The European Business Council for Africa

Africa's Digital Investment Marketplace

 

We are pleased to announce the launch of The Platform - the Africa Investment Forum’s digital marketplace for investors, project sponsors and transaction facilitators, that helps connect providers of capital and professional services with investment opportunities across the continent

 

The Platform offers you the following:

  • A live database of private or PPP projects in Africa according to regions and sectors of interest, as well as stages of readiness;
  • Matchmaking capabilities between investors, co-financiers and projects across sectors, instruments and regions;
  • Information about financial products and services available on the continent through our associated investors, Banks and technical assistance providers;
  • Interactive communities of interest by sector or region which you will be able to join and actively participate in;
  • Data analytics and tools to evaluate deal flow and investor trends;
  • Access to business trainings, courses and webinars and;
  • A collection of articles and industry related news.

 

More information here

 

 

ON OUR RADAR
Four conflict trends as seen by Crisis Group analysts  
 

➤ Algeria: The protest movement that began in February enters its nineteenth week on Friday. Activists insist on dismantling the interim regime that took over when President Abdelaziz Bouteflika stepped down. Meanwhile, says Crisis Group expert Michaël Ayari, a constitutional void looms in early July when the interim president's term ends with no election scheduled.

➤ Honduras: Friday marks ten years since the coup that entrenched the ruling party, as protests that began in opposition to health and education reforms rock the country. At least three have died in clashes; on Monday military police fired upon university students, wounding several. Crisis Group expert Tiziano Breda says the incidents could amplify calls upon President Juan Orlando Hernández to resign.

➤ Korean Peninsula: U.S. President Donald Trump travels to Seoul on Saturday following an exchange of warm wishes with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The trip comes amid speculation about a third Trump-Kim summit. Crisis Group expert Chris Green says the two sides want to meet but it is unclear if they have managed to bridge the chasm between their respective maximalist positions on North Korea's nuclear capacity.

➤ Sudan: Leaders of the mass protests that helped oust President Omar al-Bashir are planning a major mobilisation for Sunday to demand that the Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians. Crisis Group expert Alan Boswell says the coming days risk a reprise of the 3 June massacre that dispersed the original demonstrations. 

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Four conflict trends as seen by Crisis Group analysts  
 

➤ Democratic Republic of Congo: A flare-up in deadly fighting, including inter-communal violence, in eastern Congo has killed at least 160 people, displaced more than 300,000 and complicated efforts to contain an Ebola outbreak. Crisis Group expert Nelleke van de Walle says despite President Félix Tshisekedi's avowed intent to restore peace and security to the DRC’s east, the recent uptick in violence demonstrates that serious challenges remain.

➤ Iraq: On Monday, a rocket hit Camp Taji – a base housing U.S. troops – and on Wednesday, another projectile struck near the headquarters of U.S. and foreign oil firms in Basra. Crisis Group expert Maria Fantappie says while the attacks remain unclaimed, if attributed to Iraqi paramilitary groups linked to Iran they could further heighten Gulf tensions and increase the risk of a regional escalation.

➤ Nigeria: In Borno state, thirty people were killed in multiple unclaimed suicide attacks on Monday and at least a dozen soldiers were killed in an assault on an army base by Islamic State in West African Province (ISWAP) on Wednesday. Crisis Group expert Nnamdi Obasi says these attacks are among some of the deadliest this year, demonstrating that the jihadist insurgency retains considerable power, reach and influence in north-eastern Nigeria.

U.S.-Iran: Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on Thursday shot down a U.S. drone that it claimed had entered Iranian airspace, the latest in a string of incidents that have significantly ratcheted up tensions since early May. Crisis Group expert Ali Vaez says with growing frictions, a lack of communication and numerous potential flashpoints, we are edging closer to the brink of an inadvertent or deliberate military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. or their respective regional allies.

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The need for more effective integration of development and humanitarian areas of work is all the more important when governments are devising policies to tackle forced displacement. This was one of the key findings of the team of experts – two of them from ECDPM – selected by the Finnish foreign ministry to evaluate the coherence between the country’s development policy and the objective of dealing with forced displacement.  

Meanwhile, the head of ECDPM’s team working on agricultural transformation, Francesco Rampa, tells us in a video interview about his role as a member of the Task Force Rural Africa. This was a major opportunity to feed into and shape the policy of the European Commission on strengthening the partnership between Europe and the food and farming sector in Africa. 

One of the findings highlighted by the task force is the need for a proper territorial development strategy. Clearly, a truly regional approach in handling essential resources is necessary. Ahead of Water Day, on 22 March, we have looked at Mali’s ambivalent attitudes towards the regional river basin organisations, as it tries to reconcile its national and regional interests in the management of the resource that is becoming scarcer every day: water.

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Four conflict trends as seen by Crisis Group analysts  
 

➤ Algeria: The Constitutional Council on Sunday cancelled presidential elections scheduled for 4 July that were mandated by the Constitution following the resignation of President Bouteflika and extended the mandate of the interim head of state, Ben Salah. Crisis Group expert Michael Ayari says Algeria has entered a period of uncertainty as a constitutional void that the regime sought to prevent has emerged and authorities lose ever-more legitimacy as the end of Ben Salah's 90-day term approaches.

➤ Honduras: Mass protests against education and health-care reforms have gripped main cities across the country, despite President Hernandez’s decision to withdraw the legislation and call for national dialogue. Crisis Group expert Tiziano Breda says the unrest is rooted in deep-seated popular discontent toward the government that has been exacerbated by polarisation in the political space since a coup brought the ruling party to power ten years ago.

➤ Sudan: A military assault on Monday by Sudan’s security forces killed scores of unarmed protesters and dispersed the months-long peaceful sit-in outside the military's headquarters in Khartoum. Crisis Group expert Murithi Mutiga says the violent attack has derailed a tentative transition to civilian rule and raises the risk of civil war if fractures widen between the military and the Rapid Support Forces, a militia which perpetrated the assault.

➤ Venezuela: A second round of talks in Norway between government and opposition representatives in late May failed to produce an agreement, although it seems the talks will continue. Crisis Group expert Phil Gunson says that while no agreement has been reached, and the talks appear stalled over the question of a transition, the Norwegian initiative currently offers the best hope of a breakthrough.

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Three conflict trends as seen by Crisis Group analysts  
 

➤ Burkina Faso: A deadly attack on a Protestant church in the country’s north killed six people, including a pastor, on Sunday, days after gunmen targeted a school in the same region. Crisis Group expert Rinaldo Depagne says this is the first time a church has been attacked since 2015, reflecting the escalating violence that Burkina has suffered during the past four years. 

➤ Iran: The U.S. ended waivers granting eight countries exemptions from its sanctions on Iranian oil sales. Crisis Group expert Naysan Rafati says while the move will likely increase Iran’s financial malaise, the policy impact of Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign is less assured. The more the Trump administration succeeds in pressuring Iran economically, the less Tehran has to lose if it decides to take retaliatory measures of its own.

 Venezuela: A short-lived military revolt led by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, involving skirmishes between pro-government and pro-opposition forces, was quickly subdued by security forces on Tuesday. Crisis Group expert Ivan Briscoe says the clear lesson from the 30 April events is that there can be no “winner-take-all” solution to Venezuela’s protracted crisis.

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Three conflict trends as seen by Crisis Group analysts  
 

➤ Sri Lanka: A spate of lethal bombings on Saturday allegedly perpetrated by a little-known Islamist militant group with foreign backing killed at least 250 people. Crisis Group expert Alan Keenan says Sri Lanka’s worst-ever terrorist attack could heighten intercommunal tensions by increasing already powerful anti-Muslim sentiments across society and strengthening the hand of the Sinhala nationalist opposition.

➤ Korean Peninsula: Kim Jong-un arrived in Russia on Wednesday for a summit with President Putin. Amid an ailing peace process between Pyongyang and Washington, says Crisis Group expert Christopher Green, Kim hopes to obtain Russian diplomatic support, heap pressure upon the international sanctions regime and, by expanding trade, reduce North Korea's economic dependence on China.

 Sudan: Three members of the ruling Military Transition Council offered their resignations on Wednesday, amid continued pressure from thousands of protesters for a civilian-led government. Crisis Group expert Alan Boswell says the opposition has decided to re-engage in talks with the council but short of a transition to civilian rule, as protesters demand, unrest on the streets is likely to persist.   

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