Archive for the ‘Benin’ Category

Niger, Benin: Oil Pipeline Begins Operations

Via Stratfor’s Rane Worldview, a report on Niger, Benin’s operationalization of a new pipeline: What Happened: Nigerien oil arrived at the Beninese oil terminal of Seme using the Niger-Benin pipeline on April 21, Africanews reported on April 24.  Why It Matters: The Niger-Benin pipeline’s entry into service will enable Niger to begin exporting up to 90,000 barrels […]

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Benin: Positioning Itself As Culture Hub In West Africa

Benin has been making moves to position itself as a culture hub in the West African subregion with a series of arts festivals. Next week the second edition of the Benin International Arts Festival will take place in its largest city, Cotonou, alongside events in Ouidah and Porto-Novo. The festival promotes African creativity around music, […]

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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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