The EU's training mission in CAR has been suspended since the beginning of December, however ways to revive it are currently being examined. Cooperation with the Rwandan army is one route being considered in Paris, but implementing this would be challenging.
Since the beginning of the year, the International Monetary Fund has signed support programmes with four of the six countries in the oil-dependent and Covid-weakened Central African monetary zone. But its talks with Chad and the Central African Republic have stalled.
The UN Security Council is renewing MINSUCA's mandate on Friday. The discussions began in October and have been strained, as Moscow has sought to ease the arms embargo on the Central African Republic. Relations between Bangui and the UN mission remain tense.
The democratic opposition withdrew from the 'republican dialogue' peace talks last week, after a move by the president of the National Assembly to waive the parliamentary immunity of three of its leaders. This falls at the precise moment that President Touadera is seeking funding for the talks.
As France downgrades its relations with the Central African Republic (CAR), which it sees as too much under Russian influence, the authorities there are exerting pressure on French companies still active in the country.
Appointed prime minister on 11 June, Henri-Marie Dondra has the difficult task of reassuring the cash-strapped country's financial backers while dealing with heightened tensions over the December elections and growing Russian influence. The appointment of his cabinet will be a baptism of fire.