The European Union is drawing up the contours of a new programme to boost the armies of the countries of the Sahel and Gulf of Guinea. Already widely used to support Ukraine in the face of the Russian invasion, the European Peace Facility must be at the center of this new West African strategy.
Stratcomms boss Marc Porter, the US lobbyist hired in 2018 to facilitate meetings with senior staffers of the Trump administration, has filed a complaint before Nevada court against the Malian state. He is claiming $94m from Bamako, $93m of which for "unfair enrichment" in reference to the additional financial assistance the US granted Mali in 2020, which he believes he enabled.
Ces dernières semaines, la question sensible de l'appartenance du Burkina Faso au cadre de coopération sécuritaire et de développement du G5 Sahel a été abordée durant au moins trois conseil des ministres.
The European Union plans to use the European Peace Facility to provide operational support to four West African navies, which are to take on a regional leadership role to counter the persistent threat of piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
The military contingents of Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon deployed within the Multinational Joint Task Force are to receive a dozen intelligence-gathering drones from the French firm Delair. The project is being overseen by Coginta, an NGO active in supporting security initiatives in West Africa.
No less than fifteen EU delegations on the continent, including some of the bloc's most strategic representations in Dakar, Khartoum, Abidjan, Maputo, Pretoria, Kampala, Niamey, Djibouti and Kigali, will welcome new ambassadors by mid-2022. Africa Intelligence reveals all the details.
The European Union is ready to commit tens of millions of euros to restructuring Burkina Faso's military and police apparatus, to the delight of the ruling junta.
On 21 April, the European Union adopted an assistance measure to provide the African Union with €600m in aid over three years. A €170m package has already been set aside for 2022. The package should be put towards the fight against Boko Haram and the AU mission in Somalia but leaves out the G5 Sahel.
Despite the reallocation of European security cooperation funds to Ukraine, Paris has made a point of reassuring its West African partners by releasing other funds their way.
Brussels laid out to the Malian junta its conditions for maintaining its military training operations in the country. But it has had no substantive response from Bamako, and is now expected to announce their suspension.
Following the lead of ECOWAS, the EU is gearing up to impose sanctions on the regime in Bamako, which has postponed the presidential election and welcomed Russian paramilitaries from Wagner onto Malian soil. The EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell is due to hold a virtual meeting with the foreign ministers of the G5 Sahel countries on 26 January to discuss the situation in Mali.