Present in Senegal since 1926, the French group has extended its presence to West Africa. It is particularly targeting energy-related projects. ... But without strong consortiums it will be hard to beat Chinese competitors, it believes.
Of all the legacies of colonialism, one of those which has most hampered economic growth and the alleviation of poverty is fragmentation – ... neighbours with different currencies, regulations enabling trade with Europe but not with other Africans, and a neglect of intra-African transport and infrastructure links to facilitate this trade.
Ghana was the first sub-Saharan African country to ease restrictions when it lifted lockdown measures on 20 April. The country’s Minister of ... Finance Ken Ofori-Atta argued the 21-day lockdown of Ghana’s biggest cities had become financially unbearable for most of the population, a concern that gave the government little choice but to lift the restriction.
On 20 May, the French Council of Ministers passed a bill modifying its monetary agreement with the eight member states of the West African Economic ... and Monetary Union (UEMOA), following the unexpected CFA franc reform announced this past December.
On Wednesday 29 April, one day after Guillaume Soro’s conviction, Côte d’Ivoire announced that it was withdrawing from “the declaration ... of jurisdiction provided for in the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights”.
Sentenced to 20 years in prison and deprived of his civil rights for "embezzlement of public funds" and "money laundering", Guillaume Soro's ... chances of running for the presidency are diminishing. "An attempt at political execution", according to his lawyers.
The ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government held an extraordinary session via videoconference on 23 April to discuss the impact of ... the Covid-19 pandemic on the sub-region. The meeting notably resulted in the appointment of Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari as the organisation’s COVID-19 response coordinator.