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Algeria and its energy industry are transfixed by drift and inertia as anti-corruption enquiries continue, energy minister Chakib Khelil is put under pressure and President Bouteflika’s intentions remain unclear

Algeria
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Jon Marks reports from Kinshasa that major new power projects and an oil and gas licensing round are planned, but investors will need watertight guarantees to persuade them Congo really is open for business

DR Congo
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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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Criticism in the local press and among officials and trade unions of State Assets (Portefeuille) Minister Jeannine Mabunda Lioko Mudiayi shows the arch reformer in President Joseph Kabila Kabange’s government coming under a range of pressures as parastatals struggle to meet her stringent demands for reform,

DR Congo
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New Era newspaper described black economic empowerment (BEE) entrepreneur Knowledge Katti as “one of the fastest growing [exclusive prospecting licence] EPL millionaires in the country”. Born in 1973 and raised by his grandmother in the Walvis Bay township of Kuisebmond, Katti came to international attention in 2008 when Canada’s Universal Power Corporation (UPC) announced

Namibia
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President Yoweri Museveni has carried out a major cabinet shuffle, moving Daudi Migereko from energy and minerals, and giving the finance portfolio to ultra-loyalist Syda Bbumba, a former energy minister and an economist by training.

Uganda
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Brussels is looking for project proposals to be funded from a new renewables-focused European Union facility to stimulate electrification projects and help fight climate change, writes François Misser.

Algeria
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Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay $15.5m to the Ogoni people to settle a long-running court case brought in the United States under the Alien Tort Claims Act.

Nigeria
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African Energy’s Atlas 2010 charts patterns of activity in key sectors of the continent’s energy industry in maps and analysis that give an overview of recent developments and look ahead to trends in 2010 and beyond. The project has been led by cartographer David Burles, news editor Thalia Griffiths and publishing director Nick Carn

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The 40th anniversary of Muammar Qadhafi’s Fatah Revolution will confirm the regime’s hold on power and ability to shape Libya’s direction. Changes are anticipated to the way the political system operates, but more important still may be shifts in the pecking order within the first family, writes Jon Marks

Libya
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Following three months when little business has been transacted at Sonatrach and foreign investors have turned away, there are indications that the Algerian authorities want to mitigate the collateral damage inflicted by the anti-corruption investigation and political in-fighting, write Jon Marks, John Hamilton and correspondents in Algiers

Algeria
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A major challenges to the status of Somalia’s autonomous Somaliland and Puntland territories is the dispute over the Sool and eastern Sanaag regions, which are believed to be oil-rich.

Somalia
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With elections now set to go ahead and new donor support in prospect, Côte d’Ivoire may finally be able to resume its central role in the West African regional economy

Côte d'Ivoire
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A formal apology over a US State Department spokesman’s comments fails to quell anger at National Oil Corporation as its chairman threatens to favour China and Russia.

Libya
Issue 145 - 06 September 2008

EITI: Doha venue for fourth conference

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The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative will hold its fourth international conference in Doha on 16-18 February 2009.