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Industrialization and Global Value Chains in Mauritania

Mauritania is integrated into GVCs to varying degrees through its mining and oil sector, its fisheries sector and its Nouadhibou free zone. Iron, oil, copper, gold and fish are exported unprocessed to Europe and China, where they are used as inputs into the value chains of their own production systems. Advanced processing of these products before [...]

Mauritania Economy 2014: Recent Developments and Prospects

Real gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2013 was an estimated 6.8%, in continuance of the economic recovery observed in 2012. Iron production, the country’s main export, experienced a record performance. Iron exports amounted to 13 million tons in 2013 thanks to strong Chinese demand. The economy showed some resilience by posting a positive [...]

Top Agricultural Products in Mauritania

The following are the top agricultural products (by quantity) in Mauritania in 2011. Rank Commodity Production (MT) 1 Rice, paddy             161,076 2 Cow milk, whole, fresh             126,000 3 Goat milk, whole, fresh             123,768 4 Sheep milk, whole, [...]

Mauritania Trade Profile 2012

In 2011, Mauritania's exports sharply increased by 238.9 percent and amounted to 2.5 bln US$. Imports showed a similar but not as dramatic development with an increase of 42.1 percent and amounted to 2.5 bln US$. As a result, the trade balance transformed from a deficit of 1.0 bln US$ in 2010 to a surplus of 5.3 mln US$ in 2011. By MDG regions, [...]

Mauritania 2013: Key Government Leaders and Ministries

Pres. Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ Prime Min. Moulaye Ould Mohamed LAGHDAF Min. of Commerce, Handicraft, & Tourism Bamba Ould DARAMANE Min. of Communications & Relations With Parliament Hamdi Ould MAHJOUB Min. of Culture, Youth, & Sports Cisse Mint Cheikh Ould BOIDE Min. of Economics & Development Sidi [...]

Renewable Energy Potential in Mauritania

ENERGY SOURCES Total installed electricity capacity (2008): 253 MW Conventional thermal energy: 61.66% Renewable energy: 38.34% Total primary energy supply (2008): 1,495 ktoe Biomass: 59% Petroleum Products: 41% Offshore oil reserves have been estimated at 1 billion barrels. As in most African countries, traditional fuels are an [...]

Mauritania: Economic Developments 2013

Despite the decline in iron production, the country’s main export, as a result of the slowdown in international demand, the Mauritanian economy showed some resilience with a positive growth rate for the third consecutive year; of the order of 6% in 2012 against an initial projection of 4.7%. This performance is due to the recovery of [...]

Mauritania: Financial Sector Governance 2012

Mauritania has 10 banks, two financial establishments and a guarantee fund and has very few links with the international financial system. Banks are used by only about 4% of the population and have many non-performing loans. It is not very competitive, despite the presence of foreign banks (Société générale, Qatar National Bank and Morocco’s [...]

Mauritania: Private Sector Governance 2012

Mauritania moved up to 159th place (from 162nd) in the World Bank’s 2012 Doing Business report, but fell sharply in the “getting credit” indicator, reflecting a worsening of legal and regulatory aspects of the process. However, it improved significantly in the ranking for “dealing with construction permits,” where the government has made [...]

Mauritania: Economic Cooperation, Regional Integration, & Trade 2012

A record USD 540.4 million trade surplus (12.8% of GDP) was achieved in 2011, up from 3.8% in 2010 due to a revival in the volume of all exports, especially gold (+16.5%), and higher prices. Iron exports rose 49.1% by value, gold 51.6% and copper 76.3%. Total exports increased 37.5% and imports 27.3%, boosting the trade balance almost [...]

Mauritania Real Estate Market Snapshot 2013

Office Market  The office market is very small in terms of quality space and international corporate activity. Banks have tended to build their own headquarters, while embassies generally operate out of historic owned properties and more recent market entrants have leased large villas and converted them to office use (e.g. Embassy of Iran [...]

Mauritania Trade and Economic Partnerships 2011

For the years 2004-2006, Mauritania’s trade-to-GDP ratio was 118.3. In 2010, the country exported US$2 billion in merchandise while it imported US$1.8 billion in merchandise, making it a net exporter of merchandise. For commercial services, Mauritania exported US$136 million while importing US$616 million in 2009, so it is a net importer of [...]

Mauritania Trade and Economic Partnerships 2011

For the years 2004-2006, Mauritania’s trade-to-GDP ratio was 118.3. In 2010, the country exported US$2 billion in merchandise while it imported US$1.8 billion in merchandise, making it a net exporter of merchandise. For commercial services, Mauritania exported US$136 million while importing US$616 million in 2009, so it is a net importer of [...]

Mauritania 2012: Government Leaders and Key Ministries

The following list includes the key government leaders – the head of state, his/her cabinet and key ministries – of Mauritania as of April 10, 2012.   Pres. Mohamed Ould Abdel AZIZ Prime Min. Moulaye Ould Mohamed LAGHDAF Min. of Commerce, Handicraft, & Tourism Bamba Ould DARAMANE Min. of Communications [...]

Mauritania: Nouakchott Real Estate Market Overview 2011

This overview provides highlights of the industrial, retail, office, and residential real estate markets in Nouakchott, the capitol of Mauritania. Office market The office market is very small. Most of the international activities in Nouakchott relate to a variety of diplomatic and aid endeavours, or businesses operating out of owned, [...]

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