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The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tieman Hubert Coulibaly visits WAI

phoca thumb l TimanHubertCoulibaly30The capacity of the actors of regional integration in West Africa has to be strengthened to be able to tackle the many challenges the region is facing. In this context, the West Africa Institute (WAI) as a new and innovative research center can make a difference. This argument was brought forward by the Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Tieman Hubert Coulibaly, during a visit at WAI on 22 March 2013. He was accompanied by El Hadj Moulaye Aly Kalil Ascofaré, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Republic of Mali to Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia and Guinea Bisau.

On behalf of the Executive Secretariat of the WAI, Prof. Djénéba Traoré, Director General of WAI, addressed words of welcome to the Malian delegation. WAI Program Manager, Prof. Wautabouna Ouattara, presented the major findings and current activities of the institute.

In the following discussion, Mr. Coulibaly pointed out that the region continues to suffer from many obstacles to integration: endemic conflict, governance, the militarization of the conflict, the weak integration of the economies and cross-border crime, etc. With regard to all these aspects, a deeper knowledge of their root-causes is needed in order to develop viable solutions. He mentioned that in general, education is key to sustainable development on a regional level. 

The Malian Minister of Foreign Affairs encouraged WAI to continue its research and to work together with other research organizations in a way to pool expertise and to find synergies against the background of limited capacities.

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