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Jean-Guy LARRIVIÈRE
Head of International Desk Africa, Middle East

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Last updated: September 2021

The International Desk for Africa, the Maghreb, and the Middle-East provides support to the Crédit Agricole Group’s business clients in Mali with a local correspondent bank, particularly with opening accounts and providing local financing in CFA.

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Means of payment

With Mali

Company cheque

Bank cheque

SWIFT transfer

Promissory note

Documentary remittance

Documentary credit

Usage

Weak / None

Weak / None

Common

Weak / Not recommended

Weak / Not recommended

Weak / Not recommended

Common

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General Information

Mali is a member of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the Franc Zone. Mali shares a common currency (the CFA or XOF Franc), a central bank, (the Central Bank of West African States, BCEAO), and a monetary policy with the other member states. The CFA franc is linked to the Euro with a fixed parity guaranteed by the French treasury.

Foreign exchange controls: the transfer of funds abroad must be authorised by the BCEAO following the presentation of justifications and must be transferred via an approved intermediary.

It should be noted that a military putsch overthrew the President of the Republic, Mr. Keita, in August 2020. Political stability has not yet been restored and discussions are underway between the military junta and the various national and international parties.


Means of Payment & Banking Specificities

To secure your payment we strongly recommend the use of a documentary credit confirmed with payment upon demand or after a maximum of 30 or 60 days.

Delays in payment remain frequent if the transactions are not secured, this most often being due to currency supply issues during a transfer.

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