Archive for the ‘Burkina Faso’ Category

Visualizing Global Gold Production in 2023

Via Visual Capitalist, an interesting graphic of global production and the large number of frontier markets on the list: Over 3,000 tonnes of gold were produced globally in 2023. In this graphic, we list the world’s leading countries in terms of gold production. These figures come from the latest USGS publication on gold statistics (published January 2024). […]

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Wagner’s Next Act In Africa

Via The New Statesman, commentary on how Vladimir Putin and Yevgeny Prigozhin’s son have rebranded the mercenary group in the Sahel: “There’s a little Russia growing inside Burkina Faso,” a Burkinabe official told me. “First you put down one settlement, somewhere you can speak safely, where you don’t have any Americans or French. Then you […]

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Niger, Morocco: Prime Ministers Meet Amid Plans To Diversify Port Access

Courtesy of Rane’s Worldview (subscription required), a report that Niger and Morocco are working to advance plans to help western Sahelian countries diversity their maritime access through Morocco’s ports: What Happened: Nigerien Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine met with Moroccan Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch as part of a two-day trip to Morocco, Radio France Internationale […]

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Can Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso Maintain Growth Outside ECOWAS?

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a look at whether Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso can maintain growth outside ECOWAS: The three countries shaken by coups have economies with growth prospects above the regional average as they close the door on the regional bloc. On 28 January, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger jointly announced their withdrawal […]

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Russia Steps Up Competition in Africa

Via Foreign Policy Research Institute, a look at Russia’s efforts to step up its presence, and competitive position (both economically and militarily), in Africa: BOTTOM LINE The Kremlin is taking up the mantle of Wagner Group after Yevgeny Prigozhin’s death, and is now moving to compete directly with the West in Africa, particularly in the […]

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The Elusive Figure Running Wagner’s Embattled Empire of Gold and Diamonds

Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal, an article on Dmitry Sytii the elusive figure working to preserve the Wagner’s multibillion-dollar African operations: T-shirts have appeared on the streets of the Central African Republic’s capital recently picturing a bearded man with flowing hair and an almost saintly look. The image, reminiscent of a revolutionary Che Guevara, […]

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