Egis and Louis Berger vie over urban transport authority
The two companies are competing with five other concerns for the contract to establish Ivory Coast's future urban transport administration.
In the run-up to the next China-Africa summit, which is due to take place in Beijing in September, the French foreign office has been issuing a flurry of briefings on Africa's disaffection with French cooperation initiatives and its growing preference for loans from Beijing.
Underpinned by Eximbank, its formidable financial spearhead, China is increasingly making its presence felt in west and central Africa, a region where France already has extensive business interests. Beijing is now expanding beyond the ‘captive' energy and raw material markets