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The FRONSEC project 

"Strengthening cross-border capacity for control and detection of CBRN substances in North Africa and Sahel."

While the movement of goods and people is constantly increasing, the risks posed by the CBRN threat are becoming more significant in the Sahelo-Saharan region. The FRONSEC project, launched in October 2016, aims to strengthen the controls and security of actors at the borders of partner countries in the area to mitigate these risks, by improving the cohesion of national services and the consistency of their actions.

At the crossroads of traditional trade routes of various kinds, the Sahel and Sahara regions are a major strategic issue. The porosity of certain borders and the use of goods or raw materials that may represent a CBRN risk can therefore create a risky situation.

The FRONSEC project is implemented by Expertise France in 7 countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Niger and Tunisia.


It mainly aims to:

  • Make an inventory of national legislation on CBRN risks and identify areas for possible reinforcement  in comparison with international texts in the field;

  • Rely on the P63 program aimed at providing each country with the protection and detection equipment essential to partner countries to ensure the management of CBRN risks;

  • Create a regional dynamic to strengthen border security through the training of security forces (controls of goods and people at borders, internal security and civil security) of partner countries.


National seminars bringing together the various CBRN teams already in place in each country were organized in 2020 and 2021.  The project will be punctuated by a regional seminar in Slovakia with sequences for sharing good practices and large-scale exercises during 2022.

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