Mali Appoints Official Representative to the Trans Africa Pipeline
The Government of Mali has announced its official government appointee to represent the interests of Mali in the Trans Africa Pipeline (TAP) project. Mr. Django Mady Coulibaly, a geophysicist engineer with the Mali government’s Ministry of Mines, was designated as its TAP liaison/representative and warmly welcomed by TAP.
TAP is the non-profit organization created to build a massive 8,000 km. freshwater pi peline a cross the drought-prone Sahel of northern Africa. TAP will provide 400,000 cubic meters of freshwater a day from each of two desalination plant complexes on both coasts of Africa to slow the expansion of the Sahara desert and mitigate drought across the Sahel.
Mr. Coulibaly was trained as geophysicist engineer at the National Institute of Hydrocarbons and Chemistry in Boumerdes, Algeria and is currently Technical Advisor at the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum. Concurrently, he is also Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Science and
Technology at the University of Bamako at DER de Géologie. He has previously held senior positions at the Authority for the Promotion of
Petroleum Research in Mali (AUREP) and was Coordinator of the Water Resources Mobiliza tion Project of Kayes Region in Mali.
The appointment of Mr. Coulibaly is significant for TAP at this time, as Mali is the second Sahel country to appoint a government representative
to the organization.