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Cameroon: upOwa closes €2.5m solar funding round

Cameroon-based solar home system provider upOwa closed a €2.5m ($2.8m) series A2 funding round in December. The UK government-funded Renewable Energy Performance Platform (REPP) led the round alongside French family office Colam Impact. Existing...

Burkina Faso: Bids sought for installation of rural solar PV systems

The Burkinabè Rural Electrification Agency invites prequalification applications by 26 February for the design, financing, supply, construction, operation and maintenance of a series of decentralised solar PV systems across Burkina Faso. The...

Zimbabwe: Invictus, Tatanga Energy seal gas sales MoU

Invictus Energy has signed a preliminary agreement for gas supply from its Cabora Bassa project in Muzarabani, as it seeks an upstream partner to establish whether commercial quantities of gas can be produced from the licence. Invictus announced...

Yemen’s Houthis eye further Iranian support for war against Saudi Arabia

Amid renewed tensions between the Houthis and Saudi Arabia, and with diminishing prospects for peace, the Houthi authorities may see new opportunities to extract more economic and military aid from their ally Iran following the killing of IRGC...

UAE: Dubai revamps governance structure

Federal Vice President, prime minister and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum (MBR) chaired the first meeting of the Dubai Council on 7 January, the latest initiative to revamp his emirate’s governance and boost its tepid economy....

Iran: Trump sends region to the brink with killing of IRGC kingpin Soleimani

The crowds that thronged the streets of Kerman on 7 January to see the coffin of slain Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force commander General Qassim Soleimani were in sharp contrast to the crowds that filled the streets of Iranian...

Yemen museum reopens

There was a boost for the region’s museum culture from an unusual source, with the competion of building work as an important initial step taken to reopen the National Museum in Taiz. A museum since 1967 – and previously the residence of Imam...

UAE/RAK: Saud Bin Saqr’s camel racing festival

RAK Ruler Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al-Qasimi attended several days of the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Camel Racing Festival at RAK’s Al-Sawan racetrack in late December, crowning the race winners. He was joined by Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Saud...

UAE/Oman: South Korea considers enhanced military co-operation

The UAE is to deepen military co-operation with South Korea in areas such as intelligence, cybersecurity and munitions, undertaking joint research and exchanges of technology. UAE minister of state for defence affairs Mohammed Bin Ahmed Al-...

Mohammed Bin Zayed: Condolences offered in Muscat for murdered Omani student

Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and UAE Armed Forces deputy supreme commander Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) took the time to travel to Oman in December to offer condolences to Abdullah Bin Ali Al-Araimi on the death of his son Mohammed, who...

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