WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Mali's economic prospects for 2013 are "encouraging" with the pace of growth set to increase to 4.8 percent buoyed by a good food harvest, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday following talks with the government. The expected pick-up in economic activity in Mali follows a French-led military intervention in the northeast after the government appealed for help to halt advances by Islamist rebels. France said this week it expects to secure the stronghold of Islamist militants by the end of the March. …
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