United States Announces Additional Support to the FACA

BANGUI – The United States Embassy in Bangui announces the launch of an additional $3.5 million in security assistance training programs for the Central African Armed Forces (FACA). These funds for the Central African Republic (CAR) represent the next phase in the United States’ $12 million in funding to reform and redeploy the FACA.

“This tranche of equipment and training continues our investment in CAR’s security, and demonstrates our commitment to helping build a peaceful and prosperous Central African Republic.  This will combine with the efforts of the government of and people of CAR to move forward on a path to peace and prosperity.  This comes at a particularly important time as we are all working together to ensure effective implementation of the recently signed Khartoum accords,” Ambassador Lucy Tamlyn commented regarding the news.

The funding will provide comprehensive logistics, operations, and management training to the FACA to help maintain and grow Camp Kassai.  It will also train FACA in valuable trade skills, including electrical repair, masonry, welding, plumbing, carpentry, and general mechanics.  These skills will enable the FACA to maintain their own facilities, and repair their own equipment.

The UN Security Council Sanctions committee is aware of all U.S. training and equipment in full accordance with the arms embargo.  The United States remains committed to abiding by the internationally approved sanctions process.

Since 2015, the United States has provided over $500 million to CAR, including $100 million in humanitarian assistance in 2018-2019 and $65 million in support to the justice, internal security, and military sectors.

The US Embassy in Bangui looks forward to continued close work with our partners in the CAR Government, in particular the Ministry of Defense, to build and strengthen a professional military force capable of responding to CAR’s security challenges.