Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Algeria to launch renewable electricity

Algeria will launch a program of renewable energy development over the next 20 years, expected to increase its production of electricity from alternative sources such as solar or wind, Algerian Ennahar

“In a few weeks we will present to the government a plan to develop new and renewable energy. It is an extremely ambitious program in solar, wind and geothermal,” Minister of Energy Youcef Yousfi was quoted as saying by news agency APS.

President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Sunday ordered the government to present to the Council of Ministers in 2011, a “genuine national development plan of new and renewable energy.”

Yousfi said the plan should enable the production within 20 years from renewable energies the same amount of electricity currently produced from natural gas.

The program also provides for the design and manufacture of equipment related to this industry, a mission entrusted to the public group electricity and gas Sonelgaz.

"It's a huge program, it's a huge challenge, the government will be there to support and assist the operators in its implementation," said the minister.

Algeria wants to prepare for after oil by developing renewable energy in solar and nuclear, particularly in cooperation with France, the United States, Germany, Russia, China and Brazil.

It includes the construction of a solar power plant in the Sahara (extreme south) with a capacity of 150 megawatts (MGW).

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, born 29 October 1938, is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup d'état, after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various financial institutions. She placed a distant second in the 1997 presidential election. Later, she was elected President in the 2005 presidential election and took office on 16 January 2006. Sirleaf is the first modern, and currently the only elected, female head of state in Africa.

You have occupied high-level positions, mostly in the financial area both in Liberia and abroad, and also at the United Nations. When you returned to Liberia from exile you were asked to take over the leadership of the Unity Party and won the elections in 2005. In your opinion, how did your previous political experience contribute to you securing the presidency of your country? What have been your main challenges since taking the reins of your country?

I don’t think there is any doubt that my many years of political activism has contributed to my own appreciation for the complexities of our country’s political, economic and social system. My work outside the country with international institutions in both the private and public sector obviously gave me a chance to interact with other world leaders on matters related to development, thereby broadening my own perspective as to how to approach the responses to the country’s development agenda. Being able to appreciate the experiences of others, the best practices and the lessons that could be learned and that could be incorporated into our own economic agenda, has helped me to be very clear in my focus as to what measures need to be taken to reconstruct our country and to revive the economy.

The major challenge we have faced and continue to face is the one that was the subject of the conference here in Oslo, and that has to do with youth unemployment. This is because we have thousands and thousands of young people, many of whom were child soldiers who didn’t have the opportunity of an education or skill training and find themselves today on the streets, just one step above survival. Even though we are opening the economy, we have to make sure that they have the means to be able to be absorbed by the private sector and that means giving them some skills. This is then a challenge we are trying to address and we are glad that today the IMF and the ILO talked about job-creating growth because this is the way you promote growth and at the same time provide jobs opportunities.

The country has been relatively stable since 2005. Liberia had an average annual growth rate of 7% over the last 4 years and may achieve 6% growth this year despite the global crisis. As the former Minister of Finance Antoinette M. Sayeh stated, “Liberia is now at a pivotal moment moving to a new path of growth and development.” What are in your opinion the main priorities in promoting economic development?  

We need to stay on course with the development of our private sector, and we see diversity in our private sector activity as a key to all of this. We are an agrarian nation and must promote agriculture with food security through production and put the activity of small farmers at the core, but we also are a major agriculture export country, rubber being our main product, and we have been trying to reactivate other activities in the agriculture sector such as palm oil, coffee or cocoa. 

We also have iron reserves, diamond reserves, and a big forestry diversity that represents today about 43% of the biodiversity in the West African sub-region. Perhaps  the sanctions that were imposed on us during the many years of conflicts enabled us to preserve our forests. Today we can start forest operations with a certain amount of policy conservation to make sure that we contribute to the conservation of the planet by preventing greenhouse gases.

We are also beginning to explore oil, which opens up another area for diversity. We are confident that if we manage to diversify the economy and we use the benefits of growth, we will be able to address the social needs of the country and we will achieve our targets and put the country on a path of sustainable growth and development where peace and prosperity can go hand in hand.     

The Government of Liberia is committed to a long-term growth and development strategy named “Liberia Rising 2030,” which is to replace the present “Lift Liberia” theme associated with the Poverty Reduction Strategy that has driven the efforts of the Government, scheduled to end in June 2011. “Liberia Rising 2030” will focus on making Liberia a middle-income country by the year 2030. This is a very ambitious vision. How confident are you when it comes to the accomplishment of this goal?

We are very confident and optimistic that we can achieve this goal. The architect of that particular agenda is our Minister of Planning & Economic Affairs, the Hon. Amara M. Konneh. We believe that with the vast natural resources that our country has and the relatively small population of around 3.5 million, if we allocate our resources efficiently, it is possible to achieve that. We will of course be subjected to externalities, regional dynamics, etc. but we are confident that the whole West African region is moving in the same direction. In Liberia we are going to do all we can to make sure that this target is achieved.

The IMF and the World Bank decided on June 29th to support the final stage of debt relief for Liberia that in total amounts to $4.6 billion in nominal terms. The decision was reached after Liberia had met the requirements for achieving the final step and had demonstrated the political will to promote accountability, transparency, rule of law, and institutional development, amongst others. This opens up new opportunities to rebuild the country. How is this debt relief going to benefit the country and more importantly Liberians? 

Let me first say that it took a lot of effort on the part of the team since we started in 2007, we had tremendous support from the IMF, the World Bank, the African Development bank as by our bilateral partners led by the United States. We were able in two years to carry a rigorous program of economic and fiscal reform and to put in place the measures for financial self-management. As a result, I think we were able to reach the completion point in record time and on September 17th we will be in Paris for the final date of debt relief. That relief also included the settlement of our commercial debt (US$ 1.5 billion) that we were able to buy back thanks to the support of the World Bank at 3 cents on a dollar. That in itself was a major achievement. 

We are going to open up the fiscal space and we will have the possibility to access the concessionary lending that exists in many emerging markets as well as in the international financial institutions such as the World bank, and with that we will be able to put many more resources into our development efforts. We think then that we can move ahead and channel resources into infrastructure because this has been one of the missing pieces to attract FDI to Liberia.

You met the president of the United States of America Mr. Barack Obama at the White House last May 27th. During the meeting, Mr. Obama stated that you are an inspiration to Africa, that he is an admirer of your work and that “the United States and Liberia are close friends, long-standing partners”. How do you perceive relations between Liberia and the USA? 

Our relations are excellent at all levels. We continue to get support from President Obama as we did from President Bush before him. The level of support for us has been tremendous, they have been the leader in our debt relief program and so we are pleased, but beyond the administration we have excellent relations with the Congress and the institutions that support us. There is almost a cultural affinity between Liberians and Americans because of our long standing relationship, indeed many Liberians get training in the United States and we have more than 200,000 of our people working in the US. We are very pleased with that relationship and confident that as long as we stay on course that relationship will continue to be very strong.

Liberia's strategy to attract large-scale foreign investment in mining, agriculture and forestry will help rebuild infrastructure and boost employment and tax receipts. What do you think about the importance of foreign direct investment for the development of the Liberian economy? How do you intend to make the country more attractive to American investors? What are the most interesting sectors to invest in?

Foreign Direct Investment is extremely important as far as we are concerned because we feel that the major propeller for our growth will be the private sector, and that government intervention should be limited to the areas that cannot be managed by the private sector, but we also realize that we must have regulation of the private sector to ensure that the benefits of the activities fall back onto people and that they can enjoy these benefits.

Adding value to our natural resources is really the next step and we would like to attract US investments in our manufacturing sector, as we don’t want Liberia to continue to be an exporter of primary commodities. We also want to attract US investments in housing development and entertainment, and in this respect we are glad that Mr. Robert Johnson has started by building a hotel. Following his example, we hope that other Americans will invest in our country. We also see potential for added value in the forestry sector where instead of exporting wood we can produce furniture for instance. The same happens with one of our main commodities, rubber. Indeed, we are exporting semi-processed rubber but I would like to see that in a final product such as condoms, gloves, tires, and etcetera.

Those are the sectors we are promoting very aggressively now that we have resolved some of our problems and that we are working on our infrastructure.

You were the first elected female President in Africa. Do you think that young women in Africa believe they can achieve the same?

I have no doubt about it, and I think that we serve as a role model for them, as an inspiration. Today, many young women around the continent and I hope the world sees that they can reach that potential, they can aspire to high political positions, and as long as they are prepared to work for it, to be competitive, to have the qualifications and the commitment to do it, they can do it. 

If you look at Africa today, the number of women who are occupying leadership positions has increased so much and we believe that we have made a contribution to that. I continue to represent the aspirations and the expectations of women in Africa and beyond, and in that respect I have succeeded on their behalf.   

Monday, December 20, 2010


Many developing nations are rich in natural resources that are often under-utilised. The author outlines how traditional financing methods are unsuitable for many ventures in developing countries, and how greater use of structured commodity finance could help to make better progress, boosting economic activity and generating new wealth in the developing world.

resource-rich country needs to make the best use of its combined factors of production. Challenges, powever, abound. Governments, seeking to maximise the well-being of their citizens, need to work with businesses and entrepreneurs who are seeking to maximise profits. What’s more, many nations appear to lack the human capital needed to turn raw materials, machinery, labour and capital goods into sustainable streams of income. Lack of credit to finance business ventures is also a major problem. For financiers and investors, traditional lending methods are seen as prohibitively risky, because they focus on the economic history of the borrower. One of the first things banks typically request when financing an operation (whether it is balance-sheet-backed or working-capital based) is the track record of the entity being financed. In developing nations, these track records are usually non-existent, limited, or highly volatile and, as a consequence, access to finance is often denied.

Overcoming the obstacles
In a structured finance transaction, these obstacles are overcome. 
Structured commodity finance, which emerged in the late 1980s, is an alternative and cost-effective financing tool for commodity producers and trading companies operating in developing nations. How does it work? Put simply, it transfers the risks in a trade-financing deal to those who are better equipped to bear them. Rather than focus on a company’s credit rating, structured commodity finance works in its simplest form by securing loans against the commodities a company produces. Lenders therefore become more interested in a company’s ability to deliver its goods than in the strength of its balance sheet or its cash-flow track record. If a transaction proceeds normally, the financier is automatically reimbursed and the loan is self-liquidated. If anything goes wrong, the financier has recourse to some assets as collateral. In some instances, the loan is secured against a commercially stronger counterparty rather than the commodities themselves but, regardless, the effect is the same: the credit risk is moved away from the party that is being financed and onto a risk or series of risks that are lower than that of the ultimate borrower, the commodity supplier.

The Angolan experience
One prominent illustration of how these techniques can be used comes from the 1989 crude oil pre-finance structures in Angola. At the time, the country´s high risk rating prohibited access to conventional methods of financing. However, by using structured commodity finance, the Angolan state oil company was able to benefit from early disbursements of its future supplies. In this case, the company gained access to the funds it needed by issuing letters of credit backed by the receipt of shipping documents of crude oil supplies. Although the physical delivery of the commodity took 40days, the Angolan state oil company received payment for its supplies much earlier, with lower costs and risk. As this case illustrates, the use of such techniques allows companies and governments in the developing world to transform raw materials into ready capital and revenue. Aside from pre-finance, structured commodity finance may also incorporate toll finance, warehousereceipt finance, counter-trade finance and even asset-backed securities. Nevertheless, in all its forms, the basic principle is the same: turning factors of production into readilyaccessible money.

Why isn’t structured commodity finance used more widely?
Unfortunately, both local and foreign banks in emerging markets are not making the most of the opportunities presented by structured commodity finance. In Angola, for example, there have been no signs of domestic banks capitalising on their natural advantages. Banks are present on the ground, even outside of the capital. They know the local players, including the service providers, such as warehousemen and inspection companies, and are therefore well positioned to spot problems early on and to resolve them, either informally or through the legal system.
Yet, despite these strengths, very few banks are currently using structured finance techniques. As a consequence, valuable opportunities for profit are lost, and, more broadly, the country’s commodity suppliers, traders and currency remain poorly linked with regional and international markets, despite increased public investment in transport infrastructure. Why aren’t banks doing more? One reason may be lack of human capital and enterprise. The local banks in developing nations that do have a portfolio of commodity-sector loans generally lack in-house expertise in commodity-based finance. At the same time, the foreign banks that have such expertise generally look at ‘big-ticket’ transactions which can be handled directly with international commodity firms. Developing the necessary expertise can also be difficult. It is hard to build fixed models for structuring commodity purchases around warehouse receipts, or other small commodity-sector loans, because the data is restricted and because one transaction often varies greatly from the next. For example, the legal departments of local banks would have to undertake a substantial amount of time-consuming and original work for each transaction, whereas credit analysts would be confronted with heterogeneous requirements for mitigating risk.

Government distortion
Unpredictable governments are another inhibitor of structured commodity finance in the developing world. Today, economic management in the emerging nations is much more sophisticated than it was twenty years ago, but there is still a tendency towards state intervention through exchange-rate intervention, heavy regulation of utility suppliers, restrictions on land rights and usage and limits on the repatriation of profits, among other factors. The nature of such intervention is hard to predict and plan for, making it difficult for banks and financiers to model the variables that impact on their financing structures. In some cases, financiers had believed their exchange-rate risks were covered, because of a government guarantee that local tariffs for electricity, water or toll roads would be linked to the US dollar or another foreign currency. Often, however, when local currencies have depreciated, domestic political conditions have made it impossible to increase local tariffs quickly enough to meet  Structured commodity , finance provides, working capital in difficult environments where conventional financing methods fail such agreements. In this situation, financiers are typically paid in the local currency but, because of the depreciation, these funds are insufficient to
meet the debt service requirements.

Despite the obstacles, developing nations have much to gain from structured commodity finance, because it provides working capital in difficult environments and in markets where conventional financing methods fail. In doing so, structured commodity finance can boost output and employment, promoting economic development and balanced growth. In countries such as Angola, these techniques could be used much more widely. For example, in rural areas, medium-size farmers could be pre-paid for the supply of agricultural products if they agreed to deposit
them at a bank-controlled warehouse and to meet pre-defined conditions. Such arrangements would secure a market for the farmers, supplies for the retailers and new business for logistic firms, insurance companies and development banks, among others.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Kodjo Sagbo Togo´s Ambassador before the EU

Mr. Kodjo Sagbo was named Togo’s ambassador before the European Union and the Benelux in 2004. The renewal of the cooperation between the EU and Togo was the most important dossier awaiting for the Togolese ambassador upon his arrival from his previous post in Abuja (Nigeria). The EU had suspended all cooperation with Togo after the upheavals that took place before the first plural presidential elections in 1993. After that, numerous Togolese delegations went to Brussels to ask for the reestablishment of the cooperation with their country. The European Union demanded free, democratic and transparent elections in order to resume full cooperation with Togo. Progressively, with the celebration of these elections, these conditions have been met and cooperation has been reestablished. Right before the February 2010, presidential elections, Mr. Sagbo briefly described his country’s situation and the present relations between the EU and Togo.

Togo, my country, formerly known as the “Switzerland of Africa”, is recovering its role on the regional and international scene. This recovery is the result of the collective action of its sons and is also due to the help of the international community which it missed until recently. This is due in large parts to the leadership of President Mr. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé who, since gaining power, has never stopped working towards reconciliation, and is firmly committed to building a stable, peaceful and developed Togo. In the President, we have worked in Brussels to reestablish ties with the EU, our main and most valued development partner. Since 2007, a more productive political situation has allowed Togo to reestablish fruitful relationships with its bilateral and multilateral partners. Thanks to the National Indicative Programme of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF), and to budgetary assistance, EU financial support is worth millions of euros in important fields for the development of Togo such as infrastructures, health, education, agriculture etc. To this we have to add all the support given for elections, security and justice. This year, the EU will be in Togo together with other partners to make sure that the presidential elections go smoothly on March 4. For the first time in a decade, in October 2009, a EU ambassador has been accredited to Togo, establishing his residence in Lomé. The donor round table held in Brussels in September 2008, gave a clearer picture of the aid outlook, going forward, and with a strict management of its resources, Togo could be well on its way to reaching its Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The “Switzerland of Africa” boasts modern port facilities, a tax-free zone, and is one of West Africa’s premiere business hubs with a programme adapted to globalization. Furthermore, in addition to the the traditional welcoming spirit of its people, its tourist attractions, are amongst the most famous in Africa, and it has a great artistic and cultural patrimony, I would like to invite you to visit, make business, invest, or just to spend your holidays in Togo.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SETACI, laughing at the crisis

It is remarkable how some companies seem to be so resilient to the crisis. A positive attitude certainly makes the difference. SETACI, a local automotive company has steadily grown despite the crisis, it has gone international and is planning to continue expanding. The secret? After 35 years in Ivory Coast, the company acts for the common interest of Ivorian people rather than for its own benefit.

Despite the crisis, SETACI intends to multiply its turnover by three in 2010. “In spite of the crisis, our company never thought to relocate”, explains Mr. Kanaan, a Lebanese expatriate and SETACI’s Director in Ivory Coast since 1974. “We have stayed to invest, to fight against unemployment and to decrease poverty thanks to our contribution as an economic operator to Ivory Coast’s tax revenues”, he says proudly. Specialized in the commercialization of spare parts imported from different brands, the company is present in the sub-region: Guinea, Senegal, Mali and Niger. In addition to being the representative for Mercedes, Mitsubishi and Citroën in Ivory Coast, SETACI is also the official representative of KIA Motors since October 2009. In its recruitment policy, the General Management gives priority to nationals: 99% of its work force is Ivorian. Despite the crisis, SETACI reached a 3 billion francs CFA turnover in 2009 (almost 4.7 million Euros) and, according to its manager, the forecast is to multiply by three this result in 2010. “ We already have KIA Motors and we expect to acquire one or two other automotive brands in the near future - he says - we will expand soon in order to adapt our facilities to a heightened activity ”. To fulfill this, an offensive strategy has to be set up concerning the fast positioning of the brand the company just acquired. Indeed, KIA Motors offers a 3-year guarantee or 60,000 Km when its competitors just offer 2 years of guarantee or 30,000 Km. In the present gloomy economic situation punctuated by the crisis in Ivory Coast, Mr. Kanaan claims that the future is quite promising when the country is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary of independence. For him, it is essential that Ivory Coast and Africa in general make up for the delays accumulated in the course of multiple crises. “I always said that Africa is a continent for the third millennium, a very rich continent. That is why I have no doubt that we will catch Europe up and we will be totally independent. Ican just wish that this beautiful continent will grow”.

Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) promotes Spanish tourists in Nigeria

As part of strategic efforts to take advantage of the growing interest of Spanish speaking tourists in Nigeria, the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) concluded arrangements to open an office in Madrid (Spain). This is coming after the corporation’s recent creation of a website exclusively aimed at the Chinese market. Mr. Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, its Director-General, said both projects are part of the strategic initiative aimed at diversifying its traditional tourist bases: Britain and the USA.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Do you know how eBiz Guides works?

Our eBiz representative in Ecuador, Xabier Garagorri, was interviewed last August 27th in Radio Tropicana to talk about the work he and his team are doing in this country. After one month in the field, they are researching information and doing interviews to key personalities in Ecuador to elaborate the next eBiz Guide. 

This has been a very intense summer for eBiz Guides and WINNE: Republique du Congo was available in July, Georgia and El Salvador were finished in August and are being distributed and in some months, Ecuador will be the new eBiz Guides of the collection: the number 36.

In Radio Tropicana wanted to know all about eBiz Guides, a particular business that keeps together investing and having fun: "In the name eBiz, e stands for Entertainment and Biz stands for Business", explains Mr. Garagorri.

If you want to know more about the main subjects of interest in these publications, the books on Latin America or why our teams are where they are instead of somewhere else, among other topics, you better listen to this interview!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

We are working on all you need to know to invest in Ecuador

Promoting the investments in Ecuador is the main objective of our team in this country. This is why one of our representatives has been interviewed in the national radio about the new eBizguides he and his collegues are developping. Although they arrived in the country only a month ago, their presence has already been noticed and the business world is wandering when will this new guide be ready for them to read.

Xabier Garagorri, our guide developer on this new ebizguides -number 36 in the collection- has been interviewed and has explained why the attention is now on Ecuador: "It has a potentially advantageous strategic position and a lot of key sectors like agriculture or tourism, Ecuador is a distinguised exporter of tunna, shrimp, coffee and sugar... it has a potential market of 14 million people with profitable international trade pacts: Ecuador has many important sectors but is has to be known".

As Mr. Garagorry highlights, with this new guide businessmen will have in their hands 250 pages filled with useful information about business, hotels and restaurants to stay and eat, as well as a data base with official information on ambassies and other key companies in the country.

If you want to know more about this interview and what eBizguides is working on in Ecuador,

If you are interested in other guides, check our online store

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Why investing in Honduras

There are too many reasons why you should consider investing in Honduras. This is the first impression of our team in the field where they are researching and interviewing key personalities in the country in the business area.

Among these interviews, WINNE has talked to the Ministry of Finances in the country, Mr. William Chong Wong, (in the picture -center- with our team) who has detailed step by step the highlights of the country he represents.

Between them, the natural resources –vegetables, poultry, cattle and seafood- are the main richness for the country and as goods to export in competence with the famous tobacco from Honduras. These are two of the key products which, however, do not shadow the many tourist attractions in which the biodiversity offered by a country of “forest vocation”, like the Ministry of Finances has said in this interview.

There’s no need to bring out the advantages of a country with a privileged geographic situation. In a more passionate way, a common characteristic in the population of Honduras, Mr. William Chong Wong explains all this in this video that WINNE offers you here.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Things to take into account when investing in an African country

Imagine your dream come true: your company –let’s say it is an engineering factory- has finally a division working in an African country.

Picture the office, the telephone ringing, the employees working in the core of the production facilities... and watch them carefully. In your dreams they are energetic, happy, dynamic… but it could turn out to be not always like that. They could be tired, forced to have a rest every hour and not able to work as hard as they used to. Four days from now, the picture would be this one.

Did you know that today, according to the lunar calendar, the Muslim religion establishes that people fast during the day and only eat and drink from sunset to dawn?

This kind of information will not stop you from establishing your company in a country like Sudan or Algeria; data about economy, taxes and investment opportunities will be more important, that is for sure, but this is something that, although it might skip your mind, you definitely have to know.

The cultural differences keep us apart but can also bring us together and it is jus a matter of being updated and having the proper information at hand.

This kind of information will get to you once you are in the field but if you do not want to be surprised, it is a good idea to check professional reports on the country of your interest. Like the ones offered in WINNE and .Check them and tell us if you got all the information you really need when investing in an African country.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The magazine that will help you invest in Africa and enjoy it

We had already told you about eBiz Africa Review, the magazine that will give you all the information about investment and leisure in this continent but now you can see it for yourself.

Enter the site and download it for FREE so that you can see it from the first to the last page. Here is just a tip about the articles we offer you. Read them all and tell us if you like it!

Do you need Information about investing in Ecuador?

If this is just your situation, we could advise you to check it on the Internet, buy books or write to the Ambassy... BUT you would not have it all and it would take you a lot of time to get all the information you would need. To know all about how to invest there, you will have to wait just a little bit. It is worth the wait, we promise.

What you need is an specialized guide -eBizguides- that gives you all the information you need about business and entertainment in this country. Good news! The new eBizguide Ecuador will be available for you shortly. We are already working on it.

Our team is already in the field: Ecuador, compiling all the information that you will be able to enjoy in some weeks from now with all the highlights and in-depth information about this country for you to invest and have a good time.

Even the media in Ecuador are already talking about it and waiting, in anxiety, to read the results!

We will keep you posted about how this mission is going... If you are interested in this kind of information about other countries, it is more than likely that we have been there. Check it online:

Monday, August 2, 2010

Business and entertainment on holiday

August is usually the month that most people prefer to go on holiday and rest peacefully.

If you are visiting a new country, lots of tourists buy a tourist guide to know exactly what to expect, where to go and how to get there.

However, if you are a businessman/woman, you might not find it easy to just go and forget completely about your job, your projects... you might be one of those special people who prefer to sightsee places where they plan to go for business later. In a kind of a pre-visit of the official one.

To get ready for this trip, you do what so many people do, with high expectations: you buy the typical guide, the one for tourists and check, once again and, as usually, amazed, how little information there is there that you will really use for your business projects.

This is the time when you check the internet and see, always puzzled, that there is too much too read to get maybe one or two clear ideas out of it! It is clear now: you need specialized information: eBizguides, the guides for business globetrotters is the best option for you. From it you get the perfect tandem of business and leisure information that will be really useful at any time and that you can easily read right now, on holiday.

Check our website and see if you find what you are looking for.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nollywood, the new and biggest film industry in Africa Review

Our first number of the magazine eBiz Africa Review is warm and being printed. It will be very soon available for you all to read and enjoy.

However, in the meantime we will advance some of the highlights of its content just as we promised some days ago... a promise is a promise!

One of our main articles goes over the history, evolution and current situation of NOLLYWOOD, the new and biggest film industry located in Nigeria. This is, after the Indian Bollywood, the second biggest producer of films in the world. Hollywood follows it in the third place.

This and some other shocking details about this Nigerian business are collected in a fantastic report witten by Shaibu Husseini. The next lines are the beginning of this information: enjoy it and pay attention so that you do not miss the rest!

Nollywood, the ebony Hollywood

Nollywood is the immense, vibrant film industry of Nigeria, which the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has pronounced the world's second-largest film industry, after India's Bollywood, based on the number of films produced.

Ahead of Hollywood without the world even taking notice, Nollywood has moved into second place with films about family, religious concerns, love and honour, AIDS, prostitution, oil and the wealth deriving from it, ghosts and cannibals. In other words, films about Africa. (...)

Third training day for nomads

In the process of becoming part of Winne's family, the best candidates are staying in our Head Quarters and following every single instruction and piece of wisdom that our veterans are offering them.
In this training week, Mariella Olea is the person in charge of directing this formative week. She has just come back form Serbia and has also been working in severan African countries.

Her latest work is available online at but, what cannot be sold nor seen, just perceived, is her enthusiasm, a characterhistic that all our nomads share. If we could sell it online, as we do with interviews, country reports and company profiles, among other products, it would worth a million and would surely be the star product in the history of online selling... but we have the privilege to have it all for Winne and the products we offer our customers!

Hopefully these candidates will get "infected" by it and become spreaders of it all over the world!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Investor: Keep Serbia in mind!

This country is in the middle of the economic future of the European region. From the business point of view, very few countries are as interesting as this one. About to get into the European Union, with special treatment when exporting to the rest of Europe, Turkey and Russia and in continuous development, the Serbian Government and the whole country are ready to host as many companies as there will be willing to establish in their territory.

Some of these enterprises, some of them important catches like FIAT, are now sure that the possibility of getting into the Serbian market and produce for the rest of the world from there are opportunities that cannot be wasted.

Winne’s nomads have been there for months and are now ready to offer a lot of information: an in-depth country report and a lot of interviews with key personalities in this territory give us the latest news.

Here’s just a tip: Tourism, infrastructure, healthcare and a whole lot of sectors are just about to take off in Serbia and their future is promising.

All the professionals we have talked to are sure about one thing: investors will be surprised to discover the possibilities of this country not only from the economic point of view but also because it is an extremely friendly place to be.

Here is some more of the information we have been working on:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Training day to become part of the family

Humanity is meant to be together. People should be with people as it is people who bring security to the group or, what we like to call, the “community”.

For centuries, philosophers, artists, politicians, members of families and groups of friends have talked about the wonders of groups. And they were not mistaken.

In the spirit of History and Social Science, in the spirit of making lives easier today, in the spirit of getting to know each other and creating our own group and community, Winne is in the middle of this process of creating and consolidating our community of nomads that will get to know each other and the company that they could be about to become part of.

From today and for the next four days, our Head Quarters will be the core of the future of the company as we are celebrating a training day in which about ten people are participating.

Do you want to become part of our community? Are you interested in getting to know us?

Browse our webpage for more information!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Kosovo, a sight for sore eyes

Kosovo is today in the core of all the media: The United Nations’ highest court said yesterday that its declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008 did not violate international law.
Now it is time to wait for the replies because, as it was said from the beginning, a response of this nature from the highest legal powers in Europe could have important repercussions for secessionists movements around the world.
Businessmen and women cannot lose track of this kind of events when thinking about investing in these countries so it is time to open our eyes and follow the news!
In Winne we want to make it easier for you so... we are already prepared to update you with the most detailed information about Kosovo as our teams left for that country in 2009 eager to know more. They have just came back to Madrid with brand new information about the situation there when talking about doing business.
Of course, apart from great business opportunities, you cannot forget having a look at the views like the one we show you here.

Isn't it an interesting place to be?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

WINNE in Hora Quente

Our CEO and Founder Pascal Belda and our Guide Director Shifen Wang participated in the the famous media talk show (MTS'10) Hora Quente, presented by Pedro N'Zagi, in Luanda (Angola).

After this interview, Angola's TV viewers and our bloggers know what eBizguides are about: the best way of getting to know a country in its pertect tandem Business and Entertainment.

Check the interview in youtube where we have uploaded it in two parts:

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Interested in eBiz Africa Review no.1?

More than 20,000 people will read it in very few days. Our distribution team has been working hard to send it to a total amount of 22 countries. Check if yours is in the list:

Congo Brazzaville
Côte d’Ivoire
Guinea Bissau
South Africa
United Kingdom

Free copies will be available in the Brussels International airport’s Business lounge and Barcelona World Trade Center.

If you want to be a subscriber or get to know more about our eBiz Africa Review, contact us!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

We are proud to present to you eBiz Africa Review

Winne is about to launch the first number of its most expected magazine: eBiz Africa Review, a contemporary publication that offers dynamic businessmen the most current information about this amazing continent in an attractive format and in both languages, English and French.

In the first days of August the number 1 of this amazing quarterly publication will offer its readers the possibility of accessing interesting and useful information about this continent, its people and most important companies. Businessmen from all over the world will surely appreciate our effort of putting together all this information that reveals itself as an  essential manual when thinking about investing in this country.

In this number 1 we will publish up to 5,000 copies that will be distributed in over 20 countries to our subscribers and points of interest for our target readers.

Get ready to know more about this eBiz Africa Review in further posts or visit the web site to download our number 0.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Welcome to Winne Community

Dear all,

We are pleased to inform Winne has entered the Social Media.

Building up “engaging” relationships with our people and customers has always been one of the corporate values of the company.

Therefore, we invite all of you, not only to take a look at the attached presentation in order to be aware of this new stage our company faces, but also to join Winne’ Community.

Become a fan, share ideas, news, pictures. Let’s broadcast the pioneer spirit of the company!

Winne has always been focused on connecting people and business.

See you in the web 2.0.