Business in Mali

EENI- School of International Business

Subject Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in Mali - Bamako


  1. Introduction to the Republic of Mali (West Africa)
  2. Doing Business in Bamako
  3. Malian Economy
  4. International Trade of Mali
  5. Business and Investment Opportunities in Mali:
    - Agribusiness
    - Livestock
    - Mining sector
    - Renewable Energy
    - Tourism
  6. Case Study: Desert Gold Ventures (Canada) in Mali
  7. Investment Promotion Agency of Mali
  8. Introduction to French
  9. Access to the Malian Market
  10. Business Plan for Mali

Objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Mali”:

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


Subject “Doing Business in Mali” is studied...
  1. Online Doctorates: Islamic Countries, Africa
  2. Course: West Africa
  3. Masters: International Business, Muslims Markets, and Africa

Course learning materials in English or French Mali Portuguese Mali Spanish Mali

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Mali”: 1 ECTS Credits / 0.5 AC Credits
  2. Duration: one week

Area of Knowledge: Africa

Mamadou Camara Senegal Mamadou Camara (Fr) representative of EENI for Mali.

Sample of the subject - Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Mali
Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Mali

We Trust in Africa

Description Subject Description: Foreign Trade and business in Mali

Mali: the third gold producer in Africa.

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

  1. Mali shares borders with Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea Conakry, and Senegal.
  2. The population of Mali: 14 millions of people (50% women).
  3. Bamako is the capital of the Republic of Mali (1.8 millions of people)

The main religion in Mali: Islam (94% of the population).

Mali belongs to the West African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

  1. Ahmadou Hampaté Bá

Malian economy:

  1. The main Malian economic activity: agriculture and livestock (44% of Malian GDP; 80% of the working population)
  2. Malian GDP growth: 5%. Recession in 2012
  3. The inflation: 2.1%
  4. The third largest gold producer in Africa (75% of the total exports)
  5. 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

Ahmadou Hampaté Bá

Alphadi, “The Prince of the Desert.” Child of Tuareg, Seidnaly Sidhamed alias ALPHADI was born in 1957 in Timbuktu (Mali), parents Traders. In Niger; he lives surrounded by his eight brothers and sisters. Very early on; he enjoys disguise her sisters and her mother and spends hours in front of films Hindus to observe the make-up of actresses. It is already very sensitive to anything that might improve female beauty. However, in a Muslim country, fashion is a sector prohibits 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 Highways:

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

The nearest ports:

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

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. US-UEMOA Trade Agreement
  5. Cotonou Agreement
  6. European Union-Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
  7. Mali is the beneficiary of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)

Niger Basin Authority

Common Market (West African Economic and Monetary Union)

Mali is a member of:

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

Samples - Business in Mali

Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River

West African Economic Monetary Union (WAEMU)

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

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