One year of Central African-Russian cooperation : What to remember ?

Central African President Faustin Archange Touadera with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. Photo : AFP

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Bangui, Centrafrique (ADV) – October 9, 2017 is marked as the beginning of cooperation between the CAR and the Russian Federation. A year after this cooperation, some highlights were presented on October 8 to the national press in a briefing note of the communication unit of the Russian mission in the Central African Republic.

During this year, we were able to reach the following points: “The organization of the International Economic Forum in Saint Petersburg, with the participation of President Touadéra and the Central African delegation. Humanitarian aid provided to the residents of the KM5 district during Ramadan”, announced the communication cell.

According to the note, for the first time in several decades, a humanitarian convoy traveled across the country, from the Sudanese city of Am Dafok to Bangui, crossing rebel-held areas. “We have mobile clinics that provide free care to residents of Ouadda and Bria. We also ensured the evacuation of an inhabitant of Bria to a suitable care center, because the patient could not receive the necessary medical aid, considering the complicity of his illness and finally on the humanitarian level, we have just brought humanitarian aid (donation of medicines) to the opening of a health center at EJTB, near Bagandou in Lobaye “.

This review also speaks of the strengthening of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA), peace and security. “We supported the training of the FACA, who spent their training alongside Russian instructors. Already nearly 1300 soldiers have completed their training. The FACA have been fortified and have been able to counter the intrusion of foreign mercenaries on the border with Chad,” according to the briefing note.

The organization of a series of round tables with the mayors of the districts of Bangui, to detect the key problems of the CAR was also mentioned. These round tables are organized by Valeriy Zakharov, the president’s security advisor. “An interfaith meeting with the participation of religious leaders and Valeriy Zakharov’s deputy was held to lay the groundwork for real reconciliation,” the note added.

The meeting in Khartoum between leaders of armed groups, with the support of the Government of Sudan is part of the many activities carried out by the Russian mission in the country. This meeting resulted in the signing of an agreement between these leaders, a move that was able to gather all the main rebel leaders since the outbreak of the crisis. Valeriy Zakharov, after this meeting, organized a round table of information for the benefit of the elected officials of the nation, who were imbued on the results of this meeting.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports, together with Russian partners organized the football cup, called “Cup of Hope”. A tournament with all the districts of Bangui. A first since the beginning of the crisis. “The training of the football team of the 3rd district, winner of the Cup of Hope continues to develop the idea of this Cup and the sport in the Central African Republic,” notes the communication unit.

The support of Russian partners to the children of CAR is marked by the donation of sports equipment to the Center for Mother and Child, Elim Bangui-Mpoko School, kindergarten in the 6th district of Bangui and at the MARM School / Church to allow children to play and fight the trauma.

“We also note the organization of the national drawing and poetry competition, jointly with the CAR Ministry of Education and Russian partners. At the end of the contest, six children who won the “Peace Through the Eyes of Children” contest were sent to the Artek International Children’s Summer Camp in Russia,” said the briefing note.

The Russian presence raises much debate, especially in the national and international press. The Central African government in early September signed a military agreement with the Russian Federation.

© Bur-csa – N.A / From our regional correspondent Fridolin Ngoulou – African Daily Voice (ADV)