Management of the crisis in the Sahel: towards a strengthening and better alignment of security, stabilization and development initiatives

Prime Minister Moctar Ouane chaired, on Wednesday February 24, 2021 at the Alioune Blondin Bèye Peacekeeping School, the opening ceremony of the high-level international seminar on crisis management initiatives in the Sahel. The objective of this seminar is to help orient the action of the States of the region and of the key actors of the international community towards a reinforcement and a better alignment of the regional initiatives of security, stabilization and development in the Sahel. Funded by Japan, this 3-day seminar represents an opportunity to articulate the challenges and needs in the areas identified in each State concerned and to put them in perspective with the regional dynamics in progress and those to come.
The Director General of the School of Peacekeeping Alioune Blondin Bèye, Colonel Souleymane Sangaré declared that the Sahelo-Saharan space is faced with multiple issues and challenges in perpetual change. For him, these new and complex challenges are not confined to the limits of the borders of the various states concerned. This permanent, cross-border and international state of crisis has a direct impact on the security, stability and development of States. That is why, he will say, a multilateral, integrated, inclusive and coordinated approach must provide the most appropriate response capable of curbing the concerns of the day.
According to the representative of the Executive Secretary of the G5-Sahel, Mr. Mahamadou Samaké, security actions alone are not enough to stem the root causes of the persistent crisis in the Sahel countries. This is why the security crisis management strategies must integrate the dimension of "prevention of the phenomenon" which requires a diverse range of means of action. These means must complement and reinforce the strictly military aspect, indicated Mr. Samaké. He stressed that to guarantee long-term stability in the Region, the G5-Sahel has developed a major Priority Investment Program (PIP) for a total amount of 1,9 billion euros with particular emphasis on development. border areas.
For his part, Prime Minister Moctar Ouane welcomed the initiative of this seminar, which is being held at a time when Mali is going through a multidimensional crisis. He congratulated the EMP for its remarkable work in the Sahel in the area of ​​security and stability. Mr. Ouane pledged not only to refocus the security agenda around the protection of civilians but also and above all to achieve a better balance of the various pillars relating to good governance, security and development. He noted that these 3-day discussions and exchanges will make it possible to face the perpetual mutations of the threat in the Sahelo-Saharan space.