Brussels conference boosts G5 Sahel force funding to $509 million

Brussels conference boosts G5 Sahel force funding to $509 million

The international community has pledged more than USD$500 million to support the regional G5 Sahel security force, the European Union said following a high-level conference hosted in Brussels Friday. The funding for the joint military force of the five nations – Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger – includes…

EU reiterates G5 Sahel support ahead of Brussels conference

EU reiterates G5 Sahel support ahead of Brussels conference

The European Commission, speaking ahead of a Friday conference on the Sahel, reiterated its support for the G5 nations and the regional security initiative launched this year. “The EU has fully supported this African led initiative from the very beginning and provided an initial contribution of €50 million to help set it…

Macron’s Sahel trip spotlights security, migration investments

Macron’s Sahel trip spotlights security, migration investments

President Emmanuel Macron of France has announced €400 million (USD$474 million) in financial aid to Niger during his weekend press conference with President Mahamadou Issoufou in Niamey. Macron said the funding, planned through 2021, will support development in Niger and security in the Sahel. His remarks alongside Issoufou, who Macron praised…

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

Botswana helps to fund investigation into Syria war crimes

Botswana is the only African nation among the 26 countries so far making financial contributions to support an investigation into serious crimes committed during the Syrian conflict. The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) will be led by Catherine Marchi-Uhel, a French judge appointed this week to lead the IIIM….

In Uganda, Guterres calls on South Sudan’s leaders to end war

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres completes his “Solidarity Summit” visit to Uganda on Friday, in an effort to raise the visibility of refugees and increase support for them and their host communities. Hosted by Guterres and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the summit of delegates, donors and heads of state hopes to…