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Germany promises some five billion francs CFA

An embassy spokesperson in Bamako told IRIN on Thursday that Germany would contribute some five billion CFA francs (US $7.8 million) to Mali's energy sector.

The announcement, made on Wednesday at the end of a four-day official visit by the minister for overseas development, will go some way towards alleviating the electricity crisis which Mali has suffered in recent months, news organisations said.

According to Reuters, the control centre of a Bamako power station was damaged by fire in April, while a lack of water has closed down the hydroelectric power station that used to supply half of Bamako's power. As a result, there have been frequent power cuts since April, some lasting as long as 72 hours in certain districts, Reuters said.

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