African Union reiterates commitment to fight against terrorist Boko Haram

As part of its support for counter-terrorism initiatives in all its forms, the African Union Commission (AUC) reiterates its continued support for the efforts of the countries concerned in the fight against terrorism terrorist Boko Haram. 

Millions of people are displaced political instability by terrorist activities 

The support of the AUC has materialized through the provision of information and communication system equipment, which since the beginning of the operations has enabled links between the FMM Headquarters and the operational sectors as well as means of mobility.

 The visit of the President of the Commission, followed by the visit of the AU Peace and Security Council from 27 to 31 July 2017 in the countries affected by the terrorist group, attests to this renewed commitment.

In terms of additional support to the DMF, it should be recalled that the United Kingdom contributed $ 7.5 million. Thanks to close cooperation between the AUC and the DMF Command, the United Kingdom’s contribution has been fully utilized to provide operational equipment already delivered to the DMF. 

These facilities have enabled the FMM to substantially strengthen its operational and logistical capabilities and achieve its objectives. The EU contribution, announced in 2015 and amounting to EUR 50 million, of which EUR 31,672,575 million was received by the Commission. 

However, the conditions imposed on the AU have so far only permitted payment of salaries to support staff, as well as mission allowances, the operating costs and the medical support of the FMM Headquarters. The bulk of the EU contribution for the development of operational equipment and services has not yet been spent since each step of the procurement procedure requires the written authorization of the EU.

 It is in the light of these delays that the AU Commission has asked the EU to designate itself the Procurement Officer who must have administrative and financial responsibility for the direct supply of equipment and services the FMM. 

The EU gave its agreement in writing on 04 July 2017 for the use of an Integrating Agent and hoped that the procedure would start on 15 August 2017, which the AU confirmed. intended for the realization of operational equipment and services is not yet spent since each stage of the procurement procedure must be the subject of a written authorization from the EU.

 It is in the light of these delays that the AU Commission has asked the EU to designate itself the Procurement Officer who must have administrative and financial responsibility for the direct supply of equipment and services the FMM. The EU gave its agreement in writing on 04 July 2017 for the use of an Integrating Agent and hoped that the procedure would start on 15 August 2017, which the AU confirmed. intended for the realization of operational equipment and services is not yet spent since each stage of the procurement procedure must be the subject of a written authorization from the EU. 

The AU Commission, while renewing its confidence in the partnership with the EU, wishes to reassure the FMM and the contributing countries that it will spare no effort to ensure that the promised supports materialize for this force. It reiterates its appeal to the Member States and all friends of Africa to provide multiform support to the FMM and also to the G5 Sahel Force to free the populations and economies of the countries concerned from terrorist violence and crimes.

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