West Africa 

Benin as a Paradigm for Improving Country Risk

Specialist risk intelligence firm EXX Africa publishes a new report that assesses that the West African country of Benin has set one of the most admirable examples on how to successfully mitigate country risk for foreign investment LONDON, United Kingdom, December 17, 2019/ — EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) publishes a special report on Benin as a paradigm for improving country risk in Africa. EXX Africa conducted a comprehensive review of the political, economic and security risks facing the country in the coming year and years. Since 2016, the government has embarked…

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Benin sacks EU ambassador over ‘interference’

Benin has ordered the European Union ambassador to leave the country over alleged political interference. A statement from the office of the President of Benin described Ambassador Oliver Nette as harmful. It however indicated that the West African country has nothing against the EU. A government source has also told the AFP that the ambassador is inciting the nationals against the government. According to the source the German envoy, Oliver Nette has ignored several warnings from Benin’s Foreign Minister. “He has interfered too much in domestic affairs. He constantly calls on civil…

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Benin probes abduction of 9 persons by pirates

Benin officials have launched a probe into the abduction of nine people from a Norwegian-flagged boat off its coast. The port of Cotonou has confirmed the said abduction carried out by some pirates. The pirates reportedly boarded the vessel, owned by Norwegian shipping firm J.J. Ugland, while it was at anchor over the weekend off the coast. The Norwegian Shipowners’ Association said all those on board were Filipinos. The Norwegian-flagged MV Bonita docked in Cotonou and police have conducted an interview with the remaining crew on board the vessel after…

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Nigeria-Benin border closed due to smuggling

The Nigerian-Benin border has been closed partially as both countries work at stopping the ongoing smuggling activities at the border. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari revealed that the partial closure of the border should hopefully stop “massive smuggling activities”. Rice is one of the commodities mostly smuggled on a massive scale into Nigeria through Benin. Buhari and his Beninois counterpart Patrice Talon have met to discuss the issue in Japan on Wednesday. Both leaders are attending the 7th Tokyo International Conference for African Development in Yokohama. The Nigerian leader said the…

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West Africa 

APR Energy Wins 50MW Power Generation Project in Benin

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — APR Energy, a global leader in fast-track power solutions, announced yesterday that it has signed a contract for a 12-month project by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Mines in Benin to provide 50MW of power generation using its fuel-flexible aeroderivative turbines. The turbines will be fuelled by natural gas, with the ability to seamlessly switch to diesel based on cost and availability. The project is expected to come online in December. “We are honored to assist Benin in its effort to become self-reliant when it comes…

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African Expectations by Mafoya Dossoumon

Book Review

By: Jennifer Fierberg, MSW

If you are looking for fresh new ideas from an emerging energetic leader look no further than African Expectations by Mafoya Dossoumon.

Mr. Dossoumon describes his book, “African Expectations” as a collection of essays about how political, economic, and socio-cultural issues hinder Africa’s development and how the most important factor for this failure is the lack of good leadership. The book offers tentative solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our times based on the author’s worldview and life experiences.

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