French economy minister helps Razel and Sogea prevail against Ebomaf in key road upgrade battle
Bruno Le Maire went to Ivory Coast last month to bang the drum for French business. His trip sped up the attribution of a vast contract to improve the road between Abidjan and San Pedro, the world's busiest cocoa port. [...]
Bruno Le Maire offers Ouattara win-win deal
Having received the final instalments of its $1.2bn International Monetary Fund (IMF) four-year programme in December, Ivory Coast is theoretically supposed to be tightening its belt - it has exceeeded its IMF quota and will be unable to negotiate further loans for at least a year (and probably longer). [...]
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. [...]