Saturday, August 27, 2016

Presidential elections in Burundi

A commission set up by President Pierre Nkurunziza was expected to recommend to parliament that Burundi lift its two-term limit on presidential terms (East African). The commission was set up after the political crisis that followed Nkurunziza's announcement that he would run for a third term as office.

Piracy Worldwide

The first half of 2016 saw ninety-eight successful or attempted pirate attack on ships worldwide, the lowest number since 1995 (FT), according to the International Chamber of Commerce. Attacks off Somalia and Indonesia have dropped while incidents off the coast of Nigeria have risen. Experts credit increased surveillance of waters, ship owners' growing willingness to employ armed guards, and modifications that make ships more difficult to board.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Orange Drives Digital Transformation in the Middle East and Africa

Orange Drives Digital Transformation in the Middle East and Africa with New Innovations in Smart Metering, Solar Power, NFC and Customer Experience
The Middle East and Africa remains a key growth contributor for Orange
PARIS, France, July 28, 2016/ -- Speaking at its 4th annual strategy and activity update for press and analysts in London on 28 July, Ramon Fernandez, Deputy CEO and Chief Finance and Strategy Officer, Bruno Mettling, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa (MEA) (, and Jean-Marc Vignolles, Chief Operating Officer for Orange MEA, outlined their vision and priorities, identifying a number of new sectors and activities in which Orange can play a key role in delivering digital transformation to this region.

Bruno Mettling, CEO, Orange MEA, commented: “The Middle East and Africa remains a key growth contributor for Orange. Today, we are present in 21 countries in the zone, with more than one in 10 Africans being Orange customers. We are investing for the long term and plan to continue playing a major role in the digital transformation of the region, from providing infrastructure and access to communications services through to developing new models that will help the region grow.”

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

EU Expands Mediterranean Mission Around Libya

EU foreign ministers said they would expand and extend by a year Operation Sophia, a naval mission to combat human smuggling across the Mediterranean from Libya. EU forces will train the Libyan coastguard and Navy (WSJ) and intercept arms smugglers in the Mediterranean (Libya Herald) they say are supplying the self-proclaimed Islamic State. The United Kingdom is also reportedly considering sending military personnel to Libya to train the coastguard (Middle East Eye). Operation Sophia currently comprises five ships and three helicopters (DW), which the EU says has saved sixteen thousand migrants from drowning and has arrested seventy-one suspected human smugglers.

Centurion Law Group and Sutter & Pearce sign strategic alliance agreement to share knowledge and cooperate in providing legal services

  • The partnership will create the largest Africa-based legal services provider in the Central African Republic, Congo and CR Congo region.
  • Parties will be able to leverage skills and expertise, expand capacity and increase client networks.
South Africa, June 22, 2016/ -- Centurion Law Group has entered a key strategic alliance with Republic of Congo-based law firm Sutter & Pearce. Together, the firms represent Central Africa’s leading Africa-based legal services provider. The agreement, signed May 25, will be a catalyst for both firms’ growth in Congo, DR Congo, Central African Republic (CAR) and other African markets.

Clients of both firms stand to gain from the new strategic alliance, with Centurion bringing its considerable pan-African resources and networks, particularly in the energy sector, and Sutter & Pearce providing extensive local knowledge in key petroleum markets, and over a decade of specialized experience in oil and gas law. The agreement is based on three key principles: sharing knowledge and resources; cooperating to offer legal services to Centurion’s clients in Congo, DR Congo and CAR; and expanding Sutter & Pearce’s practice through Centurion’s African network.

CEO of Centurion Law Group NJ Ayuk stated “Centurion stands for growth and partnership in Africa, and this new alliance with Sutter & Pearce promises mutual benefit for both parties, and greater capacity to serve clients from Bangui to Brazzaville, Pointe-Noire and Kinshasa.” He added “Just as we have done across Africa, we are committed to growing and developing our presence in key African markets for our clients. We are making a huge financial and technology investment into boosting capacities of African legal service providers. The CEMAC legal landscape is evolving and we will continue defying the odds and beating the doubters to write a new African chapter.” Richard Moulet, Managing Partner at Sutter & Pearce, said: “This is a momentous agreement and a win-win for both firms. Together, Sutter & Pearce and Centurion are building the most reputable and the leading legal services provider in this region.”