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Jeff Mason is a White House Correspondent for Reuters and the 2016-2017 president of the White House Correspondents’ Association. He was the lead Reuters correspondent for President Barack Obama's 2012 campaign and interviewed the president at the White House in 2015. Jeff has been based in Washington since 2008, when he covered the historic race between Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Jeff started his career in Frankfurt, Germany, where he covered the airline industry before moving to Brussels, Belgium, where he covered the European Union. He is a Colorado native, proud graduate of Northwestern University and former Fulbright scholar.

Twitter handle: @jeffmason1

24 May 2018

Trump versus Rwanda in trade battle over used clothes

KIGALI/ABIDJAN Early last year, weeks after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, a little known American trade association filed a petition with the U.S. Trade Representative.

23 May 2018

Freeing Congo's Mokoko must be condition for IMF deal - opposition lawyers

ABIDJAN Lawyers for jailed Congo Republic opposition figure Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko called on the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to make his release a condition for the approval of a bailout for the debt-crippled nation.

20 Apr 2018

IMF says Congo Republic will get deal once conditions met

ABIDJAN The IMF will propose a financial arrangement to Congo Republic once the central African country has completed work needed to make its debt sustainable, the fund said on Friday, contradicting a claim by Congo that the deal was already done.

10 Apr 2018

Standard Bank works Chinese connections in Francophone West Africa

ABIDJAN Standard Bank will partner with its biggest shareholder Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) to capitalize on a Chinese investment drive into Ivory Coast and establish a regional hub in French-speaking West Africa.

27 Mar 2018

Djibouti plans new container terminal to bolster transport hub aspirations

ABIDJAN Djibouti is in talks with French shipping company CMA CGM to develop a new container terminal at an initial cost of $660 million (£465.9 million) as part of the tiny African country's bid to expand into a sea and air transport hub for the continent.

26 Mar 2018

Massmart to open 20 stores in pan-African expansion: chairman

ABIDJAN South African retailer Massmart is continuing its pan-African expansion with plans to open about 20 new stores outside its home market over the next three years, the company's chairman said on Monday.

19 Mar 2018

Total Eren targets Africa's power-starved mining sector

ABIDJAN Renewable energy company Total Eren said on Monday it had opened the world's largest solar-thermal hybrid plant in Burkina Faso, the first of what it hopes will be many projects supplying the African mining industry's growing need for power.

08 Mar 2018

Militia commits mass rape in Central African Republic - MSF

ABIDJAN Militia fighters attacked, kidnapped and raped en masse a large group of women in an isolated area of Central African Republic last month, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Thursday.

27 Feb 2018

GM cotton's return to Burkina Faso on hold over Bayer-Monsanto deal

ABIDJAN Talks with Bayer to reintroduce genetically modified (GM) cotton in Burkina Faso are on hold pending the German drug and crop chemicals maker's acquisition of U.S. rival Monsanto, the head of the West African nation's top cotton company said on Tuesday.

20 Feb 2018

Off-grid power pioneers pour into West Africa

ABIDJAN Standing by a towering equatorial forest, Jean-Noel Kouame's new breeze-block house may be beyond the reach of Ivory Coast's power grid, but it's perfectly located for solar power entrepreneurs.

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