The Malian government just launched an audit of the country's gold mining sector. Although the Canadian and Australian companies which dominate the sector are not expecting to be expropriated for the benefit of the Wagner group, they do predict the state will seek a greater share of their revenues.
Worried about the spectacular demise of Central African Republic's diplomatic relations with France, the head of state is seeking fresh communication channels. After a first attempt at mediation in Kinshasa, he is considering appointing a new ambassador to France.
The Ivorian economic capital will be the venue for an initial mediation over the Ndassima gold mine. Canadian firm Axmin is challenging Bangui's 2019 cancellation of its two licences there. Illustrating the tension between them, the two parties even had trouble agreeing on a date for the talks.
Zeyad Alzarzour Khalifa, the all-powerful boss of the Plaza Ledger hotel, was in mid-September unceremoniously booted out of his job. The move opens the door to Libya's sovereign wealth fund taking back control of the luxury hotel, and it could end years of bad blood between Tripoli and Bangui.
The Chinese-run Canadian junior Axmin has retained the lawyer and presidential candidate Crépin Mboli-Goumba following the loss of its Central African gold permit to Midas Ressources, a firm reported to have Russian ties.