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Kankou Moussa struggles for recognition
Published 04/08/2016    [10 articles]
MALI
Kankou Moussa struggles for recognition
Africa’s gold refining market, which has long been dominated by South Africa’s Rand Refinery, is starting to see new operators emerge, with first among them, the Kankou Moussa refinery in Mali. This p [...]
Phosphates: the OCP behemoth out to conquer a continent
Published 03/05/2016    [32 articles]
AFRICA / MOROCCO
Phosphates: the OCP behemoth out to conquer a continent
The OCP group (Office Cherifien des Phosphates) launched an unprecedented offensive to conquer Africa in September, 2015. Working out of its Parisian arm named OCP Africa, which is staffed by former e [...]
Bollore’s train into trouble
Published 23/09/2015    [7 articles]
WEST AFRICA
Bollore’s train into trouble
French entrepreneur Vincent Bollore often attracts hostile reactions as he seeks to extend his interests in Africa. His ambitious plan to create a rail line linking Abidjan to Lomé via Ouagadougou, Ni [...]
Why Areva is pulling back
Published 12/05/2015    [10 articles]
NIGER
Why Areva is pulling back
Slowly but surely, the French nuclear giant is running down its operations in Niger. The difficult completion of the renegotiation of the Cominak and Somaïr mining agreements has not at all eased tens [...]
Macky Sall’s copybook blotted by ArcelorMittal affair
Published 29/04/2015    [10 articles]
SENEGAL
Macky Sall’s copybook blotted by ArcelorMittal affair
What happened in Senegal will go down in the mining annals as ArcelorMittal’s most humiliating defeat in Africa, as the attached joint report from West Africa Newsletter and Africa Mining Intelligence [...]
How Niamey wants to make Areva give in
Published 24/03/2014    [10 articles]
NIGER
How Niamey wants to make Areva give in
Like many African nations in recent years, Niger modified its mining legislation in 2006 to increase the revenue it earns from the extraction industry. But France's Areva, which has operated two urani [...]
The Simandou iron curse
Published 25/07/2013    [20 articles]
GUINEA
The Simandou iron curse
A key mining project for Guinea's economic growth, the huge Simandou iron ore deposit lies at the heart of a battle between the majors and president Alpha Conde, with consultants acting as their proxi [...]
Ambatovy: Tug of War with Sherritt
Published 07/03/2013    [16 articles]
MADAGASCAR
Ambatovy: Tug of War with Sherritt
Ever since he came to power in March, 2009, Madagascar president Andry Rajoelina has been struggling to modify a contract signed by his predecessor, Marc Ravalomanana, with the Canadian mining group S [...]
Northern Mali: The Sahel time-bomb explodes
Published 18/02/2013    [30 articles]
MALI
Northern Mali: The Sahel time-bomb explodes
An attack by a group of Islamist extremists in Northern Mali cast a cruel light on the risk of destabilization facing the area and, beyond it, the entire Sahel region. Launched by France on Jan. 11, a [...]
Conde and Ouattara put stamp on mining
Published 12/04/2012    [20 articles]
IVORY COAST / GUINEA
Conde and Ouattara put stamp on mining
Guinea and Ivory Coast's presidents Alpha Conde and Alassane Ouattara have become heavily involved in their countries' mining industries and diminished the roles of their respective ministers for mini [...]
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