UNDP Africa Director To Attend a Summit on Regional Border Management in Mali

Mar 9, 2016

Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye with Mr. Abdoulaye Diop (right). Photo: UNDP

 Mr. Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa currently on a six-day visit to Mali, took part in celebrations marking International Women’s Day on 8 March, in Bamako. The event was hosted by the President of Mali, Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, and was attended by members of the government and advocates for women’s rights.

Later that day, M. Dieye held talks with Mali’s Minster of Foreign Affairs,
M. Abdoulaye Diop. Mr. Dieye was accompanied by Ms. Mbaranga Gasarabwé, UNPD Resident Representative and UN Coordinator for Mali and by UNDP Country Director, Mr. Boubou Dramane Camara.  

“I am happy to begin this visit on International Women’s Day. I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the women of Mali, to our mothers and sisters without who there is no lasting peace. Abdoulaye Diop and I discussed the possibility of implementing emergency community development programmes as part of a long term vision. We will tackle the phenomenon of radicalization by spreading the principles of tolerance and solidarity enshrined in all religions”, said Abdoulaye Mar Dieye.

Commending this visit, which follows that of UNDP Administrator Helen Clark a few weeks ago, Mr. Diop welcomed the prospect of enhanced cooperation between and Mali.

Following a meeting with Mali’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Mr. Boubou Cissé, Mr. Dieye stated:  “The Ministry of Economy and Finance is the focal point for economic and financial policy. I welcome the launch of the Cadre Stratégique pour la Relance Économique et le Développement Durable (Strategic Framework for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Development) which shall take into account the new Sustainable Development Goals. UNDP pledges unwavering support on that front.”

« Mali has a four decades old and productive relationship with UNDP. We are keen to bring about a structural transformation of Mali’s economy and to make it inclusive and fair for all. Our mining industry has great potential, we would like to develop it with the full participation of local investors. To that end, studies conducted with UNDP’s support will be very useful”, M. Cissé added.

Tomorrow, Mr. Dieye will attend a two-day conference on Regional Border Management and Development at Bamako’s International Conference Centre. Convened by the Sahel G5, the meeting will be attended by the group’s Member States: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad.

Contact information

In Bamako: Adam Maiga adam.maiga@undp.org

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