On 12 May 2017 local entrepreneurial ecosystem stakeholders gathered at the Embassy of the Netherland in Bamako to validate the preliminary outcomes of the #ClosingTheGap Mali study.
Workshop #ClosingTheGap Mali
After a welcome by Paul Tholen, Deputy Head of Mission / Head of Development Cooperation, the group engaged in lively discussions. The workshop was designed to give local stakeholders the opportunity to reflect on the main constraints faced by Malian entrepreneurs. They also had the chance to formulate concrete solutions, which they can champion to contribute to the emergence of a more conducive ecosystem for local enterprises.
Malian entrepreneurial ecosystem
The research establishes a segmentation of the Malian SME sector that captures the characteristics of the enterprises in each sub-segment (e.g. small necessity entrepreneurs, moderate growth businesses, start-ups, etc.), as well as their needs and the specific barriers that hinder their growth.
These are reflected upon in the context of the current financial and related non-financial services offer to reveal gaps, duplications, inefficiencies, but also promising initiatives to be strengthened.
Please read the #ClosingTheGap Mali press release (pdf) for further details.