4 African Business March 2022
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French President Emmanuel Macron has announced the withdrawal of French and European troops from Mali within four to six months. France has been engaged in fighting jihadism in Mali and across the wider region since 2013. More recently France has been winding down its presence in favour of Takuba, a European task force, but relations with the military regime in Mali have broken down in recent months. “We cannot take action with authorities with whom we cannot agree,” said the president. The centre of European operations in the region will now shift to Niger, he said.
Turkey’s Erdogan shortens Africa trip due to Ukraine crisis
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan prematurely ended his latest Africa tour amid the escalating UkraineRussia crisis. Erdogan, who has made Africa a priority area for diplomacy and investment, cancelled a planned trip to GuineaBissau and returned home from Africa early for talks with NATO leaders. Erdogan was on a three-day trip with cabinet members to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal and GuineaBissau which had been scheduled to conclude on 23 Februar y.
France announces military withdrawal from Mali
Africa’s first AI research hub opens in Republic of Congo
The UN’s Economic Commission for Africa and the Republic of Congo have opened a centre to advance artifi cial intelligence research to boost digital technology in Africa in the areas of digital policy, infrastructure, fi nance, skills, digital platforms and entrepreneurship. The African Research Centre on Artifi cial Intelligence, in the Denis Sassou-N’guesso University of Kintélé, will provide a regional hub for the development of emerging technologies and is the fi rst of its kind in Africa, say the founders.
Kenyatta backs Odinga in Kenya presidential race
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has offi cially endorsed opposition leader Raila Odinga, a one-time rival, to succeed him in the presidential elections set for 9 August. Kenyatta urged his supporters to back Odinga, who he said had the country’s best interests at heart. The endorsement sets Odinga up to run against Kenyatta’s deputy president and former Kenyatta ally William Ruto, who will be seeking the presidency on the United Democratic Alliance ticket. Kenyatta and Odinga fought a disputed election in 2017, leading to a rerun ordered by the Supreme Court after an appeal by Odinga. Odinga ultimately boycotted the rerun, cementing Kenyatta’s re-election.