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Country Report Mali

  • ID: 2138674
  • May 2015
  • Region: Mali
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

Senegal's president, Macky Sall, has been elected by his fellow heads of state as the new chairman of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) for 2015-16.

Recent months have seen a marked easing of the intensity of two major crises confronting West Africa: Boko Haram's campaign in Nigeria and the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Although this might provide some respite, these issues are far from resolved. Meanwhile, the faltering peace process in northern Mali and ongoing jihadi activity in the broader Sahara region remain major causes for concern. Moreover, the region faces a number of tense elections in October, in Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Guinea, all three of which risk bringing about significant turbulence. In the wake of his election as Ecowas chairman on May 19th, Mr Sall chose to concentrate on a more positive theme: plans for a single currency for the region. But in reality he is likely to find himself more preoccupied with political and security challenges across the region.

Ecowas has a strong tradition of inter-governmental co-operation on political and security issues, including contributing to regional intervention forces to tackle armed groups and support peacebuilding. Mr Sall will need to build on this tradition. Faced with the persistence of jihadi and Tuareg rebel hostility to the UN peacekeeping force in Mali, Mr Sall will need to sustain strong Ecowas commitment to the force, encouraging member states to maintain troop commitments and possibly increase them to partner French troops in offensive operations against the jihadis.

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Country Report Mali

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