Mali is a landlocked least developed country (LDC) which was complimented in the 2011 edition of the WB Doing Business report as being among the 10 countries taking the largest steps in making their regulatory environment more favourable to business. A clear example is the streamlined procedure for starting a business: while in 2005 an entrepreneur needed 42 days involving 13 procedures, in 2012 those figures had substantially improved to just 8 days and 4 procedures. On the other hand if an entrepreneur would want to have a contract enforced he would note that conditions deteriorated between 2005 and 2012: in 2005 he would need 340 days involving 28 procedures, but in 2012 those figures were 620 days and 36 procedures.
Mali’s GNI per capita increased from 360 US $ in 2005 to 610 US $ in 2012. Its WB Doing Business rating went from 146th in 2006 to 151st in 2012.
Mali’s employers’ national and international interests are being represented by the Conseil National du Patronat du Mali (CNPM), member of the International Organisation of Employers. In 2007 DECP undertook a fact-finding mission to Mali in order to contact the CNPM. Since then DECP has supported CNPM with an analysis of its membership through a Business Survey (Baromètre) and 2 workshops on communication for its staff and members in 2008, as well as 2 of such workshops for some 45 women entrepreneurs in 2011.