Archive for the ‘Cote d’Ivoire’ Category

Côte d’Ivoire’s Traders Brace for Sahel States’ Split from ECOWAS

Via The Africa Report, a report on the impact of the Sahel states split form ECOWAS on Cote d’Ivoire: More than 1.3 million Burkinabes and half a million Malians live in the Côte d’Ivoire thanks to ECOWAS freedom of movement, many of them running small businesses. They fear for their livelihoods and their right to […]

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Africa’s Donkeys Are Coveted by China. Can the Continent Protect Them?

Courtesy of the New York Times, a report on how African governments are seeking to curb donkey skin exports to China, where demand for traditional medicine and other products is threatening animals that rural households need: For years, Chinese companies and their contractors have been slaughtering millions of donkeys across Africa, coveting gelatin from the […]

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Growth, Returns and Aid Shift Investor Focus to West of Africa

Via Bloomberg, an article on increasing investment interest in West Africa: West Africa eurobonds on average saw better returns than peers China investment to region has surpassed East, Southern Africa Investors in West African countries are enjoying the best returns on the continent, and are shifting money flows to a region that’s performed well despite […]

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China Keeps Building Stadiums in Africa. But at What Cost?

Courtesy of the New York Times, a look at how this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, like several previous editions, is being played out in Chinese-built arenas. It will end with familiar questions about their legacy: The Alassane Ouattara stadium rises like a piece of sculpture from the dusty brown earth north of Ivory Coast’s […]

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Balance of Power Between African States and Mining Companies Is Tipping

Courtesy of The Africa Report, commentary that the balance of power between African states and mining companies is tipping: Across the African continent, growing political will and modernised legal frameworks are boosting countries’ negotiating power, but real domestication of value chains has a long way to go. In recent years, relations between African governments and […]

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Côte d’Ivoire Seeks to Strengthen Economic Ties with China

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a report on Côte d’Ivoire desire for more investment from China: On a visit to Abidjan, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi expressed his desire to ‘deepen’ bilateral cooperation, a sentiment echoed by President Alassane Ouattara. It was the last stop on an African tour that has taken him to Egypt, […]

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