French military bases: Closed door discussions in the Élysée
George Weah irks Washington and Robert Friedland with mine transfers to ArcelorMittal
Liberia has withdrawn licences from mining firms without informing them. Solway Mining, which was about to launch its iron ore project, has lost its asset to ArcelorMittal, which is strengthening its grip on iron ore production and its rail line monopoly to the detriment of Robert Friedland's US company HPX.
Vivendi seeks new business from Lagos to Kampala
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.
Weah faces arbitration threat from Solway over ArcelorMittal deal
Solway Investment Group has told the Liberian president to either provide compensation after a secret deal that handed its iron ore mining licence to ArcelorMittal, or face arbitration that could cost the state $2bn.
Details of Liberia's secret deal with ArcelorMittal revealed
Africa Intelligence has gained access to the confidential deal which gives the global steel giant a virtual monopoly on iron ore in Liberia at the expense of Solway Mining.
The heads of state who are set to attend the UN General Assembly
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.
New head of Sahel Coalition set to be announced
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.
New chair Tinubu formulates plan to revitalise ECOWAS leadership
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.
Lomé to host Gulf of Guinea's maritime security jamboree
The 7th symposium of Gulf of Guinea navy commanders is scheduled to take place in Lomé on 18 and 19 October.
Brussels sceptical of Bola Ahmed Tinubu backing free trade agreement
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.
Brussels and London face Accra Initiative headache
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.
Paris presents military restructuring plan to African presidencies
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.
Battle over the future chair of ECOWAS
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.
Gide, Mazars and Titane compete for fibre optics feasibility study
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 picks Benin's Akpona as new West Africa boss
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.
UN struggles to replace resident coordinator
The Burkianbe junta has once again rejected the United Nations' request for certification for a replacement of the organisation's resident coordinator Barbara Manzi.
OCP plans more fertiliser plants in West Africa
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.
US Department of State attempts to mediate between ArcelorMittal and HPX
The management of the rail link between Liberian mining sites and the port of Buchanan is still the subject of intense negotiations. To try to find a solution to this logistical and commercial disagreement, the State Department brought together in Washington executives from ArcelorMittal and the American company High Power Exploration.
President Traore pampers miner Iamgold
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.
Paris mulls drastic reduction of French troops in Africa
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.