Business in Mali (Course, Master)

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Syllabus of the Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Mali - Bamako.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Mali (West Africa)
  2. Ahmadou Hampaté Bá (Malian Historian): “In Africa, when an old man dies; it is a library burning”
  3. Doing Business in Bamako, Gao, Kayes, Kidal, Koulikoro, Mopti, Ségou, Sikasso, and Timbuktu
  4. Malian Economy
  5. International Trade of Mali
  6. Business and Investment Opportunities in Mali:
    1. Agribusiness
    2. Livestock
    3. Malian Mining sector
    4. Renewable Energy
    5. Tourism
  7. Case Study: Desert Gold Ventures (Canada) in Mali
  8. Investment Promotion Agency of Mali
  9. Access to the Malian Market
  10. Business Plan for Mali

The objectives of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in the Republic of Mali” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Malian economy and foreign trade
  2. To know the business opportunities in the Republic of Mali
  3. To explore the Malian trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know the Malian Trade Agreements
  5. To develop a business plan for the Malian Market

The Subject “Doing Business in Mali” is part of the following Online Higher Education Programs taught by EENI Business School & HA University:
  1. Doctorates: African Business, Islamic Business, Global Trade
  2. Diploma: Business in West Africa
  3. Masters: Business in Africa, International Business, Muslims Markets

Students, Online Master in International Business

The course materials are available in Master in International Business in English or Study, Master in International Business in French Mali Masters Foreign Trade in Portuguese Mali Study Master Doctorate Business in Spanish Mali

  1. Credits of the Subject “Foreign Trade and Business in Mali”: 1 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Example of the Online Subject - Doing Business in Mali
e-Course: Foreign trade and Doing Business in Mali





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Description of the Online Subject: Foreign Trade and Business in Mali

The Republic of Mali (landlocked country) is the largest country in West Africa after Niger.

  1. Mali shares borders with Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, and Senegal
  2. Malian Population: 18 million people (50% women)
  3. Malian Area: 1,241,238 square kilometres
  4. Bamako is the capital of the Republic of Mali (1.8 million people)
  5. The largest Malian cities are Bamako, Kayes, Ségou, Mopti, Sikasso, Koulikoro, Kidal, Gao and Timbuktu.
  6. Official language of Mali: French
    1. 50% of Malian speak Bambara
  7. Independence of Mali: 1960 (France)

More information about Mali (African Portal - EENI Business School & HA University).

Africa: Foreign Trade and Business (Master)

Main religions in Mali:

  1. Islam (94% of the Malian population)
  2. African Traditional Religions

Mali belongs to the West African Economic Area (African Civilisation).

“In Africa, when an old man dies; it is a library burning” Amadou Hampaté Bá

Amadou Hampaté Bá (Malian Historian, e-Doctorate)

Malian Economy:

Mali: The third gold producer in Africa.

  1. The main Malian economic activity are agriculture and livestock (44% of Malian GDP; 80% of the working population)
  2. Malian GDP growth: 5%. Recession in 2012
  3. Inflation in Mali: 2.1%
  4. Mali is the third largest gold producer in Africa (75% of the total exports)
  5. Malian Cotton: 15% of the total exports
  6. Strong liberalisation policy
  7. Political instability risks in North of Mali: Tuareg rebels (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad) and Islamist armed groups
  8. Malian currency: CFA Franc
  9. Bamako (Mali) - Dakar (Senegal) Rail transport: 1,248 km

G5 Sahel- Fight against terrorism

Alphadi, “The Prince of the Desert.” Child of Tuareg, Seidnaly Sidhamed alias ALPHADI was born in 1957 in Timbuktu (Mali), they parents were traders. In Niger; he lives surrounded by his eight brothers and sisters. Very early; he enjoys disguise her sisters and mother and spends hours in front of Hindus films to observe the make-up of the actresses. It is already very sensitive to anything that might improve the female beauty. However, in a Muslim country, fashion is a sector banned to boys. Alphadi flies to success. There is not a corner in the World where he had to organise a parade: Niamey, Abidjan, Paris, Brussels, New York, Washington, Quebec, and Tokyo.

Trans-African Corridors:

  1. Trans-Sahelian Highway
  2. Algiers-Mali-Lagos Corridor

Nearest Ports:

  1. Port of Dakar (Senegal)
  2. Port of Abidjan (Ivory Coast)
  3. Port of Cotonou (Benin)
  4. Port of Lomé (Togo)

Course: ECOWAS Economic Community of West African States

Trade Agreements and Preferential Access of Mali:

  1. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  2. Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  3. West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU)
  4. United States
    1. Mali is the beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
    2. US-UEMOA Trade Agreement
  5. European Union
    1. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou Agreement)
    2. European Union-Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)

Niger Basin Authority (Master, Africa)

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Mali is a member of:

  1. Forum of Sino-African Cooperation
  2. Africa-India Economic Cooperation
  3. G5-Sahel
  4. Islamic Development Bank
  5. Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  6. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  7. Niger Basin Authority
  8. African Development Bank
  9. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  10. African Union (AU)
  11. Convention on Preventing Corruption
  12. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  13. Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA)
  14. Afro-Arab Cooperation
  15. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  16. Africa (Mali) - Asia Strategic Partnership
  17. WTO, WB

Samples - Business in Mali

e-Master: Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River

West African Economic Monetary Union (Master)

Trans-Sahelian Highway, Dakar-N’Djamena Corridor

Algiers-Lagos Corridor (Trans-Saharan Highway)

Trade Preferential System (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)

United States-West African Economic and Monetary Union Agreement (Course Master)



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