Monthly Archives: August 2016

Cleobrothers & Company, Inc. opens pharmaceutical office in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Biotech company targets South America and Africa as part of global expansion goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cleobrothers & Co., Inc. announced that it has recently opened a sales and marketing office in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil as part of its global expansion plan for promoting and distributing pharmaceuticals and hi-tech medical devices in South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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According to Mr. Innocent Nweze, CEO of Cleobrothers and Co. Inc., “With a population exceeding 200 million people, Brazil provides tremendous potential for launching our brand of over-the-counter medications to retail and medical markets.”

The company currently has a portfolio of over-the-counter (OTC) cold relief and decongestant medications and over 80 Specialty Dermatology/Personal Skin Care Products that are specially formulated for tropical climates.

In addition, Cleobrothers offers a pipeline of two first-in-class technologies — a 24/7 proprietary Pregnancy Monitoring device and a new Combination Pharmaceutical for management of Type-2 Diabetes. Both technologies are currently in clinical trials with product launches planned for the first quarter of 2017.

The new office will be located at Av. Tancredo Neves, 450-15° andar, 16th Floor, Caminho das Árvores Salvador, BA 41819-900, Brazil. Phone: +55 (71) 3340-0600.

“Having access to U.S. manufactured and FDA approved medications adds a strong competitive advantage to our sales and marketing efforts in Brazil,” Mr. Nweze added.

The Brazilian office opening comes on the heels of the company’s recent announcement of a joint venture agreement with PGC Solutions, Ltd. to distribute, market and promote Cleobrothers branded products in Nigeria.

Cleobrothers & Co., Inc. is a Columbus based biotechnology company focused on researching and developing medical and healthcare innovations that are dedicated to helping people worldwide live better lives.

For more information about Cleobrothers and Co., Inc. visit

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Contact: Innocent Nweze 
Phone: 614.934.1367

South Africa: Premier Willies Mchunu Welcomes Mr Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Province, China

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has welcomed to the province His Excellency Zhu Xiaodan, the Governor of Guangdong Province, from the People’s Republic of China. The governor was received at the King Shaka International Airport today by the Leader of Government Business and MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala. He is leading a government and business delegation to explore investment opportunities in KZN.

Mchunu emphasized: “Local government elections are over and it is time to focus on building a stronger KZN socially and economically. We cannot afford to disappoint those who voted in the local government elections recently as they made it loud and clear that they want jobs and a better life.”

“Our main focus as the province is to attract foreign direct investment into all corners of the province. It is for these reasons that we have invited mayors, local chambers and entrepreneurs to interact with the delegation from Guangdong, a province regarded as a global manufacturing hub.”

“It is our considered view that for South Africa to create 11 million new jobs by 2030, KwaZulu-Natal will have to create 2.1 million jobs. To achieve this, we have to ensure that the KZN economy grows at an average of at least 4% per annum between now and 2030.”

“One of the areas we are focusing on is Foreign Direct Investment. As the province we have realized that countries like India, Brazil and China have grown at a higher rate because they are benefiting from foreign direct investment while others have not been able to attract as much FDI.”

“It should be noted that few years ago we hosted the BRICS Summit which paved the way for our economy to be integrated with economies of countries in the BRICS bloc. KwaZulu-Natal is continuously learning from these countries.”

“FDI is a source for economic development, income growth and employment creation. More importantly, FDI helps create a more competitive business environment and enhances enterprise development. All of these contribute to higher economic growth, which is the most potent tool for alleviating poverty.”

Source: South African Government.

South Africa: North West Legislature On Additional Resources for Cattle Breeders in Zeerust

North West Legislature Agriculture Committee to Approach Department of Agriculture for additional resources for cattle breeders Under “Tshimo ya Kgosi” programme at Zeerust

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Rural, Environment and Agriculture Development will approach the Department of Rural Environment and Agricultural Development to provide agricultural resources which includes water supply; land for cattle breeding and additional training to cattle breeders under Tshimo ya Kgosi programme in Gopane and Motshana villages in Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality.

The Committee went to assess the programme which was launched by the MEC for the department, Manketse Tlhape in 2014 where amongst the beneficiaries, Kgosi Ikalafeng Lencoe of Moshana and Kgosi Kereeditse Gopane of Gopane villages received 25 pregnant heifers; 1 bull; feeds and medication.

The programme which is in line with the National Department of Agriculture’s Fetsa Tlala poverty alleviation programme, aims to encourage the use of arable land for agriculture and food production.

Kgosi Lencoe of Bahurutshe Ba Ga Lencoe said the farm where the cattle are kept, has scarce water and feeding recourses.

“We are situated near a desert-like environment which has experienced severe drought in the past years. Since the department brought cattle to our farm, they have not assisted us with any agricultural resources,” said Kgosi Lencoe.

Kgosi Gopane of Bahurutshe Bo Gopane raised a serious concern on lack of training on cattle farming which resulted in the community loosing several calves.

“I have requested more training from the department on how to improve our farming skills. We have also asked for a farm were we can keep the cattle as we do not own the current farm. Our communal land is overpopulated for grazing,” said Kgosi Gopane.

The Acting Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Mahlakeng Mahlakeng assured the traditional leaders that all their complaints will be forwarded to the department and will arrange a joint oversight for re-visit some of the projects.

“We will convene a meeting with the department to fast track the matter of acquiring land for the cattle and additional training and feeds, as deemed fit for a Chiefs. The intended objective of this poverty alleviation programme will not be feasible if there is no land provided for the cattle to stay and graze on,”said Hon. Mahlakeng. The Committee has resolved to meet the department within 14 days.

Source: South African Government

South Africa: Hefty Sentence for Two Cop Killers, Another Arrested

Muntungani Mbatha (41) and Sabelo Similo (35) were each sentenced to a life imprisonment plus 75 years after they were found guilty of killing Lieutenant Colonel Knox Chauke by the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday last week.

Lt Col Chauke was on his way to work when he was shot and killed in front of his house by two hit men at Kagiso in 2014. Hawks’ investigations revealed that Mbatha and Similo were hired to kill Lt Col Chauke as a result of a family feud.

In a separate incident the Hawks in Mpumalanga have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the murder of a police officer and robbery on Saturday. Constable Sanyane Joseph Hlongwane , who was stationed at Vaalbank police station had responded to a robbery with his colleague on 18 July 2015.

When they arrived at the scene of crime around 2am the suspect fired shots at them, killing Constable Hlongwane instantly. The suspect is currently appearing before the Vaalbank Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder and robbery.

Source: South African Police Service.

Belt and Road Forum to Give Further Support to Chinese Energy Enterprises

YANTAI, China, Aug. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Chinese energy enterprises need repositioning themselves for going out and conducting international cooperation on production capacity, Ian He, CEO of Jereh Group said Thursday at the International Energy Investment & Financing Cooperation Forum held in Yantai, China.

Further Support to Chinese Energy Enterprises from Governments and Financial and Institutions.

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The forum is organized by China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) and Jereh Group. The ambassadors and counselors of embassy in China from more than 10 countries such as UAE, Egypt, Algeria and Ethiopia presented their support of more participation of Chinese private enterprises in local projects. And the management of SINOSURE introduced the financial policy support and challenges for energy investment cooperation.

According to the report by World Bank in June, 2016, the global economic recovery continues but remains weaker than desirable. And the Belt & Road will provide it with a much needed boost. There are many preferential policies to encourage international investment in the countries along the new Silk Road with different models. “They can help companies solve the financing bottlenecks and reduce business transaction costs of transnational business. For example, SINOSURE and Jereh Group have established a comprehensive strategic partnership to support their going out.” said Mr. Chang, the general manager assistant of SINOSURE Shandong Branch.

The Minister Counsellor of Ethiopia Embassy in China, Mr. Asaye Alemayehu, expressed on the speech that the Sino-Ethiopia friendship and win-win partnership will promote more cooperation on energy infrastructure, social infrastructure and manufacturing.

Along the new Silk Road, Jereh has established good presence in the African oil and gas market. It provides integrated solutions across the whole value chain, including drilling, gas treatment, compression, as well as power plant and infrastructure. “We also should have a clear mind that Chinese enterprises including Jereh, should do more when going out, including the ability to do long-term planning, the ability to control the risk and the ability to get identity recognition.” said Ian.

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