Broker Thierno Ba chooses Belgrade to supply gendarmerie
Businessman and close friend to Senegalese President Macky Sall, Thierno Ndom Ba just ordered 20 light armoured vehicles from state-run Serbian conglomerate Yugoimport for the gendarmerie.
The Senegalese businessman running Ortho International, Cheikh Ndiaye, has been the representative for several flagship Italian defence firms for many years. He used these relationships to bring his clients to the African Air Chiefs Symposium.
At the initiative of air force chief of staff General Papa Souleymane Sarr, Senegal is consulting a number of firms over its plans to acquire several observation drones. Among the potential suppliers are French companies Delair and Eos Technologie.
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With the end of his term approaching, the Senegalese president is determined to push for a resolution of the conflict that has been simmering in the south-west of the country since 1982. We shed a light on the latest developments in the talks with one of the main rebel factions.
British major BP has abandoned almost all of its oil activities on the continent in recent years, thus underscoring its ambition to focus on natural gas and the emerging prospect of hydrogen. The firm remains present in four countries:
Serbia is conducting a charm offensive in African capitals in a bid to boost business and persuade them not to recognise Kosovo's independence. The operation is steered behind the scenes by a powerful Serbian businessman with deep links to Africa, working in concert with Belgrade's foreign minister Ivica Dacic.
The recent appointment of Serigne Bassirou Guèye, a former prosecutor, as the new head of Senegal's anti-corruption agency has not been universally welcomed in the country's legal community. Some magistrates and lawyers fear his arrival will further weaken an institution already hobbled by limited powers.
The far-left La France Insoumise party and Senegal's main opposition leader Ousmane Sonko and his group came together ahead of the vote on the extradition deal between the two countries in late January. MP Arnaud Le Gall, LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon's Africa adviser, was key to the move.
Several major firms are vying for a contract, worth up to €150m, to keep Senegalese territorial waters safe from pirates and illegal fishing. A bid by French IT firm Atos has already been rejected, but France's CS Group and Spanish and Emirati groups are still in the running.
With a year to go before Senegal's next presidential election, opposition leader Ousmane Sonko is seeking to boost his credibility on the international stage. To help, he has formed a group of advisers which includes figures from the country's diaspora.
In just a short years, Thierno Ndom Ba has established himself as one of Dakar's most sought-after military equipment brokers. With discretionary use of special funds from the presidency, the businessman has become a main supplier of Senegal's gendarmerie.
French financial crimes prosecutors have been investigating Necotrans, a former champion of port logistics in Africa, for the past two years. Brothers Grégory and Emmanuel Quérel and their links with Guinea-Bissau President Umaro Sissoco Embalo are at the heart of the probe.
Teranga SA is betting on more business and has recruited three new members to its board of directors, including two former French heavyweights in Africa: General Grégoire de Saint-Quentin and the former deputy director of West Africa at the foreign ministry, Laurent Bigot.
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