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ECOWAS launches Police Information System in member states

ECOWAS member states will establish a system of regional police to cooperate in the fight against growing transnational crime in the region, regional security officials said on Monday during a meeting in Ivorian capital Abidjan.   The Police information system for West Africa (SIPAO), an electronic platform for the exchange of data between national security […]

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Mauritania: legislative, local Elections set for September 1

Mauritania’s legislative and local elections will be held on September 1, an official statement said Thursday. The announcement comes amid a row over a newly-created electoral commission, set up without members of the radical opposition. Some opposition parties are appealing to the Supreme Court for the commission to be cancelled. A constitutional referendum called by […]

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Senegal: amid fierce debate, MPs okay gas sharing agreement with Mauritania

The Senegalese parliament has approved a law authorizing the President of the Republic to ratify the intergovernmental cooperation agreement for the Grand Tortue/Ahmeyim gas field, which straddles Senegal maritime border with Mauritania. The agreement between the two West African nations was approved in Dakar by MPs amid a fierce debate. The gas field is estimated […]

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G5 Sahel anti-militant force set to deploy – Niger’s Defense Minister

The G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force is “ready” to take action, Nigerien Defense Minister Kalla Moutari said on Sunday. Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed in 2017 to set up the G5 Sahel counter-terrorist force. The regional force, which aims to fight armed extremist groups that have carried out deadly attacks across the region, […]

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Mauritania pledges to supply electricity to Mali

Mauritania will supply electricity to Mali up to 40 to 50 megawatts. This decision is the major result of a short visit Malian Prime Minister, Soumeylou Boubèye Maiga, paid to Nouakchott, on Monday. Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga, Malian Prime Minister, led a large delegation of his government, made a visit of a few hours in Mauritania […]

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Mauritania inks nearly $17 million loan agreement with IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has concluded an agreement of $16.56 million with Mauritania as the West African nation’s economic recovery has been confirmed with growth estimated at 3.5% in 2017 and 2018. According to the international lender, the Sahel nation’s international reserves reached $849 million at the end of 2017 and the budget achieved […]

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West African leaders vow to fire back after jihadist attacks in Burkina

Togo’s President and chair of the regional ECOWAS bloc, Faure Gnassingbe, and Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou on Monday vowed to help Burkina Faso fight and defeat militant groups. The presidents of neighboring Niger and Togo traveled to Burkina Faso on Tuesday (March 6) to assess the aftermath of the terror attacks, which killed 8 people […]

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G5 Sahel force: International donor conference raises €414m

An international high-level conference on the Sahel held in Brussels last weekend raised €414 million to support the G5 Sahel Force. Co-chaired by the European Union (EU), the United Nations, the African Union and the G5 Sahel group countries (Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger), the donor conference saw the participation of 50 countries, […]

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Mali: French troops kill at least 10 jihadists near Algeria

At least 10 suspected jihadists have been killed in a raid conducted by French air force on Wednesday in northeast Mali near the border with Algeria, Le360 Afrique portal reported. The offensive was part of France’s Operation Barkhane, near Tinzaouaten at the Algerian border, military sources were quoted as saying. The raid lasted for about […]

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Mauritania, Senegal ink offshore gas exploitation deal

Mauritania and Senegal last week signed an intergovernmental cooperation agreement on the joint exploitation of the cross-border offshore gas field Turtle/Ahmeyin. The Greater Turtle Complex, which straddles the maritime boundaries of the two countries, is estimated to harbor more than 25 trillion cubic feet of gas. The inter-governmental cooperation accord, signed on the sidelines of […]

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