After delays, Polytech steps on the gas with army HQ project
The Chinese company Poly Technologies plans to complete the Allada barracks, set to headquarter the general staff of Benin's armed forces, in September 2021. The project, which has fallen behind schedule, is just a small component of a vast defence contract between Benin and China driven by President Patrice Talon and his eminence grise Olivier Boko. [...]
Beijing does the spade work and Paris cleans up!
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 [. [...]