Spain's Swiftair starts flying for MINUSMA
The Spanish company Swiftair began flying missions at the end of May for the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, whose mandate has just been extended for a year by the Security Council.
In a sign of its growing interest in Africa, the Israeli cyberintelligence firm Rayzone Group presented its interception and cybersecurity systems to a visiting delegation from the DRC recently, a few weeks after prospecting for business in Ghana and Ivory Coast.
Emirati group Ecolog was approached to challenge the Bolloré group for the contract to transport supplies to the French armed forces in the Sahel and Ivory Coast but, finally, failed to bid in time. It has nevertheless held on to its UN contract in Mali and is developing its business in South Sudan.
The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali has, after years of hesitancy, launched a tender for the provision of surveillance aircraft it sorely needs. A host of international providers with strong credentials will make for a tight race.
In contrast to his predecessor Joseph Kabila, who cut military and intelligence ties with the West, Félix Tshisekedi has reopened channels of cooperation on security with Paris, Brussels and Washington to soften the impact of the imminent withdrawal of the [.