Pyongyang, an alternative to the West?
On Sept. 9 North Korea conducted a new nuclear test in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Few African states spoke out to condemn Pyongyang. And with good reason: Kim Jong-un is engaged in [...]
AFRICA / FRANCE
Ibrahima Diawadoh N'Jim, French PM's Africa man
When prime minister Manuel Valls visited Dakar on Sept. 22-23 he was accompanied by his sidekick and adviser Ibrahima Diawadoh N'Jim, the West Africa Newsletter is taking a fresh look at one of the Fr [...]
The Kandadji dam, the evil eye and a whiff of scandal
Will the hydro-electric dam due to built in the Kandadji region on the River Niger in south western Niger ever see the light of day? Construction of the dam, which was supposed to increase the country [...]
WEST AFRICA / FRANCE
Hollande fails to turn the page
Just a few weeks before the departure of Helene le Gal from her post as African affairs adviser to Francois Hollande, West Africa Newsletter reviews in this special report the key features of France’s [...]
In the middle of the oil crisis, the Dos Santos family has united to save the regime
Mass sackings, investment costs, oil company departures and revenues in free fall constitute a powder keg on which the family, which has been in power since 1979, is sitting. Sensing the danger, famil [...]
The great Arab diplomatic battle for control of the Red Sea coast
Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates (UAE), who are allies of circumstance in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), are moving into East Africa so as to combat the Houthi rebels in Yemen more effective [...]
Kankou Moussa struggles for recognition
Africa’s gold refining market, which has long been dominated by South Africa’s Rand Refinery, is starting to see new operators emerge, with first among them, the Kankou Moussa refinery in Mali. This p [...]
Alassane Ouattara and family business
Alassane Ouattara was known as a rigorous economist when he was deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) but has left this reputation behind since becoming president of Ivory [...]
Where to get the billions of dollars to develop LNG?
Mozambique’s gigantic offshore LNG projects are constantly being put back. ENI seems to be ahead of the competition with its FLNG project but the Italian major nevertheless faces the same problem as A [...]
The case of IOG versus Boreh: final curtain!
Since he broke off in 2009 with his former friend - and major contributor to his previous election campaigns - Abdourahman Mahamoud Boreh, President Ismail Omar Guelleh (IOG) has constantly tried to b [...]