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Wildlife poaching and trafficking have long been a serious problem in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. Despite his recent resignation, the ruling ZANU-PF’s strong links to these criminal activities means that a decrease in Zimbabwe’s thriving illicit wildlife trade is unlikely in the short term. In fact, the probability that the elite networks that benefit from the trade will remain in place under Mnangagwa remains high.
While it is widely agreed that the illicit practice of trade misinvoicing is costing African countries billions of dollars a year, the scale of the issue remains to be debated. It can be argued that the potentially over exaggerated estimates of misinvoicing in Africa being quoted by highly-respected and influential international institutions may in some cases be counterproductive, adversely affecting their investment environments.
Wildlife poaching and trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa is a growing trend, facilitated by an environment characterised by corrupt officials and political elite, and well-established local and regional criminal networks. Apart for the obvious environmental and social costs, this illicit trade has a direct bearing on the reputation of foreign investors in the region.
The actors and transit routes involved in the DRC-Dubai gold trade raise suspicion; not least because estimates suggest that 70% of all DRC gold reaches Dubai. Those who stand to benefit may have little incentive to enforce a crackdown. Understanding the nuances of the DRC-Dubai trade route should be a priority for sector stakeholders.
Recent discoveries of extensive offshore gas reserves have propelled Mozambique into the industry spotlight in recent years. This report outlines the main trends of downstream hydrocarbon theft, the key actors involved, and the impact of this activity.
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This week Shadow Governance release a report on the downstream theft of hydrocarbons in Ghana. Downstream hydrocarbon theft has remained underreported, despite producing substantial illicit profits. Our report details key actors, the main trends, and provides an impact assessment. A summary of the report is provided here.
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The downstream theft of hydrocarbons in Nigeria has remained underreported, despite producing substantial illicit profits for those involved. This report outlines the key actors involved in this trade, the main trends of downstream hydrocarbon theft, and the impact of this activity.
With financial constraints mounting, Mozambique defaults on its $59.7m Eurobond repayment and claims it cannot pay its debts until 2021
Evidence has revealed that Somalia’s al-Shabaab has aligned itself with DRC’s ADF rebels in recent years to exploit the illicit gold trade.
A review of the web of opaque offshore companies behind the expansive Lúrio River Valley agricultural development deal
Although Buhari is applauded for recovering over $9.1 billion in looted assets during its first year in office, the government is accused of protectionism for not publishing names.
As President Buhari pushes forward with his anti-corruption platform, observers ponder the the benefits of investigating the former President.
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