Battery metals attract new exploration hopefuls
The increasing demand for minerals used in the manufacture of electric batteries, namely lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese, is leading to greater interest in Guinea's natural resources.
Financier Yariv Elbaz, who specialises in complex financial operations, particularly for the Gabonese sovereign fund, is putting the final touches to a stock exchange operation that will turn his Forafric milling group into a leading force in the cereals "diplomacy" stakes with powerful financial and political allies.
US-Saudi Arabian defence deals appear to go smoothly, yet behind the scenes there are often multiple agents fighting tooth and nail to get them done, sometimes triggering litigation like the ongoing spat involving anti-IED specialist CSI.
Favourite courtier of African presidents Jacob Zuma, Ali Bongo and Denis Sassou-Nguesso, South African Ivor Ichikowitz is little by little making his mark in Central Asia. Alongside such influential regional businessmen as Kenges Rakichev in Kazakhstan and Fuad Seyidaliyev in Azerbaijan, the head of the Paramount arms group is trying to establish himself there, while still maintaining his positions in Africa.