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Elhadj Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA, President of the Republic of Mali, granted an audience to the Executive Secretary
Monday, 11 March 2019 12:20

The Executive Secretary (ES), Mr. ABDERAHIM Bireme Hamid went on a mission to Bamako in Mali from 3rd to 9th March, 2019. He was accompanied by Dr. Abdou Guero, Technical Director, Dr. Kiari Noudia Kaigama, Legal Adviser, Mrs. Traoré Aminata Barry, Head of Accounting and Finance Division and Mr. KAYA Abdoulaye, Communication Expert.
The Niger Basin Authority (NBA) delegation, led by the Executive Secretary (SE), Mr. ABDERAHIM Bireme Hamid, was received in audience by the President of the Republic of Mali, Head of State, His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar KEITA in the afternoon of 5th March 2019 at 5:00 pm.
The NBA/ES, who will have soon spent one year at the head of this intergovernmental organization as he took office on 12th March 2018, said he had come not only to thank the President of the Republic for his appointment, but also to request his support and receive his guidance. Also, he wanted to report on ongoing actions, including a climate change project about to start at the end of March 2019, of which Mali's share is $ 36.86 million dollars. 80% of that amount are grants. The ES also mentioned other plans for the future and the difficulties facing NBA.
He recalled the three large dam projects as follows: Fomi in Guinea, Taoussa in Mali and Kandadji in Niger, which once achieved, despite obstacles like insecurity, would help to kick off poverty out of the Niger River basin and enable the youth to conduct income-generating activities instead of migrating or allying with armed bandits. He thanked the Head of State for making the exception, compared to the other NBA countries, by appointing the Ambassador of Mali to the Republic of Niger also to NBA.
In response, the President of the Republic, who knows NBA very well, he was previously Ambassador of Mali to NBA (as Ambassador of Mali in Niger, with residence in Abidjan), talked about the history the institution he encouraged for the efforts so far made in implementing development actions, despite insufficient resources and the lack of staff. He pointed out that it is up to Member Countries to take charge of their destiny and to rely, first, on themselves instead of begging for TFPs’ support. He also talked about navigation on Niger River, the environment (pollution) in general and the survival of the river. He reiterated his commitment to conduct, together with his peers, all the actions needed to save Niger River.
The audience was attended by the Minister of Energy and Water, the Minister Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, the Special Adviser to the President of the Republic in charge of water issues and of the representative of the Diplomatic Unit of the Presidency of the Republic’s General Secretariat.

 

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