In August 2020, Mali had a bloodless coup carried out by military officers leading to the country’s President Ibraham Boubacar Keita and Prime Minister Boubou Cisse resigning.
The coup came after months of protests against Keita’s administration.
News like this has dominated the country’s narrative but little has been said about its economy and growth.
According to the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Mali’s economy has remained resilient despite the security crisis. The West African country recorded a 5 per cent real GDP growth in 2019 driven by favourable gold and cotton production. It had a budget deficit of 3.1 per cent of GDP and 0.4 per cent inflation while public debt stood at 35.5 per cent of the GDP at the end of 2018.