About Us Trade and Investment

All queries related to trade and investment regarding Mali may please be directed to: 

Shri Narendra Kumar Sahoo
Embassy of India
Bamako (Mali)
Tel.   00-223-20220813
Fax : 00223 20235417
Mobile :  00-223-74353403


Mali has a liberal and friendly investment and trade policy. Tremendous investment opportunities exist in the field of agriculture (cotton food processing, abattoirs and tanneries), automobiles (two-wheeler segment), mining (gold, iron ore, phosphates, uranium, bauxite, zinc, manganese, tin and copper) and pharmaceuticals (generic drugs). The country has proven existence of other minerals like granite, gypsum, kaolin, limestone, lithium, rock salt, silver, etc. waiting to be exploited.

Malian economy is primarily based on agriculture and livestock husbandry which together account for almost 50 % of the country’s GDP.  Mali is the second largest producer of long staple cotton in Africa, after Egypt.  Mali is one of the largest producers of mangoes in Africa but lacks processing facilities. Mali also has one of the largest livestock in Africa.  This provides opportunities in the food processing sector including meat – processing and setting up of modern abattoirs.  Mali does not have any modern tanneries.  Most of the raw hides and skins are exported.  Malian government welcomes investments in these sectors.

Mali is Africa’s third leading gold producer (after South Africa and Ghana) and has an estimated reserve of 600-800 tonnes.  Current production of gold is 60 tonnes per year. There is considerable scope for joint ventures for production of gold and fabrication and marketing of jewelery in Mali.  Phosphates, uranium, bauxite, zinc, manganese, tin and copper are also abundant in Mali and remain unexploited.  Oil exploration is also being undertaken.  The Malian government is keen to undertake exploration and exploitation of Mali's mineral resources. With a population of around 15 million exposed to tropical diseases, Mali is a good market for Indian generic medicines and pharmaceutical products.  There is already good awareness of our capabilities and competitiveness in this area.  This needs to be translated into commercial contracts for our companies. Automobile sector, particularly the two-wheeler segment, also offers good opportunities for our automobile and auto-parts manufacturers.

Indian exports to Mali:

Equipment for electricity transmission, cotton fabrics and made-ups, cycle parts, machinery, machine parts, transport equipment, drugs and pharmaceuticals, construction material and processed food items.

Malian exports to India:

Raw cotton wood products and some agricultural products like shea nuts. Mali looks forward to further infrastructural and human resource developmental aid from India, especially in the mining, power, agricultural, pharmaceuticals, engineering and educational sectors.

Indian Investments in Mali:

Indian commodities, pharmaceutical and light engineering products have a significant presence in this country that otherwise has abundance of Chinese/EU products. Indians in Mali are engaged primarily in business, mining, power, steel, cement, pharmaceuticals and agro industry sectors. Additionally, Indian companies also have presence in execution of Lines of Credit (LoC)-related activities in Mali - power transmission, agricultural and food processing etc.

Malian Investments in India:

Mali has no known investment enterprise in India. It is amongst the poorest countries in the world, heavily reliant on external aid in almost every field.