Straife advises oil trader BGN International
The Emirati company is being supported on its Libyan operations by the US consultancy's boss Joseph Fleming, who formerly worked as a lobbyist for eastern strongman Khalifa Haftar.
South Africa has never been one of Saudi Arabia's trade priorities, except for armaments. But energy matters and rare metals seem to have sparked a paradigm shift. The kingdom is now conducting a charm offensive in the country and promising major investments.
The US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), which was relaunched two years ago, is increasing its activity on the African continent. Washington has made the DFC, which invests in the private sector, its key weapon for attracting African countries wooed by Beijing.
Joe Biden will receive his South African counterpart at the White House on 16 September. High on their talks agenda will be boosting links between the two countries, as the battle of influence rages between the United States and Russia to win over South Africa.
Ever since Félix Tshisekedi took power, Washington had hoped he would curb China's huge influence in the country. Four years later, the United States is bitterly disappointed that it has failed to break Beijing's hegemony in strategic mining issues.
Rabbi-businessman Avraham Moyal has become Dan Gertler's envoy to the Congolese authorities, as the Israeli mining magnate, who was all-powerful under Joseph Kabila, struggles with US sanctions. As he waits to be rehabilitated as the DRC's honorary consul in Israel, Gertler has surrounded himself with ultra-orthodox figures in preparation for his latest reconciliation with the Tshisekedi regime.
Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, the number two in Sudan's interim regime, is trying to polish his international reputation. His aim is to play down his links with Moscow and prepare for a possible presidential election battle with regime leader Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan.
The head of the US military command for Africa embarked on a major African tour in May that took him from Djibouti to Angola via Somalia, Kenya and Rwanda. The aim was to brief American diplomats and high-ranking officers of the US Army on how to strengthen security cooperation with African partners in order to limit the progress of Chinese influence in East and Southern Africa.
Following a series of allegations of human rights abuses committed by the Forces armées maliennes (FAMa) within the context of their collaboration with the Russian paramilitary outfit Wagner, members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations have since March been pondering their stance towards the United Nations mission in Mali, MINUSMA.
Despite having stopped imports of phosphate from Western Sahara as a matter of "social responsibility" in 2018, the US company Innophos resumed these in 2021 according to the NGO Western Sahara Resource Watch. President Donald Trump had recognised Moroccan sovereignty over the disputed territory the year before, around the same time Innophos pulled its stock listing.
Soon after Sheikh Shakhboot became the Emirati minister for African affairs in February last year he took on the hot potato of Ethiopia's vast GERD dam. This gives the young diplomat a perfect opportunity to demonstrate his abilities on an issue that affects two of the UAE's traditional allies.