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Benin secures WB loan to ease power crisis

The World Bank has granted a loan of $ 60 million (34.6 billion CFA francs) to Benin to improve the energy performance in the west-African tiny nation. The loan was provided under a development aid fund put in place the international development association (IDA), an arm of the institution, which gives loans to the poorest […]

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Côte d’Ivoire gets support from WB to develop secondary cities

The World Bank group has approved about $120 million to finance the Urban Development and Competitiveness of Secondary Cities (PIDUCAS) Infrastructure Project in Côte d’Ivoire. The project will create an appropriate ecosystem and an enabling environment for the growth of local enterprises and for making cities more attractive to investors and workers. The Ivorian Government […]

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Morocco’s Ciments de l’Afrique opens new cement plant in Chad

The Moroccan cement giant Ciments de l’Afrique group (CIMAF) has officially inaugurated a new cement plant in Chad this week as the group, led by the Moroccan Businessman Anas Séfrioui, continues its expansion in Sub-Saharan Africa. This new unit, located in the Lamadji district at the northern exit of the Chadian capital N’djamena, will start […]

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France’s Macron meets with Alassane Ouattara, promises to boost ties

French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday vowed to strengthen military partnership with Côte d’Ivoire, as he met with the west-African nation’s leader Alassane Ouattara at the Elysée Palace in France. While Côte d’Ivoire will join the UN Security Council in 2018, security and anti-terrorist issues have topped the agenda of the discussions between the two […]

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Ivory Coast: Orange Group launches Orange TV

French giant telecommunication operator, Orange Côte d’Ivoire has launched its new service “TV Orange” in the West African nation, local media reported. The new service is available to customers with a fixed Internet subscription and 3G or 4G mobile Internet via the “Orange TV” application. According to the Abidjan-based company, this new service offers a […]

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Top Ivorian midfielder Cheick Tiote dies at 30

Ivorian international midfielder Cheick Tiote died of a heart failure while exercising with his Chinese club side, Beijing Enterprises on Monday. Tiote who spent seven years at the Tyneside club with 150 appearances, including three last season, joined Chinese second-tier side, Beijing Enterprises, in February. “It is with deep sadness I confirm that Cheick Tiote […]

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African fallen peacekeepers honoured by the UN

The United Nation Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday honoured 117 peacekeepers, including many Africans, who lost their lives while serving in peacekeeping operations in 2016, including many Africans Three Kenyans, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, three Rwandans and two South Africans were awarded the posthumous Dag Hammarskjöld Medal at the UN headquarters. “Their sacrifice only strengthens […]

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Côte d’Ivoire: Rebellious soldiers seize control of second biggest city

Demobilized soldiers in Côte d’Ivoire have launched mutinies in the West-African nation’s largest city Bouaké, early on Monday, Reuters reports. The former rebels have erected barricades, blocking traffic in the city; the news agency reports said quoting military sources. The rebellion in Bouaké, a city of half a million inhabitants, 350km north of the economic […]

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Germany pushes for private investment in Africa

The German government is moving to boost private investment in Africa, Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, told reporters in Washington during the Global Infrastructure Forum. According to Schaeuble, the move is meant to avoid a destructive rise in populism and the gap between the rich and poor. “If we do nothing to change this, we can […]

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Ivory Coast to reduce 2017 Budget on low cocoa prices

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara on Wednesday announced plans to cut the 2017 budget of the west-African nation by 10 percent due to a sharp drop in world prices of cocoa. According to Ouattara the decision to cut spending was taken during a visit this month by an International Monetary Fund delegation. “Excluding salaries, we were […]

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