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How major African port operator Necotrans was brought to its knees
Published 24/01/2017    [10 articles]
AFRICA / FRANCE
How major African port operator Necotrans was brought to its knees
Family-style management, inopportune development projects, stronger competition in the oil logistics sector and a sharp fall in raw material prices. All these factors contributed to the grave financia [...]
Ibrahima Diawadoh N'Jim, French PM's Africa man
Published 27/09/2016    [5 articles]
AFRICA / FRANCE
Ibrahima Diawadoh N'Jim, French PM's Africa man
On December 5, former French prime minister Manuel Valls announced that he would be standing in the primaries to find a candidate to represent the Left in France’s 2017 presidential elections. This se [...]
The Kandadji dam, the evil eye and a whiff of scandal
Published 01/09/2016    [10 articles]
NIGER
The Kandadji dam, the evil eye and a whiff of scandal
Will the hydro-electric dam due to built in the Kandadji region on the River Niger in south western Niger ever see the light of day? Construction of the dam, which was supposed to increase the country [...]
Hollande fails to turn the page
Published 17/08/2016    [8 articles]
WEST AFRICA / FRANCE
Hollande fails to turn the page
Just a few weeks before the departure of Helene le Gal from her post as African affairs adviser to Francois Hollande, West Africa Newsletter reviews in this special report the key features of France’s [...]
Alassane Ouattara and family business
Published 03/08/2016    [15 articles]
IVORY COAST
Alassane Ouattara and family business
Alassane Ouattara was known as a rigorous economist when he was deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but has left this reputation behind since becoming president of Ivory [...]
How Bolloré got his hands on the port of Conakry
Published 26/04/2016    [7 articles]
GUINEA
How Bolloré got his hands on the port of Conakry
Seventeen police officers searched the premises of the Bollore group in Puteaux in the western suburbs of Paris at the start of April. They were investigating supposed misappropriation of company asse [...]
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 [...]
Mohsen Hojeij, a man who frightens president Sassou Nguesso
Published 17/08/2015    [7 articles]
CONGO-B
Mohsen Hojeij, a man who frightens president Sassou Nguesso
The boss of the construction company Commisimpex, Mohsen Hojeij, could be seen as a Damocles sword hanging over Denis Sassou Nguesso's government, as this report shows.Launching any number of legal pr [...]
Accrombessi, a vice president both feared and loathed
Published 10/08/2015    [8 articles]
GABON
Accrombessi, a vice president both feared and loathed
With no official title except that of chief of staff to president Ali Bongo, Maixent Accrombessi is, in fact, Gabon's vice president. Apart from organizing matters at the presidential mansion on the s [...]
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 [...]
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