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Bboxx has concluded its acquisition of PEG Africa, giving the ­London-based firm access to four more African markets – Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Mali – while it is also tying up with more major corporates, creating ventures with Orange in Democratic Republic of Congo and Unilever in Kenya.

Kenya | Ghana | DR Congo | Senegal | Mali | Côte d'Ivoire
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Colonel Assimi Goïta’s Conseil National de Transition (CNT) junta is creating a company to manage Mali’s mineral resources, the Council of Ministers announced on 24 August – adding to its efforts to control the mining industry.

Mali
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Vivo Energy has completed the Nampala mine solar and battery plant project in Mali for Robex Resources and has signed an agreement for work at the Kiniéro goal mine in Guinea, operated by Sycamore Mining, which Robex is taking over.

Guinea | Mali
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Brave efforts are being made to continue with business as usual in the Sahel, despite an apparently never-ending security crisis, which has been further aggravated by a split in the western-backed G5 Sahel (G5S) alliance of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, as the military-led regime in Bamako seeks to distance itself from France and its allies.

Mauritania | Niger | Chad | Burkina Faso | Senegal | Mali
Issue 464 - 07 July 2022

Mali electricity sector improvement

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Despite problems with the Malian regime following the military coups of August 2020 and May 2021, energy sector work continues. A World Bank Implementation Status and Results Report for the Mali Electricity Sector Improvement Project (Mesip), dated 27 June, listed progress as “moderately satisfactory” on the scheme to support state utility Energie du Mali (EDM) and improve transmission and access.

Mali
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The four-nation Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River (OMVS) has issued a tender seeking an operator to raise financing, conduct studies and build a 225kV transmission line, as part of the Manantali II project to supply Mauritania with electricity from hydroelectric power (HEP) plants in Mali.

Mauritania | Mali
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Energy and mines minister Lamine Seydou launched construction of the Goulamina lithium development on 3 June. Work is expected to take two years at the $250m project, which reached its final investment decision in January. It is estimated the mine will make Mali the world’s third-largest producer of lithium.

Mali
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Several off-grid mini-grid projects which stalled during the pandemic due to the rising cost of equipment and logistics are now struggling with the impact of sanctions on Colonel Assimi Goïta’s military regime.

Mali
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Mali’s economy and finance minister Aloussény Sanou has told other government departments their expected funding has been blocked. The move comes after the World Bank suspended its International Development Association (IDA) credits and other facilities to the country.

Mali
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Unit one of the 140MW Gouina hydroelectric power (HEP) plant began a 72-hour trial operation on 13 March. Work towards commissioning of the following two units is now expected to begin.

Mali
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A pattern of similar traits is discernable in the spate of coups d’état that have shaken assumptions about governance across Francophone West Africa – a region which has experienced six putsches since August 2020, when Colonel Assimi Goïta first took over in Mali, after three decades of post-Cold War democratisation.

Mali
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Political and security conditions may be acutely difficult in the G5 Sahel countries, but a new era beckons for solar projects in the region, symbolised by AfDB approval of a plan to develop 500MW of PV capacity. Sector insiders believe that short-term problems such as rising risk premiums may be offset by the positive medium-to-long-term prospects for the rollout of solar PV across the Sahel, writes Marc Howard

Mauritania | Niger | Chad | Burkina Faso | Senegal | Mali
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Norfund has invested €10m ($11.6m) equity in solar home system (SHS) distributor Baobab+, which is active in Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Mali and Senegal, where it has supplied some 220,000 households.

Madagascar | Senegal | Mali | Côte d'Ivoire
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China under President Xi Jinping has shifted markedly from its position of not intervening in foreign conflicts – even in a multilateral context – and positioning its forces far from the People’s Republic. Beijing has stepped up its military presence in Africa over the last decade, in large part through its contributions to United Nations peace-keeping missions.

DR Congo | South Sudan | Djibouti | Mali
Issue 448 - 22 October 2021

Desert-to-power secures funding

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The African Development Bank (AfDB)-led Desert-to-Power (DtP) initiative is gathering momentum with a $150m investment by the Green Climate Fund. The investment is expected to be followed by further commitments from the AfDB to take the Desert to Power G5 Financing Facility – which covers Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger – to $379.6m, to support projects across the supply chain.

Mauritania | Niger | Chad | Burkina Faso | Mali