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Background

The Sudanese Republic and Senegal became independent of France in 1960 as the Mali Federation. When Senegal withdrew after only a few months, the Sudanese Republic was renamed Mali. Rule by dictatorship was brought to a close in 1991 with a transitional government, and in 1992 when Mali's first democratic presidential election was held. Since his reelection in 1997, President KONARE continued to push through political and economic reforms and to fight corruption. In 1999 he indicated he would not run for a third term, in keeping with the Malian constitution's two-term limit.

Mali is among the poorest countries in the world, with 65% of its land area desert or semi-desert. Economic activity is largely confined to the riverine area irrigated by the Niger. About 10% of the population is nomadic and some 70% of the labor force is engaged in farming and fishing. Industrial activity is concentrated on processing farm commodities. Mali is heavily dependent on foreign aid and vulnerable to fluctuations in world prices for cotton, its main export. In 1997, the government continued its successful implementation of an IMF-recommended structural adjustment program that is helping the economy grow, diversify, and attract foreign investment. Mali's adherence to economic reform and the 50% devaluation of the African franc in January 1994 have pushed up economic growth to a sturdy 5% average in 1996-2000. In 2001, GDP decreased by 1.2% mainly due to a 50% drop in cotton production in 2000-01.

Holidays
Jan 1 - New Year's Day
Jan 20 - Armed Forces Day
Jan 21* - Tabaski (Feast of the Sacrifice)
Mar 26 - Day of Democracy
Mar 28~ - Easter Monday
Apr 21* - Mawloud (Prophet's Birthday)
May 1 - Labour Day
May 25 - Africa(Freedom) Day
Sep 22 - Anniversary of the Proclamation of the Republic
Nov 14-16* - Korit (End of Ramadan)
Nov 19 - Army Coup Day
Dec 25 - Christmas Day

Ps: Muslim festivals(*) are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given above are approximations. Besides, the Festival's date(~) is also subject to change in every new year.

Phone Codes

Country Code: 223

Resources

Market Research

CIA - The World Factbook - Republic of Mali
This website indicates a wide range of detail information about Mali by introducing under 8 different fields as its geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military, transnational issues.

About Mali
There is available to find out Mali's general outlook on the issues of its social and business profile, passport/visa, money, accommodation, government, duty free, health and so forth.

Mali Business Directory
Malipages.com aims to provide a good business service for both investors and firms by networking the businesses into the global business platform.

Business Directory - Mali
Wow-directory offers business resources and services by creating cross-referenced categories in business opportunities for Mali as business to business, classifieds, cooperatives, directories, organizations & trade.

Doing Business in Mali
World Bank represents a snapshot of the business climate in Mali by identifying specific regulations and policies that encourage or discourage investment, productivity, and growth related to Mali.

Mali Business
Mbendi serves as business oriented directory providing an ultimate African Business Source for the potential investors seeking new business opportunities in Mali including the list of industries for Mali.

Business in Mali
This website provides an extensive information gateway for Mali in terms of doing business with Mali, legal guides to establishing business in Mali and so forth.

Mali News
There is available to find out Mali business, economic and political news sponsored by Topix.net.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service - Republic of Mali
Canadian Info-Export Service provides information about doing business in the Republic of Mali within the business practices.

U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Consular Affairs - For Republic of Mali
U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs creates a wide range of research named as Consular Information Sheet about Mali in terms of analyzing its social, political, cultural & economic environments.

World Trade Organization(WTO) : Mali
World Trade Organization(WTO) supplies the trade policy reviews of republic of Mali in order to display the recent economic and business developments realized after introducing the economic improvement packages by WTO.

Trade Information

Embassy Listings For Mali
There are listed the embassies of the republic of Mali including the embassies' contact information.

Mali Government Online
It displays the structure of Malian government by looking at its political units, branches, ministries and so forth in details.

 
 
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