Starting a business in Mali


For the new business start-up in Mali, two procedures are possible:

1. The “Guichet unique” (allowing the new business start-up in 72 hours with the agency for investments promotion:

  • Obtaining a birth certificate copy
  • Obtaining a proof of residence
  • Asks and obtaining a police record
  • By-laws
  • Share capital Deposit with a bank
  • Signature of by-laws
  • Deposit the file at the “Guichet unique”
  • Fees Payment at the “Guichet unique”
  • Deposit slip of the file
  • Obtaining the business registration number and the certificate NINA (National Institute of Statistics).

We recommend to use the “Guichet Unique” procedures because this is quick and simple.



2. The traditional procedure

  • Obtain a birth certificate copy
  • Obtaining a proof of residence
  • Ask and obtaining police record
  • By-laws
  • Share capital Deposit with a bank
  • Signature of By-laws
  • Tax registration
  • company registration
  • Obtaining a fiscal number identification at the tax department
  • Publication in a legal announcement newspaper
  • Ask and obtaining the certificate NINA (National Institute of Statistics )
  • Declaration at the national employment agency.


The legal framework of business start-up in Mali


The OHADA uniform act is effective in Mali. This act sets up rules applicable to trading companies and economic interest groups. Being inspired by the French law of July 24th, 1966 on companies, this text modernized the member states company law by insuring a bigger protection of shareholders and thirds rights.

In virtues of this act, every person, whatever its nationality, wishing to exercise an activity in one of the States Parts, necessarily has to choose one of the companies forms planned by the Uniform Act namely:

  • The SNC
  • The limited partnership
  • The SARL
  • The SA
  • The joint-venture company
  • The GIE

The foreign investors have mostly appeal to both forms of following companies.

  • The SA (Capital min 10 millions FCFA)
  • The SARL (Capital min of 1 million FCFA)


Possible Creation of the Branch but in service during in most 2 years. Then, branch to bring to a company to one of some states left the OHADA.


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