Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Chad which forms the G5 Sahel, a regional cooperation and development institution for countries which share the Sahel as a common border, have adopted the regulatory texts essential to the suppression of roaming fees among them, Ecofin reports. G5 Sahel roaming
During the fourth ordinary session of the council of ministers of the G5 Sahel held on October 29, 2018, in Niamey, Niger, the five countries also elaborated the missions of the national coordination committee of the “free roaming” project.
The texts adopted by this council, the roadmap for the effective implementation of the project by 2019, had been submitted on August 4, 2018, in Burkina Faso, during the meeting of the permanent secretariat of this organization. The different texts should be presented to the various heads of state of G5 Sahel countries for approval. Only after this approval will the process continue.
During the meeting in Ouagadougou, Tontama Charles Millogo, general director of Burkina Faso telecom regulatory agency explained the importance of the uniformization of telecommunication fees by the five countries.
G5 Sahel or G5S (French: G5 du Sahel) is an institutional framework for coordination of regional cooperation in development policies and security matters in west Africa. It was formed on 16 February 2014 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, at a summit of five Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. It adopted a convention of establishment on 19 December 2014, and is permanently seated in Mauritania. The coordination is organised on different levels. The military aspect is coordinated by the respective countries’ Chiefs of Staff. The purpose of G5 Sahel is to strengthen the bond between economic development and security, and together battle the threat of jihadist organizations operating in the region (AQIM, MUJWA, Al-Mourabitoun, Boko Haram).