Mali

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

  • Seventh country drops bureaucratic requirement in West Africa

    November 20, 2017
    The Gambia became the latest West African country this fall to abolish the requirement of certificates of origin (COO) for agricultural traders, thanks to year-long efforts of the Trade Hub and its Gambian partner, the Association of Farmers, Educators, and Traders (AFET). The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) officially eliminated the COO requirement on ...
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  • Niger and Mali take steps toward recapturing AGOA textile benefits

    October 30, 2017
    To help Niger and Mali regain duty-free benefits for textile exports to the U.S., the Trade Hub worked with authorities in those countries in mid-October to prepare documents for the reapplication. The U.S. terminated Niger and Mali’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in 2010 and 2013 respectively. Niger was reinstated to ...
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  • AWEP members learn niche market opportunities, packaging tips at AGOA Forum

    September 11, 2017
    Members of the African Women Entrepreneurs Program (AWEP) and other businesswomen learned about opportunities in fair trade and organic markets and best practices in package design during an annual conference to boost exports under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The Trade Hub’s gender specialist, Jean-Didier Nacoulma, hosted a seminar and plenary practical skills training ...
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  • Guinea and Mali become latest West African countries to drop costly trade barrier

    August 14, 2017
    At the Hub’s urging, the governments of Guinea and Mali have agreed to formally drop a moot requirement that traders of staple crops and livestock produce Certificates of Origin (COO), which adds time and costs to trade throughout the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). In direct violation of the three decades-old ECOWAS Trade Liberalization ...
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  • Cashew data collectors recommend improvements to ACA’s market information service

    August 14, 2017
    An African Cashew Alliance (ACA) workshop in early August gathered information from market analysts and data collectors from nine ACA member countries to guide improvements and boost use of its Market Information System (MIS). The August 1-3 workshop in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso—organized by the African Cashew Alliance with Trade Hub support — will inform a ...
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  • Stopping aflatoxin contamination high on agenda of regional cereals training-of-trainers

    June 19, 2017
    Representatives of Cereals Inter-professional Committees (CIC) from seven countries acquired tools for policy advocacy to improve grain trade and quality—particularly to prevent aflatoxin contamination—at a Trade Hub training in Togo, May 22-24. The three-day training-of -trainers workshop in the Togolese capital, Lomé assisted 15 members of the CIC with skills to push governments and donor agencies ...
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  • WAGN plans stronger project management and better branding and communications

    June 5, 2017
    A key strategic objective of the West Africa Trade and Investment Hub is to build the capacity of its regional partner organizations namely: West African Grains Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), Confédération des Fédérations Nationales de la filière de bétail et viande de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (COFENABVI) and Réseau des Systèmes d’Information des Marchés en ...
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  • Encouraging regional cooperation to tackle sanitary issues in livestock trade

    May 8, 2017
    The Trade Hub project joined forces with the West African livestock association COFENABVI and the Burkinabe, Malian and Ivorian livestock federations to organize a workshop from April 25-27 on sanitary and zoo-sanitary standards in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. Over 30 participants attended the workshop, including federation members, transport representatives from Burkina Faso, Mali, and Côte d’Ivoire, and ...
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  • Trade Hub communications publishes two video shorts

    April 18, 2017
    Behind the scenes for the “making of” the Hub’s apparel video The Trade Hub’s apparel video is fostering the apparel export manufacturing sector in West Africa, specifically in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, and Ghana. This video short provides a behind the scenes look at the making of this video. Cereals exchange in Mali brings together buyers and sellers ...
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  • Trade Hub’s Mango Symposium hits the sweet spot in Korhogo

    April 18, 2017
    The Trade Hub kicked off its inaugural Mango Symposium from April 6-7, 2017 in Korhogo, Côte d’Ivoire, part of the country’s main mango producing region. The symposium drew more than 200 private and public actors from the national and international mango sector around the theme of “export growth and competitiveness of fresh and processed mangoes ...
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  • Sourcing opportunities found with industrial cereals processors

    April 10, 2017
    The Trade Hub’s cereals specialist, Mr. Kokou Zotoglo, surveyed procurement systems used by industrial cereals processors in four West African countries, uncovering ways to foster new commercial relationships with cereals traders. His research in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Senegal is detailed in a report published in March 2017. Mr. Zotoglo interviewed officials at more than ...
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  • Taking ETLS compliance message to southern Mali

    April 10, 2017
    The Hub’s Transport Specialist, Mr. Kossi Dahoui, contributed expertise to a road show organized by the Borderless Alliance  and the USAID-funded Food Across Borders program in Sikasso, southern Mali. Participants numbering about 70 included government officials, representatives of women traders associations and exporters and importers of agricultural produce as well as officials of partner projects including ...
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  • Partners step up at fifth cereals exchange in Mali

    March 20, 2017
    Fifty West African buyers and sellers (including nearly 30 women) from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Guinea gathered in Bamako, Mali, for the fifth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with the NGO Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The March 8-10 event offered a platform for producers and ...
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  • Trade Hub takes AGOA awareness series to Mali

    March 13, 2017
    More than 70 Malian producers, processors and exporters attended a two-day exporters’ workshop in the capital city of Bamako. The March 1-2 workshop was the latest in the Trade Hub’s outreach and information series on the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Though a number of the country’s major exports—including gold, cereals, and vegetables—are eligible ...
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  • Trade Hub trains agricultural assistance organizations in keys to finance

    March 13, 2017
    Regional organizations can make essential connections between West African agribusinesses and financial institutions. But these organizations themselves need tools to improve their clients’ access to finance. “After we have identified those farms and agribusinesses which have the potential to grow, we often are unable to help them apply successfully for loans,” said Mme. Kassambara Dienebou Diallo ...
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