07:30 - 09:00 Delegate registration




09:00 - 09:05 Opening ceremony

Opening speech



Moderators: Adama SANGARE

09:10 - 09:15 Address by the spokesperson for the Private Sector


Speakers: Mamadou Sinsy COULIBALY


09:20 - 09:30 Keynote Speech : Development partners, partners to the Mali wager

Restoring confidence, supporting a strong and resilient country’s impetus toward recovery


Speakers: Soukeina KANE


09:35 - 09:45 Opening Keynote: Investing in the diversification and transformation of the Malian economy for sustainable and inclusive growth


Speakers: Konimba SIDIBE


09:50 - 10:20 Official Opening Address


Speakers: SEM Ibrahim Boubacar KEÏTA


10:25 - 10:50 Coffee break




10:55 - 11:05 Mali’Insights: Investing: Making the wager on Mali


Speakers: Moussa Ismaila TOURE


11:10 - 11:20 Mali’Insights: Agriculture and breeding in Mali: Issues at stake, strategies and opportunities


Speakers: Cheibane COULIBALY


11:25 - 12:20 Plenary session 1 Transforming agriculture and breeding in Mali by developing the agri-business

The agricultural sector is of paramount importance to Mali's economy. It employs around 80% of the working population and accounts for 40% of the country's GDP (including livestock and fisheries). While considered to have great untapped resources, Mali’s agricultural potential remains largely unexploited because of, amongst other things, economic, technological, institutional and political constraints. One of the key challenges of this sector is to open it up to, and invest in, new agricultural activities.

This plenary session will focus on the following aspects:

  • Presentation of new and increasingly important agricultural activities (oilseeds, fruit and vegetables, cereals, cashew nuts, etc.)
  • Challenges in the identification, development and availability of production and industrial sites: how to attract investors?
  • Climatic hazards: how to overcome droughts, floods and locust invasions?
  • What is required of sub-regional and international organisations to get involved in freeing Mali's agricultural potential?
  • Challenges of poultry farming (establishing modern production units, processing, transport, conservation and marketing of poultry in the regions of Sikasso, Koulikoro and Bamako), fish farming, and the raw hides and skins sector.


Speakers: Janvier LITSE, Paul NUMBA UM, Issad REBRAB, Babacar N’GOM, Aboubacar BA, Birama SIDIBE

Moderators: Didier ACOUETEY

12:25 - 13:55 Lunch




14:00 - 14:55 Workshop 1: The Agri-business (agriculture and breeding) in Mali: current state of affairs, development potential and prospects in buoyant sectors.

The challenges of food self-sufficiency and processing make agricultural diversification one of Mali's priorities. During this workshop, private players actively involved in these issues, will present their experiences and ideas.


Speakers: Ibrahima MAÏGA, Amadou Dicko SIDIBE, Boubacar DIALLO, Mamady TAMBADOU, Modibo KEITA, Salif NIANG, Maxime TRAORE, Hamadoun BOCOUM

Moderators: Cheibane COULIBALY

14:00 - 14:55 Workshop 2: The development potential of agri-business in the various regions of Mali

Role and place of mixed crop-livestock farming systems in Mali, major industrial projects, niche sectors such as gum arabic, wheat, oilseeds, ostrich farming, poultry farming: Mali is undergoing the start of an agricultural revolution driven by key investments in agribusiness in all regions of the country. This workshop will be a platform for interaction between industry players, SMEs and innovative start-ups, in the heart of Mali, a sub-regional breadbasket.


Speakers: Hamidou SISSAKO, Siaka DEMBELE, Issa KANTE, Abdoulaye DEMBELE, Kassoum DENON

Moderators: Adama DIARRA

14:00 - 14:55 Workshop 3: Financing and Investment Guarantee

FDI plays a major role in job creation and is an important instrument of the government of Mali's strategy as part of its investment promotion and private sector recovery policy. However, investor concerns about the macroeconomic framework for securing investments remains a constraint, despite it being sound and incentive-based.


Speakers: Cheick Tidiane DIAGNE, Moussa Alassane DIALLO, Edoh Kossi AMENOUNVE, Cheick Sidy SECK, Birama SIDIBE, Pascal Collange , Macky SISSOKO

Moderators: Boubou Cissé

15:00 - 15:10 Mali’Insights: The cultural industry in Mali


Speakers: Souleymane CISSE


15:15 - 16:10 Plenary session 2 : Industrialising Mali: Issues at stake and opportunities

Despite having had the most extensive industrial apparatus in Francophone West Africa in the 1960s, the lack of long-term efforts has slowed Mali's industrial development. Yet, the country’s harmonious economic development depends on the combination of rural activities, the primary sector and industry, the latter adding value to the former. If it wants to succeed in achieving growth along with integrated and inclusive development, Mali has no choice but to invest in its industries.

This plenary session will focus on the following aspects:

  • Mali is the biggest importer of industrial products in the WAEMU zone, with a trade deficit of over 380 billion CFA francs. What public policies are needed to reverse this trend? 
  • How should international financing be mobilised to improve industrial competitiveness?
  • State of play on the restoration and upgrading of industrial enterprises such as pharmaceuticals manufacturer Usine Malienne des Produits Pharmaceutiques (UMPP), and the Farako Tea factory, etc.
  • Technology transfers and joint ventures: strengthening Mali's industrial dialogue and public-private partnerships


Speakers: Mohamed Aly AG IBRAHIM , Oumar TEMBELY, Hamadaou SYLLA, Cyril ACHKAR, Jamila BEN BABA, Madani DIALLO

Moderators: Adam THIAM

16:15 - 16:40 Coffee break




16:45 - 17:40 Workshop 5: The livestock products industry in Mali

There is huge potential in Mali’s livestock farming, which ensures a large and sustainable production of meat. Countless opportunities exist for the private sector: beef, sheep and swine fattening, setting up and privatisation of slaughterhouses, marketing of livestock and meat (butchers), establishment of meat preservation and processing plants (drying, canning) and by-product processing plants (bone powder, blood meal) for feeding livestock, poultry, fish and as fertiliser.


Speakers: Salia DIARRA, Sanoussi Bouya SYLLA, Philippe LAFAURIE, Taher DRAVE LY , Yaya MALLE, Abdourahmane COULIBALY

Moderators: Mamadou Tiéni KONATE

16:45 - 17:40 Workshop 4: The agro-food industry in Mali

Agribusiness is one of Mali’s largest economic sectors. From farm to table, the sector value chain has to be better structured and expanded, driven by the desire to promote local consumption.


Speakers: Hamadaou SYLLA, Houd BABY, Andrea SOAVE, Malick ANTOINE

Moderators: Djibril baba TABOURE

17:45 - 17:55 Profiles


Speakers: Mossadeck BALLY, Ibrahim DIAWARA, Modibo KEITA, Samba BATHILY


20:00 - 22:00 Gala Dinner

Compliments of the President of the Republic, at the Koulouba Palace, by invitation




07:30 - 09:00 Participant arrival and welcome




09:05 - 09:15 Mali’Insights: Bamako, Metropolis: urban development outlook


Speakers: Pierre GOUDIABY ATEPA


09:20 - 10:15 Plenary 3 : Public Private Partnerships (PPP) : alternative ways of implementing major infrastructure projects in Mali

Private partnerships comprise an average of 12% to 17% of West Africa's projects and are emerging as a substantive option in the overall driver to close the infrastructure gap. On the one hand, PPPs allow for greater flexibility of public budgets and, on the other, help to optimise public projects by adopting private management best practices, especially in terms of quality improvement. Law No. 2016-061 of 30 December 2016 on Public-Private Partnerships has given Mali the legal, institutional and technical arsenal necessary to secure and step-up PPP investments and projects.

This plenary session will focus on the following aspects:

  • Advantages of PPPs, including leveraging private sector technology and innovation to deliver better public services through improved operational efficiency
  • Presentation of the legal and political framework and general principles of PPPs in Mali: presentations of new aspects of Law N° 2016-061 of 30 December 2016
  • Management and optimal allocation of risk for the optimisation of public expenditure
  • Need for planning and preparation of public projects, and the qualification of projects: what mechanisms for Mali and what accompanying measures?


Speakers: Justin DAMO BARRO, Pierre GOUDIABY ATEPA , Pascal DOOH-BILL, Abdou DIOP, Issa Hassimi DIALLO, Khalil CHAYAT

Moderators: Aziz SAÏDI

10:20 - 10:45 Coffe break




10:50 - 11:45 Workshop 6: PPPs in the urban development sector in Mali

Mali could become an energy superpower. With very high levels of sunshine, enormous biomass resources and huge hydropower potential, it is imperative that the country succeeds in attracting key – and often large – investment.


Speakers: Seydou M. COULIBALY, Nansa Camara, Mahamadou WADIDIE, Idrissa Coulibaly , Mahamadou G Coulibaly

Moderators: Pascal DOOH-BILL

10:50 - 11:45 Workshop 7: PPPs in the field of infrastructure transport in Mali

Bamako’s strong population growth requires that public action be transformed in order to respond to it, as this growth is a source of economic opportunities for the private sector in terms of mobility, connectivity, urban intelligence, and sanitation.


Speakers: Ibrahim DIAWARA, Alassane DIOP, Issa Hassimi DIALLO, Aly SOW

Moderators: Mamadou Hachim KOUMARE

11:50 - 14:00 Lunch




14:05 - 14:15 Mali’Insights: Taking up the energy challenge in Mali


Speakers: Malick ALHOUSSEINI


14:20 - 15:15 Plenary session 4: Energy in Mali: Issues at stake and business opportunities for companies

Most of Mali’s energy supply comes from biomass (78%), which thus represents the primary source of energy for the majority of the population, while fossil fuels contribute 21% and hydropower 1% (excluding electricity trade). Mali, with its vast and unexplored renewable energy potential, could become a real African energy giant.

This plenary session will focus on the following aspects:

  • Taking stock of Mali’s energy assets and public-private investment strategies
  • How can the Malian and international private sector get involved in infrastructure financing?
  • State of play of major energy projects like the Sirakoro thermal power plant


Speakers: Hamed Diane SAMEGA, Amadou SOW, Kader HASSANE , Torsten SCHREIBER, Samba BATHILY, Jan DEWULF

Moderators: Dominique LARESCHE

15:20 - 15:45 Coffee break




15:50 - 16:35 Workshop 8: Energy mix and investment projects in the energy sector in Mali

Mali is served by around ten international airlines and has a large road network. However, the potential for transport infrastructure remains to be exploited for this real hub in the heart of the WAEMU zone and Africa. Investments in transport infrastructure will foster the development of sectors such as tourism, commerce, and agriculture, etc. throughout all regions of Mali.


Speakers: Stéphane COUSIN, Baba Saïd BALLY , Ibrahima TOGOLA, Amadou SOW, Antoine BERTHOLD, Mahamane SOW

Moderators: Moctar TOURE

16:40 - 16:50 Mali’Insights: Digital entrepreneurship, a driver for emergence


Speakers: Arouna Modibo TOURE


16:55 - 17:50 Plenary session 5 Digital Mali 2020 Issues at stake, strategies and opportunities

The global start-up revolution hasn’t bypassed Mali. Digital and innovation offer young people a window of economic, social and political emancipation with infinite possibilities. Incubators are being created, support structures are flourishing, and co-working spaces are springing up, expanding the horizons of a passionate generation that believes its time is now. This young generation, to invent the Mali of tomorrow and make it a start-up nation, is simply asking for agility, support and financing. Are you ready for Mali 2.0?

This plenary session will focus on the following aspects:

  • Presentation of the Digital Mali 2020 plan
  • Analysis and state of play of Mali’s entrepreneurial ecosystem
  • Financing and access to credit: alternative modes of launching Malian start-ups.


Speakers: Hamadoun Touré, Karim SY, Mohamed DIAWARA, Nicolas MERCIER, Issam Chleuh

Moderators: Hamadoun Touré

17:55 - 18:05 Profiles


Speakers: Madiou SIMPARA, Mamadou Gouro SIDIBE, Jamila BEN BABA


18:10 - 18:20 Closing address


Speakers: SEM Abdoulaye Idrissa MAIGA


20:00 - 22:00 BAMAKO FASHION WEEK




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