Airports spark intense international rivalries
At a time when many African capitals are constructing new airports to ease congestion around urban centres, such projects are giving rise to intense rivalry between new and established powers on the continent, all against a backdrop of growing sub-regional [. [...]
Mahamadou Bonkoungou flies high in construction thanks to presidential aviation business
As business magnates Michel Tomi and Samuel Dossou see their business aviation companies go into nosedive, the aircraft operated by Burkina Faso's Mahamadou Bonkoungou are attracting bookings from presidencies throughout West Africa and will soon start flying from Central Africa as well. [...]
Beijing does the spade work and Paris cleans up!
Underpinned by Eximbank, its formidable financial spearhead, China is increasingly making its presence felt in west and central Africa, a region where France already has extensive business interests. Beijing is now expanding beyond the ‘captive' energy and raw material markets [. [...]