PREFACE At the request of the Malian Ministry of Finance, a technical assistance mission visited Bamako during August 12–21, 2013. The purpose of the mission was to identify issues and options that need to be considered when adopting an automatic petroleum product pricing mechanism. The mission was led by Mr. Mark De Broeck and also comprised Mr. Kangni Roland Kpdodar (both from the IMF’s Fiscal Affairs Department). The mission met with Mr. Mamadou Traoré, Minister of Economy and Humanitarian Action, Mr. Abdel Karim Konaté, Minister of Finances, Mr. Makan Tounkara, Minister of Energy and Water, Mr. Ibrahima Dansako, Deputy Director General of ONAP, Mr. Moumouni Dembélé, Director General Customs, and Mr. Mahamadou Lamine Samaké, Deputy Director General, Taxation Directorate-General, Ministry of Finance The mission also met with the stakeholders in fuel pricing issues represented in the fuel price monitoring commission, including representative from consumer advocacy groups, domestic and international oil companies, transport associations, and mining companies. The mission’s findings were discussed with World Bank staff. The mission is grateful to all its interlocutors for the cooperation and fruitful discussions. The mission would like to express its sincere appreciation for the excellent cooperation, support and logistical assistance from ONAP staff, in particular from it received from Ministry of Economy and Finance officials, in particular from Mr. Modibo Diall, Chief of the Statistics and Administration Department, the mission’s main counterpart. The mission is also very grateful to the staff of the IMF Resident Representative’s Office. Mr. Op de Beke, the Resident Representative, Mr. Bakary Traoré, the Office’s economist, provided first-rate assistance with organizing the mission at short notice and very valuable advice on the mission’s work. Mrs. Nafissatou Koné, the Office’s administrative assistant, provided excellent support.