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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 [...]
Franco-Moroccan groups battle it out for COP22 contracts
Published 03/03/2016    [7 articles]
MOROCCO
Franco-Moroccan groups battle it out for COP22 contracts
The contracts linked to the COP22 climate conference in Marrakesh in November have whetted the appetites of the leading French events groups and their Moroccan allies. To keep tight control of prepara [...]
Al Amoudi prepares for the finale in the SAMIR affair
Published 11/02/2016    [10 articles]
MOROCCO
Al Amoudi prepares for the finale in the SAMIR affair
The storm clouds are gathering over the head of Mohammed Hussein Al Amoudi, owner of Morocco’s only refining company, SAMIR, which ceased production in August 2015. Faced with legal action by the Moro [...]
The Sama Dubai affair, a lakeside powder keg
Published 24/09/2015    [13 articles]
TUNISIA
The Sama Dubai affair, a lakeside powder keg
The 837 hectares that Emirates property developer Sama Dubai relinquished on the south bank of Lake Tunis have once again raised interest! From the politician-businessman Slim Riahi through the minist [...]
Gadaffi's treasure trove dazzles hunters - both official and otherwise
Published 18/08/2015    [20 articles]
LIBYA
Gadaffi's treasure trove dazzles hunters - both official and otherwise
Luxury residences, corporate jets and bank accounts: the rival Libyan governments are fighting one another for control of Libya's assets that were stashed away in the halcyon days of Muammar Gaddafi's [...]
How Bouteflika is preparing his succession
Published 11/08/2015    [13 articles]
ALGERIA
How Bouteflika is preparing his succession
Since he was elected to a fourth term in office in April, 2014, president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his most loyal lieutenants have had just one thing in mind: how to pave the way for the ailing leader [...]
How Tripoli and Tobruk are facing off to snare Libya's overseas assets
Published 21/05/2015    [25 articles]
LIBYA
How Tripoli and Tobruk are facing off to snare Libya's overseas assets
Short of cash, the rival governments of Tobruk and Tripoli are battling one another for the assets acquired abroad during Muammar Gaddafi's reign, from LAP GreenN to OiLibya and passing by way of stak [...]
Who put an end to rift between Paris and Rabat?
Published 02/02/2015    [24 articles]
MOROCCO
Who put an end to rift between Paris and Rabat?
The resumption of judicial cooperation between France and Morocco on Jan. 31 marked the first step towards putting diplomatic relations between the two countries back on an even keel. In the corridors [...]
Auditing banks no piece of cake
Published 21/05/2014    [20 articles]
TUNISIA
Auditing banks no piece of cake
According to the IMF, at least $1.17 billion will be needed to mop up the debts weighing on Tunisia's three big state-owned banks: Societe Tunisienne de Banque (STB), the Banque de l'Habitat (BH) and [...]
Orange Tunisie: the poker match
Published 24/04/2014    [22 articles]
TUNISIA
Orange Tunisie: the poker match
Ben Ali’s son in law, Marouane Mabrouk, is pulling out all the stops to keep control of Orange Tunisie, local subsidiary of the French telecommunications giant, Orange. Before the revolution, he and h [...]
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