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Apr 11, 2014

Africa’s fast growth transforming commodity flows

DAKAR/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – For centuries, colonial era merchants tussled for access to Africa’s raw materials, and huge swathes of Africa’s geography became synonymous with the main commodity they exported: Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, the Spice Island of Zanzibar.

But the continent’s booming economic growth and swelling population give it an opportunity to shift away from the traditional raw material export model towards consuming and transforming its own commodities and selling them to its own expanding local markets.

Apr 10, 2014

Imports, not refineries, to meet Africa’s rising fuel needs: Vitol

DAKAR/LONDON, April 10 (Reuters) – Africa’s dependency on
fuel imports is likely to grow as its refining projects struggle
to get off the ground, a Vitol director told a Reuters Africa
Summit.

Dozens of new refining projects have been announced in
Africa, but they are unlikely to be built unless they are either
gigantic or with guaranteed crude supply in a landlocked
location.

Apr 9, 2014

South Africa more competitive than China in ferrochrome: IFL

DAKAR (Reuters) – South Africa should be able to snatch back the top spot in global ferrochrome production from China within five years thanks to cost-cutting, says one of Africa’s biggest producers, International Ferro Metals.

South Africa’s share of world production of the steel feedstock has slumped since 2012 when it fell by 15 percent to 32 percent of the 4.8 million metric tons (5.2911 million tons) produced globally, relegating it to second place behind China.

Mar 25, 2014

Tuareg leader to Mali government: start talks or risk new revolt

DAKAR (Reuters) – The leader of a new armed group in Mali’s troubled north said the central government in Bamako could face another uprising of his Tuareg people if it resists pressure to launch long-delayed talks on the region’s future.

Mali exploded into violence when Tuareg separatist fighters tried to take over the north in early 2012. Islamist militants eventually occupied the region, triggering a French military intervention last year that drove most of the militants out.

Mar 12, 2014

Analysis – Broken north undermines Keita’s pledge of strong, united Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) – President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won power with a pledge to resurrect a “strong and united” Mali from the ashes of a war against Islamists militants yet six months later he has done little to heal the wounds of the conflict.

Elected with a reputation as a strongman, Keita has focused on restoring control over Mali’s army after a March 2012 coup. The putsch plunged Mali into chaos that allowed Islamists to seize the north, forcing France to intervene in its ex-colony.

Mar 12, 2014

Broken north undermines Keita’s pledge of strong, united Mali

BAMAKO (Reuters) – President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita won power with a pledge to resurrect a “strong and united” Mali from the ashes of a war against Islamists militants yet six months later he has done little to heal the wounds of the conflict.

Elected with a reputation as a strongman, Keita has focused on restoring control over Mali’s army after a March 2012 coup. The putsch plunged Mali into chaos that allowed Islamists to seize the north, forcing France to intervene in its ex-colony.

Feb 18, 2014

Mali’s northern rebels agree to confine their fighters

BAMAKO (Reuters) – Malian rebels agreed on Tuesday to confine members of their armed groups to barracks in U.N.-led preliminary talks in the capital, according to sources who attended and a copy of the agreement seen by Reuters.

The long-delayed meeting in the southern capital Bamako is a step in a series of negotiations designed to bring an end to recurrent Tuareg revolts in the West African country’s desert north.

Feb 14, 2014

Trip Tips: Scaling Cabo Verde’s volcanic ridges

PRAIA (Reuters) – Portuguese colonial officers in the 17th and 18th centuries perceived the West African slave-trading hub of Cabo Verde as a dead-end posting – often literally because of its propensity for drought and tropical disease.

Today the wind-pummeled, volcanic archipelago 600 km (370 miles) off the coast of Senegal is a growing tourist spot, offering dramatic landscapes for hikers, along with a vibrant music scene and year-round sunshine. (Map: goo.gl/maps/kq3fW)

Feb 3, 2014

Senegal to keep refinery running after strategic review

DAKAR, Feb 3 (Reuters) – Senegal will keep its one, ageing
oil refinery in operation after the government completed a
strategic review to determine its future, industry sources
familiar with the matter said.

The study commissioned by the government considered closing
the 25,000 barrel per day SAR plant and converting it into an
import and storage terminal.

Jan 16, 2014

Sinopec’s Addax says concludes oil dispute with Gabon

DAKAR, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Sinopec’s Addax
Petroleum said on Thursday it had successfully concluded
negotiations with Gabon over a disputed oil licence and signed a
new contract for three oil fields.

Gabon transferred the Obangue oil field from Addax to the
state oil firm more than a year ago, citing breach of contract,
in a move that sparked a $1 billion legal battle in a
Paris-based tribunal.