07 Oct EUTM Mali provides staff course training focused on the interoperability of the Joint Force Command Post of G5 Sahel.
The EU Council unlocked only last month EUR 50 million in support of the Joint Force (JF) of the countries of the G5 Sahel. According to its mandate and on request of the Malian Armed Forces, the European Union Training Mission in Mali anticipated with staff course training, focused on the interoperability of the JF Command Post of G5 Sahel (PCIAT).
Twenty-five officers from the five member states of the G5 Sahel (Mali, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad) participated. The course was planned in coordination with the Malian Armed Forces and with international partners, in particular EUCAP Sahel Mali, Operation Barkhane and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
The first week of the course was mainly theoretical, with lectures focusing on the political and legal aspects of military operations, the security context of the Sahel region and an in-depth knowledge of the different actors in the region. During the second week, the officers had to prepare and implement an exercise operation based on a realistic training scenario in a multinational cross-border operation. The trainees had to play the role of a command post cell part of the JF command post liaising with real life specialists from UNHCR, ICRC, Barkhane, MINUSMA, EUCAP, MDSF and a Legal advisor.
This highly successful course culminated on 06 October 2017 with a closing ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Bamako attended by the Chief of Defence of the Malian Armed Forces, Brigardier General Mbemba Moussa Kéita and the Mission Force Commander EUTM Mali, Brigadier General Laurent.
The JF announced to be ready to conduct its first coordinated operations along Mali’s borders with Nigeria and Burkina Faso in October, with greater capacity in spring 2018. But a lot of challenges still remain!