President Magufuli’s increasingly authoritarian actions have attracted concerns over the state of democracy in Tanzania. There are indications that the recent closures of opposition-linked newspapers could be a mere ploy to weaken the opposition and stifle government critics.
Sonangol’s complex relationship with the Presidential office has created a de facto parallel government. Over the years it has operated outwith the traditional remit of a national oil company, exercising undue political and economic influence to the benefit of a select few. However, a combination of low global oil prices and restructuring will likely serve to finally curb its influence.
Turkey’s relationship with Ethiopia is one of its strongest in Africa, and over the past decade has evolved from merely trade-related to more of a strategic political partnership, with both government’s playing key roles. With Turkey fulfilling Ethiopia’s need for foreign investment, Ethiopia remains a willing partner in Turkey’s fight against the so-called Fethullahçı Terör Örgütü (FETÖ).
Depending on which stance is adopted, Egypt and Sudan are simultaneously the best of friends and the worst of enemies. It is no secret that these countries have their differences, with notable issues playing out publically. However, there is much that binds these two African nations and the recent friction must be understood in context, to gain a deeper understanding of the impact this may have on investments.
Militant groups in Nigeria condemn the failure of the government to force the relocation of oil companies to the Niger Delta, increasing the risk of future attacks on oil infrastructure
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.
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Chad’s location at the centre of regional conflicts adversely impacts its security environment. Although this may compound its ability to attract FDI, investors armed with knowledge of how these security dynamics evolve, can remain resilient to potential instability.
West Africa has emerged as the latest battleground in the turf war between AQ and ISIS. Extending beyond the borders of northern Mali into Niger, Burkina Faso and Cote d’Ivoire; the latest developments have political and commercial implications.
The newly established Somali-Turkish relations is providing Erdoğan and his inner circle with a source of lucrative returns, which could soon be increased.
With political tensions at an all-time high, and the DRC on the brink of tumbling into political and civil chaos, the re-emergence of the M23 may very well be leveraged by Kabila as justification to retain political control.
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