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Guide to Starting a Business in Mali

Staff Reporter | 1:55 AM |

Formal registration of companies has many immediate benefits for the companies and for business owners and employees. Legal entities can outlive their founders. Resources are pooled as several shareholders join forces to start a company. Formally registered companies have access to services and institutions from courts to banks as well as to new markets. And their employees can benefit from protections provided by the law. An additional benefit comes with limited liability companies. These limit the financial liability of company owners to their investments, so personal assets of the owners are not put at risk. Where governments make registration easy, more entrepreneurs start businesses in the formal sector, creating more good jobs and generating more revenue for the government.

Below is a detailed summary of the bureaucratic and legal hurdles faced by entrepreneurs wishing to incorporate and register a new firm in Mali. It examines the procedures, time and cost involved in launching a commercial or industrial firm with up to 50 employees and start-up capital of 10 times the economy's per-capita gross national income.
This information was collected from World Bank: Doing Business 
No.ProcedureTime to CompleteAssociated Costs
1Deposit the initial capital with a bank or a notary and obtain the certification.1 dayno charge
2Notarize bylaws, sign an affidavit to certify of no criminal records and pay the registration fee at the notary.1 dayXOF 250,000 (including notary fee and OSS service fee)
3Purchase legal stamps from the window of the representative of the tax administartor at the One-stop-shop for the Authorization to operate, application for the Impots (Taxes), application for the Tribunal de Commerce, application for the statistical offic1 dayXOF 9,750 for the legal stamps
4Deposit registration documents at the One-Stop Shop5 daysregistration and publication cost are included in the notary fees