The new Prime Minister of Mali has been named as Cissé Mariam Sidibe Kaïdama. President Amanou Toumani appointed the new head of government by decree after some uncertainty caused by the resignation of the nation’s government on Wednesday 30th March 2011.
Prime Minister Kaïdama was born 4th January 1948 at Tombouctou. Miss Kaïdama completed graduate studies at the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) with a degree in civil administration. She has served in government as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation (from August 1991 to June 1992 during the transition), Minister of Agriculture and Environment, concurrently with the portfolio of Planning and International Cooperation (May 1992-June 1992) and Minister of Rural Development (March 2002-June 2002).
From August 1993-November 2000 Miss Kaïdama worked as Executive Secretary of CILSS (Inter-State Committee to Fight against Drought in the Sahel) based in Ouagadougou. From 2003 until now, Miss Kaïdama was president of the board of directors of the SONATAM (National Tobacco and Matches of Mali).
The new Prime Minister has further qualifications in; Business Administration from the International School in Bordeaux, France (1976), internal control from the International Institute of Public Administration, Paris (1979), industrial relations from the Professional Development Centre in Turin (Italy) in 1983, restructuring of public enterprises from the Belgian Institute for Training in Brussels (1986), from the Ecole nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) in Quebec Canada (1988), financial planning and adjustment from the Training Centre of the BCEAO (1993).
Cissé Mariam Sidibe Kaïdama is a member of several associations including the Network of Women Ministers and Parliamentarians of Mali (REFEMP), the Alliance against Hunger (ACF-Mali), the Association for the Preservation of Timbuktu (Assault). In addition to French, she speaks English, sonrai, Bambara, Fulani and some understanding of Arabic.