Issue 499 PDF: Sahel juntas vow to leave Ecowas, raising doubts about funding and much more

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Issue 499 - 05 Feb 2024

The issue leads with a focus on the Sahel, where the strongmen in charge of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger plan to quit the regional Ecowas bloc, as Russia further enhances its military/business relationship with the Sahel troika and Central African Republic.

African Energy examines how the shifting political sands mean the largely western-funded PV boom in the Sahel is unlikely to be repeated. The issue also includes a look at how Nigerien oil production could increase fivefold as a result of the Niger-Benin Export Pipeline, which is expected soon to ship its first cargo from the Sèmè-Kraké terminal.

African Energy takes closer look at Comoros, where newly re-elected President Azali Assoumani’s nearly 25 years in power has weighed on Comoros’ development, with analysts reporting corruption has been on the rise.

Oil and gas coverage includes a look at onshore block awards in Angola and a closer examination of Uganda's decision to appoint Alpha MBM Investments – a company connected to a junior member of Dubai’s ruling family – as the preferred bidder for a much- delayed $4bn, 60,000 b/d refinery in Hoima.

The UAE continues to push its diplomatic and commercial credentials around sub- Saharan Africa, forging deals for everything from gold to carbon credits, electricity generation and arms.

The issue includes the launch of a new Risk Management Report (RMR) series intended to provide updates, analysis and context on key political, social, economic and energy trends across the continent. The initial report is focused on  Côte d’Ivoire, which is also the subject of this issue's African Energy View.

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