Canada - Mali Relations

Canada has been represented by an ambassador in Bamako since 1995 (previously, the ambassador was resident in Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire, with an office of the embassy located in Bamako). Mali has had an embassy in Ottawa since 1978.

Mali and Canada have always cooperated closely in the areas of development, good governance and security.

In 2013, Canada’s Global Markets Action Plan (GMAP) designated Mali as an emerging market with specific opportunities for Canadian businesses. Mali is the fourth largest gold producer in Africa and Canadian assets are mostly in its gold sector.

In 2014, the bilateral merchandise trade totalled more than $12.6 million, including $12.1 million in exports. The main exports included machinery, printed products, articles of iron or steel and textile articles. Canadian imports from Mali totalled $0.5 million and included primarily canned goods (mainly fruits and nuts); musical instruments, parts and accessories; machinery; science instruments; and electrical and electronic equipment.

In 2011, Canada and Mali concluded negotiations on a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Both parties are currently proceeding with their respective ratification processes for the Agreement.

Canada is Mali’s second most important bilateral partner in terms of development cooperation (after the United States) and the lead bilateral donor in the area of maternal, newborn and child health. Canada is also a major partner in the areas of rural development, governance and education. Canada is working with Canadian and international governments and partners to implement Mali’s Ten‑Year Health and Social Development Plan. These efforts have helped Mali combat the Ebola virus and have contributed to improving the health of mothers, newborns and children in Mali.

Canada continues to respond to humanitarian needs, particularly those of vulnerable people in the north of the country, where the effects of the conflict and the food and nutrition crisis of 2012 still persist. Since 2012, Canada has provided $45 million in humanitarian assistance to meet the urgent needs of people affected by violence and food insecurity in Mali and neighbouring countries.  In 2012‑2013, Canada’s aid to Mali (from all sources) reached $113.27 million. Through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Government of Canada supported the operations to prepare to respond to the Ebola epidemic.

In May 2013, Canada committed $4 million to the United Nations trust fund to support stabilization, $5 million to support the African Union Mission in Mali and $1 million to the European Union Training Mission in Mali. In 2014-2015, Canada’s contribution to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was approximately $24.8 million US. Canada provided $250,000 to an international team of Canadian and international experts to supervise the first round of presidential elections in July 2013. After a successful democratic transition following the presidential election (July and August 2013) and the legislative elections (November and December 2013), Canada resumed its direct bilateral assistance to the Government of the Republic of Mali in February 2014.

For more information on development projects involving Mali, see Global Affairs Canada’s development project browser.

In January 2015, Canada started a three‑year term as member of the troika of development partners in Mali, including a term as leader from January to December 2016, which facilitates policy dialogue with the Government of Mali.

Since 2008, as a result of Canada’s support, the Office of the Auditor General of Mali (Bureau du Vérificateur Général, BVG) has had a team of fully trained and properly equipped auditors to apply auditing standards and produce financial and performance audit reports of high quality. The reports of Mali’s BVG, whose effectiveness were recognized in November 2014 by the International Monetary Fund, have shown their relevance in improving the functioning of Mali’s public organizations and structures.

Mai 2015

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