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Issue 172 - 17 October 2009

IOCs await decisions in DRC


DRC’s untapped mining wealth is well known, its hydrocarbons potential less so. The government has drawn up a new hydrocarbons law, which is now going through the increasingly assertive and well-informed two-chamber parliament

DR Congo

The new Algerian energy and mines minister was born in the eastern city of Batna on 2 October 1941. Many Algerians will appreciate not having another minister from the west, where President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and many of his most loyal supporters come from.

Issue 150 - 14 November 2008

How careless: STP loses another minister


Cristina Dias was sworn in as São Tomé and Príncipe’s oil minister on 11 November, the fourth person to hold the position since June 2008 and the latest indication of political uncertainty in the island state – which has yet actually to find oil (AE 149/14).

São Tomé & Príncipe

While most attention focuses on Sayef and Muatassim, an even younger military son, Khemis El Qadhafi, is starting to play a significant role. From a young age, Khemis has led an elite military unit, which military observers say is being promoted by Qadhafi senior as a major force


Faced with the embarrassing fact that just two countries met the 9 March validation deadline, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative has delayed a decision on what it should do with the other candidates until next month’s board meeting in Berlin.


Goodluck Jonathan and his allies have proved ruthless in their efforts to reshape the Nigerian energy industry, with the president firing the second NNPC head of his short tenure, while his crackdown on corruption is removing some powerful PDP figures opposing his bid for a second term

Issue 140 - 07 June 2008

GOVERNANCE: EITI candidate, New PM


Côte d’Ivoire has joined the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative; New PM as Conte’s circle consolidates.

Guinea | Côte d'Ivoire

Protests across North Africa are being closely watched by political activists south of the Sahara, who are wondering whether a ‘domino effect’ could bring about regime change for them. After the collapse of eastern Europe in 1989, African countries saw a wave


The African Union’s new energy arm is intended to help the continent present a more coherent message – and mobilise more resources – in the global energy fora that count, writes Jon Marks in Algiers.

Issue 206 - 02 April 2011

Clare Short named EITI chair


Former UK international development secretary Clare Short has replaced Peter Eigen as chair of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI). An outspoken, sometimes controversial figure, notably over her opposition to UK

Issue 131 - 25 January 2008

Taipei dumped for Beijing


Malawi has become the latest country to cut off diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favour of the People’s Republic of China


The Tshisekedi government’s announcement that Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler’s Ventora Development would return control of its mining and oil assets to Democratic Republic of Congo puts assets back into play including the Albertine Graben blocks 1 and 2, managed by Gertler’s company Oil of DRCongo. But there are potential further complications from continued US sanctions against Gertler and over exactly what’s in the deal, writes François Misser.

DR Congo

 The Angolan government and General Electric have succeeded in having a court case against them dismissed by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, after a judge ruled the dispute should be heard in courts in Angola.


Alongside the change of energy minister in mid-September, President Samia Suhulu Hassan replaced the board and senior leadership of Tanzania Electric Supply Company (Tanesco). The national utility’s new managing director Maharage Chande previously worked at MultiChoice Africa, which owns cable TV channel DStv, where he was Tanzania managing director and then regional managing director for East and West Africa.


Following a series of setbacks for the government this year in its attempt to declare CEC’s network common carrier, there had been hopes a negotiated settlement could be agreed. However, further legal action now looks a certainty, writes Chiwoyu Sinyangwe in Lusaka The Zambian government has made a fresh bid to seize control of Copperbelt Energy Corporation (CEC)’s transmission and distribution lines by issuing a new statutory instrument (SI) declaring the company’s network as common carrier.