Mali Culture of Business

By | July 24, 2022


  • Introduction
  • Mali is a 95 percent Muslim country. Communication, including addresses, is based on the French model and is similar to negotiations with French partners.
  • Addressing
  • The way of addressing is the same as in France.
  • Business Meeting
  • Due to the hot climate and frequent traffic jams, the local custom is less punctuality and longer lunch breaks, which usually extend until the end of working hours on Fridays in view of the big Muslim noon prayer. It is not customary to conduct business meetings on Friday afternoons, but they are also acceptable on the weekend. Especially during the first personal meeting, it is customary to give a promotional gift.
  • Communication
  • The official language is French and the most widely spoken indigenous language is Bambara.
  • Recommendations
  • Malians are almost 95% Muslim, so they don’t drink alcohol and don’t eat pork. However, there are many Christians living in the capital city of Bamako, both Malians and from the surrounding countries, so it is good to find out your religion in advance and choose refreshments or food accordingly.
  • Public holidays

Fixed holidays: New Year, 20.1. Army Day, 2Martyrs’ Day, Easter Monday, Labor Day, 2Africa Day, 22.9. Independence Day, 20.11. Prophet Muhammad’s birthday and 25.12. Christmas holiday. Working and sales hours are similar to Europe, weekend days are Saturday and Sunday. Banks and some state institutions also work on Saturday mornings. During the fasting month of Ramadan, work is normally done, but there is a need to take into account considerations regarding fasting, especially towards the end of the holiday. Visit Allunitconverters for more information about Mali culture and traditions.


Brief introduction – 3-5 sentences

In the individual parts, the answer to the questions can be based on the culture card processed for seminars and for delegations.


How to reach business partners?

Business meeting

How to arrange a business meeting and how it takes place (location and time of the meeting /office, restaurant; lunch, dinner/, business cards, gifts, etc.)?

Timing of negotiations

What surprises a Czech businessman the most during negotiations?

What are ….. traders?

Is negotiating with local traders different, made difficult by cultural/religious/ethnic differences?

How do ….. traders manage time in a business meeting?

How do ….. traders deal with emotions in a business negotiation?

Are there any territorial differences in business dealings within a country?

It is suitable or customary to offer alcohol during business meetings?

How to dress for a work meeting?

What should an ideal negotiation team look like (number of members, age and gender composition of the team, team leader)?

It is customary to invite a business partner to your home, or be invited home? If so, what is usual for such a visit, what to expect?

  • Programingplease: Yearbook 2010 of nation Mali, including population, politics, and abbreviations.


Is it important to bring an interpreter with you?

How about language facilities?

Are there any communication taboos?

What is the best way to communicate (in person, email, phone, etc.)?


What would you recommend to entrepreneurs who are going to …..?

Public Holidays

A list of public holidays and a possible brief comment on the most important ones.

+ if the Link to download the Business Deal Culture card



  • Contacts to Czech embassies in the territory
  • In the Republic of Mali, the Office of the Czech Republic was opened in 2019, and at the same time the consulate of the Czech Republic in Bamako, which was headed by an honorary consul until the opening of the Office of the Czech Republic, was closed. Contact details of the Office of the Czech Republic in Bamako are listed on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic at The contact for the Department of Sub-Saharan African States of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic can be found on the website in the “About the Ministry” section, the “Organizational Structure” chapter, the “Organizational Structure of the Ministry” subchapter and the “Organizational Chart of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs” folder. The contact for the Department of Foreign Economic Policy II of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic can be found on the website in the “Directory” section, the “Ministry” chapter, the “About the Ministry” subchapter and the “Ministry Organizational Structure” folder.
  • Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firefighters, information lines, etc.)
  • Practical telephone numbers in the territory are: ambulance: 15; police: 17; firefighters: 18; emergency call: 112.
  • Important Internet links and contacts
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Contacts at the embassies of the Czech Republic in the territory

Addresses of embassies (including PaulTrade), working hours, telephones, emails, ideal connections from the airport and the city center.)

If it is PROPEA, add the contact.

Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

See contacts name of the subsection + other important phone numbers

Important web links and contacts

Websites and contacts for all ministries, the government, the president, local chambers of commerce and further for consideration by country (e.g. major media, central bank, economic analysis, tax administration…)

Mali Culture of Business