The changing balance of power within the AU has allowed the Jewish state to make a decisive breakthrough. It now has the status of observer country at the Addis Ababa institution, much to the displeasure of several member states.
To cope with the growing international interest in the Southern African Development Community, where Russia has been building on Soviet-era ties, Vladimir Putin pulled out the big guns by appointing his main Africa expert, Andrey Kemarskiy, to the embassy in Gaborone.
The national electricity board has commissioned Cegelec, a subsidiary of French group Vinci, to connect Laâyoune in Western Sahara to the national grid. This line will be used to offload electricity from the Sahrawi power plants of Mohammed VI's company Nareva.
With Ghana looking set to lose two of its most strategically important posts at the UN and the African Union in 2021, Akufo-Addo is redoubling his efforts to get Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee appointed as deputy chair of the AU Commission.
Emmanuel Macron jumped on the phone to Mohammed VI on 24 January, a day after the Polisario Front fired missiles into the Guerguerat buffer zone controlled by Morocco and just after putting down the receiver from a call with his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
As the Southern African Development Community deals with its biggest security crisis of the past decade, Botswana has shown its aspirations by launching the race for the organisation's next secretary general with the nomination of its candidate:
The Algerian foreign minister Sabri Boukadoum has paid a visit to the few, still pro-Polisario capitals in Africa with the hope of gaining room for manoeuvre on the matter of the disputed region. He came away disappointed.