The Senegalese gendarmerie has just ordered 12 armoured combat and reconnaissance vehicles from the Chinese supplier Norinco. The financial aspects of this operation were supervised by businessman Thierno Ba.
Zambian President Hakainde Hichilema will hold a 'coordination' meeting of African Union (AU) foreign ministers in Lusaka from 14 to 15 July. As such, the 54 heads of diplomacy of AU countries have been invited to the Zambian capital
In order to weaken the rebel groups but also its historical opponents, Chad's transitional government has placed its allies within the parties and groups invited to negotiate a political compromise in Doha.
Despite notable progress, the peace talks between Chad's armed political groups and the N'Djamena government is due for further delays. The reconciliation process to be held in Doha last week was postponed.
Ahead of a repeatedly delayed national dialogue, Chadian leader Mahamat Idriss Déby has begun discreet discussions with his late father's most ardent opponents. He has also reached out to the chair of the African Union Commission.
Ahead of the European Union's summit with the African Union on 17-18 February, the French president dispatched a representative to several African capitals in order to prepare for the gathering held under the French presidency of the EU Council.
Under the watchful gaze of the Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, his special envoy for the Lake Chad basin, Baba Gana Kingibe, is continuing to do his best to contain the instability in Chad, which could pose a threat to Nigeria's borders.
Interim president Mahamat Idriss Déby's hope of winning tacit approval for his rule have been dashed after the African Union chose Addis Ababa over N'Djamena for its next summit.
Relations between N'Djamena and the AU's Moussa Faki Mahamat are at such a low ebb that they are undermining the organisation's ability to deal with the crisis in Chad. Various initiatives are being studied to up the pressure on the junta, which has failed to amend controversial clauses of the charter serving as the rulebook for the 18-month transition period supposed to lead to a democratic future.