African Union Raises Over $455 Million for Mali

African Union peace and security council
African Union members during a recent meeting

AFRICANGLOBE – The African Union has raised over 455.53 million to assist the African-led international support mission in Mali (AFISMA) in a major towards the resolution of the crisis in the West African country.

The money was raised at conference held at the AU conference center in Ethiopia on Tuesday and will help in the training of the Malian army.

the African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma called on all member states, the international community and partners to contribute to the trust fund in a “spirit of shared responsibility to generously respond to Mali’s call for assistance.”

Head of states and ministers, non governmental organisations took part in the fund raising.

On Monday the African Union had announced that it will donate $50 million to support AFISMA.

Canadian International Development Agency minister Fantino said his government will work closely with the African Union in finding a solution to the Mali crisis.

Fantino said Canada will provide $13 million for a number of ongoing initiatives aimed at addressing humanitarian needs.

“This is Canada’s support to the international community’s response to the ongoing crisis in Mali” he said.

Other countries promised to train the Malian army while others pledged humanitarian support.