Archive for the ‘Benin’ Category

Putting 10,000 EVs on African Roads, the Hard Way

Courtesy of Rest of World, an article on Benin-based Spiro’s efforts to exchange old bikes for electric models across four African countries: In less than two years, Cotonou-headquartered EV company Spiro has put more than 10,000 e-bikes on roads across four African countries. But experts believe the company is incurring huge costs that will make […]

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Africa’s Longest Oil Pipeline Takes Shape in Niger

Via France 24, a report on an ongoing oil pipeline project in Niger: At Gaya in southwest Niger, near the border with Benin, the longest oil pipeline in Africa is being built. With a projected length of nearly 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) — including 1,250 km in Niger itself — the pipeline will connect oil […]

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West African Highway Construction Still Fraught with Interstate Obstacles and Financing Challenges

Via Modern Diplomacy, a look at the status of the grandiose highway project referred to as ‘Abidjan-Lagos Corridor’: After successfully launching the grandiose highway project referred to as ‘Abidjan-Lagos Corridor’ back in 2017, the five West African States – Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria – are still reviewing mechanisms for its implementation. Series […]

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Cutting Its Cloth: Can A New Industrial Revolution Transform Benin’s Economy?

Courtesy of The Guardian, a look at how Benin – a west African country and leading cotton producer – is moving into processing finished goods as a route to prosperity: When Muriel Akouewanou finished her studies in natural sciences in Benin, she struggled to find work and was unemployed for two years. Then, she saw […]

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As West Surges Towards Electric Cars, Unwanted Gas Guzzlers Go To Africa

Via CNN, an article on how America’s unwanted gas guzzling cars end up in places like Benin, Nigeria, and Kenya: Standing on the stony ground in the bustling Fifa Park car lot, Rokeeb Yaya is haggling over the price of a dark red car. It is one of a couple hundred vehicles, parked in long […]

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