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The New York Forum is going to Africa by Ray Dinning, JD, LLM (tax)

See article by Mfonobong Nsehe, Contributor at Forbes.com dated May 2, 2012

The New York Forum Comes To Africa

The New York Forum is coming to Africa.

Between the 8th and 10thof June, more than 800 African and international leaders in economics, politics, and public opinion will get together in Libreville, Gabon for the maiden edition of the New York Forum Africa.

The New York Forum Africa will be hosted by His Excellency, the President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba, in collaboration with U.S-based consultancy firm Richard Attias & Associates and theGovernment of Gabon, and will offer three days of plenary sessions, collaborative taskforces and discussions to illuminate some of the key socio-economic issues confronting the continent today.

Africa is poised for great things, and this could very well turn out to be Africa’s century. The signs are already there. According to the Mckinsey Global Institute’s 2010 report, Lions On The Move: the progress and potential of African economies, Africa’s collective economy grew very little during the 20th century. It’s a different story today, and the continent seems set on a path of sustainable economic growth. The World Economic Forum recently announced that Africa was home to six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies over the last decade. African economies are growing at an average of 6% annually, good governance is gaining ground, and the world is beginning to take notice.

But for all the optimism hovering over the continent, its numerous socio-political shortcomings are well documented. Some of the key challenges impeding Africa’s development will be tabled while practical solutions will be discussed.

The organizers of the Forum say it will provide “a unique opportunity for business and political leaders, entrepreneurs and experts, to come together to work intensively on concrete proposals to spur more innovation, encourage an entrepreneurial culture, improve governance and strengthen the connections between the new African dynamism and the other growth regions of the world.”

Among other things, the New York Forum AFRICA will bring together African business leaders with business leaders from other regions and continents of the world, providing the opportunity for international investment companies and sovereign wealth funds to meet with and have discussions with African governments and key entrepreneurs on concrete projects and investment opportunities on the continent.

Some of the speakers who who will speak at the forum include American billionaire Ronald Lauder, Nobel Prize laureate and father of microfinance Muhammad Yunus; Abdeslam Ahizoune, Chairman & CEO Maroc Telecom; Acha Leke, Partner McKinsey & Company and Senegalese entrepreneur Magatte Wade. Several African political leaders will also attend.

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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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Vic Wilkens and his vision for Sustainable Tourism in Africa

Vic Wilkens is a hard-working visionary with a passion for wildlife protection and safari game viewing in Africa. He also has a heart for social entrepreneurship and sustainable community development.  With over 43 years of experience in the most successful safari tourism areas in Africa, Vic is now marrying his love of the bush in Africa with his vision for community-based sustainable tourism.

The end result is The Xplorer Club – a safari country club that plans to have over fifty (50) safari properties for the exclusive use of the Members of The Xplorer Club in the most exciting safari destinations in Africa including:  The South Luangwa National Park, The Kruger National Park, the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in South Africa and much more.

Please see http://www.xplorerclub.com for more information on this sustainable community tourism social venture.

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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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Coal Mining in Africa by Ray Dinning attorney and tax lawyer

Coal Mining & Exploration in Africa

Coal, a fossil fuel is the largest source of energy for producing electricity, heat and various other energy types present on the earth’s surface. It is a complex mixture of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen together with small amounts of nitrogen and sulphur. Due to the increasing demand of coal and coal products, coal mining and exploration is on all time high. It still continues to be an important activity today. Coal mining is defined as economic excavation of coal from the earth’s crust. Mining companies from around the world are continuously involved in the process of coal mining throughout the year to meet the rising demand of coal. Through technological advancements and extensive research, these companies have found huge coal mines in various parts of the world. Leading coal mining countries include South Africa, Australia, China, Colombia, United States and Ukraine. However, coal mining exploration is considered as the most profitable economic activity in Africa owing to its geographical conditions and unmatched infrastructure.

Coal Mining in Africa
Africa is one of the largest producer of coal in the world. Coal mining companies have found large deposits of coal mines in various areas of Africa. However, of all the leading countries, South Africa tops the chart of having most number of coal mines in Africa. According to latest statistics, South Africa has 11% of world’s coal reserves and produces 6% of global production. Around 80% of the country’s primary energy needs are provided by coal. Various other countries in Africa continuously involved in the process of coal mining exploration in Africa include Mozambique, Kwazulu, Zambia and many such places. With the aid of technological advancements, Coal mining and exploration is emerging as a future potential source of energy both for Africa as well as for the world.

Coal Exploration in Africa

Coal exploration is a complex process of finding coal reserves around various places in the world. The technique requires intensive planning and extensive research done by experienced geologists, coal technologists, mining engineers and geotechnologists. The main aim is the exploration of coal mines for extracting thermal coal and coking coal for various industrial applications. Today, coal exploration in Africa is considered the most fruitful activity as it has been largely serving the economy of Africa. Coal exploration companies are eyeing various areas of Africa for discovering new coal reserves. Coal mines have been found in various parts of Africa including South Africa, Zambezie around Tete province, Mutarara province and various such regions of Africa.

(Taken from http://www.rachanaglobal.com)

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