Cameroon and Nigeria's talks with cocoa cartel bear fruit
Details have emerged about Yaoundé et Abuja's talks in Abidjan to join the Ivory Coast-Ghana Cocoa Initiative, set up to defend the interests of the world's two largest cocoa producers.
The South African leader and president of the African National Congress, who looks likely to be re-elected at the ANC's elective conference in December, has already picked his favoured candidates for the party's top jobs.
The Ivory Coast-Ghana Cocoa Initiative (ICCIG), based in Accra since September 2021 and headed by the experienced Ivorian Alex Assanvo, is struggling to bring multinationals on board. It is also trying to persuade the two regulatory bodies to radically shift their priorities.
The former Rio Tinto exec and current chairman of the Chamber of Mines, who is also the deputy managing director of the Chinese-Singaporean-Guinean consortium, has been leading the negotiations on the Simandou iron ore project.
The ruling party's deeply dysfunctional Youth League and Women's League have rarely been in poorer health, with the military veterans associations also in disarray. As a candidate for re-election as party president in December, Cyril Ramaphosa sees in their predicaments a chance to undermine his rivals.
The ANC Women's League, an entity born from the ashes of the Bantu Women's League in 1948, is struggling to make its voice heard on the national scene but still wants to hold sway when the party decides on its top six in December this year.