Prime Minister's Address to the ALT
On December 1, 2023, Prime Minister of Burkina Faso, Me Apollinaire Kyelem de Tambela, addressed the ALT, announcing a significant stride in reclaiming the nation's territory, boasting a recovery rate of 65.65%. The Prime Minister's discourse ranged from the reform of the educational system to the establishment of the Sahel States Alliance (AES) airline.
Educational Reforms Underway
Assuring the commencement of educational reforms, Prime Minister Tambela highlighted the introduction of digital pedagogical materials and curriculum development. He emphasized that the reforms, which commenced from the 2022-2023 academic year, are a complex process requiring time to train educators and develop resources.
AES Airline and Other Long-Term Projects
Addressing the AES airline, a joint venture among the Sahel states, Tambela underscored the necessity of market studies, fundraising, and establishing a headquarters. He described the airline as a visionary project that requires resource acquisition and should not be rushed. The Prime Minister also mentioned other long-term projects, such as the Ouagadougou-Lomé or Accra-Ouagadougou railway, suggesting that the completion of some initiatives may extend beyond the current generation.
Implications for the Sahel Region
The article also addressed the potential truce between Islamic State and al Qaeda-linked militants near the Malian-Nigerien border, emphasizing the impact on the Sahel region. The increased military activity of the Islamic State in northeastern Mali and governance efforts in the tri-border region between Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger were also discussed, with insights offered into conflict dynamics and their impact on local populations.