'If the CMDID had not existed, it would have been necessary to create it.' It is in these terms that Aliou Aya, President of the parliamentarian group ACM, expressed the relevance of the Malian Centre for Interparty Dialogue and Democracy (CMDID) for the consolidation of democracy in Mali at the launch of the Centre on 5 July 2008.
The ceremony took place in the Bamako Grand Hotel in Mali’s capital under the presidency of Prof Tièmoko SANGARE, Minister of the Agriculture, General Secretary of ADEMA, and President of CMDID’s Board of the Directors.
This ceremony was attended by representatives of 31 member parties both from the ruling majority and from the opposition. Also present were delegations of government institutions such as the High Council of Local Communities, the Economic and Social Council and the Ministry of Interior as well as international organisations , including the UNDP and the European Commission Delegation in Mali led by H.E. Giacomo Durazzo.
Prominent Malian politicians who attended the event included the President of the opposition group PARENA SADI, Amidou DIABATE, Bakary K. TRAORE ( RPM) and for the ruling majority, apart from Mr. SANGARE, Prof Oumar Kanouté, General Secretary of the MPR, PSP President Oumar Hammadoun DICKO and Me Hassane Barry, President of UDD.
The launch of CMDID marks the institutionalization of a platform for dialogue and exchange between political actors, a place to discuss issues in a non-partisan spirit and propose contributions to the consolidation and promotion of democracy in Mali. The political actors present at the event expressed a firm will to support CMDID and to uphold the neutrality of the Centre.