ExxonMobil, Aker Energy and ENI fed up with Accra
Business in Ghana is dismal: production is low and exploration at a standstill. Companies are becoming more vocal about their exasperation with the state and some are even pulling out entirely.
The current holder of the ECOWAS rotating chair, Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo, is intending to make the Sahel a central priority of his term at the helm of the regional organisation at a time when jihadist groups are extending their networks into countries lying on the west African coast.
Ghana's 16,000-strong army has become one of the main levers of Accra's outsized diplomatic influence in Africa and beyond, with nearly 3,000 soldiers deployed across a dozen UN missions. President Nana Akufo-Addo is particularly fond of his country's armed forces and increasingly relies on his Chief of Defence Staff, Lieutenant General Obed Akwa.