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West Africa Newsletter /
N°680 - Paris, 09/04/2014
- FRANCE/EQUATORIAL GUINEA -
The apartment block at 42 avenue Foch ready to be put up for sale
- CAMEROON/EQUATORIAL GUINEA -
CBGE affair: Fotso blocks Malabo’s accounts in France
Editor in Chief
French lawyers carve new niches in Africa
French lawyers are all over African legal affairs these days, whether representing a head of state, an opposition leader or one of the sides in a commercial arbitration case. The new generation of French lawyers is unafraid to tread on their elders' turf.
French bosses woo Kablan Duncan
Some 100-odd members of France's Conseil Français des Investisseurs en Afrique (CIAN) watched their manners in front of Ivorian Prime Minister Daniel Kablan-Duncan at a breakfast given
Justice, Boni Yayi-style
A group of people suspected of involvement in an alleged plot to poison President Thomas Boni-Yayi remain in jail 18 months after an investigation into the affair began. No trial is on the cards.
Ouattara looks after Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara pulled out all the stops so that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, candidate for leadership
Biya gets a warm welcome in Brussels
Cameroonian President Paul Biya was met by a posse of supporters waving "Biya for ever" banners when he attended
"IBK" upset by Le Monde probe
President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita is smarting over an article in the French newspaper Le Monde on his friendship with Corsican casino magnate Michel Tomi.
Bosses survive privatisation
A number of bosses of former publicly-owned companies have managed to hold on to their jobs after privatisation. This particularly Cameroonian way of proceeding enables buyers to stay on the right side of the presidential palace.
Sassou keeps abreast of Africanews
President Denis Sassou Nguesso received an update on the launch of Africanews in Brazzaville when he attended the EU-Africa summit in Brussels. His key people were present at the briefing.
ANR racketeers target expatriates
Attacks and kidnappings against Westerners in Kinshasa are on the rise. Henchmen for the national intelligency agency and the police force are being blamed.
Karim Wade, political hostage
On April 17, Karim Wade will have spent a year in Dakar's Reubeuss prison in "preventive" detention while lawyers and Senegal's legal institutions haggle over his fate.
Patton Boggs under contract to Libreville
The US lobbying firm Patton Boggs LLP signed a $50,000 contract on March 20 with Maixent Accrombessi, Gabonese
Deloitte audits ADB's return to Ivory Coast
Deloitte Côte d’Ivoire, the Ivory Coast subsidiary of the auditing firm Deloitte, has been hired to assess conditions
CNIC has casting issues in Cameroon
On March 12 Cameroon’s President Paul Biya appointed Bernard Bayiha to head Chantier Naval et Industriel du Cameroun
Veolia seeks payment of debts totalling CFA 10 billion in Gabon
Outgoing energy and hydraulic resources minister Etienne Ngoubou left a number of problem cases that his successor
Beijing Yeaco Investment advises the Port of Abidjan
The Chinese investment and financial consultancy Beijing Yeaco Investment Consulting Company has entered exclusive
Decotek starts "Maison du Burkina Faso" project
Turkish construction group Decotek has begun work on the new Burkina Faso embassy in Ivory Coast, dubbed the "Maison du Burkina".
Tomota causes stir in Bamako
The government of Mali has appealed against the Abidjan-based CCJA’s ruling last November ordering it to pay CFA 24 billion (€36.
Orange invests in Kinshasa
Stephane Richard, the head of French telephone company Orange, is due to visit Kinshasa in the second half of this month.
ALAIN KOUADIO (Kaydan)
Alain Kouadio has the inside track to succeed Jean Kakou Diagou, who is stepping down in June as head of the Confederation
CALIXTE GANONGO (Societe Generale)
A native of Oyo like President Denis Sassou Nguesso, Calixte Ganongo is the government’s representative on the
management by clan of key sectors
, business woman and charity star
, a minister-industrialist with a strong family base
, a Ouattara follower well-connected
, from battle dress to business suit
Paranoia takes hold of Boni Yayi's regime
Sassou Nguesso's strategy to win in 2016
Northern Mali: The Sahel time-bomb explodes
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