The Opportunities and Potential in Mali While Facing Extremely Rapid Urban Growth of African Cities

11.00-12.30

Being the first African city in terms of urban sprawl, The Malian capital Bamako is encountering the universal urbanization challenge. The “Bamako 2030” vision is considering an exponential rise in population, from 2 to 6 Million residents in 15 years.

Mali adheres to the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate, and participates in the definition of the African Common Position on Urbanization, through the African Union, UEMOA, and the preparatory conferences of Habitat III.

Bamako has engaged itself in this national concern through a vision, through developing partnerships and exchanges of expertise, frameworks of consultation with the forces of the city and the various authorities, and knowledge tools and by associating university and research. It is a natural hub, at about 1h00 flight from all capitals of the sub-region and an ideal site for redistribution of logistics flow of goods in connection with the ports of the sub-region. To stimulate this shift, it is necessary to invest heavily in infrastructure and service equipment. PPP is identified as a solution to reduce the deficit by focusing on the following objectives:

1) Make the business climate fluid, efficient, and attractive alongside promoting the local governments as responsible actors in urban development and strengthen it in terms of decision making, and human and financial resources.

2) Present the example and the challenges that the city of Bamako is facing, with the encouragement of experiences exchange and partnerships with other developing cities.

3) Facilitate the partnerships and the mobilization of Malian and Dutch operators and private investors around structuring projects.

Workshop in French, but FR-EN and EN-FR translation is arranged.

ORGANIZED BY: The Investment Promotion Agency of Mali & Regional Development Agency of Bamako

Conference Organiser

NABC is the leading Dutch networking organization for trade and investment facilitation on the African continent.