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About the Embassy

The Embassy of the United States of America in Bamako

The American Embassy in Bamako is composed of various government departments that work together to strengthen political, economic, and cultural relations between Mali and the United States. Below, you will find short descriptions of each department.

For more information about how an embassy functions, visit Inside a U.S. Embassy, a primer on American Diplomacy.

Department of State

  • Consular Section

The Consular Section provides the full range of American citizen services as well as nonimmigrant visa processing.

  • Management Section

The Management Section is responsible for staffing, equipping, and supporting the Embassy as a whole. Activities of the Management Section include personnel, building maintenance, fiscal management, transportation, information systems and communications for the 300-plus employees of the Mission.

  • Political/Economic Section

The Political/Economic Section is responsible for current and long-term reporting and analysis on Mali, including domestic and international political affairs, to inform decision makers in the United States.

The Public Affairs Section manages cultural programs and exchanges, in addition to maintaining relationships with local press and media. It also manages the Information Resource Center and the Educational Advising Center.

  • Regional Security Office

The Regional Security Office is responsible for all embassy security programs and conducts liaison activities with Malian law enforcement and security agencies.

The Defense Attaché Office (DAO) represents the Department of Defense overseas and is primarily responsible for the representational duties designed to foster positive relations between the U.S. military and the Malian defense/security establishment.

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers work at the grassroots level toward sustainable change that lives on long after their service-at the same time becoming global citizens and serving their country. When they return home, Volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences-and a global outlook-that enriches the lives of those around them.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the lead agency for the U.S. Government providing economic development and humanitarian assistance to people around the world. As an active partner of the Government and people of Mali, USAID listens to local concerns and priorities, and then responds with joint activities to help reduce poverty, promote democracy and economic growth, recover from disasters, and prevent conflicts.