Welcome to BamakoTo all GAMA and FIDIC Members

To all GAMA and FIDIC Members

On behalf of the GAMA EXCO, it is my greatest pleasure and privilege to invite all of you to the 25th Annual FIDIC-GAMA 2018 Conference to be held in Bamako, Mali from May 6 – 9, 2018. The theme for this year’s conference is “Aligning the Consulting Engineer’s Role to the Vision of Africa’s Infrastructure Development”. The Association of Consulting Engineers of Mali (L’Ordre Des Ingeneurs Conseils du Mali, OICM) in partnership with CIRA and with the support of GAMA EXCO and the Mali Government have planned an amazing conference and would be thrilled to have all of you as their guests.

As the current Chairman of GAMA EXCO, I recently paid a working visit to Bamako, Mali from February 6 – 9, 2018 with the objective of assessing the progress of preparation towards the conference.  During the visit, I had the opportunity to tour the Conference venue, prospective hotels for accommodation, LAICO L’Amitie Hotel, Sheraton Bamako Hotel, and Azalai Hotel Salam, as well as locations for the Social Events, i.e.  Local Color Night and Gala Dinner. I am happy to report that I found the facilities to be very satisfactory. The question of security appeared not to be an issue to be concerned about.

As you all know, Africa is facing a time of remarkable change, great challenges and exciting opportunities in the provision of infrastructure for its people, thus the theme for the conference cannot be over-emphasized. There are exciting things happening in the area of infrastructure on the continent, many of which you will hear about from the conference speakers. There would also be interesting post-conference tours put together by the organizers.

I am particularly excited about the preparations undertaken so far and would like to encourage all and sundry to register to attend this conference.   See you all in Bamako to participate in the FIDIC-GAMA 2018 Conference and also network.

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