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MALI’S #1 CHALLENGE: EDUCATION

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Watching the children in Mali, my heart sometimes catches. For many of our children in Mali, there is no future under the current circumstances. Many of them will never have the opportunity to make something of themselves. Many girls will get married of by the time they are 15. Many boys, having no better option, will farm or follow the family business. Many more will remain without a job and with no opportunity, will join the masses that beg on the street to supplement what they make so they can take care of their family.

The one thing that can truly help shape Mali into a success story in the long run is education. Today 70% of Mali’s population is in the age group 0-25. Yet only 31% of Mali’s population is literate. This figure is even lower for girls. While the government was able to put an elementary school in most villages, much of Mali’s 80% rural population lacks a middle school. Simply, because the government does not have the resources to build middle schools. So, after 6th grade, many children will drop out of school simply because they have no access to one. For many a middle school is several villages and towns away.

I cannot imagine my children walking 5 miles (7km) a day to go to school. Not just once, but 4 times because in Mali, children return home for lunch. Now add in dirty, dusty roads and predators and you have a situation where most parents will keep their children at home.

For the past 14 years we have raised awareness about the one thing that has impacted our own lives. And that is the power of education. Yeah and I have both been blessed with extraordinary circumstances and blessings. And it is our education that has taken us many places. But not just that, it is our education that ensures that our own children will never know the pain of hunger or the lack of opportunity. Our parents by giving us an education helped break the cycle of poverty and the lack of opportunities that spring from illiteracy.

Through the work of our foundation Empower Mali, we have helped bring more than 24 middle schools to Mali. By putting schools in remote villages, education becomes accessible. Especially for young girls.

As a Mayor, efficient transparent use of tax revenue allowed Yeah to bring the first high school in Ouelessebougou, fix dilapidated school structures and ensure no teacher shortages.

As Ambassador, he made education a key part of our mission. Yeah was able to partner with universities to garner scholarships for our Malian students to come study in India and the 9 other countries we served. Additionally, he helped create a safer environment for our Malian students and made himself fully accessible to our students.

As President, one of the key things we will do is help build more middle schools and teachers housing in remote villages. By building teachers housing in the villages, it encourages teachers to stay long term in the villages. Additionally, we hope to provide adult literacy classes, additional training for teachers and incentivize parents to keep their kids in school.

We should not condemn our future generations to a life without a good education. Otherwise the cycle of poverty will continue. Education remains the cornerstone of development.

Mali’s hope is Yeah Samake. We can sit all day long and talk about what Mali’s leaders are pretending they do. Or we can look at a record of a man who has done much for his community in Ouelessebougou, and as an Ambassador. A man of the people. Yeah Samake.

We can do this! We can bring change to Mali. Become a part of our journey and help our bid by donating $50 at www.yeahsamake.com

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Posted by on April 16, 2018 in Past Posts

 

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Leadership is Service

When I first met Yeah at University in 2003, he told me that he wanted to run for President of Mali, his country. I thought he was joking. As we got married and began our journey together, I realized he was not joking. In everything he did he always put Mali ahead. I realized very early on that serving Malians was the center of every decision he made.

Back when Yeah was in Mali, after he had graduated with an English degree from the prestigious Ecole Normale de Bamako, he returned to his city of Ouélessébougou. He soon realized that there were not enough teachers in his village. The government did not have funds to pay for teachers. Yeah could have moved to Bamako and gotten a well paying job there, however he chose to stay in Ouélessébougou. He volunteered at the local middle schools teaching English.

After graduating from BYU Utah with his Masters in Public Policy, Yeah partnered with Adrian Escalante to form a foundation that would serve the educational needs of the people of Mali. Through his leadership and fundraising efforts as the director, 17 middle schools were built in the rural villages of Mali. Each of these schools served 150+ children from the community increasing access to quality education. Additionally, Yeah headed many medical and dental missions from Utah helping connect quality resources with a deep need in Mali.

In 2009, the Mayor of his city was up for re-election. The commune was in crisis. The Mayors office had embezzled a lot of money and the result was that the city was suffering with inadequate access to education, electricity and clean running water. We didn’t have the means, but Yeah wanted deeply to run for the Mayor’s seat. He believed that he could change the way the Mayors office was run and ensure that all the money was used to serve the needs of his people in Ouélessébougou. Yeah ran and won with 86% of the vote. He became one of the youngest mayors in Mali. Using the education he learnt and the lessons of service he experienced in Utah, he quickly turned Ouélessébougou, a city of 55000 people, into one of the top ten communities in Mali. During his time as Mayor from 2009-2015, Ouélessébougou got its first big multi-service hospital, the biggest solar panel field, running water and the first high school. Business started to boom and many new hotels and new businesses opened their doors in Ouélessébougou. All of this would not have been possible without people recognizing that Yeah was a good man who truly loved his people and his community and wanted to make life better for them.

In 2012, we believed that we could impact change on a bigger scale. Yeah wanted to run for the Presidency of Mali believing that corruption and lack of management was responsible for the destitute plight of many Malians. In a country of 16 million people, Mali in 2012 remained one of the poorest countries in the world despite being the 3rd largest gold producer in Africa and the second largest cotton producer. The leaders were prospering but Malians were suffering. Committed to making a change, we left the comforts of America and moved our family to Mali. We could easily have stayed but we chose Mali because we believed that Yeah’s leadership and service could bring change. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful in our bid. But we didn’t loose the opportunity to get a larger name recognition and broaden the bases of our political party.
Through our Utah-based foundation Empower Mali, we continued strong, hoping to make an impact on our fellow Malians living in the rural villages. Through EM, we built 6 more middle schools, teachers houses, donated tractors to villages, initiated scholarship for Malians to study abroad, brought clean energy in the form of electricity generating playgrounds and donated textbooks. Each project Yeah initiated was done as a partnership where the village contributed and became part of their future success.

In 2015, the President of Mali, who Yeah contested against in the 2012/13 Elections appointed him to be Ambassador of Mali to India and 9 other Asian countries. Yeah was ambivalent and unsure as to whether he could effectively serve his fellow Malians abroad as much as he could in Mali. We chose to go. We believed that Yeah could help impact policy at a global level and that the impact would be felt by local Malians. That holds true today, two and half years later. Today, through Yeah’s efforts, Mali has secured funding for the $100 million electric line that will connect Sikasso and Bamako, a commitment to fight terrorism in Mali’s Northern region, scholarships for Malian students to study in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and many more exciting new opportunities.

At every step of our journey these past 15 years, I have never seen a man who loves his country more than Yeah. He sleeps, breathes and is Malian to his very core. Love for one’s country is seen not in the things we say but in the things we do. Yeah has fought for many opportunities in education, healthcare, clean running water and access to a better quality of life. But the fight is far from over. Today more than over, Malians remain destitute, a victim of poverty and lack of access to basic necessities. I once heard a saying “ If Serving is below you, then Leadership is beyond you”. Yeah has served his people from day one but he can do so much more if given the chance.

That is why we have chosen to run for the Presidency again on July 29, 2018. But we need your help. We are fundraising outside Mali because we don’t want to be controlled and influenced by the donations of special interest groups within Mali. Our goal is not to empower them but rather to serve the needs of our people. The 17 million Malians who deserve better. I believe Yeah Samake is that man who can change the course of their path for the better. But we need your help to help us win this election not only for our fellow Malians today but for our generations in Mali to come.

We can do this! We can bring change to Mali. Become a part of our journey and help our bid by donating $50 at www.Yeahsamake.com


 

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2018 in Past Posts

 

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Happy Woman’s Day !

Yesterday, around the globe, we celebrated and recognized the value of women, on a personal and professional level.

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I have always had the utmost faith in my gender. We women are strong, capable individuals that can do anything. However, our biggest strength lies in our compassion, courage and spirit of service. I have always been surrounded by strong women.

My mother is an amazing person. Growing up, she worked herself raw so that I and my brother could have the things we needed and more often the things we simply wanted. She worked extra hard so that we could go to America and get a college degree. I did not come from a well off family, but I will tell you, there was not a day when I felt lacking for anything. She always told me, there is no word such as can’t, remove it from your dictionary. Today, I even tell my own children that. She brought me up well and with a confidence to take on the world. I could never have done the things I do today without her belief in my abilities.

My Grandma, was also an amazing woman. She was a principal at her school in Goa, India. I still remember our vacations when we would visit her. From her, I learned how to be strong. My daughter is named after her for her strength and intelligence.

My life too has been affected in an indirect way by Yeah’s mother Sanamba Doumbia. This was an amazing woman. She is the reason Yeah is what he is today. She was his strength, his confidence and his beautiful spirit. He learned how to serve from his mother and his mother always knew and made him believe that he would do great things one day.

The Malian women are some of the strongest women I know. It is my firm belief that we are put in the circumstances that we can handle. I believe that God truly knew how strong the spirit of the Malian woman was when he destined her to Mali. These women are up at the crack of dawn making breakfast. On average, each woman will bear about 6 children. In addition to caring for these children, she will cook, clean and make sure every child and man is fed before she feeds herself. Sometimes, she will go to the market and sell odds and ends to contribute. She is the first one to wake up each morning and the last one usually to go to bed. And the most beautiful part is she does this with a smile. Her spirit is rarely beaten.

Already we see so much change just in the last few years. The Malian woman possesses an amazing spirit of entrepreneurship. Today, our Malian women are growing the skills they have developed in taking care of their families and themselves by using it to raise capital within their communities. They are the predominant economic actors at the local level. As you travel the streets of the capital Bamako or even the markets of smaller villages, many vendors meet the eye. Many of them are women selling anything from the famed Shea butter to cooked snacks and fruits or vegetables. Additionally, many women are applying their know how to create cooperatives that start a business and then employ other women thereby creating a local market within the community. Many others are learning solar skills and employing those skills to light up their homes, villages and communities. Their spirit of entrepreneurship is not only driving them to success but also giving an impetus to our economy in Mali.

Join me today and celebrate the spirit that is Mali: the spirit of every woman. God bless women everywhere.

Yeah and I are fighting for a Mali where our women and girls can be empowered to change their futures for the better. Education and Opportunity are the keys. The Elections are fast approaching and we need your help. You can make a donation towards our fight for change in Mali @ www.yeahsamake.com

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2018 in Past Posts

 

It’s Official!

Well its official !! After two years of Yeah serving as Ambassador of Mali to India and 9 other Asian countries, we have decided to throw Yeah’s hat into the race for the President of Mali.

January 2018 was the last month of Yeah’s terms as Ambassador. During our term as Ambassador, Yeah worked tirelessly to strengthen diplomatic ties between Mali and the nations of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, and Thailand.

During his tenure he lead a number of successful efforts to build stronger relationships between Mali and the countries he covered, benefiting Malians living at home and abroad. These efforts included:

  • Hosting President H.E Ibrahim Boubacar Keita at the Africa India Summit in 2015
  • Hosting the first high level visit by the Indian government to Mali by initiating the visit in 2016 of H.E Hamid Ansari, the Vice President of India and also the visit in 2017 of the Indian Minister of External Affairs H.E Mobashar Jawad Akbar;
  • Securing a commitment from India to provide resources to help Mali fight terrorism;
  • Finalizing an agreement for a $100 million line of credit to construct electrical transmission lines from Sikasso to Bamako, successfully concluding negotiations that had been stalled since 2012;
  • Building partnerships with textile organizations to help Mali improve processing and use of cotton—Mali’s main agricultural product and one of the country’s leading exports;
  • Obtaining scholarships for Malian military members to train in Bangladesh;
  • Obtaining multiple scholarships for Malian students to study in Indian universities;
  • Safeguarding Mali’s heritage by acquiring a $500,000 donation from India to restore the ancient Timbuktu manuscripts damaged by jihadists in 2013;
  • Garnering a commitment from the Indian government to build an English language center in Bamako;
  • Forging an agreement allowing Malian citizens to travel to Indonesia without needing to obtain a visa; and
  • Initiating historic visits of high-level Indian officials to Mali, building relationships that will result in improved relationships and cooperation in the future.

When Yeah returned to Mali end January 2018, he was welcomed with great fanfare at the airport. Members of our party turned out in big numbers to welcome him home. As his car made it to Ouelessebougou, a line of supporters followed his car for 40km from the airport to our city. The excitement was palatable.

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Yeah Samake welcomed back to his home city of Ouelessebougou where he served as Mayor for 6 years

Last time, we contested the elections under our party PACP-Parti Pour L’Action Civique et Patriotic (Party for Civic and Patriotic Action). Yeah created PACP in 2012 to appeal to the young Malians desire to see a government driven by fresh policies and service driven policies to impact the Malian people.

On February 24, 2018, key party leaders and delegates from the different regions and counties of Mali traveled to the capital Bamako to officially nominate Yeah as the candidate for President at the general elections on July 29, 2018.

We are so excited to head into a new phase of our journey to help bring change to Mali. Conditions  are no better today than when we contested for President 5 years ago. Today, the basic challenges still remain access to quality education and decent jobs, security, electricity, clean water and a lack of governance. We are committed to bring change to Mali. We believe A New Mali is Possible. However, its beginning must be rooted first and foremost in a leadership with Integrity.

We are ready. We are ready to fight for Malians everywhere so that a true democracy may be restored. A democracy that is not in name alone, but one that is demonstrated by a leader who is willing to acknowledge and meet the needs of his people. We are fighting for a Mali where three meals a day and at least a high school degree becomes a norm. We are fighting for a Mali where basic amenities like clean water and electricity become accessible in all regions. It is time to fight for Mali and break her chains of bondage to poverty, illiteracy and poor governance. July is fast approaching and we are giving it all we got for a stable and prosperous Mali.

Can we count on you? Together for Mali!

PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE WWW.YEAHSAMAKE.COM TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR JULY 2018 PRESIDENTIAL BID

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Posted by on March 3, 2018 in Past Posts

 

A Year in Review

2016-02-29 21.30.06Today marks the one year anniversary when our family embarked on the next big step of our lives. One year ago on the 17th of August 2015, our family of four and dog Rex came to New Delhi, India. Nominated by H.E President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita as the Ambassador of Mali to India ( and over 9 other South East Asian countries), we came here to see how we could best serve Mali on foreign soil. It has been a great year both on a professional and personal level. While the post is based in New Delhi, India, we have jurisdiction over 9 other Asian countries: Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Thailand.

For me this was a very personal journey. A homecoming of sorts. I am an Indian and after spending 5 years in Mali where our children/I got to learn the culture/language, it was a such a great opportunity for us to come here and have our kids experience the Indian side of their heritage.

Soon after we came in August, we had the grand opportunity to welcome the First Lady of Mali, H.E Madame Keita Aminata Maiga as she took part in the 2015 Call to Action Summit, a summit to fight against maternal and neonatal infant mortality. With a great kick off to our role here in India, we were excited to see what other fresh opportunities we could grow for our Malians in these countries and also what investment/business prospects we could bring to Mali.

Yeah presented his credentials to the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at a ceremony held in Rashtrapati Bhavan ( the President’s house) on 2nd September, 2015. It was a great opportunity for Yeah to visit one on one with the President and discuss with him how India and Mali could grow their relationship in the security, economic and tourism aspect. In an move to shine a lamp on Mali’s international stamp in India, Yeah was one of the few Ambassadors who got to meet with the Vice President of India, H.E Mr. Hamid Ansari MOHAMMAD. The discussion focused on the political and security situation in Mali and ways to consider to strengthen multifaceted cooperation between India and Mali. Yeah also visited with the Honourable Amar Sinha, Secretary of Economic Relations of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India in order to deepen cooperation between Mali and India. He further met with the the very dynamic Minister of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation Dr. Mahesh Sharma to discuss strengthening cooperation between the India and Mali in the area of tourism especially the promotion of Timbuktu.

One of the biggest events of our year long tenure was the visit of the President of Mali, H.E Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, at the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister for the 3rd India-Africa Summit. The President was accompanied by his spouse and a high level delegation, including several Ministers and high level officials. During his visit our President had an opportunity to exchange with Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and also the Honorable President. The Malian President extended an invitation for bilateral exchange between the two countries. During this time, the first lady also had an opportunity to visit the historic Swaminarayan Akshardham temple on the banks of river Yamuna here to get a sense of Indian culture, art, wisdom, heritage and values. This visit was an amazing yet hectic time. However it was a grand success. The President, spouse and his team were truly pleased with everything. And this visit opened the door wider for future successful collaborations between Mali and India.

One big change that also happened was that soon after Yeah presented his credentials in Indonesia, the government of Indonesia responded by allowing Malians after March 10, 2016 to get a visa on arrival in Indonesia. As a sign of reciprocity, Mali also extended the same courtesy to Indonesians entering Mali.

Another key focus of our efforts here is to bring attention to Mali’s cotton industry. Currently Mali’s cotton is one of the best cotton in the world. Mali exports 13% of its cotton to India and 16% to Bangladesh. As part of his mission to help grow the cotton industry in Mali, Yeah visited the textile entrepreneurs of Tamil Nadu. As part of our mission, he took a delegation of key members to visit government members and industry leaders in Mali. And this coming year he will host a visit of these Indian entrepreneurs to visit the CMDT of Mali.

Yeah was also received by the Mayor of Panaji, the capital of the state of Goa, India. Goa is a major tourist destination. Discussions focused on the possibility of twinning between a community in Mali and Goa in India and sharing best local governance practices.

Furthermore, in addition to all these great things happening, throughout the past year Yeah has presented his credentials to the heads of state in 7 other countries: Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Nepal, Brunei, Bangladesh and Singapore. By presenting his credentials to these world leaders, it now validates the presence of an Ambassador of Mali in these countries, allowing Yeah to better serve Malians living in these countries and also be able to grow investments/relations between Mali and the respective nations. In each of these countries, Yeah has met with business investors and leaders to share with them the bright prospects for doing business in Mali.

This year has been nothing short of amazing. We came into this role, when the Embassy of Mali in India had been without an Ambassador for almost 2 years. Hence many key steps were slowed down that could be done to further the lives of Malians in these countries and to grow investment opportunities between Mali and these countries. Yeah has really pushed the Embassy and Mali to the forefront. The Embassy website (www.maliembassy.co.in) too has been revamped completely to show a fresh, beautiful, faster site and it now has a place where Malians, living in the countries we serve, can register.

The coming year holds much promise of more that can be done and that will be done to raise Mali’s profile in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and Thailand. We are excited. The best is yet to come!

 

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2016 in Past Posts

 

What a great start to the year it has been. Life in Delhi has been amazing and filled with many cool opportunities. And before we knew it six months have passed.

Through his role as Ambassador, Yeah has had many wonderful opportunities to meet with many government and business leaders here in India. He has focused his efforts on raising Mali’s profile in India and the other 9 countries in his jurisdiction. In just the last few months, he has presented credentials in Brunei, Singapore and most recently in Indonesia. In all of his travels, he has had a chance to exchange with the presidents of Singapore and Indonesia and the Sultan of Brunei about Mali and how a relationship would be beneficial for both countries.

On Thursday, November 12, 2015, Yeah presented his credentials to the Sultan of Brunei, His Majesty Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Wad’daulah. This is the first for the Republic of Mali to have one of its individuals fully recognized in Brunei.

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On December 23, 2015, Yeah presented his credentials to the President of Singapore His Excellency Tony Tan Keng in addition to paying a courtesy visit to the Minister of Transport of Singapore H.E. Khaw Beon WAN

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On February 3, 2016, Yeah presented his credentials to the Head of State His Excellency President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

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While he was in Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei he also met with the Malian community in these areas which allowed him to better understand their needs and what he can do to better support them. In these countries, he also met with the local business leaders and entrepreneurs. With these groups his goal was to discuss ways to grow business relations between business people in Mali and those in the respective countries.

In addition, Yeah has made trips to different areas within India to help grow the educational opportunities for our Malian students as well as searching for agricultural/industrial opportunities. Last month, Yeah flew to Rajasthan where he had an opportunity to meet with Bunker Roy from Barefoot College regarding creating increased solar opportunities in rural Mali. Just last week he was in Tirupur ( in the South) to meet with entrepreneurs in pursuit of increasing their access to cheaper good quality cotton produced in Mali.

Another thing that Yeah has been involved in is Mali’s role in the International Solar Alliance, a project spear headed by Indian PM Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande to promote solar energy and ultimately fight climate change while providing clean energy to millions of people.

On the 26th of January, we also had an opportunity to attend the Republic Day parade and tea at the Presidential Palace. It was wonderful to have an opportunity to celebrate India’s Republic Day and also exchange with Ambassadors from the 150+ embassies here in New Delhi. The parade was also amazing and featured India’s undeniable strength, its diverse armed forces and varied culture.

I, too, have been able to meet with the spouses of other Ambassadors. I have learned much from this group of strong ladies. In December of last year we had an opportunity to fundraise for a local charity here in Delhi and help make an impact for the orphaned children of Delhi. In addition, this year I will serve as the Executive Secretary of the international Spouses of Heads of Mission, which allows me to shine a brighter spotlight on Mali’s rich culture and all that she can offer. I am excited for all these new responsibilities.

As we come up on completion of our first 6 months, I am very grateful and blessed that we have this opportunity to move Mali forward in a different way. Each day we have the chance to create fresh opportunities for Malian students and businesses. We will continue pushing onward!!

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Past Posts

 

Strengthening ties with India

2015-10-24 23.17.42The last week in October was probably the most important, hectic week so far in our diplomatic career. During this time, India held its 3rd Africa India summit and hosted about 54 African nations in an effort to boost ties between the continent of Africa and India. In the biggest event since 1983, 42 African presidents attended this grand summit .

We had a unique opportunity to host the President of Mali, H.E. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, the First Lady of Mali, H.E. Madame KEITA Aminata Maiga, a delegation of six Malian ministers and 15+ government staff. What a nail biting yet amazing experience!!

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During the weeklong event, Mali had an opportunity to share with India the many ways that we can grow a mutually beneficial relationship with India. The Foreign Minister H.E Abdoulaye DIOP extended his gratitude for the military support provided by India while encouraging India to further strengthen its cooperation  in the area of ​​peace, security and the fight against terrorism. The Indian PM Narendra Modi announced a 10 billion USD line of credit, aid amounting to 600 million USD over the next 5 years which includes a India-Africa Development Fund of 100 million U.S. dollars and an India-Africa Health Fund of 10 million U.S. dollars and 50000 scholarships for African students over the next 5 years.

In his address, our President, His Excellency Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita first paid tribute to the longstanding friendship and cooperation between India and Africa that were strengthened by leaders like Gandhi, Presidents Gamal Abdel Nasser, Nkrumah, Modibo Keita, Nelson Mandela and Jomo Kenyatta.

He denounced terrorism and violent extremism, which according to him, is now one of the most serious threats to peace and security and noted that the fight against these evils must be at the center of the joint action of the Partnership. He stressed the potential of both parties and called for a strengthening of the strategic partnership for economic and social development of India and African countries.

He also took the opportunity to express its deep gratitude and that of the people and Government of Mali to all countries friendly to the multifaceted and ongoing support to Mali.

During his meeting with the Prime Minister of India, H.E President Keita expressed his gratitude to India for providing Mali with soldiers to protect the North of Mali. Our President also expressed interest in growing Indian investment opportunities in the fields of agriculture and technology in Mali. PM Modi  further invited President Keita back for a separate bilateral visit to India.

President Keita also took an opportunity to meet with the Malian student leaders from Bangalore. He expressed his support for them and his joy in meeting them.

During this time, I also had an opportunity to spend some time with the First Lady of Mali. I continue to be amazed at her genteel and down to earth nature. During the spouses program, we had an amazing opportunity to visit the beautiful Akshardham temple. During her time at the temple, she joined other African First Ladies in offering  prayers for world peace and harmony by offering ‘abhishek’, the ceremonial pouring of sanctified water from 151 holy rivers, lakes and ponds across India on the sacred image of Sri Neelkanth Varni. About the visit, the First Lady said: The visit was really educative. It is a place of peace, humanity and wisdom. Simply magnificent and a beautiful monument. May we keep inspiring from the past values to make our life more beautiful. Well done to Indian people for their ingenuity work.”

The last night, our delegation was received by a big Indian delegation that introduced us to the mystery of Bollywood and the true Indian culture. The night was filled with great music and good Indian food. This experience left quite a indelible unforgettable mark among all our delegation.

This summit was monumental in terms of the endless possibilities to grow Mali and India’s friendship. Yeah and I gained a fresh perspective on how we can move Mali forward in our role. We learned so much more about diplomacy and had a chance to experience it truly at work. What an unforgettable, mind blowing experience all round!

 

 
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