USTDA GRANT FUNDS STUDY OF
PROPOSED HYDROPOWER PLANT IN MALI
U.S. Ambassador to Mali Terence P. McCulley
(left) and Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Ahmed Diane Semega
(right) sign the USTDA grant agreement for the feasibility study on the
Markala Hydropower Project in Mali.
BAMAKO, MALI – (September 27, 2005) Increasing
Mali’s energy production in support of the country’s economic growth and
development is the goal of a U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
grant awarded today to the Malian Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water.
The $272,956 grant will be used to conduct a study on the proposed
Markala Hydropower Project.
A signing ceremony to officially confer the grant
was held at the U.S. Embassy in Bamako. U.S. Ambassador to Mali
Terence P. McCulley
and Minister of Mines, Energy and Water Ahmed Diane Semega signed the
grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. and Malian governments,
By some 2004 estimates, 13 percent of Mali’s
general population, and less than one percent of its rural population,
has access to electricity. Despite the country’s enormous potential for
renewable energy (particularly hydropower), Mali continues to import
petroleum products to meet its energy needs. In order to help Mali
diversify its energy portfolio, the USTDA grant awarded today will be
used to conduct a study on the feasibility of constructing a 13 megawatt
hydropower facility about 50 kilometers north of Ségou on the Niger
The opportunity to conduct the study under the
grant awarded today will be competed on the Federal Business
Opportunities website at www.fedbizopps.gov. Interested U.S. firms
should submit proposals according to the instructions contained in the
Federal Business Opportunities announcement. The Ministry of
Mines, Energy and Water will select the U.S. contractor that will
provide the training.
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances
economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and
middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical
assistance, feasibility studies, training, orientation visits and
business workshops that support the development of a modern
infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA’s
strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment
policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling
environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development.
In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors
that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.