Archive for the ‘Mali’ Category

In Hot Mali, Ice Costs More Than Bread or Milk

Via BBC, a report on the economic impact of rising heat in Mali: Record-breaking heat means ice cubes now cost more than bread and milk in parts of Mali. “I’ve come to buy ice because it’s very hot now,” says 15-year-old Fatouma Yattara as she visits her local vendor in the capital, Bamako. With no […]

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Mali’s Minerals Exploration Budget Slips

Via WhyAfrica, a report on Mali’s mineral exploration budget, which declined in 2023 as the risks of doing business in the country mount: According to the report, Africa’s exploration budget was USD1.27-billion for 2023, down 3.4%, slightly more than the global average. The largest decline came from Mali as the country’s budget dropped by USD71-million, or 46%, […]

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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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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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