Overall positive economic outlook
Over the past two years, Malian GDP growth was quite robust at around 6%. This trend is set to continue in 2017 and 2018, but at a slightly lower pace of 5.5%. Overall, the economy benefited from good harvests and efficient public spending. Lower food and energy prices pushed inflation into negative territories in 2016. Energy price recovery should push inflation rates above zero in the coming years, but the peg to the Euro within the CFA Franc is a powerful anti-inflationary medicine.