Sinohydro ushers in the Chinese New Year in Ouaga
Forced to lie low while Burkina Faso maintained official relations with Taiwan, Chinese companies have gone onto the offensive since Ouagadougou re-established ties with Beijing in late May (WAN 777) and China opened an embassy on 12 July, which for [. [...]
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 [. [...]
Doha and Riyadh play out their rivalries along the Abidjan-Ouaga-Accra axis
Though it has so far had limited repercussions on the continent, the six-month diplomatic stand-off between Qatar and Saudi Arabia is now being exported to West Africa. It remains largely a war of words, but tensions may shortly ramp up [. [...]