While France has just completed its withdrawal from Mali, Paris is preparing to provide nearly €15m in budgetary aid to Ouagadougou. It is also considering a military support programme to strengthen Burkina Faso's armed forces as they face increased threats from Islamist militant groups.
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.
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.