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Monday, 18 December 2017

A think tank summit on Turkish-African relations in Istanbul stressed the strengthened cooperation between African countries and Turkey and Ankara's changed policy toward Africa. Experts said Turkey and countries in Africa need each other in many areas ranging from construction to health. Sunday in Istanbul, the Association of Researchers on the Middle East and Africa (ORDAF) with the cooperation of the Presidency of Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) held a Turkish-African think tank summit.

Monday, 18 January 2016

China’s slowing economy and the turmoil on its stock and foreign exchange markets have reverberated around the world and constitute one of the biggest threats to growth in other emerging markets in 2016. But in Ethiopia, one of the many beneficiaries of Chinese trade and investment, officials remain unfazed. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ethiopia’s foreign minister, says he is confident that Chinese investors still consider Ethiopia a “target country” for manufacturing operations overseas, as wages rise across Asia.

Every day in the wee hours of the morning Verónica Reyes’ extended family grinds corn to make the dough they use in the tacos they sell from their food truck in Mexico City. (...) The cooked corn dough takes on a yellow tone, an effect caused by a process called nixtamalisation – the preparation of corn or other grain, which is soaked and cooked in an alkaline solution, usually limewater, and hulled. According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), 25 percent of world food crops are contaminated with aflatoxins. This technique dates back to before the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in Mexico in the 15th century, when local indigenous people cooked corn this way. Nixtamalisation significantly reduces aflatoxins – any of several carcinogenic mycotoxins produced by molds that commonly infect corn, peanuts and other crops.

The first tilapia farm in Belize has become ASC certified. The Fein Catch tilapia farm is the first of its kind in Belize to gain certification against the ASC Tilapia Standard for responsible aquaculture after independent assessment by certifier Control Union Peru. "I would like to congratulate Fein Catch on their certification. This is a great example of the diversity of the farms engaged in our programme," said Chris Ninnes, ASC's CEO.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Financial Analyst, Ralston Hyman, says he does not foresee any scaling down of economic activity by Chinese investors in Jamaica as a result of a slowdown in the Chinese economy. Hyman says the Chinese economy has been decelerating in the last few months as the country’s economy has been growing slower than expected. The financial analyst says this has continued despite interventions by the government.