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West Africa Newsletter /
N°671 - Paris, 27/11/2013
- IVORY COAST -
Aga Khan group bails out of Air Cote d'Ivoire
- AFRICA/FRANCE -
The program for France-Africa summit gathering
Editor in Chief
Ndong Sima, between rock and a hard place
Always busy with his international agenda, President Ali Bongo has stepped back from national politics and his long-suffering prime minister Raymond Ndong Sima has had to take up the slack. Bongo's distancing himself has triggered a power-struggle between the head of the government and some of the most influential people surrounding the president, who are only waiting for the moment to engineer Sima's exit.
Ouattara forgets Houphouët
Although he claims to be his spiritual son, Alassane Ouattara has been careful to avoid sticking too close to the footsteps of Ivory Coast’s founding father Félix Houphoüet-Boigny.
Boni Yayi's phantom airspace
Benin's air force has been grounded because of the lack of funds to maintain its aircraft.
RSF report annoys Affoussiata Bamba
Ivory Coast's comunications minister, Affoussiata Bamba Lamine, is furious over a report released by NGO Reporters
Sassou irritated by French Socialists
Denis Sassou Nguesso hesitated before accepting French President François Hollande's invitation to the Africa-France
Now that they are over their initial euphoria at being appointed to the upper house of Cameroon's parliament,
Faure has visitors at the Bristol
A number of French company bosses tried to put their cases to the Togolese president during his recent trip to Paris.
Macky Sall scares the troops away
The high turnover of staff is a sure sign that all is not well in the Senegalese president's office.
English speakers uneasy
Despite Paul Biya's forthcoming visit to Buea, the English speaking elite in Cameroon is still the poor relation in the country's top institutions.
Obiang's washing aired in Paris court
Yet another defamation case brought by President Teodoro Obiang went to court in Paris on November 21.
Oil revolution underway
A top to bottom reform of Ivory Coast's oil sector is being carried out, opening the marketplace to new partners and opening the capital of national companies to private investors.
La Mancha eyes stake in Niger's SML
A delegation from La Mancha, led by managing director Sébastien de Montessus, the former head of Areva's mining
Bolloré and ICM Holdings clash in Abidjan
A dispute has been raging at the Port of Abidjan in recent months between the oil services company ICM Holding
MEDEF plans Togo trip
France's employers' organisation MEDEF is planning a trade mission to Togo in the first quarter of 2014.
Economie Plus Gabon in crisis
Economie Plus Gabon, the free business magazine which was launched in 2010, is in turmoil due to a major row between
Bureau Veritas vs Webb Fontaine in Congo-K
The row between France's Bureau Veritas and Geneva-based Webb Fontaine has shifted from Ivory Coast to the Democratic
Siat's plantation labour woes in Libreville
Gert Vandersmissen, the managing director of Société d’Investissement pour l’Agriculture Tropicale (SIAT), wrote
Lazard plans to make Abidjan HQ
Lazard Bank, headed by businessman Mathieu Pigasse is planning to establish its new West African regional bureau in Abidjan.
YVES CASTANOU (ARPCE)
Yves Castanou, 42, who heads the Agence de Régulation des Postes et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE),
, business woman and charity star
, a minister-industrialist with a strong family base
, a Ouattara follower well-connected
, from battle dress to business suit
Sassou Nguesso's strategy to win in 2016
Northern Mali: The Sahel time-bomb explodes
Ali Bongo's penchant for absolute power
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