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Issue 420
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Criticism rises of Xi’s policies but China will remain dominant

Relationships with China have become and will remain a defining feature of most African states’ economic and geopolitical relations. Those relations are not always easy, as reflected in the popular anger at Beijing’s handling of the thousands of African students and traders...

Africa
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Zimbabwe’s Gwanda solar PV project back on track

Cabinet has approved a revised implementation plan for the 100MW Gwanda solar PV project after the developers appointed a new team of experts and secured a bridging loan for the 10MW first phase.In 2015, Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) awarded Intratrek Zimbabwe and partner...

Zimbabwe
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Zambia: CEC says minister acted illegally

Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC) says energy minister Matthew Nkhuwa acted beyond his authority by declaring its transmission network common carrier to allow government-controlled Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) to continue receiving power supply despite a year of failing to...

Southern Africa
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UK: MPs criticise DfID/FCO merger

The UK parliament’s International Development Committee has attacked the government’s decision to merge the Department for International Development with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The decision, taken while a review of post-Brexit arrangements was in its early...

Africa
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South Africa: Renergen aims for LNG, helium project

South Africa’s Renergen expects to launch a new phase of drilling in late July, targeting gas-producing fracture systems in its Virginia Gas Project production hub in Free State. As the field has gas permeating up through faults and fissures, rather than a conventional...

South Africa
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Sierra Leone: InfraCo Africa invests in Bumbuna II

InfraCo Africa, part of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), announced on 20 July that it had signed an agreement with Joule Africa to invest $6m in the 143MW Bumbuna II hydropower project. The funding is part of a package designed to push the project to...

Sierra Leone
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Nigeria: New evidence in P and ID case

The Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) and British Virgin Islands-listed Process & Industrial Developments Ltd (P&ID) presented their cases at the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court in London, United Kingdom, on 13-14 July in the latest milestone of their long-...

Nigeria
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Covid-19 interrupts Nigeria distribution progress

The Nigerian government is caught between a rock and a hard place as it tries to square the need to reduce subsidies to the electricity sector with protecting customers and the economy from price rises when they are already hard hit by Covid-19. Distribution companies (discos...

Nigeria
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Niger: World Bank approves $150m for Kandadji dam

The World Bank board on 24 June approved $150m from the International Development Association for the Kandadji dam project. The funds are the third funding package agreed by the bank for the project. The package includes a €92m ($100m) loan and a grant of SDR36.6m ($50m) to...

Niger

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