Medef seeking investments but not Jean-Jacques Bouya in Brazzaville
The French employers' federation, MEDEF, is due to visit Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the economic capital of Congo, from 7 to 9 December, after a stop in Libreville, Gabon.
The Minister of International Cooperation signed a strategic partnership with the South African company Allegiance Capital at the beginning of January in order to relaunch ECAir. Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso has won over the Minister for Major Works, Jean-Jacques Bouya.
Breaking news published on 15/11/21 at 12:45 - An ongoing row pitting Omar Denis Jr Bongo against his half-brothers and sisters turned physical in Paris last week. The close presence of Omar Bongo's son and Edith Lucie Sassou Nguesso at the Congolese president Denis Sassou Nguesso's side, threatens to turn the Parisian incident into a diplomatic crisis.
Denis Christel Sassou Nguesso has taken advantage of his first four months as Minister of International Cooperation to build up a team of close supporters and extend his political influence. He also has backers at the president's office to help him gain the upper hand over the other contenders for the presidency.
Anatole Collinet Makosso has still not named his new staff, more than four months after taking office. The only notable appointment he has made is that of his secretary general, poached from foreign minister Jean-Claude Gakosso, who in the process loses one of his most valuable men.
The Congolese president recently set up a new task force to tackle "political, economic and social" issues in Brazzaville. Headed by the former minister of the economy, it may however find itself in conflict with the team of the new finance minister.
The newly appointed Congolese budget minister Roger-Rigobert Andely has named a select group to reopen communication channels with the IMF and negotiate the disbursement of the second tranche of a loan programme that has been blocked for the past year.