G5 Sahel and partners meet to further operationalize the police component of the Joint Force
On 26 November 2018, the G5 Sahel and its technical and financial partners met in Niamey, Niger for a high-level conference on coordinating assistance to the Police Component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force. The conference was organized with the support of UNODC and was chaired by the Nigerien DGPN in his role as president of the G5 Sahel defense and security committee (security format)
Following the workshops organized in Bamako in December 2017, Niamey in April 2018, and the five joint missions held between August and October 2018, this conference aimed to discuss the specific needs expressed by the five member-states of the G5 Sahel. The compiled list, which includes equipment, training, and procurement needs, was finalized following the joint missions. These needs were presented with the goal of coordinating a swift and comprehensive response from G5 technical and financial partners.
During the conference, each of the various G5 Sahel member state delegations had the opportunity to present their needs focusing on those most important for the implementation of the police component in their respective countries. These presentations allowed their partners to express their support for the operationalization of the police component in a more precise manner. Following discussions, a list of conclusions was adopted. During this process, the General Director of the National Police, Mr. Souley Boubacar recognized the progress made by each delegation but made an equally compelling call for swift action and well-coordinated support for further operationalization
Beyond the representatives of the G5 Sahel Permanent Secretariat, this conference also convened the General Directors of the police and gendarmerie (or their respective representatives) of G5 Sahel states, and prosecutors from judicial units specialized in counter terrorism and the fight against organized crime.
During the opening ceremony, the minister of Interior and public security, Mr. Bazoum Mohamed, underlined his country's needs to fully judicialize the Joint Force's operations. He further expressed his hope that, "through these discussions, we will be able to assemble the conditions necessary to provide materials, standardize conventions between the five G5 Sahel states, and conduct discussions which will assist our partners in harmonizing and coordinating their support. Overall, this workshop brought together 61 participants, including 15 women, including representatives from the EU (EUCAP Sahel Niger and Mali and the delegation of the EU to Niger), from the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC), the regional coordination cell, the Programme d'appui au G5 pour la sécurité au Sahel, INTERPOL, Germany, France, and the Netherlands.
UNODC, in the framework of its Sahel Programme, has supported the G5 Sahel since its creation, through, at first, support towards the institutionalization and operationalization of its Security and Cooperation Platform. A strong partnership based on trust was then developed between the two organizations. Since November 2017, and at the explicit request of the Permanent Secretary of the G5 Sahel, UNODC continues to provide support to the organization by proposing technical assistance and expertise for the conceptualization and operationalization of the police component of the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
This conference was organized thanks to the support from the German government.