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Issue 155 - 23 January 2009

Financial restructuring for ONE

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The government is planning a financial restructuring operation to address the 5bn dirham ($585m) debt owed by Office National de l’Electricité (ONE).

Morocco
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As the deadline for solving the toughest challenges of Sudan’s peace agreement looms, both north and south are facing sharp falls in oil income, writes Thalia Griffiths.

Sudan
Issue 155 - 23 January 2009

TULLOW OIL: Luck of the Irish

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Despite the turmoil hitting global markets, Tullow Oil says its $2bn debt refinancing is well advanced and is targeted to complete in February.

Ghana | Uganda
Issue 155 - 23 January 2009

Libyan press talk old talk, IOCs beware

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Libya’s opening up has impressed international oil companies, but the Jamahiriya (State of the Masses) retains its capacity to surprise investors. Newspapers Al-Shams

Libya
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

Abidjan eyes HIPC – at last

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The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank have declared that Côte d’Ivoire could soon be eligible for debt relief under the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative.

Côte d'Ivoire
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In a landmark move which should not go unnoticed by African project sponsors, three major European export credit agencies have withdrawn their cover at least temporarily from the Ilisu dam in south-eastern Turkey, arguing that Ankara had failed to stick to a wide range of promises to protect the inhabitants, environment and cultural heritage in the region.

Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

FMO ties up two more power loans

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Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO) has finalised two more African power sector loans, following its recent extension of financing support for the Rabai diesel IPP in Kenya.

Kenya
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No one was seriously expecting that President Lansana Conté’s death would be followed by a smooth democratic transition, and the coup carried out by young officers supported by army chief General Mamadouba Toto Camara was not exactly a surprise.

Guinea
Issue 154 - 09 January 2009

Study to map Great Lakes power resources

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The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) has commissioned a study from the Adam Smith Institute to map the energy resources of the Great Lakes region.

Issue 152 - 12 December 2008

DEVELOPMENT FINANCE: AfDB, Cemac

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AFDB: Private equity investment; World Bank funds for Cemac institutions

Issue 152 - 12 December 2008

ECP buys into utilities holding

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Private equity firm Emerging Capital Partners has announced a $30m investment in Finagestion, a holding company owned by France’s Bouygues that operates water and power production and distribution contracts in Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal.

Senegal | Côte d'Ivoire
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News that Angola is to set up a sovereign wealth fund marks the latest sign that the country is putting its war-torn past behind it to take its place among the continent’s major economies, writes Kevin Godier. The announcement that Luanda plans a sovereign wealth fund to act as a cushion for future fiscal deficits is the latest sign that booming Angola is becoming a major economic force. The news followed the closure in late October of a long-awaited seven-year, $2.5bn syndicated loan

Angola
Issue 151 - 28 November 2008

DEVELOPMENT FINANCE: AfDB, JBIC

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AFDB: Support for energy fund; Japanese to establish new financing facility

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London-based major businessman Jan Kulczyk is looking to increase his Africa interests through Canada’s Loon Energy in which he holds a 39% stake.

Egypt
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Lootah Group has joined the quiet flow of Gulf investors who are buying into fractured Somalia and its constituent parts. Despite the piracy and civil war now making global headlines, some areas are still seen by some as ‘virgin territories’ ripe for exploration and investment.

Somalia