Mali: a breakthrough from Canada in addition to that of Denmark – 2020

Mali: a breakthrough from Canada in addition to that of Denmark – 2020
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by Michel J. Cuny and Issa Diakaridia Koné

Chosen to study the results of PACEPEP, this Program which was to tend, under the control of the Embassy of Denmark, to revitalize the private sector starting from the situations of extreme poverty which exist in Mali, the Canadian Jean François Guay is also the initiator, with his compatriot Gino Pelletier, d ‘a society, Forex Africa, which the latter tells us this, on January 17, 2020, on the site he devotes to him (


 » The company operates in the construction industry with a specialization in drilling and hydraulic works, renewable energies, the environment and in the management of projects supported by the public sector, NGOs and the private sector. « 

Here, it is no longer a question, as in PACEPEP, of gleaning products from the side of the most modest agricultural production, but of connecting to the sector of construction and public works, and therefore of being located interface between the public sector and the private sector as a more or less charitable activity (NGO) but which can commit the State or its various regional or local administrations…

Beyond that, the scope is much broader than the only Mali to which PACEPEP was addressed:
 » Driven by an expansion strategy, Forex recently opened a branch in Guinea and will soon intervene in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso. « 

This little detour having been made, we turned to an article on the site on the same date of January 17, 2020. It was signed by  » Adama And was dated October 8, 2013. At that time, PACEPEP had not yet entered into force. Here is what we read there:
 » The Massaley Hotel hosted on Thursday, October 3, the advocacy campaign for the removal of barriers to grain trade in the West African sub-region. This initiative is co-chaired by the National Council of Employers of Mali (CNPM) and the Integrated Initiative for Economic Growth in Mali (IICEM).  »

((Massaley Hotel in Bamako –

The fight against poverty and food insecurity cannot be denied …)

And suddenly we found a character that we are starting to know well, a man who is fighting in a very determined way against poverty in Mali and for the emergence of a dynamic private sector which will shrivel it up quickly …
 » In his opening speech, the director of the IICEM, Jean François Guay, said that the main objective of the meeting was to decide with the actors, stakeholders and resource people on the themes of advocacy to remember and the strategy of advocacy and communication adequate. While the main themes of the advocacy as well as the arguments adopted are: the strategy of advocacy and communication, a monitoring committee has been set up, the constituent general assembly of the Malian association for the fluidity of trade (AMF2C). « (We underline the terms which we consider to be the most significant of the approach undertaken, within the framework of its overall activities in Mali, by M. Guay.)

We see it: it is simply a matter of launching a propaganda campaign across Mali, but also in the West African sub-region, to convince everyone of the need to deeply penetrate commercial practices in the field cereals. We will add: to extract the added value and put it back in the right pockets …

And the rest is not hidden, since it is M. Guay who will have said it himself, on the occasion of this meeting which engaged him alongside a Malian employers who cannot be totally fooled by this overall approach which has little to do with the end of poverty in Mali:
 » According to him, the United States government, which funds, through USAID, the IICEM project, aims to increase agricultural productivity and production.  »

Remember, USAID is the charitable hand extended by the United States to mobilize the capitalist dynamic wherever there is poverty … Now, it is about going deep …
 » Thus, these efforts could, however, be ineffective over time if steps are not taken to develop local and sub-regional markets, he added. While ensuring that existing markets act as a powerful stimulus to produce more.  »

The markets … What goes through money … a currency that we cannot help but pass through through banks which are themselves captors of surplus value, that is to say: wealth created by those who work. Ah, if they could become, they, the real stimulators of an agricultural work which would assure them royal profits! …

And here is that Mr. Guay comes to making « revelations »:
 » He revealed that the IICEM project has been supporting since 2011 an advocacy process (to remove obstacles to the grain trade in the sub-region) carried out in concert with market players and operators, State technical services, organizations national as well as technical and financial partners of Mali involved in agribusiness and food security. This process is carried out under the aegis of the National Employers Council of Mali, which chairs the Advocacy Committee created for this purpose.  »

What is it about remedying? This was told to us a little above, in a sentence that we have not yet quoted:
 » Increased supply and free border trade are effective factors in tackling food insecurity and accelerating economic growth, he said. « 

If it is about tackling the  » food insecurity « , Should we really rely on the CNPM? Isn’t there a Malian state (whose leaders are said to have been democratically elected) that should have as its primary concern to remedy it definitively? …

Well no ! And we will immediately be able to understand why Mr. Guay and his little comrades decided to prepare a propaganda system whose standard bearer will be the Malian employers as a delegate of capitalist and imperialist foreign interests who absolutely need to fold Mali and the West African sub-region (among others ) to the law of commerce…
 » To conclude, he underlined that several activities have already been carried out within the framework of this process: meetings to identify the problems and concerns of the protagonists of the grain trade, training workshops and dissemination of information on the rules of trade in ECOWAS, advocacy conferences in public-private debate format in the regional capitals Mopti, Sikasso, Ségou, Kayes and in Bamako.  »

Watch out for these words:  » advocacy in public-private debate format !!… We now know it very well for having found it constantly in the concerns of Mr. Guay : it is the private sector which must devour the public sector… Thus the debate is there only to show the Malian population that the Malian State is no longer the affair of the Malian people… in the sense where he could control a public sector which would effectively be the expression of true Malian citizenship.

It would now be enough to rely on Malian employers (for the appearance) and American and European imperialism (for the full reality of the exploitation of Malian workers) …

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