Touadéra entrusts training of his new Rapid Intervention Battalion to Rwandan soldiers
Like Cameroon, the Central African Republic has established a Rapid Intervention Battalion, comprising 500 troops, mostly trained by the Rwandan army.
The meeting that followed the UN Security Council presentation of MINUSCA's most recent situation report on the Central African Republic revealed tensions concerning the overflight ban imposed by the country.
In the hope of reducing Moscow's influence, Faustin-Archange Touadéra is seeking to renew ties with Western partners. This delicate diplomatic shift has resulted in an agreement with the US private military company Bancroft, the details of which Africa Intelligence can now reveal.
The Central African president's office is working out the details of an unprecedented agreement with the American security consultancy firm Bancroft Global Development. It's backed by Washington, with the aim of weakening the Russian paramilitary group Wagner.
Félix Mouloua has expressed his dissatisfaction over the World Bank's cancellation of a payment for an energy project overseen by Arthur Piri. The money is now definitively lost.
An employee of the private US security company was briefly arrested and interrogated by the police, with the involvement of Russian paramilitaries, in the Central African capital.
The US embassy in Bangui appears impotent in the face of a spate of US citizens being denied entry upon arrival at the CAR capital's airport.
Some thirty MPs have called for the removal of ‘SMS' - a development welcomed by his main rival for the post of speaker, Evariste Ngamana.
As Shanxi Construction waits to hear if it has won the contract to renovate Bangui-M'Poko airport, President Touadéra is trying to get funding to build a rival airport near the capital.
As the US private military company Bancroft makes inroads in CAR, the Russian paramilitary outfit is consolidating its presence outside the capital.
This year could see the largest airline in Central Africa start a regular service to Bangui for the first time, but that still depends on the Bangui-M'Poko International Airport meeting the required standards.
The South African conservation giant recently obtained certification to sell carbon credits backed by the reserve.
Lawyer Crépin Mboli-Goumba will no longer be representing Aurafrique, the Central African subsidiary of Canada’s Axmin, in its fight to regain control of the Ndassima mine.
Faustin-Archange Touadéra's former adviser Valery Zakharov orchestrated a top secret return to the CAR in recent weeks after a two-year absence. The ex-Russian intelligence officer is now under international sanctions, including from the US.
On 20 November, the Paris court of appeal upheld a ruling ordering the French state to pay the French business lawyer Jean-Pierre Chiaradia-Bousquet €42,000 in damages.
The Dubai-based Indian bank has pledged to raise €5.6bn from Emirati financial institutions in support of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa, while multilateral donors remain reserved.
Total Centrafrique, the largest company in the country, had not been paying taxes. At the same time, the government had been racking up debt with the group bought by corporate banker Enguerrand Rochefort.
Since October, on several occasions, US nationals have been stopped by border police at Bangui-M'Poko airport upon attempting to enter the Central African Republic.
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.
On 10 and 11 November, the Saudi Arabia-Africa and the Arab League-African Union summits are due to be held back-to-back in Riyadh.
Hot on the heels of the CAR's constitutional reform, European chancelleries are now preparing for the country's forthcoming elections. Brussels is eager for the opposition to take participate in October's local elections - the first since 1988 - but the opposition is standing firm in the face of the head of state's power grab.
On 2 October, French firm TLS Contact will begin handling requests for French visas that have been filed in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo, Franceville, Gabon, and Douala and Yaoundé, Cameroon.
The planned sale of the Central African Republic's largest importer [...]
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