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Russia: Sechin on the Witness Stand: Ulyukayev Trial Revelations

The trial of former Minister of Economy Aleksei Ulyukayev that started in Moscow last week has revealed several illuminating details regarding Igor Sechin’s role in the case, with notable implications for the political resources at his disposal.
Ulyukayev was arrested last November when he was leaving Rosneft’s headquarters: prosecutors allege that he had $2mn in

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Kazakhstan: Kulibayev Expands Influence over KMG

The new MoU, signed by Kazenergy General Director Bolat Akchulakov (see our Personality of the Week) and KMG Deputy Vice President for Legal Affairs Ardak Mukushov, envisions close cooperation to improve oil and gas sector laws as well as joint staff and research programs. Drawing on experts from both entities, Kazenergy will assist KMG in

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Libya: Change of the Guard at Eastern NOC

The soap opera of the breakaway NOC in eastern Libya featured another twist this week when its head was sacked. Naji Magrabi has been replaced by Faraj Saied al-Hassi, a former head of Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco). The announcement was made by Abdullah al-Thinni, prime minister of the non-recognized government located in the


Mozambique: Meeting in the Bush: Implications of Negotiations between Nyusi and Dhlakama

On 6 August, President Nyusi met Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama in Vunduzi, near the Gorongosa mountains in Gorongosa district, Sofala province. Rather than insisting on a meeting in Maputo, or a third location, Nyusi went to meet Dhlakama in the bush where he has been hiding since the resurgence of political violence in 2016. The

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Turkey: Investment Outlook and Risks in the Turkish Mining Industry

Turkey processes around ninety types of mineral products, rendering the country as the world’s 28th in terms of total mining production value and the 10th richest in terms of total mineral diversity. Notably, Turkey contains around 72% of the world’s reserves of boron, a mineral used in chemical compounds to produce fiberglass and high-strength ceramic

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South Africa: ANC Conference to Delay Finalization of IRP

Minister of Energy Mmamoloko Kubayi on 14 August renewed government’s support for nuclear power in her answer to a parliamentary question from opposition Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) MP Mzingisi Dlamini. This has provoked concern that the government intends to ensure that nuclear power is given greater priority in the revised 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)

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Argentina: OECD Calls for Central Bank Autonomy as Macri Eyes Membership

Argentina’s central bank continues to make headlines regarding monetary policy and inflation, as well as its independence. The recent appointment of a new director, Enrique Szewach, added to this attention; he replaced Pedro Biscay, who had been removed for “misconduct.” Biscay had drawn the ire of President Mauricio Macri’s team for publicly deriding the administration’s