West­ern donors pledge over 2 bil­lion eu­ros anti-ter­ror aid for Africa’s Sa­hel

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - WORLD -

NOUAK­CHOTT: West­ern donors said Thurs­day they have pledged 2.4 bil­lion eu­ros (US$2.7 bil­lion) in fund­ing aimed at pre­vent­ing ter­ror­ism and law­less­ness along the south­ern rim of the Sa­hara.

The up­dated pledge to­tal was an­nounced in a fi­nal state­ment from a donors con­fer­ence held in the Mau­ri­ta­nian cap­i­tal Nouak­chott.

“These pledges from our part­ners broadly cover the over­all needs” of around 40 de­vel­op­ment projects to fight ji­hadism in the re­gion, Niger Pres­i­dent Ma­hamadou Is­soufou told re­porters ear­lier.

The five Sa­hel states — Mau­ri­ta­nia, Burk­ina Faso, Chad, Mali and Niger — have been strug­gling against ex­trem­ism and law­less­ness in the Sa­hel since a ji­hadist re­volt that be­gan with a Tuareg sep­a­ratist up­ris­ing in north­ern Mali in 2012.

The Sa­hel Al­liance — which was launched last year and in­cludes the Euro­pean Union, the World Bank, the African De­vel­op­ment Bank, the UN De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme, Ger­many, France and six other Euro­pean coun­tries — con­trib­uted 1.3 bil­lion eu­ros, it said in a state­ment.

The EU’s In­ter­na­tional Co­op­er­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sioner Neven Mim­ica ann­nounced a 122 mil­lion-euro con­tri­bu­tion on Thurs­day.

French For­eign Min­is­ter JeanYves Le Drian said Paris would add 220 mil­lion eu­ros.

The five Sa­hel coun­tries had sought 1.9 bil­lion eu­ros to help them fund the Sa­hel Pri­or­ity In­vest­ment Pro­gramme (PIP) for projects in bor­der re­gions vul­ner­a­ble to ji­hadists.

They them­selves pro­vide 13 per cent of that sum. — AFP

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