HB Antwerp positions itself in Gaborone as alternative to De Beers
The Belgian trader HB Antwerp is in talks with the state-owned Okavango Diamond Company over a diamond trade partnership, which it is hoping to show would be more profitable for the Botswana government than its arrangement with sector giant De Beers.
Christian churches council to supervise national consultation
The organisation grouping Madagascar's four biggest Christian churches has agreed to supervise pre-election dialogue in the island nation. It plans to hold a series of forums and to deploy observers to try to ensure the upcoming presidential polls are trouble-free.
AEG Fuels claims its due from Angolan Air Force
Both the US subsidiary of Angola's state oil company Sonangol and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) are identified as structures to which the Angolan Air Force (AAF) has entrusted part of its assets. But neither appears willing to ride to the AAF's rescue.
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Brussels and Paris gift Zodiac Milpro coastguard vessels to Maputo
With European funds, the French defence parastatal Economat des Armées (EDA) is to supply eight Zodiac Milpro boats to reinforce Mozambique's coastguard. The service provider is muscling in on a security cooperation sector hitherto dominated by Expertise France.
UNITA tends to its international networks from Paris to Abidjan
Adalberto Costa Junior, the chairman of Angola's leading opposition party, has been an increasingly frequent visitor to Western capitals of late and has also been looking to extend his influence in Africa with the help of a small group of loyalists.
Harare acts to get back on the lucrative Durban-Copperbelt freight route
The opening of the Kazungula Bridge, which connects Zambia to Botswana, has robbed Zimbabwe of its status as a key gateway between the port of Durban and the Copperbelt. Deprived of significant revenue, Harare is preparing its counter-attack with the help of a handful of bankers.