Mali's President Moussa Traore -- the current Chairman of the Organisation for the Development of the Niger Basin (ODNB) -- has making a short tour of some countries in the region.
Mali's President Moussa Traore -- the current Chairman of the Organisation for the Development of the Niger Basin (ODNB) -- has making a short tour of some countries in the region. On Thursday (16 June), President Traore paid a one-day visit to Mauritania.
President Traore announced when he returned to Mali on Friday (17 June) that work on the Diama Dam across the River Niger will begin next year. A second dam at Manantali would not be begun until 1979 he added. The damming of the river will provide irrigation and electrical power for a wide area.
SYNOPSIS: President Traore said at the airport shortly after his arrival that he laid great importance on his discussions with Mauritania's President Moktar Ould Daddah. He stressed that both countries needed to co-operate on a number of major issues and in particular the Senegal River. The river provides important water to the two countries both of which are suffering a serious drought.
The Mali leader's position as Chairman of the ODNB has brought him close to the problems faced by the countries of the Niger Basin and acquainted him with the need for immediate action.