Macron reschedules defence council meeting focused on Africa
A meeting of the Élysée Palace's defence council, devoted specifically to Africa and initially planned for 14 November, is set to be rescheduled to another date before 28 November.
As the new chair of the Economic Community of West African States, the Nigerian president wants to inject fresh energy into the organisation's leadership as it struggles more than ever with military juntas and Islamist militant threats across the region. He has set up a task force to tackle the issue.
The future of the Accra Initiative, a West African security cooperation structure aimed at stemming the spread of rampant Islamist insurgency from the Sahel, remains uncertain. The United Kingdom and the EU, as key partners in the project, are encouraging member states to clarify their positions before unlocking any significant financial support.
Having established a foothold in French-speaking and central Africa, the French company's African branch, which is a specialist internet service provider, is looking to break into new markets in English-speaking countries.
Several heads of state from ECOWAS are preparing to travel to New York at the end of the month to attend the next United Nations General Assembly.
Former Chadian agriculture minister Djimet Adoum, who has been at the helm of the Coalition for the Sahel since 2021, is preparing to hand over to former Mauritanian foreign minister Hamadi Ould Meimou.
The 7th symposium of Gulf of Guinea navy commanders is scheduled to take place in Lomé on 18 and 19 October.
Nigeria's position on the free trade Economic Partnership Agreement between the EU and West African states is 'unlikely to change', according to the EU ambassador to Abuja Samuela Isopi.
The Elysée and the defence ministry have been holding discreet consultations with a handful of African "partners" to present the reorganisation of France's military presence on the continent.
The Guinea-Bissau president's hopes of a second term at the ECOWAS helm could well be dashed. The West African regional group, weakened by a series of coups in its member states and by a spat over whether national presidents should be allowed to serve a third term, is looking at several other potential candidates.
French firms Gide Loyrette Nouel, Mazars and Titane are currently bidding for a feasibility study contract for an extension of Mauritania's backbone, a major project aiming to equip the country with fibre optics.
African Parks has appointed Benin's Hugues Akpona as its new West Africa regional director. He takes over from Erik Mararv, who moves on to oversee the parks administered by the NGO in Chad.
The Burkianbe junta has once again rejected the United Nations' request for certification for a replacement of the organisation's resident coordinator Barbara Manzi.
After opening its first fertiliser plant in Nigeria last October, phosphate giant OCP, 95% owned by the Moroccan state, is keen to repeat that success elsewhere in West Africa. It is prospecting in Togo and Senegal.
Despite needing money to buy weapons to fight armed groups in the north of Burkina Faso, the junta has decided to turn a blind eye to the Canadian firm's infringement of customs regulations. IamGold is the last mining firm operating in this region beset by terrorist violence.
The "re-articulation" of France's military presence in Africa, announced by President Macron in February, is taking shape. Plans to drastically reduce numbers at the country's permanent bases in West Africa are already well advanced.
At UN headquarters in New York, the name Leonardo Santos Simão, Mozambique's former foreign minister under Joaquim Chissano, is doing the rounds as the potential next head of UNOWAS.
Companies linked to Mauritanian businessman Yacoub Sidya are omnipresent around the African operations of Russian miner Nordgold, which was hit by sanctions after Moscow's invasion of Ukraine. The gold mining firm, however, takes great care to remain in the background.
The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) is about to launch a new programme, financed by the State Department, to encourage the return to civilian rule in Mali, Burkina Faso, Guinea and Chad.
After a trip to Abidjan, the head of the French parliament's armed forces committee, Thomas Gassilloud, will travel to Senegal and Niger this month to discuss the reorganisation of French military deployment in West Africa.
Members of the Sahel Coalition will meet in Brussels on 27 March under the leadership of Djimet Adoum. The approach to be taken after Mali's withdrawal from the G5 Sahel last year will be on the agenda.
The UN World Food Programme decided on a new support plan for Africa in early February. The budget is close to €30m.
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