Spotlight IVORY COAST 10/01/2018

Business remains sceptical of Ouattara's economic credentials

Alassane Ouattara may have repeatedly boasted of the ‘safety of investments' in Ivory Coast in his speech to the nation on 31 December, but his enthusiasm is decidedly at odds with the reality on the ground. With the country featuring [...]

Corridors of power

Akere Muna, the future thorn in Biya's side

The leader of the NOW movement and former president of the bar could upstage the president in October's election. An exclusive investigation. [...]

Ali Bongo's PDG beset by internal divisions

In an indication of the schisms around the president, the ruling party is struggling for unity in the run-up to the legislative elections. [...]

JDO's strategy for paving the way for the future

In the race to succeed Denis Sassou N'Guesso, it would appear that the secret service chief has developed the most extensive network of allies. [...]

Ouattara's MPs play fast and loose with the law

Several MPs have been contravening legislation which prohibits them from holding private sector positions while serving as an MP. [...]

Ministries desperately seeking their secretary generals! Free

As is the new year custom, several ‘acting' ministry officials are due in January to present their staff's season's greetings [...]

Accrombessi undeterred by ill-health

Having become a behind-the-scenes adviser to Ali Bongo after experiencing [...]


Da Costa holds a book signing

Miguel Da Costa, who is now the doyen of African [...]

Holiday homework for Patrice Talon

The Beninese president Patrice Talon kept his closest colleagues by [...]

Business circles

A good return on investment for Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani

The visit of the Emir of Qatar to Abidjan has tangibly strengthened his kingdom's relations with Abidjan, to the detriment of Riyadh. [...]

Port Security seeks to expand its port activities

The Canadian security specialist is angling for a contract at the cocoa port of San Pedro. [...]

Thomson loses out to Aucom

The South African firm has won the lucrative contract to roll out DTTV in the country. [...]


Akere Muna brings Vanguard Africa on board

The lawyer Akere Muna, who is intending to run for [...]

Brakina faces competition from Apollinaire Compaore

Nouvelle Brasserie de Cote d'Ivoire (NBCI) is due to launch [...]

A bridge for Cocody Bay, courtesy of PFO

The architect Pierre Fakhoury's eponymous firm, Pierre Fakhoury Operator Africa [...]

Amadou Gon Coulibaly lays into the port authorities

Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly is none too happy with [...]

Accor brings Adagio to Abidjan

The French hotel chain Accor will be bolstering its presence [...]

The Fares family teams up with Coca-Cola

The businessmen Mohamed, Muhyedine and Hassan Fares, the owners of [...]


Affoh Atcha Dedji, a Faure ally in charge at Togocom

Affoh Atcha Dedji, who is a native of Tchamba, a [...]


Philippe Colleu bounces back in Douala and Niamey

Philippe Colleu, who previously acted as the Mr Africa of [...]

Power brokers

Lamyr Nguele, the regime's anti-corruption magistrate

Lamyr Nguele, who has been president of the Commission nationale de lutte contre la corruption, la concussion et la fraude [...]

Sidiki Diakite emerges from Hamed Bakayoko's shadow

The Ivorian interior and security minister Sidiki Diakite, who has been in post since July, is asserting his independence from [...]

The memory of Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh lives on in Paris

Exasperated by the virtually non-existent progress made in the investigation into the disappearance of Ibni Oumar Mahamat Saleh in N'Djamena [...]

Guy Nzouba Ndama distances himself from Jean Ping

On 10 January, the 71-year-old founder and president of the opposition party Les Democrates, Guy Nzouba Ndama (aka ‘Moukombo'), is [...]

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