GDP (US$) $12.75 billion, 2015
Population, 17.60 million, 2015
Source: World Bank data

Mali flagIn the heart of the Sahel, Mali is a historic gold and agricultural producer and regional trade crossroads, including for several Trade Hub-supported products: cereals, livestock, shea and mangoes. The opening of an AGOA Trade Resource Center in Bamako in September 2015 will connect Malian businesses to regional and international trade opportunities and serve as a resource on trade regulations and requirements.

To fully realize its economic potential, Mali must overcome internal trade obstacles and connect its many entrepreneurs with reliable financing. The Trade Hub is actively working to improve Mali’s trade and transport enabling environment, specifically by connecting regional customs systems and addressing value-added tax and high costs of trade. The Trade Hub helps enterprises to access financing through partnerships with commercial banks and develop business strategies through its network of financial advisors. The Trade Hub implements its activities through partnerships with the national government, regional governmental organizations like Fédération Bétail-Viande du Mali (FEBEVIM), advocacy organizations like the Borderless Alliance, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Mali.

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Mali News

  • In Côte d’Ivoire, two financial institutions coached in lending practices for smaller agribusinesses

    February 13, 2017
    Ivorian bank officials learned risk management strategies for agribusinesses and how to better negotiate with loan applicants during a Trade Hub coaching mission in three cities, Jan. 27-Feb. 3. The training for Coris Bank and Oikocredit  agents followed a 2016 agreement between the two banks and USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) to expand loan opportunities ...
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  • Regional Market Information System for livestock—and perhaps much more—moves closer to launch

    February 6, 2017
    A Market Information System (MIS) for West Africa’s livestock sector should launch in a few weeks, with the Trade Hub’s facilitation support to integrate the needs of COFENABVI with the new CILSS program, during a January 27 meeting with key stakeholders in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. The Trade Hub’s Value Chain Team Lead, Bill Noble, and Livestock ...
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  • Livestock federations mobilize financial resources after Trade Hub workshops

    February 6, 2017
    National livestock federations in Togo and Mali have improved their financial standing—and member services—through membership fees and partner support following Trade Hub workshops, executive members said during a three-day meeting in Lomé, Togo. The Trade Hub organized the January 30-February 1 meeting to share experiences and lessons learned from the 2015 and 2016 workshops on mobilizing ...
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  • Niger livestock network to modernize trade through formalized record keeping

    December 20, 2016
    The Trade Hub brokered a November 28-29 meeting between livestock fatteners’ networks from Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso to encourage the Niger Livestock Fatteners’ Network to fatten livestock for sale in regional markets and to formalize its process of record keeping on these transactions. The Niger Livestock Fatteners’ Network was established in April 2016 for ...
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  • Agreement reached on Hub support for livestock sector through regional & Ghanaian associations

    December 5, 2016
    The board of directors of West Africa’s livestock association met with Trade Hub leadership on upcoming priorities to develop the sector at a Nov. 15-16 meeting in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the board meeting of COFENABVI (Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest), all parties reviewed priorities ...
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  • Trade Hub to collaborate with two USAID-funded projects for greater impact in regional trade

    November 28, 2016
    Last week, the Trade Hub traveled to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to meet in a USAID-sponsored Partnership meeting with representatives of numerous other projects working in a specific region of Niger and Burkina Faso, and in particular the REGIS-AG and REGIS-ER projects. The Trade Hub met with numerous projects working in the region, and was able ...
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  • With Trade Hub support, RESIMAO continues to build its organizational capacity

    October 10, 2016
    From September 26-30, representatives from ten RESIMAO member countries met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Their objective was to ratify RESIMAO’s procedures manual and three-year communications plan, developed in collaboration with the Trade Hub. RESIMAO, the regional market information system organization, collects commodity-related pricing data on a weekly basis from members in 12 West African countries ...
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  • More trade, better conditions at Operation Tabaski 2016

    September 19, 2016
    From September 1-12, Operation Tabaski 2016 helped move more than 80,000 animals from Mali and Burkina to secondary markets in Cote d’Ivoire, generating total sales estimated at $10.3 million. To leverage the high demand of Ivorian livestock markets during the Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Adha or Tabaski, the Trade Hub collaborated with national and regional livestock associations ...
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  • Deal with Coris Bank paves way for $17 million in loans to agro-processors

    September 19, 2016
    Through an agreement signed September 8 with Trade Hub, the regional Coris Bank group—with subsidiaries in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali, Togo, and soon Benin and Senegal—will award up to $17 million in loans for business expansion of small and medium processors and exporters working in cereals, cashew, shea, and other value chains. The Trade ...
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  • The Trade Hub’s new AGOA specialist draws on prior experiences in AGOA and regional trade

    August 31, 2016
    USAID’s West Africa Trade and Investment Hub welcomes Mr. Kara Diallo as a new African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Specialist. Mr. Diallo will be based in the Trade Hub office in Dakar, Senegal and will coordinate and support the activities of all AGOA Trade Resource Centers (ATRCs) in West Africa. This includes managing Trade ...
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  • Trade Hub prepares data collectors for Operation Tabaski 2016

    August 31, 2016
    Working with the regional livestock federation and its national federations in Burkina Faso, Mali, and Cote d’Ivoire, the Trade Hub is continuing preparations for Operation Tabaski 2016, which will help Sahelian traders reach new markets in Cote d’Ivoire. The operation involves strengthening collaboration among the three national federations, building their capacity to provide services to ...
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  • WAGN to new trainers: “You are now our ambassadors!”

    August 24, 2016
    Over the past year, the Trade Hub has collaborated with the West African Grains Network (WAGN) to organize trainings to help traders understand the value of written contracts as a way to build trust between trading partners, increase the quality of cereals traded, ensure the use of grades and standards, and develop financial records that ...
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  • Abidjan hosts fourth Regional Cereals Exchange

    August 3, 2016
    In Cote d’Ivoire’s commercial capital, 115 West African stakeholders (including 39 women) from nine countries participated in the fourth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The July 26-27 event in Abidjan offered a platform for producers and traders to negotiate costs, quantities, quality, ...
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  • Access to finance programs opening more doors for women-owned businesses

    August 2, 2016
    In July, three more women-owned businesses in West Africa secured $49,167 in financing to expand their businesses, thanks to Trade Hub support and coordination with local organizations. The project’s two-tier finance and investment strategy works through a regional network of Financial Advisors for larger businesses and intensively in Burkina Faso with smaller female cereals processors ...
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  • Two-tiered approach to financing for large and SME processors and traders across West Africa

    July 11, 2016
    Along two tracks, the Trade Hub is rapidly securing finance and investments for an array of West African companies, from large traders and processors to small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) owned by women. From April to June 2016, 11 business of all sizes in four countries garnered more than $12 million, more than half of $23 million ...
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