Somaliland's defence minister Abdiqani Mohamoud Aateye and the head the Somaliland National Armed Forces General Nuh Ismail Tani have contracted London-based consultancy firm Adam Smith International (ASI) to help steer the overhaul of its defence services.
With the ICJ due to rule on the issue of their maritime borders in a few weeks' time, Nairobi and Mogadishu remain very much at daggers drawn. By dispatching its foreign minister Mevlüt Çavusoglu to the region, Ankara is hoping to become the indispensable mediator between the two countries.
Washington is stepping up its support for Somali special forces by hiring more and more private service providers in the field. The US wants to take down Al-Shabaab but also keep tabs on the Somali National Army, now largely under Turkish influence.
At the request of the United States, American contractor Mission Essential plans to take on more Russian, Chinese and Turkish interpreters. Its aim is to gather more information about the activities of the three powers concerned in East Africa and elsewhere on the continent.
A small group of Turkish and Algerian billionaires are serving as the advance guard for President Erdogan in Algeria. They stand ready to replace French entepreneurs, who are increasingly losing support in the North African country, and compete with the omnipresent Chinese.