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While little has been heard since UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown met Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua last July and promised to help tackle illegal bunkering of fuel from the Niger Delta, officials say technical work has been going on behind the scenes (AE 144/24).

Nigeria
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The ruling military council has named Mahmoud Latif Amer as new petroleum minister in the interim cabinet appointed after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak. Previously chairman of Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company (Egas),

Egypt
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Total has signed an agreement with the government to set up a joint task force to ensure security for the Mozambique LNG project. The news comes after insurgents seized the port of Mocimboa da Praia in Cabo Delgado province, just south of the Afungi Peninsula where the LNG project is under construction.

Mozambique
Issue 423 - 24 September 2020

Libya: A deal without accountability

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The Maetig-Haftar deal addresses a number of vital economic issues which previous attempts at compromise have failed to touch on. However, it leaves huge political questions unanswered.

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Eskom cut and then restored electricity supply to two municipalities in the Northern Cape on 7 October due to non-payment. Kamiesbergy and Richtersveld local municipalities saw their supply cut at 6am after they built up substantial arrears. Electricity was restored at 8pm after “an acceptable portion of their electricity debt” had been paid, Eskom said.

South Africa
Issue 427 - 19 November 2020

Western Sahara stand-off flares up

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Moroccan operations to end a blockade by the Polisario Front of the border with Mauritania have flared into a shooting match that ends nearly three decades of UN-monitored ceasefire in the disputed Western Sahara.  Both sides have previously held back while the UN and African Union debated the former Spanish colony’s future without finding a definitive settlement.

Western Sahara (under UN mandate)
Issue 429 - 17 December 2020

Niger: Nature reserve boundaries redrawn

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The government is set to pass a decree revising the boundaries of a 97,000km2 nature reserve in eastern Niger to address the concerns of environmentalists, oil companies and donors. French NGO Noé, which manages the Termit and Tin-Toumma National Nature Reserve (RNNTT) hopes the decree will be adopted before the first round of the presidential election on 27 December.

Niger
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In the third year of his presidency, Félix Tshisekedi has outflanked Joseph Kabila to the extent that the former president is now lying low at his ranch near Lubumbashi amid fears his senator-for-life status may be insufficient to give immunity from eventual prosecution. The resignation on 29 January of prime minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba was another victory over key Kabila allies in a war of attrition for control of Democratic Republic of Congo that has seen members of the ex-president’s Front Commun pour le Congo (FCC) flooding to join Tshisekedi’s Union Sacré́e pour la Nation (USN).

DR Congo
Issue 433 - 25 February 2021

DR Congo: Tshisekedi names his new PM

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In a further stage in the battle for control of Democratic Republic of Congo between past and present heads of state, President Félix Tshisekedi on 15 February named Sama Lukonde Kyenge as prime minister.

DR Congo
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 It is far from a done deal, but the potentially transformative measures in Nigeria’s Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) might eventually pass through the National Assembly this year. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) chief financial officer Umar Ajiya told IHS Markit’s online CERAWeek event on 2 March that he hoped the PIB would reach the statute book “on or before the middle of this year”.

Nigeria
Issue 436 - 15 April 2021

DRC: New government appointed

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After two months of negotiations, a new government led by President Félix Tshisekedi’s Union Sacrée has created a 57-member coalition government (down from 66 ministers), led by prime minister Sama Lukonde Kyenge. The government – comprised of four  deputy PMs, nine ministers of state, 31 ministers, a ministre délégué and 11 deputy ministers – includes supporters of leading opponents Moïse Katumbi and Jean-Pierre Bemba.

DR Congo
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In the short period since the death of Tanzania’s divisive President John Magufuli in March there have been hints that his successor Samia Suluhu Hassan and the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party will seek to move away from Magufuli’s combative approach to private investment. Hassan has spoken about the need to encourage private investment to broaden the tax base and to move forward with long-delayed energy projects, while new foreign minister Liberata Mulamula, a career diplomat, has been making overtures to business.

Tanzania
Issue 437 - 29 April 2021

Nigeria: Chinese permits restored

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reversed a government decision to revoke four oil permits from a unit of China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec). Buhari approved the restoration of the licences to Addax Petroleum Corporation, as part of his commitment to “the rule of law and sanctity of contracts”, spokesman Garba Shehu said in a 23 April statement to Bloomberg.

Nigeria
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In office for just over a year, the Jubilee Alliance government led by Kenyatta and deputy president William Ruto has had a difficult start to its tenure. As well as the trials at the International Criminal Court and accusations of a lack of preparedness in the wake of September’s terrorist strike on the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi, commentators speak of a spike in corruption since the two assumed office, and scandals certainly seem to have permeated the higher tiers of government.

Kenya
Issue 341 - 02 March 2017

Soma director named Somali PM

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Soma Oil & Gas executive director for Africa Hassan Khaire has been named as prime minister in the government of new Somali president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. Soma said Khaire had resigned from the board and relinquished all his shares in the company. Khaire, 46, had worked with Soma since the company was founded in 2013, and before that as director for the Norwegian Refugee Council for Somalia and East Africa, having come to Norway in the late 1980s as a refugee.

Somalia