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North Africa Risk Consulting Inc. is the political risk consultancy specializing exclusively in North Africa & the Sahara. NARCO helps firms navigate Maghreb markets. Ongoing events in North Africa and the Sahara have heightened the need to understand political circumstances, their trajectories and implications for the commercial environment. Learn more about North Africa Risk Consulting.

The March NARCO RoundUp departs from the standard format and is dedicated entirely to looking at how the novel coronavirus pandemic impacts Maghreb countries. Spoiler alert: badly (but to varying degrees of bad.)

Of all the years to have an extra day it had to be 2020. Algeria’s Hirak marked its first anniversary. It’s still going strong, but it’s not clear where it’s going. Libya is war, war, and more war. And Mauritania is moving definitively into a new(er) political era.

Pressure is mounting on former Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz and his network of associates in the commercial sector. After nearly a decade getting richer and richer, time’s drawing nigh to pay the piper.

Yet again Algeria’s state-owned energy mastodon has a new CEO. The 11th in 10 years for everyone keeping count. On 5 February, Kamel Eddine Chikhi, in the chair since November 2019, was replaced by Toufik Hakkar.