A planned attack against Ethiopia’s Grand Renaissance Dam (GRD) hydroelectric project was thwarted by security forces on 1 March, according to an Ethiopia government spokesperson. Jordan Anderson, country risk analyst, IHS Markit, said: “The militants allegedly belonged to the Benishangul People’s Liberation Movement (BPLM) and were intercepted by security forces near the town of Asosa, the capital of Ethiopia’s Benishangul-Gumuz…
This year will be one of the most difficult for businesses’ strategic decision making since the end of the Cold War, according to Richard Fenning, CEO of Control Risks. Launching its annual RiskMap, he said: “The unexpected US election and Brexit referendum results, which caught the world by surprise, have tipped the balance to make 2017 one of the most…
Many of the world’s key shipping routes take vessels around African coasts, so the security of African seas and ports is crucial to keep trade flowing. Liz Booth looks at some common threats in African waters.
Leading insurers and risk managers around the world are issuing serious warnings to shipowners of the growing piracy and other operational risks in west Africa.
The Ugandan People’s Defence Force’s (UPDF) phased withdrawal of its 2,500 troops from the African Union Regional Task Force (AU–RTF), scheduled to complete by October 2016, comes amid Uganda’s wider reconsideration of its regional military commitments. This indicates the country no longer perceives the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) as an imminent security threat, according to analysts from IHS.
South Africa may not be the number one country at risk of a terror attack in Africa, but risk managers should not be complacent.
The number of militant Islamist attacks in Africa rose dramatically between 2009 and 2015, according to new research released by IHS.
Renewed civil war is likely in north and central Mali and in South Sudan, while the US government has voiced concern around escalating violence in Central African Republic.
The total number of kidnaps for ransom during 2016 in the Gulf of Guinea has already surpassed the total number of incidents recorded by the International Maritime Bureau for 2015. The UK P&I Club has issued a warning to all those involved in the shipping sector to have access to experienced and professional advice regarding kidnap response management.
Kenyan insurers expect the sale of terrorism insurance cover to increase in the medium term following the horrific Westgate shopping mall attack that killed over 65 people and injured more than 200.