RSW's Short Tucanos spark trench warfare between budget and defence ministries
Having already come in for criticism in an audit conducted last year, the Nigerien defence ministry has again attracted the ire of colleagues at the budget ministry, who are concerned at the purchase, currently being finalised, of two Short Tucano aircraft from the American broker RSW. [...]
Will Beijing boycott Macron's Africa Summit?
The French president has been trying to get China on board his summit of African economies for months but Beijing has yet to RSVP his invitation. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken should represent Joe Biden at the 18 May event, to which several African heads of state have been hastily invited at the last minute. [...]
Lawyers and consultants flock to Brazzaville in search of infrastructure projects
Initially scheduled to take place in Brussels and then Paris, the CEMAC round table on public-private partnerships has finally taken place in Brazzaville, attracting a veritable horde of lawyers specialising in this domain. [...]
Governments seek guidance on hidden pitfalls of G20 debt moratorium
For African countries, taking advantage of the G20 moratorium on bilateral debt during the Covid-19 pandemic could lead to unforeseen consequences, especially in terms of their credit ratings. A number of banks and law firms have been guiding them through this financial minefield. [...]