About Us Bilateral Relations

India and Mali have traditionally maintained friendly relations and have no geo-political conflicts. The Government of India established its Embassy in Bamako in May 2009. Mali followed soon by opening its Embassy in New Delhi in August 2009. During the political and security crisis in Mali and consequent upon a military coup in March 2012, India strongly supported efforts for restoration of constitutional order in Mali and preservation of its territorial integrity. India also contributed US$ 1 million for strengthening of Malian forces at the Donors Conference held in Addis Ababa. Now that democratic order has been restored since September 2013, Government of India, while welcoming the development, has reiterated its willingness to further strengthening its development cooperation partnership with Mali. India has consistently opposed colonialism and liberally extended developmental assistance under various schemes to Mali over the years. Mali too has been supportive of India’s line on various international issues. The Government of Mali acknowledges India’s contribution and looks forward to further strengthening its relationship with India. Both the countries have identified terrorism as a grave threat to peace and prosperity and agree to cooperate at bilateral, regional and multi-lateral level to combat this menace.

Bilateral Agreements between India and Mali:

  1. Protocol on Foreign Office Consultations (2009)

  2. Agreement on Political, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation (2009)

  3. MOU on Cooperation in Geology and Mineral Resources (2012)

  4. Cultural Exchange Programme (September 2016)

  5. MOU on Standards between the Bureau of Indian Standards and Direction Nationale De Industries, Mali (September 2016)

Bilateral Visits:

At the invitation of the Prime Minister of Republic of Mali Hon’ble Vice President of India (HVPI) Shri M. Hamid Ansari visited Mali from 29-30 September 2016. On this first ever high level visit from India, Vice President was accompanied by Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal, Hon’ble Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs, three members of Parliament and senior officials.

Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr. MJ Akbar visited Mali on a bilateral official visit from March 2-3, 2017. During his visit to Mali, he co-chaired the first ever Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) between India and Mali along with the Foreign Minister of Mali H.E Mr. Abdoulaye Diop.

The President of the Republic of Mali, accompanied by a high level delegation, including several Ministers and high level officials, attended the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) in October 2015 at the invitation of the Indian Prime Minister. The First Lady of Mali had earlier visited India in August 2015 to attend the Global ‘Call to Action Summit 2015’. She also briefly met the Prime Minister during that visit.

Direct and Indirect Assistance:

Apart from direct bilateral assistance, Mali has availed Indian assistance through TEAM-9 (Techno-Economic Approach for Africa-India Movement aimed at 9 West African States), NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) Bank.

Lines of Credit:

India has so far extended Lines of Credit worth US$ 303.62 million to Mali for rural electrification, tractors and tractor assembly plant, railway coaches and locomotives, power-grid interconnection between Cote d’Ivoire and Mali and power distribution, agriculture and food processing. A major power transmission project from the city of Sikasso to Bamako via Bougouni, for which India has extended LoC of US$ 100 million, is at the tendering stage under the revised LoC Guidelines.

Pan-African e-Network Project:

This project is operational in Mali. This project, which aims to connect all the Africans through a satellite and optical fibre network with a view to providing educational programmes, is operational in Bamako, Mali, with the assistance of Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL), the implementing agency.

Offer of DFTP:

India had offered Duty Free Tariff Preference (DFTP) Scheme to Mali. Mali has completed required formalities and Indian importers are already availing the benefit of this dispensation.

Offer of Food Processing Business Incubation Centre:

India has offered to establish a Food Processing Business Incubation Centre in Mali. Implementing Agencies from both the sides have been selected and MoU has been shared with the Government of Mali.

Spread of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) 2014:

Mali was affected by Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in late 2014. India made a financial contribution of over US$ 12.55 million towards containment of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the West African region, though not Mali-specific.

Training Assistance:

Total 61 candidates attended various courses under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) during the year 2016-17. For the year 2017-18 also, equal number of slots have been offered for the citizens of the Rep of Mali. Setting up of a Centre for English Language Training in Mali has been announced during the HVPI’s Visit to Mali on 29-30 Sep 2016

Other Scholarships:

  1. Under various initiatives of the India-Africa Forum Summits I & II.

  2. Agricultural scholarships administered through the African Union.

  3. C. V. Raman Fellowship Scheme: 8 slots offered to Mali, 2 have already been availed.

  4. Two Malian military officers have participated in the training programme conducted by the Centre for UN Peacekeeping in Delhi.

  5. ICCR-Africa Scholarship Scheme: 8 slots offered to Mali during 2016-17.

Other Sectoral Cooperation:

The Central Electronics Limited (CEL) had executed a contract for the Malian National Centre of Solar and Renewable Energy for the manufacture of Solar Photo Voltaic Modules and Systems which has since been renewed for another five years in June 2014.