In this exclusive interview, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sylvie Baïpo-Temon spoke about her background; about her arrival at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs replacing her predecessor Charles Armel Doubane. She was promoted to this position by President Faustin-Archange Touadéra in 2018.
She also addressed the security issue first. The Central African Republic is going through crucial moments in its history, the security and political and especially geopolitical issues are of major importance for the Central African authorities. Since the overthrow of former President François Bozizé in 2013 following the presidential elections, the country has been plagued by repeated attacks by rebel groups. The main priorities of the Central African State are therefore the stability of the country and the establishment of lasting peace and the restoration of effective internal security throughout the territory.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs Sylvie Baïpo-Temon went back on the ambition of the Central African Government to give the Central Africans as a whole the opportunity to resume their economic activities by strengthening internal security. On this doddier, the central power of Bangui collaborates with foreign security services including Wagne: subject of controversy in the French high authorities. In 2021, the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, criticized Wagner’s presence as “a mercenary company waging war by proxy… Russian mercenaries replace the authority of the Central African State”. Sylvie Baipo-Temon gives her answer in this interview. According to her, “Russia has only recently been in the Central African Republic, but the Central African Republic has not been in trouble since 2021, it has been in trouble since the beginning of independence (…) The Russians came as allies. The Central African Republic is entitled to choose its partners, especially those who can meet its security needs. It is on the basis of its needs that the Central African Republic has solicited countries such as the Russian Federation such as Rwanda that have responded to our call for help (…) It is simply a desire to infantilize a country, to denigrate and defame. And if there is a real will to support it to get out of this, I think we need to sit down, talk about it instead of finding excuses or scapegoats that are not…”
The monetary issue was also addressed with the launch on July 3, 2022, of the cryptocurrency project, the “Sango” and the future “first African crypto-hub” with “zero taxation”, a project initiated by President Faustin Archange Touadéra.
The place of the Central African Republic on the international level was among the points discussed. The Minister emphasized a win-win collaboration but above all respect. According to her, the country’s ambition is to open up to other countries such as India, China, Turkey or Germany outside Russia.
In short, through this unprecedented interview, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sylvie Baïpo-Temon has sent a strong message to the entire international community.