Sunday, October 22, 2006

Another Link

Technocrati Link

Africa Open For Business

Africa Open For Business:
" According to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and the UN trade agency, UNCTAD, Africa offers the highest return on direct foreign investment in the world, far exceeding all other regions.While petroleum products are the driving force behind those returns, other sectors offer impressive growth."

Looks interesting, but how is this company going to charge $179 for a video that is supposed to promote business in Africa? Seems a little expensive. The video looks great but I don't know how skeptical people are going to put down almost $200 dollars american for a movie which is supposed to start the process of investment.
Africa open for business nevertheless still looks very interesting!

Commercial trade and creative Interaction in TImbuktu

Commercial trade and creative interaction is key in bringing up Timbuktu and many other nations from poverty.

History Channel:

"By the eighteenth century, the once flourishing trans-Saharan trade was greatly diminished, due in part to a shift of the gold and slave trade to the new European trading stations established on the West African coast."

The book trade was huge in TImbuktu.

History Channel: "'In Timbuktu there are numerous judges,
doctors and clerics, all receiving good salaries from the king.
He pays great respect to men of learning. There is a big demand
for books in manuscript, imported from Barbary. More profit is
made from the book trade than from any line of business.'1
Under Askia Mohamed's rule, scholarship and Islam were once again
revered and supported, ushering in a new era of stability that
led to Timbuktu's sixteenth-century golden age."

Wow, that is an interesting piece of history I thought needed to be shared.

Images and Sites of Mali:

Images and Sites of Mali: This site has some interesting pictures of Djenne.

Djenne, Mali

Djenne, Mali: "Djenne, the oldest known city in sub-Saharan Africa is situated on the floodlands of the Niger and Bani rivers, 354 kilometers (220 miles) southwest of Timbuktu. Founded by merchants around 800 AD (near the site of an older city dating from 250BC), Djennflourished as a meeting place for traders from the deserts of Sudan and the tropical forests of Guinea."