Saturday, 7 November, 2020 - 11:30

Prior to the handover ceremony of food donations to the Government of Mali as part of the efforts to contain the Covid-19 pandemic effects, planned for 7 November 2020, the ECOWAS Commission delegation paid courtesy visits to some of the Malian authorities. The delegation met with them on 6 November 2020 and briefed them on some of the ongoing initiatives in Mali and at regional level. The initiatives mainly concern the Rural Development (Agriculture, Environment, and Water Resources) and the Social Affairs and Gender Sectors.

The ECOWAS delegation was led by Commissioners Sékou Sangaré and Siga Fatima Jagne, respectively in charge of Agriculture, Environment and Water Resources and Social Affairs and Gender, under the facilitation of His Excellency Professor Hamidou Boly, Resident Representative of the ECOWAS Commission to Mali.

Authorities met are (i) Mr. Redouwane Ag Mohamed Ali, Minister for Food Security, (ii) Mr. Mahmoud Ould Mohamed, Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, (iii) Mr. Alhamdou Ag Ilène, Minister for the Malian Diaspora and African Integration, and (iv) Mrs Bintou Samake, Minister for the Promotion of Women, Children and Family.

Commissioners first explained the purpose of their mission to Mali, which is to express the solidarity of the other 14 ECOWAS Member States to Mali through a food donation of 793 MT of cereals before taking them the ministers through the ongoing initiatives.

Key initiatives discussed are among others the establishment of the Regional Food Security Reserve, the support to the development/reinforcement of national policies for food security storage, the development of the private sector of agricultural inputs, livestock, pastoralism, the promotion of local milk and concerns related to transhumance. Commissioners and their experts also briefed the ministers on other initiatives such as the project to build the regional humanitarian warehouse in Mali, education of young girls, treatment of obstetrical fistulas, training on youth employment, involvement and recognition of women in agriculture, trade and conflict settlement, child trafficking, combating sexual violence on women and girls, etc.

The ministers all seized the opportunity of these courtesy calls to thank the ECOWAS Commission for the various supports to their country, more specifically for the crucial role it has played in restoring and stabilizing the institutions of the Republic, and also for the expected support to the Transition Government for the success of its mandate. They re-expressed the readiness of their Government and the Malian people to provide necessary support to regional institutions (ECOWAS, Uemoa, Cilss) based in Mali for the execution of their respective missions.

For Commissioners Sangaré and Jagne, the ECOWAS Commission is just playing the role entrusted to it by the Heads of State and Government for the development and integration of the region.