Coming to Bamako 

Bamako is the capital of Mali; it is a young and dynamic city where traditional meets modern and both mix. Located in the south of the country, Bamako has a vibrant and charming art scene where big names meet on a regular basis. It is crossed by the river Niger, has a significant river port and as such is Mali’s economic lung. The Fidic-Gama 2018 in Mali will take place in a modern hotel in the heart of the city, not far from the peaceful banks of its river: the Laico l’Amitié.

By Airplane

Many airlines offer daily flights, directly or with a stopover, from Europe, the Middle East and other continents. Non-exhaustive list of airlines:Kenya Airways, Air France, Royal Air Maroc, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Aigle Azur, Air Cote d’Ivoire, etc. Bamako-Sénou international airport is located 15 km from the town center, or 20 minutes by road.


An entry and visitor visa for Mali is required for all citizens of countries that are not members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). We encourage Conference attendees who require a visa to enter Mali to take the necessary steps by contacting Mali’s diplomatic and consular missions in their country of origin in order to obtain an entry visa. 

The Organising Committee will provide an official letter to the authorities at the airport of departure, which will allow the bearer of that letter to board their flight. Upon your arrival at Bamako, the Republic’s protocol officers will deal with all of the necessary administrative formalities regarding the visa.

Conference Security

Bamako has always sheltered and continues to host major business, scientific and political events, the latest of which is the 19th International Exhibition of the African Water Association (with more than 450 delegates from all continents), the 12th edition of the Bamako-FEBAK International Fair (with the participation of more than 25 African and European countries), the Invest Mali Forum ( with more than 600 delegates from Africa and Europe) and the France-Afrique Summit (attended by over 50 heads of State and many high ranked Government Officials).  This attest that Bamako is considered a safe destination. All chosen official Conference sites are under a high level of security.

Medical Service Health

A medical service will be available to attendees. This will be open throughout the Conference and will include emergency care and medical assistance. Yellow fever vaccine is required for people entering Mali. You will be asked to show your international vaccination certificate upon entry into the country.

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