About Us Factsheet on Mali



1. Official Name Republic of Mali
2. Capital Bamako
3. Neighbors Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea,  Senegal and Mauritania
4. Area 1.24 million sq km
5. Currency CFA/XOF  common to 8 West African countries
6. Population 19.08 million (2018)        Source : World Bank
7. Religion 93.9% Islam, 2.8% Christian, 3.2% Animists and others
8. Languages French (official), Bambara (spoken by  around  80% of population), and numerous other  African languages
9. National Day Independence Day -  22September (1960)
10. Form of Government/Forthcoming Election (if any) Presidential ( 5 years term – with two term Constitutional limit)
Presidential election held on 29 Jul 2018 with a run-off on 12 Aug 2018. Next election will be in 2023.
11. Major Political Parties Rally for Mali (RPM), Alliance for Democracy in Mali (ADEMA), Union for Republic and Democracy (URD), Patriotic Movement for Renewal (MPR), African Solidarity for Democracy and Independence (SADI), National Congress for Democratic Initiative (CNID), Convergence for the Development of Mali (CODEM), Rally for Development of Mali (RPDM)
12. Head of State/
Head of Government /
(constitutional term, since when)
H.E. Mr. Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, President – Head of State (Five Years. Since 4 Sep 2013, re-elected and sworn in for second term of five years on 4 Sep 2018)
H.E. Dr. Boubou Cisse, Prime Minister – Head of Government (Appointed by President in office since April 23, 2019.
13. GDP $15.03 billion   (2017 est)
14. GDP Growth Rate 4.9%   (2018 est)
15. GDP Per Capita US$ 901 (2018)
16. Principal natural resources
(agricultural and mineral)
Gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium, gypsum, granite, hydropower
Note: Bauxite, iron ore, manganese, tin, and copper deposits are known but not exploited
17. Total Trade $6.704 billion (2017 est) $6.206 billion (2016 est)
(Source: CIA World Factbook))
18. Total Exports/Top exported products/Top importing countries Total Exports: $3.06 billion (2017 est), 2.803 billion (2016 est.)
Exports - commodities: cotton, gold, livestock
Exports -Partners:  Switzerland 31.8%, UAE 15.4%, Burkina Faso 7.8%, Cote dIvoire 7.3%, South Africa 5%, Bangladesh 4.6% (2017) (Source : CIA World Factbook)
19. Total Imports / Top imported products / Top exporting countries Total Imports: $3.644 billion (2017 est.), $3.403 billion (2016 est.), 
Imports - commodities: petroleum, machinery and equipment, construction materials, foodstuffs, textiles
Import –Partners: Senegal 24.4%, China 13.2%, Cote dIvoire 9%, France 7.3% (2017)
(Source : CIA World Factbook
20. Total Bilateral Trade Total trade US$ 149 million  2018-19
21. India’s Exports / Top exported products US$130.69 million (2018-19)
Main items of  export : pharmaceutical products, tractors, motor  vehicles etc.
22. India’s Imports / Top imported products US$18.3 million (2018-19)
Main items of import: cotton, gold, gum, cashew nuts in shell.
23. Development Partnership with India (LoCs, Grants) 7 projects under Lines  of  Credit  totaling US$ 303.6 million have been completed.  One power transmission project connecting Bamako and Sikasso via Bougouni  with an LOC component of US$ 150 million is ongoing.  Completed projects  are  in the energy sector, agriculture and food processing projects, acquisition of  railway coaches and setting up of agro machinery and tractor assembly plant.
24. Projects identified / in pipeline in solar and renewable energy fields, if any During ISA Founding Conference held in New Delhi in March 2018, three solar projects were selected for financing under LOC - two on bilateral basis and one through ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID):
  1. Development of 2500 hectares to be irrigated through solar power -  US$ 22 million
  2. 50 MW Solar Power Plant in FANA – US$ 120 million
  3. Consturction of 2 MW Solar Photovoltaic plants in Mopti (EBID)  - US$ 8 million
Project Preparation Facility (PPF) was extended to the two of these projects (S.No. 1 & 2), out of which one project (Setting up a sustainable village and use of solar photo voltaic technology for irrigation of 2500 ha of agricultural land – US$ 22 million)) has been approved and the second project (Construction of of 59 MW Solar Power Plant in Fana 0 US$ 120 million) is at advance stage of processing in GOI.
25. Capacity Building (ITEC and ICCR) Training slots under ITEC Programme has been increased from 60 to 70 for 2019-20. 17 officials from Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mali are currently attending a six-week special English language course in Hyderabad (18 Sep – 30 Oct 2019). This is the third such special course during last three years organized under ITEC.
8 ICCR scholarships are being offered to Mali annually.
26. Indian Community The number of Indians in Mali is estimated to be around 400. They are mainly in import retail business, mining, power, steel, cement, pharmaceuticals and agro industry sectors. There are some Indian civilian contractors / employees for UN peacekeeping mission UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). There is no known social organization / association of the sparse Indian community in Mali.
27. Indian Investment Indian commodities, pharmaceutical and light engineering products have a significant presence in Mali that otherwise has an abundance of Chinese / EU products. Indians in Mali are engaged primarily in business, mining, power, steel, cement, pharmaceuticals and agro industry sectors.
28. Membership of major multilateral and regional associations / organizations ACP, AfDB, AU, CD, ECOWAS, EITI (compliant country), FAO, FZ, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, MONUSCO, NAM, OIC, OIF, OPCW, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNISFA, UNMISS, UNWTO, UPU, WADB (regional), WAEMU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, G5-SAHEL.