Archive for the ‘Mali’ Category

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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Scramble for the Sahel – Why France, Russia, China and the U.S. Are Interested in the Region

Via The Conversation, a look at geopolitical and investment interest in the Sahel: The Sahel, a region 3,860km wide located south of the Sahara Desert and stretching east-west across the African continent, has been a focus of attention around the world recently. In the last decade, issues such as terrorism, insecurity and trafficking have characterised the region. Military takeovers have been a […]

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How Gold From The Sahel Finances Africa’s Armed Groups

Courtesy of The Africa Report, a detailed look at how gold from the Sahel finances Africa’s armed groups: The map of small-scale mines from which gold is extracted in the Sahel region notably overlaps with that of areas of activity of various armed groups, putting this precious mineral at the heart of an intense territorial […]

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Mali Signs Agreement With Russia To Build Gold Refinery

Via Reuters, a report on a new Russian agreement to invest in Mali: Mali’s military government said it has signed an agreement with Russia to build a gold refinery in the capital Bamako, one of a slew of deals between the two countries as Russia seeks to extend its regional influence. The accord, a non-binding […]

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