Téné Birahima Ouattara opts for US firm Score Technologies over Thales for border surveillance

Ivory Coast defense minister Téné Birahima Ouattara.
Ivory Coast defense minister Téné Birahima Ouattara. © Legnan Koula/EPA/Newscom/MaxPPP
The Ivorian defence minister recently awarded a $25m contract to the US firm Score Technologies to monitor the northern border of Ivory Coast in order to prevent attacks by armed groups. A setback for France's Thales, and a decision that was encouraged by Lacina Koné, Ouattara's former adviser on new technologies. [...] (335 words)
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