Mali/Lithium : Kodal Minerals CEO Bernard Aylward talks to Compelo Energy

2018/09/15 – Kodal Minerals has identified an estimated 17 million tonnes of mineral resources in southern Mali with the potential to produce a battery-grade lithium carbonate. CEO Bernard Aylward discusses the lithium boom, open-pit mining and managing risk in foreign jurisdictions. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Lithium : Kodal Minerals CEO Bernard Aylward talks to Compelo Energy »

Norway intensifies efforts in the Sahel region #Mali #Niger

2018/09/10 – The Sahel region is facing significant security, humanitarian and development challenges. Weak state structures and porous borders have enabled Islamist terrorist groups to gain a foothold in the region. Conflicts are threatening stability in several of the region’s countries and have caused the civilian population enormous suffering. The human cost of people smuggling and irregular migration to Europe through the Sahel is huge.  Continuer à lire … « Norway intensifies efforts in the Sahel region #Mali #Niger »

Mali/Lithium – Birimian eyes 2020 production at $199m Mali lithium mine

2018/09/01 – Birimian Limited, the Australian developer of a $199 million lithium mine in Mali, is targeting first production for Q1 2020.

The Goulamina mine is one of the world’s largest undeveloped high-grade lithium deposits and will represent 15% of the current global lithium supply. Continuer à lire … « Mali/Lithium – Birimian eyes 2020 production at $199m Mali lithium mine »

Niger ambush prompts training changes for special operations in Africa

2018/08/29 – Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the military will modify how special operations forces are prepared for missions in Africa because of a deadly ambush by extremists last year in Niger that revealed a lack of training for troops heading into hot spots. Continuer à lire … « Niger ambush prompts training changes for special operations in Africa »

Russia/Burkina Faso : Press release on Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov’s meeting with Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Russia Antoine Somdah #Military

2018/08/29 – On August 28, Special Presidential Representative for the Middle East and Africa and Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov received Ambassador of Burkina Faso to Russia Antoine Somdah, at the latter’s request.

The two officials discussed current issues of promoting traditionally friendly Russian-Burkinian relations. Moscow and Ouagadougou reaffirmed their mutual commitment to stepping up the political dialogue, including the coordination of approaches to international and African issues, as well as building up mutually beneficial trade, economic, military technical, humanitarian and other cooperation.

APO / Sahel-Elite

Chad – IOM Chad Calls for Urgent Funding to Assist Thousands of Migrant Gold Miners #Tchad

2018/08/25 – The attack on a border post on 11 August near Chad’s largest gold mining areas in the Tibesti Region has prompted the Government of Chad to stop all gold mining activities in Miski and Kouri Bougri, two of the country’s major gold mining areas. Both are near Chad’s border with Libya; both have attracted migrant workers from West and Central Africa, as well as Chadians, since 2013.The sudden decision has prompted thousands of migrant gold miners to relocate to the cities of Zouarke and Zouar in the Tibesti region, while at least 3,800 people have moved to Faya in the Borkou region in Northern Chad. These recent population movements have exhausted the resources available to local populations and local authorities lack the means to provide immediate assistance to these migrants. Continuer à lire … « Chad – IOM Chad Calls for Urgent Funding to Assist Thousands of Migrant Gold Miners #Tchad »

Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’

2018/08/19- Last month, the UK sent three Royal Air Force helicopters and about 100 troops to Mali to help French forces combat jihadists still active in the region.

The Sun has cited a Whitehall source as saying that British Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson was outraged after Paris said that London will have to pay £2 million ($2.5 million) so that the UK military can fly spare parts and kits to the Mali mission on French transport aircraft. Continuer à lire … « Mali/UK – French Can’t Fight Own Wars’: Paris Reportedly Makes UK Defense Chief ‘Livid’ »