A group of French and German MPs and diplomats are heading to Berlin in early December to discuss the outlines of their military partnership in the Sahel region, as well as the impact that the war in Ukraine is having on the African continent.
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.
As the fallout of the 18-August coup continues to rock the country, the head of the peacekeeping operation in Mali, Mahamat Saleh Annadif, should have his mandate extended until April. But the debate on who will succeed him is back on and Washington is still pushing for David Gressly.