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.
- Public Affairs Section
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.
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
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.