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Great Lakes At A Glance November 12, 2008

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afica-map3 For quiet sometimes, governments on the African continent have allowed the winds of global competition to blow through their economies. As policy makers lowered tariff barriers and permitted foreign investments. We have seen multinational companies rushed in; China, India, Japan, US and European giants, it initially appeared, would quickly overrun local rivals and grab the market for almost every product or service. After all, they possessed state-of-the-art technologies and products, enormous financial resources, powerful brands and the world’s best management talent and systems.  Local companies, start-ups and African young Entrepreneurs, often under pressure from developed countries, let in transnational companies, but slowly, almost reluctantly. They were convinced that global Goliaths would wipe out local enterprises in one fell swoop.

Business Opportunity in The Great Lakes


That has not happened, research shows. Over the past resent year that, smart domestic enterprises are more than holding their own in the face of foreign competition. They have staved off challenges from multinational corporations in their core businesses, have become market leaders or are catching up with them, and have often seized new opportunities before foreign players could. That shows that there is enough for almost every one to benefit of. Africa is still virgin, as sons and daughters of the continent we have a big advantage over any international companies. Africa is our playground, we have the language advantage, some of us have been in the Diaspora for quit sometimes; we have a picture on how the world operate. Let us join forces and have a bit on this mammoth continent. Here are some early warnings on what is next

Early Warning and Prospective


Country to Review Mining Laws to Favour Locals The Tanzania government will soon work on recommendations by the two committees set up by the president and parliament on reforms in the mining industry.Power Crisis Stalls Tanzanite Mining Tanzanite mining in Mererani has ground to a halt as a result of a power blackout, The Citizen has learnt.

TIC Registers Project Worth Over Sh23 Billion The Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) had registered a total of 4,084 projects worth Sh23.3 billion by the end of last year.

2 Landlocked Countries to Build $4bn Railway Line The Citizen (Dar es Salaam) 5 November 2008

Landlocked Burundi and Rwanda will start work next year to build a 691 km (430 mile) railway line connecting both countries to Tanzania, Burundi’s transport minister Philippe Njoni said. Work on the line, which will cost an estimated $4 billion, will take five years.

“Economic studies showed that the railway will lower the cost of transport of merchandise from 40 per cent (of total costs) to five per cent.” Construction will be funded by Burundi, Rwanda and donors, the minister said, adding that both countries will work with Tanzania to seek finance. Discussions have started with the African Development Bank, which financed the feasibility studies, he said. The railway will aid exports of the tiny central African nation’s main hard currency earner, coffee.

East Africa

Total Buys Caltex Uganda, Kenya Business OperationsThe Monitor (Kampala) 5.11 Joseph OlanyoThe uncertainty surrounding Caltex’, now Chevron, operations has been brought to rest with Caltex announcing the sale of its businesses in Uganda and Kenya to its fellow rival Total. Chevron Corporation on Monday announced that its subsidiary Chevron Africa Holdings Ltd has agreed to sell 100 per cent of its shareholdings in Chevron Kenya Ltd and Chevron Uganda Ltd to Total Outre Mer S.A.

Groundbreaking of Cable Landing Station Sites Completed in Kenya and Mozambique SEACOM (Johannesburg) 4 November 2008 – The construction of SEACOM’s 15,000 km fibre optic undersea cable, linking southern and east Africa, Europe and south Asia, is on schedule and set to go live as planned in June 2009.

Some 10,000 km of cable has been manufactured to date at locations in the USA and Japan and Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc., the project contractors, will begin shipping terrestrial equipment this month with the cable expected to be loaded on the first ship in September 2008. Laying of shore end cables for each landing stations will also proceed from September. This process will comprise the cable portions at shallow depths ranging from 15 to 50m where large vessels are not able to operate.

From October 2008, the first of three Reliance Class vessels will start laying the actual cable. The final splicing, which involves connecting all cable sections together, will happen in April 2009, allowing enough time for testing of the system before the commercial launch in June 2009. The final steps of the Environmental Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) process are well advanced and all small archaeological, marine and ecological studies, which required scuba diving analysis, have been completed, as well as social consultations with the affected parties.

The cable, including repeaters necessary to amplify the signal, will be stored in large tanks onboard the ships. The branching units necessary to divert the cable to the planned landing stations will be connected into the cable path on the ship just prior to deployment into the sea. The cable will then be buried under the ocean bed with the help of a plow along the best possible route demarcated through the marine survey.

Temdo Braces to Lead in Techno DisseminationThe Tanzania Engineering and Manufacturing design Organisation (TEMDO) has just launched its three year corporate strategic plan which is expected to propel the organization towards designing, developing and commercializing essential machinery and equipment required for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMES) start up and growth.


Caution On Transit Cargo Station LiftedConstruction of the proposed transit container freight station in Changamwe for cargo destined to Uganda, may start in less than six months, the lead consultant for Great Lakes Ports Limited, has said.

Nock Turns to Other Options After Losing Caltex Bid to TotalThe National Oil Corporation of Kenya has admitted that its failure to successfully bid for Chevon’s business, which it lost to rival Total, is a major setback to its expansion strategy.

Avocado Exports to Resume Kenyan farmers may soon resume exporting avocados to South Africa. This comes after the two governments agreed to resolve their trade differences.

Road Upgrade to Boost Farm Produce Delivery The Government will give priority to road projects in rural areas with high agricultural production potential.

Demolitions Along Thika Road ContinueGovernment bulldozers continued flattening business premises on a road reserve along Thika highway for the second day on Sunday.


Methane Gas Dream RealisedThe New Times (Kigali) 8 November 2008 Edwin Musoni

Finally, Rwanda’s dream of generating electricity out of methane gas has been realised with the first 1.8megawatts channelled to the national grid. So far, the power extracted from Lake Kivu can supply the whole of Rubavu District or more.

“This is a memorable day in the history of this country; we have finally succeeded in extracting methane gas that has been in this lake for thousands of years and today Rwandans are consuming electricity generated from it,” State Minister for Energy Eng. Albert Butare said excitedly at the mini-launch of the pilot methane gas plant in Rubavu district. He revealed that the Government was in the process of signing several agreements with foreign and local investors to extract the gas.

Country Accedes to UN Convention on Commercial ArbitrationThe small African Great Lakes nation of Rwanda has become the latest country to accede to a 50-year-old United Nations convention on commercial arbitration, the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) announced today.

 A New Frontier of Business Opportunities in AfricaThe World Bank, in its Doing Business in 2009 report ranks Rwanda as one of the top 20 reformers on a global basis. Besides Rwanda, other African countries that are reforming their business environment faster include Botswana, Liberia, Senegal and Burkina Faso.

 Inyange Industry in $27 Million Expansion ProgramThe New Times (Kigali) 4 Nov 2008 Eddie Mukaaya. The current factory located at Gikondo industrial area is expected to relocate to the new location on 4.3 hectares of land in Masaka, 19 km from Kigali City. Inyange Industries, a beverage company, is constructing a $27m (Rwf14.9bn) plant to increase its output from 2976 litres per day to 360,000 litres averagely.


RVR Owes Government Sh2 BillionTHE Government is demanding $800,000 (about sh2b) from the Rift Valley Railways (RVR) in unpaid annual concessionaire fees.

 Fish Farming on the Rise – MinisterNew Vision (Kampala) 4 November 2008 John Kasozi.  FISH production has increased from 285 tonnes in 1999 to over 50,000 tonnes by the end of 2007, the fisheries state minister, Fred Mukisa has said. “This has been possible with increased profits from fish and the availability of quality fish feed,” he said. “The sector supports up to 21,000 farmers and an estimated 200,000 livelihoods. If constraints in the systems could be addressed, the production is projected to reach 150,000 tonnes over the next three years,” Mukisa said. “Fish is currently number two to coffee in export earnings, with Nile Perch and Mukene (silver fish) taking the highest percentage of fisheries products,” he added. Fish exports to premium markets have increased from $0.4m in 1998 to over $145m annually for the last 10 years. Since the opening of the premium markets, fish factories have increased from two to 18, the minister said.

Russian Firm to Mine Tantalite, TinFresh from getting a mining and prospecting license, Russia’s Ugaruss Trading House Ltd is promising its initial operation by the end of November.

Mukwano to House Kasese SchoolMUKWANO Enterprises, a Kampala-based business empire, has offered to put up a storied building in Kasese town to house Aisha Preparatory School.

 Norwegians to Set up Meat Processing FactoriesNew Vision (Kampala) 6 November 2008.  Ronald Kalyango and Charles Ariko  – TWO meat processing factories are to be set up in Nakaseke and Lyantonde districts, the state minister for animal husbandry, Maj. Bright Rwamirama, has said. The factories would be established with the help of Nortura, a Norwegian agricultural cooperative. “The equipment is ready. We are finalising technicalities to have them shipped into the country,” Rwamirama said.

Rwamirama however commended Nortura for a one-year feasibility study which they conducted about developing an export oriented meat industry. The one-year study was funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Corporation and was conducted by Nortura.

Hydropower Project Gets U.S. $49 Million BoostThe Monitor (Kampala) 6.11.08 Elias Biryabarema

Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, EAIF, an international private infrastructure financier founded by the governments of UK, Sweden, Netherlands and Switzerland has offered a $49 million loan to the developers of two mini-hydro projects in Uganda. The projects, Mpanga and Bugoye hydropower dams being constructed in Kamwenge and Kasese districts respectively, are being developed by Tronder Power Limited, and South Asia Energy Management Systems, SAEMS, a US company that provides renewable energy solutions. Once completed, which is expected in a year, both projects will inject a combined 31MW of hydropower into the grid, partially plugging the ever-widening power deficit in the country and cutting back on the frequent outages.

$100m Fix for Sick HospitalsUganda is negotiating a $100 million (aprox. Shs192 b) loan from the World Bank to fix its dilapidated hospitals.

Govt Hunts for Shs15 Billion Munyonyo Bid InvestorThe government is looking for an investor to buy its Shs15 billion stake in Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, a joint venture with Meera Investments owned by city tycoon and hotel magnate Sudhir Ruparelia, MPs heard yesterday.

Country to Invest in Atomic EnergyUGANDA will invest in atomic energy, following an agreement signed with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Quack Architects Hamper Industry A great number of architecture graduates in Uganda lack practical skills needed to match challenges of the ever increasing needs of a blossoming housing industry. This has resulted into numerous collapsing buildings that have claimed several lives.


BURUNDI: Bujumbura:

EDF – roadworks and road surfacing on the RN 13 Ruyigi-Cankuzo main road in the Republic of Burundi     Request For Proposals 


Publication Date: Nov 7, 2008 Deadline: Feb 17, 2009 


Original Language: French 

Goods, Works and Services  45233120 – Road construction works  



Request For Expressions of Interest,

City/Locality: KIGALI 

Publication Date: Nov 7, 2008 Deadline: Nov 22, 2008 

Funding Agency: World Bank 


Original Language: English 


75100000 – Administration services  

75110000 – General public services  

75120000 – Administrative services of agencies  

75130000 – Supporting services for the government



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