Abidjan gears up for mining policy overhaul span >
Firms hoping to help the government of Ivory Coast to draw up its five-year strategic plan for the mining sector put in their bids in early October. [...]
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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. [...]
A study is to be carried out to find out if the rapid development of the Ivorian mining sector in recent years has resulted in a revival of the money laundering and terrorist group financing which marked the Ivorian diamond mining industry in the past. [...]