GEOS and Securicom to provide security for the European delegation
In May, two successful private security companies walked away with an important contract for European diplomats in Burkina Faso, worth €11m over six years.
Although the Beninese president Patrice Talon is due to take the helm of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, his insistence that his economy minister chair the organisation's council of ministers has led to one of several disputes - and resulted in a special heads of state committee being set up to try to resolve the situation.
Until now, all firms selling petroleum products in West and Central Africa were partly supplied by Russia. But since the US slapped sanctions on Russian fuels, these companies are urgently having to review their supply schedules.
A few days after Roch Marc Christian Kaboré's overthrow, Burkina Faso's public prosecutor Harouna Yoda said the court should soon resurrect the Essakane fine coal affair involving Canadian gold producer Iamgold. By doing so, he was also making a call to the president for funding for the country's courts so that they can function properly.
The Malian junta and the Russian paramilitary company Wagner are close to an agreement that would provide for the deployment of 500 men in about ten localities. France, bitterly opposed to the arrival of Russian mercenaries, is due to hold a defence council on Mali at the Elysée on 22 December.
Many Western nations have closed their borders to travellers from southern Africa following the identification of the new coronavirus variant. Pretoria has since applied diplomatic pressure and launched a media counterattack, with the support of influential doctors and the WHO.