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Forbes reports Top Five Investment Opportunities in Africa for 2012 by Ray Dinning

See http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/12/28/top-5-investment-opportunities-in-africa-for-2012/

Forbes reports:

“African economies easily rank among the most resilient in the world. In the middle of the 2009 global economic recession, Africa was the only region apart from Asia that grew positively, at about 2%. The continent’s growth has been on an upward trajectory ever since then- 4.5% in 2010 and 5.0% in 2011.

And it will get even better in 2012. Africa is favorably positioned to become the 2nd fastest growing region in the world, and according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), economic growth across the 54 countries of the continent will hover around 6% in 2012.

Africa is becoming an increasingly attractive hub for foreign investors in light of various economic, political and social reforms that are sweeping through the continent, resulting in a much improved business environment conducive for foreign direct investment. Apart from that, there is widespread development of critical social and physical infrastructure, and there is an increasing pool of well-educated, English-speaking, enterprising workers in most countries across the continent.”

 

 

 

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Fox News reports its a great time to buy a safari lodge in Africa by Ray Dinning, JD. LLM

See http://www.foxnews.com/travel/2012/03/23/safari-for-sale/

Fox Reports that people in the US are finding affordable safari lodges in Africa.

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Social Venture Due Diligence – The Acumen Fund’s BACO Analysis by Ray Dinning, JD, LLM,

The Acumen Fund has developed a rigorous, yet effective due diligence tool to measure the cost of capital between social venture funding available.  BACO is “best available charitable option” where “the point of the analysis is to inform our portfolio decision-making with a quantifiable indication of whether our social investment will “outperform” a plausible alternative.”

While the Acumen Fund has garnered acclaim, new social innovators such as the Toronto Social Venture Exchange (www.thesvx.org) may have the potential to provide social venture capital to a much larger, global market.  Patterned after the successful Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX), the SVX is designed to attached investors into selected social venture projects in a stock exchange format.  The SVX, therefore, has the opportunity to attract social venture capital from a  worldwide social investor pool to be “invested” into social ventures worldwide.  Insiders at the SVX stated that “the SVX should be launched formally in May, 2012.”

The SVX is one social venture capital project to watch closely in 2012.

 

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Moringa Production as a sustainable agricultural model by Ray Dinning, social venture lawyer

In March/April, 2012, I had the opportunity to work with and interview the agricultural social entrepreneurs in the sustainable farming model for Moringa Production in Africa.  The social entrepreneurs at IRDI, a Zambian-based NGO which helps local communities reach the proverbial first rung of the economic ladder to sustainability through Moringa (superfood) production.  Hailed as one of  the most nutritious super foods in the world, Moringa production can aid in fighting malnutrition and other ailments in Africa while providing an economic windfall to rural communities.

IRDI spokesperson, Jacqui Wintle, introduced me to local schoolchildren, rural communities and farmers who were creating sustainability in their sphere of influence with Moringa farming.  This is truly one sustainable agricultural model and product that can aid Africa now and in the future.

 

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George Clooney Arrested: Comment by B. Ray Dinning, Attorney and Social Venturer

 

George Clooney on Sudan and Crisis in Africa

Call it a publicity stunt – but George Clooney put his life and reputation  on the line to help those in need in Africa.  Because of his activism more people know about the humanitarian crisis in Sudan today than they did yesterday, because of George Clooney’s arrest during a protest outside the country’s embassy in Washington.

George Clooney arrested

George Clooney arrested Photo: REUTERS
Like George Clooney, I have dedicated my life to those in need in Africa.  My belief comes from my dedication to the service of God and to my beliefs from the Bible which tells us to care for the orphans, the widows and the needy.  So, like George Clooney, I, Brian Ray Dinning, will work to help as many people in need in Africa as I can – even if this means the loss of reputation, the loss of liberty or imprisonment by an injustice system or people or the loss of my life.  
Because some things are more than a belief.  Our great Nation and its Founding Fathers believed this to be true.  Nelson Mandela, the great freedom fighter from South Africa, believed this as well.  The care of the poor, the widows and orphans of Africa is a fight worth fighting for.  The life of a child is precious – whether in the US, Europe or Africa.  Hats off to George Clooney and his father for their convictions and sacrifice.  I only hope and pray that I can help the needy children and people in Africa with the talents, gifts and abilities that God has given me and I hope that others join with us in making our World a better place for all.
B. Ray Dinning

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Green Power by making “steel industry fuel” by Ray Dinning, lawyer

Congress in expanding Section 45 Federal Income Tax Credits for the production of “steel industry fuel” has opened the door for many coal companies in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and elsewhere to claim valuable and sellable Federal Income Tax Credits.  The credits are available for the production of “steel industry fuel” which is a very specific defined product.  “Steel industry fuel” is produced by recycling coal pond fines or waste coal or coal tar sludge and blending it or spraying it on met coal under very specific guidelines.  This helps coal companies to:

 

Clean up old coal ponds with carbon in the fines by creating a “steel industry fuel”;

Beef up profits through the syndication and sale of the tax credits while being good environmental citizens.

The Section 45 tax credit, according to Ray Dinning, tax lawyer, is designed to benefit a coal company over the course of one to four years through a sizeable tax credit that is not difficult to qualify for under the guidance of Congress and the IRS.

For help with Section 45 Federal Income Tax Credits or the sale of these credits through monetization and syndication, call International Tax Partners at (757) 232-2619.

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Ray Dinning with Xhosa Children in October 2010

Ray Dinning and his wife Sommer Dinning were on a social venture mission to South Africa in October, 2010 and met these two Xhosa boys at Hole in the Wall.  Ray Dinning and Sommer Dinning work with the Xhosa at the Wild Coast.

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