Institut Choiseul to ramp up Africa presence
The French think-tank Institut Choiseul has been active in Africa since 2014 and now plans to increase its presence in 2024. This March, it will launch a club specifically dedicated to the continent.
The two presidents have joined forces to put pressure on BP over its cost management of the Senegal-Mauritania cross-border liquefied natural gas project. This could have significant consequences for the British oil major.
The flood of refugees from Mali is preoccupying Mohamed Ould Ghazouani's government, which has asked the international community for help. Turning the main Mbera refugee camp into a town is among the options being considered.
The development of the cross-border gas field continues to be hit by delays linked to the repair of operating equipment, amid an uncertain political context in Senegal.
PwC’s Tunisian subsidiary has won a major contract to draw up a strategy to guide the Banque Centrale de Mauritanie (BCM) into the digital age.
Mauritania is asking Morocco for better security coordination before it agrees to lift its exceptional tax hikes on Moroccan fruit and vegetables. Nouakchott tripled the duties in response to Rabat's drone strikes against gold miners in the border area.
Within the framework of SWAIMS, the European Union-funded Support to the West African Integrated Maritime Strategy, 12 coastal countries in West Africa have been selected to receive 24 fast rescue boats.
Mauritania's decision to triple import duties on produce from Morocco is in direct retaliation for Moroccan army drone attacks in the buffer zone.
No consensus has yet been reached regarding the 2024 presidency of the African Union. The Mauritanian leader is now apparently willing to take on the role.
Late last year, EllaLink won the international bid to lay a second submarine internet cable to Mauritania.
The UN special representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mozambique's Leonardo Santos Simao, is booked to travel to Moscow in the first quarter of this year. He has a meeting with the Russian foreign ministry to discuss the situation in the Sahel.
Zine El Abidine Cheikh Ahmed recently submitted a $17m bid to the Société Mauritanienne d'Electricité (SOMELEC) for a major electrification programme for a handful of areas in eastern Mauritania, through his company Bis-TP.
During a trip to Paris and Brussels, UNOWAS's Leonardo Santos Simao, held talks with officials, calling for a reduction in the sanctions against Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger's juntas.
Christophe Bigot's hold on his position as the French foreign ministry's Africa head had been shaky for months before his sacking on 12 December. In the end, it came down to his handling of the Niger coup.
The Saudi engineering firm Al-Amr bagged a substantial contract in early December. Worth $4.2m, it will involve designing and overseeing the building of the King Salman bin Abdelaziz al-Saoud hospital in Nouakchott.
A gathering of France's top defence officials to discuss pressing issues about Africa that was original scheduled for 14 November will now take place on 12 December.
The French defence groups Delair and Sillinger have, thanks to European Union funding, bagged contracts in Mauritania to protect offshore gas fields and curb illegal migration.
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.
The French President is due to chair a Defence Council meeting on 14 November devoted exclusively to Africa. The future of France's military presence on the continent will be at the heart of the talks, at a time when the coup d'état in Niger has prompted the Élysée to review its initial plans.
Sonatel, the Senegalese subsidiary of French giant Orange, Mauritania Submarine Link Consortium and Ireland-based EllaLink are competing for the contract to build Mauritania’s second submarine cable link.
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.
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