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N°659 - Paris,
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Emerging nation, or not
On one hand there is the macro-economic Gabon, whose numbers seem to tell that longed-for African success story: The economy is expected to grow 5.5% in 2013, slower than 7.2% in 2012 but a significant improvement on the annual 2% during Omar Bongo’s era.
Martin Bouygues gets VIP treatment
Alassane Ouattara rolled out the red carpet for Martin Bouygues, his friend for more than two decades, during the French construction group leader’s recent visit to Abidjan.
Ouegnin puts spanner in ADB's works
The African Development Bank’s imminent comeback to Abidjan has revived old rows including one with founding President Felix Houphouet Boigny's head of protocol, West Africa Newsletter can reveal.
Sassou on edge
Agents of the Republic of Congo’s National Security Council, headed by Jean-Dominique Okemba, are on high alert
Gaoussou Kone’s barracks farm rankles military
Commander Gaoussou Kone alias “Jah Gao” is refusing to leave the gendarmerie commando barracks in the Abidjan
Issoufou tired of pro-MNLA
In private Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou is increasingly irritated over the positive attention the National
Issoufou keeps cautious eye on army
President Mahamadou Issoufou is doing his utmost to keep in check an army that has already overthrown four of the country’s leaders since independence.
BENIN/CAMEROON/CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Bozize’s second exile in Benin
Cameroon’s freemasons have been taking special care of Francois Bozize in the past couple of months but now Central African Republic’s ousted leader is headed for Benin.
Sassou focuses on 2016
Capitalising on the good publicity of his role in Operation Serval, Denis Sassou Nguesso now has more leeway to wangle the constitutional change that would enable him to run for office again.
Gueant hustles for African business
Claude Gueant, the former French interior minister, has spent a lot of time in recent months wooing African leaders
Unicon's new hotel in Guinea
President Alpha Conde will inaugurate Conakry’s new five-star Palm Camayenne Hotel at the end of this month.
ACMAT supplies Ivorian government
A shipment of several dozen armoured vehicles for use by police intervention units and presidential security services
Dubai Ports Senegal enters turbulent zone
According to our sources, Dubai Ports Senegal, the Senegalese subsidiary of the Emirati group Dubai Ports World
BIAO-CI sparks controversy
The Banque Internationale pour l’Afrique Occidentale en Cote d’Ivoire (BIAO-CI), headed by Jean Kacou Diagou,
Ciments du Sahel flies the French flag
The Franco-Senegalese-Palestinian businessman Latfallah Layousse, was awarded the Legion d’Honneur by France’s
Les Brasseries Ivoiriennes draws potential investors
The brewery Les Brasseries Ivoiriennes the brewery founded by the Franco-Lebanese group Eurofind is attracting
FARA applied by Bamako
The government of Mali told its embassy in the US to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act on May 13.
MOHAMED CHEICK KARAMOKO (AIGF)
Ivorian businessman Mohamed Cheick Karamoko, CEO of communications equipment manufacturer Swindevco, was appointed
JOSE VEIGA (Asperbras)
Jose Veiga was appointed the managing director of Asperbras Congo in April.
Northern Mali: The Sahel time-bomb explodes
Ali Bongo's penchant for absolute power
Guillaume Soro trades uniform for speaker's post
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