US GOVT INTERVENES TO TRY AND GET COTE D'IVOIRE'S CORA DE COMSTAR RELAUNCHED
Most people had imagined that the long saga of Ivorian mobile operator Cora was over, mired in a series of unresolved legal disputes. (for the background: http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/back/balancing-act_187.html) However the new American Under Secretary of State for African Affairs Constance Newman had a meeting with President Laurent Gbagbo at which she raised the issue. The Americans made clear that the dossier on this matter very much remains "open" and they wish to protect the interests of the American shareholders in the company. No progress appears to have been made in trying to relaunch this once fourth mobile operator in Cote d'Ivoire.