Much of Zambia is fertile with many farms and ranches supporting the economy.
    http://www.zari.gov.zm
    http://bit.ly/113epKV
    http://bit.ly/XTGuFF
    18 Mar 2013, 03:10 AM Reply Like
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    Zambia is rich in hydropower potential with several rivers cascading down the plateaus. The power is needed to support the economy especially the energy- intensive mining sector.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/133syNe
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    18 Mar 2013, 03:26 AM Reply Like
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    Zambia is primarily known for its mining sector centered in the Copperbelt. Copper and cobalt account for most of the mining output in this area. In fact, the copper industry dominates the national economy.
    http://bit.ly/133uzcu
    http://bit.ly/YHEONl
    http://bit.ly/133uzZQ
    http://bit.ly/113jPG3
    There are efforts underway to increase Zambia's production of other metals and minerals.
    http://bit.ly/Uy8ACR
    http://bit.ly/133uzZU
    http://bit.ly/113jPWj
    http://on.doi.gov/133uZj9
    18 Mar 2013, 03:43 AM Reply Like
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    Zambia is also famous for its plethora of national parks and wildlife preserves. The country has a wide variety of flora and fauna living in diverse landscapes. It is hoped that the new economic developments will not adversely effect the tourism industry or mar the natural features.
    http://bit.ly/133waPo
    http://bit.ly/133waPr
    http://zambiatourism.com
    http://bit.ly/Z8FzN4
    http://www.zema.org.zm
    18 Mar 2013, 03:55 AM Reply Like
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    Angola is in the process of recovering from a long, ideological civil war. The political situation has been settled for many years. The economic outlook for the country is improving as the land mines get cleared and as the food distribution networks become more efficient.
    http://bit.ly/10sWUBG
    http://bit.ly/X92tru
    http://bit.ly/10sWUBJ
    Angola is on the rebound in large part because its varied geography of oil fields, mineral wealth, forests, agricultural bounty, seaports, trade routes and cities give it a strong basis of economic support.
    http://bit.ly/X92vzq
    http://bit.ly/10sWX0h
    1 Apr 2013, 02:37 PM Reply Like
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    Angola's economy is on a strong upswing mostly because of its oil wealth but also because the national infrastructures are being reconstructed.
    http://bit.ly/179vxTA
    http://bit.ly/10pD4Jb
    http://bit.ly/179vxTC
    http://bit.ly/10pD63A
    http://bit.ly/179vvex
    The country has set up a sovereign wealth fund in order to sustain its economic and financial momentum.
    http://bit.ly/10pD4Zw
    1 Apr 2013, 03:12 PM Reply Like
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    Construction throughout Angola is booming from the capital port city of Luanda radiating outward through the countryside.
    http://bit.ly/Z0apP1
    http://bit.ly/YWXRlA
    http://slidesha.re/Z0anqu
    The business news is full of stories about the national reconstruction progress.
    http://bit.ly/YWXSWI
    http://bit.ly/Z0anqw
    http://bit.ly/YWXSWK
    1 Apr 2013, 03:53 PM Reply Like
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    Angola's ports are being improved and developed in keeping with the economic advancements.
    http://bit.ly/127wcFl
    http://bit.ly/10pYk1f
    http://bit.ly/127wfAJ
    http://bit.ly/10pYiGJ
    Angola is taking steps to lower its shipping costs for overseas traders.
    http://bit.ly/127wfAL
    http://bit.ly/14AJD0x
    http://bit.ly/Z4y9uJ
    1 Apr 2013, 05:38 PM Reply Like
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    Angola's existing railways from the port cities of Luanda, Lobito and Namibe into the inland areas are mostly rehabilitated by now.
    http://bit.ly/179NzFw
    http://bit.ly/129iyxJ
    http://bit.ly/179NBx7
    New rail links connecting Angola with Zambia and Namibia will be constructed over the next several years and will enable increased trade in that part of Africa.
    http://bit.ly/129iyNX
    http://bit.ly/179NzVK
    http://bit.ly/129iBcC
    http://bit.ly/179NBNm
    The rail improvements are spreading the economic improvements into the interior plateaus especially to Huambo in the Lobito Corridor.
    http://slidesha.re/129...
    http://bit.ly/179NBNr
    1 Apr 2013, 06:33 PM Reply Like
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    Angola is using its oil revenues to pave the roads all across the country. This is in addition to improving the rail and port transport infrastructures.
    http://bit.ly/129nra3
    http://bit.ly/179Po5a
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/129nrqh
    http://bit.ly/179Po5c
    http://bit.ly/129nrql
    1 Apr 2013, 07:00 PM Reply Like
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    The new trade infrastructures will enable Angola to be an interesting investment destination.
    http://bit.ly/179RDFD
    http://bit.ly/129tGKZ
    http://bit.ly/179RDFF
    http://bit.ly/129tIT5
    http://bit.ly/179RDFH
    http://bit.ly/129tH1h
    http://bit.ly/179RDFJ
    http://bit.ly/129tIT8
    1 Apr 2013, 07:33 PM Reply Like
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    The source of Angola's trading wealth is oil and gas found offshore and partly a little inland. Angola is the second most productive oil producer in Sub- Saharan Africa after Nigeria.
    http://1.usa.gov/Z0V1lr
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/Z4Mc3p
    http://bit.ly/Z0V1lu
    http://bit.ly/Z4M9EE
    1 Apr 2013, 07:59 PM Reply Like
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    Angola's hydroelectric development is supporting important sectors of the economy such as agriculture and mining.
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/Z4QBmJ
    http://bit.ly/YXyBvE
    1 Apr 2013, 08:42 PM Reply Like
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    Angola's central plateaus have wide expanses of fertile land and a temperate climate. Most of Angola's agriculture is centered in the plateau provinces. Production should increase with better farming methods and more paved roads to markets.
    http://bit.ly/10jEO7x
    http://bit.ly/YrMUvY
    http://bit.ly/10jEO7B
    http://bit.ly/YrMW79
    http://bit.ly/10jEMfS
    http://bit.ly/YrMWnr
    1 Apr 2013, 09:21 PM Reply Like
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    Angola has a vast store of potential mineral wealth which has yet to be economically dealt with.
    http://bit.ly/16gQEjF
    http://on.doi.gov/XDsO2i
    http://bit.ly/16gQFUV
    http://bit.ly/XDsLUg
    The central plateaus consist of a geologic craton shared with neighboring diamond rich Kasai in the DR Congo. Angola therefore is known for its diamond mining industry.
    http://bit.ly/16gQFUX
    1 Apr 2013, 09:46 PM Reply Like
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    Since Angola has a wide variety of landscapes and natural wealth, the potential for a thriving tourist industry can be imagined in several years. Government efforts at conservation are underway.
    http://bit.ly/11ewSGd
    http://slidesha.re/16g...
    http://bit.ly/11ewSGh
    http://bit.ly/16gSUHJ
    1 Apr 2013, 10:01 PM Reply Like
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    Given its central coastal location, its variety of natural resources and environments and its developing infrastructures, many American traders consider Angola to be the Central African country with the most favorable economic potential.
    http://www.us-angola.org
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://1.usa.gov/Wq787A
    1 Apr 2013, 10:24 PM Reply Like
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    There is an industrial development boom going on at the Port of Soyo. Liquefied natural gas, petrochemicals and related industries will increase the commercial importance of this Congo River port located opposite of DR Congo's Port of Banana near the ocean. The port city is isolated from Angola's rail network. But Soyo's seaport, road and airport are expected to handle the increased business.
    http://seekingalpha.co...
    http://bit.ly/ZvYjvf
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    I find that the Google Translate program is easiest to use for translating documents.
    http://bit.ly/17tBytI
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    http://bit.ly/ZvYlmT
    http://preview.tinyurl...
    29 Apr 2013, 02:29 PM Reply Like
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    Namibia is considered to be a Southern African country because almost all of its trade is with the countries located in the southern reaches of Africa. But Namibia behaves like a country of West and Central Africa in a couple of ways.
    Namibia has a coast which faces west toward the American continents. The country's main seaport of Walvis Bay aims to become the premier entrepot for trade going in an east- west direction serving the southern countries. Walvis Bay is working on developing a trade corridor connecting it through the Caprivi Strip and Central Zambia to Katanga. Copper from Katanga and Zambia's Copperbelt will then be shipped by rail to Walvis Bay.
    http://bit.ly/10qKw6S
    http://bit.ly/YPdYon
    The offshore oil fields of Gabon, Congo and Angola continue southward off of Namibia. Namibia is beginning to tap into the same offshore geologic structures shared with its northern neighbors.
    http://bit.ly/10qM0xK
    http://presaltafrica.com
    The Benguela Current flows northward in the multinational region of these offshore oil fields. This current is rich in sea organisms allowing for a healthy fishing industry. An effort has been taken to conserve this vital resource.
    http://bit.ly/10qKyeZ
    http://bit.ly/YPdYor
    http://bit.ly/10qKw6X
    1 Apr 2013, 11:33 PM Reply Like
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