Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Benin: President Patrice Talon humiliates Bolloré in Benin

H.E Patrice Talon, President of Benin
Patrice Talon to Bolloré: "The Port of Cotonou is not for Sale .... "

After many years of love and passion between Vincent Bolloré and the government of President Boni Yayi, the French industrial group is no longer in the good books of the Benin.
These are the reactions of Patrice Talon during an interview with Monde Afrique 
"It is not with a few solar panels, a playground and a handful of mini buses that will convince me". The Port of Cotonou is not for sale. A port is the heart of an economy for countries like ours, we cannot entrust the complete management to the West. If need be, we will favor national or African operators. 
I do not criticize those who did, but we will not, at least not in my mandate. If he wants to be eligible to control the port, he should partner with nationals who should own at least 45%. He did not fund my campaign, and I do not owe him anything".
Boni Yayi and his good Friend, Bollore
 "For railway, we are required to find a solution that boosts the project and which respects the right of everyone. Mr. Samuel Dossou is in the right path, he is from Benin and I protect Benin". This was during an held by the Monde Afrique with the newly elected president of Benin - Patrice Talon.These words have certainly left the Bolloré team thinking. A team which has since November 2015,  engaged a judicial war against Benin billionaire Samuel Dossou. At the head of Petrolin group, it believes he owns the rights to the 
railway being developed by the Bolloré group between Cotonou and Abidjan. What his competitor(Bollore) is contesting. However, in a judgment delivered on 19 November, the Cotonou Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the Benin businessman and ordered a halt to work by Bolloré between Benin and Niger. Himself a businessman - the first elected President of a country in West Africa - Patrice Talon qualifies Samuel Dossou a "friend". In his interview he promotes his Benin compatriots?
The New Generation of African leaders seems to be embracing the Africapitalism philosophy of Tony Elumelu which promotes African entrepreneurs to excel in Africa.
Updates coming soon...
credit: mondafrique.com and lemonde.fr


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