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01 Mar 11 - Video: Vendors at the Bamako market speak to UNCTAD

Video: Vendors at the Bamako market speak to UNCTADMost African entrepreneurs don´t have legal status or pay any mandatory taxes, but they don´t have access to healthcare and pension systems, either.


Most African entrepreneurs don´t have legal status or pay any mandatory taxes, but they don´t have access to health care and pension systems, either. This is one of the conclusions of the High-level Forum on Business Facilitation, which was held in Bamako, Mali, on 17 and 18 February, under the auspices of UNCTAD, the Commission of the West African Monetary Union, the African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development, and the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce of Mali.

Many entrepreneurs, the participants noted, stay out of legality because either they don´t know the rules or procedures are too complex, or both. The situation therefore calls for steps to clarify, simplify and publicize regulation, making it more understandable and accessible to entrepreneurs. In this light, many speakers praised the existence of tools such as the eRegulations system, which make rules understandable and promote the transparency of procedures. Participants also pointed to the importance of demonstrating to the entrepreneurs, in practical terms, the benefits that result from abiding by the rules.

In this short video (in French), vendors at the Bamako market speak to UNCTAD, revealing their difficult legal position and lack of healthcare options.


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