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West Africa Newsletter /
N°678 - Paris,
Editor in Chief
Winners of the Ouattara regime
Although he is the former deputy director general of the IMF and therefore supposedly the guarantor of a certain rigor, Alassane Ouattara has not hesitated to break with the transparency expectations of the Bretton Woods system. Since 2011, when Ouattara came to power, Ivory Coast has awarded a number of key construction contracts without tender - for instance the Abidjan-Bassam highway, the Singrobo-Ahouaty power plants and hydro-electric dams on the Comoe.
Asians dominate energy contracts
In a distinct trend, Asian groups have emerged as the major victors of Ivory Coast's electricity infrastructure contracts in recent times.
Russia's ZVS still burning issue
After being stripped of its contract to build the Kandadji dam, Russia's Zarubezhvodstroy is now facing the wrath of the subcontractors that also worked on this strategic project.
Addoha's brush with Bidjans
After Bollore (WAN 676), construction group Addoha may soon be taken to court by the Bidjans, who claim ownership
In an ongoing reform of Ivory Coast's intelligence services, Alassanne Ouattara is planning to beef up the gendarmerie's
Gondjout to go
Ali Bongo, who boasts of never having visited Denis Sassou Nguesso's native Oyo, is expected to send Laure-Olga
Wade launches consultancy
Senegal's former president Abdoulaye Wade is poised to officially launch his new consultancy Wade International Consulting during a visit to the United Arab Emirates.
GICAM's many French bosses
The French have a strong presence in the Cameroonian employers organisation GICAM, illustrating where French interests lie in Cameroon.
Officials jockey for embassy positions
Several Republic of Congo embassies around the world are waiting to receive new ambassadors in the coming weeks. There is no shortage of candidates.
Ping resignation sparks new defections
After his resignation from the ruling PDG party, Jacques Adiahenot, a former stalwart of Omar Bongo's regime, is expected to join forces with the former African Union commission chief.
Mboshi dominate oil sector
The country's oil resources provide the Republic of Congo's president with an effective way to buy peace and quiet among those closest to him.
NSCT's cotton conflict in Togo
Nouvelle Societe Cotonniere du Togo (NSCT, formerly Sotoco), Togo's leading cotton company, launched a tender
Keystone Finance launches in Abidjan
Joel Cadier has stepped down as deputy director for finance at Ivorian company SIFCA to found his own business
Elisee Cotrane loses tenders in Lome
Elisee Cotrane, the import company headed by Julie Beguedou, a Togolese businesswoman who is close to the president's
Attijariwafa battles for SIB in Ivory Coast
Attijariwafa Bank (AWB) is lobbying heavily to acquire the Ivorian state's 49% stake in Societe Ivoirienne de Banques (SIB).
Bollore wins partial victory against Burkina Faso's SOPAM
A French court ruled in favour of Bollore on March 6, lifting the August 2013 garnishment of €1 million from its
Entraco owed in Gabon
The construction company Entraco has joined a long list of companies owed money by the Gabonese state.
Natixis goes to Abidjan
French bank Natixis is in negotiations with the Ivorian government to raise international capital via the sale of Eurobonds.
FRANCOIS-DOMINIQUE DELAFOSSE (La Régionale)
Francois-Dominique Delafosse, who founded the company La Regionale in Abidjan in February, will launch the website laregionale.
VALENTIN MBERI (CLK Technologies)
Valentin Mberi, a Congolese businessman close to Emirati interests, is mobilising his network of contacts to organise
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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