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Michael Elliott, Ambassador of Canada to Mali

Michael Elliott, Ambassador of Canada to Mali

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Aw ni Sogoma! Hello!

Welcome to the Embassy of Canada to Mali’s website.

It is an honour and a great privilege for me to represent Canada, as Ambassador to Mali, this country of the great Sahel.

Since 1969, Canada and Mali have enjoyed a fruitful and multidimensional relationship. In 2019, Canada and Mali celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations. Canada is an important partner for Mali in terms of international development assistance, humanitarian assistance, peace and security programming, promotion of gender equality and trade promotion.

Mali has great wealth. Its population is diverse and its youth represents great potential. Mali has a rich culture of arts, crafts, music and unique rhythms, magnificent architecture and landscapes, great natural resources and a complex history filled with empires and kingdoms, religious and academic influences...

However, Mali is also affected by a complex development and security situation. Canada remains concerned regarding the devastating effects of conflict on populations and is working with its partners to bring peace and security to Mali. There can be no sustainable development without security and no security without sustainable development.

Within this framework, Canada is supporting several initiatives in Mali in close collaboration with the state and its international partners, with the ultimate objective to contribute to the creation of a climate conducive to lasting peace and inclusive governance that promotes prosperity, inclusion and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Canadian bilateral cooperation, of which Mali is one of the main beneficiaries in the world, remains an important asset for Mali's development and aims to reduce poverty by combining our feminist international assistance policy. The main sectors of development programmes focus on human dignity, inclusive growth and inclusive governance.

In addition, Canada supports peace and reconciliation in Mali through programs that provide a range of activities that promote stabilization and encourage dialogue. Canada also supports the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, through police and military deployments, significant financial support to the MINUSMA Trust Fund and through strengthening its gender unit.

Finally, our commercial and economic relations are strong and vary according to the sector. It is in the mining sector where Canadian firms are best appreciated. Today, this sector represents about 66% of Mali's exports and contribute more than 10% to the Malian government's budget.

Given its significant support, Canada is among the top five bilateral donors to Mali, and Mali is the second largest recipient of Canadian international assistance in Africa.

Rest assured that Canada will continue to be a friend of Mali and will stand with Malians in consolidating democracy and good governance, promoting human rights, particularly those of women and girls, sustainable economic growth and peaceful and harmonious "vivre ensemble".

I invite you to explore this website to learn more about Canada and its bilateral relationship with Mali. I also encourage you to follow us on social media to stay connected and informed about our various activities and achievements (Facebook - CanadainMali, Twitter - @CanEmbMali).

His Excellency Michael Elliott
Ambassador of Canada to Mali

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