On the eve of the Commonwealth experts' third and final official visit to Libreville, which should definitively seal Gabon's entry into the organisation, the former UK Prime Minister has pitched the services of his firm, the Tony Blair Institute, to Ali Bongo.
The former British prime minister, whose Tony Blair Institute has been helping the DRC to develop its economic strategy, has warned President Tshisekedi against allowing the Australian giant Fortescue to be in sole charge of the development of the Grand Inga mega-dams.
Xi Jinping's regime has invited the Congolese head of state to visit Beijing later this spring to discuss economic cooperation between the two countries. The invitation comes as Washington, which has made a dramatic return to the DRC since the election of Felix Tshisekedi, is closely scrutinizing Chinese activity in the country.
President Tshisekedi has a team of nine special advisors he likes to call on. Playing on rivalries among the members of Joseph Kabila's Front Commun pour le Congo, some have taken charge of state matters even if that means encroaching on the portfolios of the ministers concerned.