On 30 November two events took place in Bamako that will have considerable potential for Italy-Mali relations, which were already strengthened by the visits of Minister Di Maio in May 2020 and Minister Guerini in June, and by the opening of the Italian Embassy in Mali on 3 August.
The Ambassador, Stefano A. Dejak, together with Nicolò Tendi, the President of CISAO – Centro Interdipartimentale di Ricerca e Cooperazione Tecnico Scientifica con l’Africa [Interdepartmental Centre for Research and Technical and Scientific Cooperation with Africa], who came specially from Dakar with a mission of seven Italian entrepreneurs, inaugurated the new headquarters of a new Italian-Malian Business Association, which will represent the Chamber of Commerce Italy–Senegal and Western Africa in Mali.
The same evening Ambassador Dejak, together with Bakary Doumbia, the Malian Minister of National Entrepreneurship, Employment and Vocational Training, and Alhamdou Ag Ilyene, the Minister of Malians living abroad, hosted an event that was attended by 50 Italian and Malian entrepreneurs.
This is tangible evidence of Italy’s commitment to developing multi-sectoral relations with Mali, in particular the development of bilateral trade and the special attention to supporting female entrepreneurs. These events took advantage of the new era in relations between our two countries that began in August 2020 with the opening of the first Italian Embassy in Mali.