LUXEMBOURG – The NATO Support and Procurement Organization (NSPO) has signed a technical framework agreement with the Ministry of the Armed Forces of the French Republic for the provision of services in Mali (Africa), in support of Task Force Takuba. The provision of support includes catering and basic services, engineering services, infrastructure maintenance, fuel services, and air and ground transportation within the theater.
Task Force Takuba is a European military task force, made up of eight European countries and led by France, which advises and assists the Malian Armed Forces in their fight against terrorism in the Sahel, in coordination with other international actors on the ground, including the United Nations. United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Following France’s request, the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) will support a camp in Ménaka, eastern Mali, with a capacity of around 500 people. This includes the provision of catering services, basic services (laundry and pest control services, among others), engineering services and fuel services. To this end, NSPA will deploy staff by the end of the summer to manage the site and provide logistical support to operations.
The signing ceremony for the technical framework agreement took place at the NSPA facilities in Capellen, Luxembourg, on June 9. The Director General of the NSPA, Mr. Peter Dohmen and the Directors of the NSPA welcomed the French delegation, led by Vice Air Marshal Laurent Marboeuf, Head of Joint International Affairs, and other senior officials of the ministry French Defense.
“Cooperation between Takuba and NSPA is based on mutual trust. This is the first time that France, as a leader of a coalition, has requested external support. It is also the first time that the NSPA has provided support to a non-NATO coalition. There is no doubt that this is a win-win project ”, assured the vice-marshal of Air Marboeuf.
“The signing ceremony is a key step after months of teamwork between the NSPA and the French army. We are grateful and honored for the trust placed in the Agency. This is an excellent opportunity for the Agency to strengthen its capacity to support NATO allies and partners, wherever needed, “confirmed Mr. Peter Dohmen.
As part of the preparations for the post-Barkhane operation, the Ministry of the Armed Forces assured that this cooperation agreement testifies to France’s commitment to definitively install the TAKUBA Task Force in Mali for the benefit of operational cooperation with partners Africans.