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Mexican ‘world’s richest person’ – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/6267714.stm

Mexico’s telecoms tycoon Carlos Slim has overtaken Bill Gates to become the world’s richest person, according to a respected Mexican financial website. Mr Slim is now worth $67.8bn (£33.6bn), above Microsoft founder Mr Gates’ $59.2bn, Sentido Comun says.

It said Mr Slim’s wealth has rocketed into top place after the recent 27% surge in the share price of his largest company, America Movil.He has a 33% stake in the firm, Latin America’s largest mobile phone network.

Carlos Slim

Numerous investments

Mr Slim, whose business interests are based in Mexico City, is the 67-year-old son of Lebanese immigrants.

He started his business life in property before moving on to invest in a stock brokerage, a bottling company, and, more recently, the telephone sector.

Mr Slim also owns the Inbursa financial group and the Grupo Carso industrial conglomerate, whose interests range from retail stores to restaurants.

During the Latin American economic crisis of the early 1980s, Mr Slim made a name for himself – and substantial profits – by buying a number of struggling companies at very low prices before transforming their fortunes.

In April, Forbes magazine estimated that Mr Slim was the world’s second-richest person behind Mr Gates and ahead of US billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

Like Mr Gates, Mr Slim is well-known for his generous charity donations.

His wealth is in marked contrast to the 53% of Mexico’s population that the World Bank says are living in poverty. 

Africa remains the only continent with the least number of billionaires, in fact only 1 is known to exist on the continent … thanks a trillion 

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The Zambian Enterprise is proving to be the best destination for FDI (Foreign Direct Investment) in south-central Africa. From 2001 todate, foreign direct investment has more than quadrupled in some instances ranging from economic activities such as mining, tourism, manufacturing and financial services. 

The biggest recipients are tourism and mining and there is need to increase the manufacturing base of the enterprise as soon as possible. This is because such endeavors tend to increase skill for the nationals in highly technical fields, which are the basis for prosperity and economic sustainability.  

Thus far, thus good and the Zambian Enterprise is on the right path to economic recovery with the ability to continue attracting more FDI unsurpassed by any rival in the region but there still remain serious worries as to why real GDP is under 6% annualized … thanks a trillion.

Brainwave R Mumba, Sr. 

CEO & President – Zambian Chronicle 

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US First Lady accompanied by her daughter Jenna and the Zambian First Lady graced students at the Regiment Basic Primary School in the middle of Lusaka which is home to some 1,200 students. 

These students attend school in three shifts beginning at 6:45am with the final classes finishing at 5:00pm. Their ages range from 7 to 18 years old … as an educator herself, education is very close to Mrs. Bush’s heart. 

On display the First Lady Laura Bush celebrated the U.S. Government’s first PlayPump™ water system in Sub-Saharan Africa and what a joy that the US Government chose Zambia for such a flaunt …  

Powered by play, the PlayPump water system is a children’s merry-go-round attached to a water pump and storage tank. While children have fun spinning on the PlayPump merry-go-round (1), clean water is pumped (2) from underground (3) into a 2,500-liter tank (4), standing seven meters above the ground.

A simple tap (5) makes it easy for adults and children to draw water. Excess water is diverted from the storage tank back down into the borehole (6). The water storage tank (7) provides a rare opportunity to advertise in outlaying communities. 

All four sides of the tank are leased as billboards, with two sides for consumer advertising and the other two sides for health and educational messages. 

The revenue generated by this unique model pays for pump maintenance. The design of the PlayPump water system makes it highly effective, easy to operate and very economical, keeping costs and maintenance to an absolute minimum.

Capable of producing up to 1,400 liters of water per hour at 16 rpm from a depth of 40 meters, it is effective up to a depth of 100 meters. A typical hand pump installation cannot compete with the PlayPump system’s delivery rate, even with substantial effort.

In addition to providing safe drinking water, the innovative pump uses advertising billboards located on the storage tank to deliver powerful educational messages to children and families … thanks a trillion.