Category Archives: Mauritania


Mauritania to Become a New Global Gas Hub as Market Expansion Intensifies

Mauritania is set to become a global energy hub with gas projects such as the GTA and the BirAllah. Previous gas discoveries in Mauritania coupled with efforts by the government to make gas central to driving economic growth and poverty reduction have positioned the northwest African country as an emerging global gas hub. Since the […]

Startups. After a new record number of applications for EMERGING Mediterranean, it’s time for the next program highlight: the Bootcamp of the 2 Shores, July 9-11

The 30 shortlisted startups will attend 3 inspiring days Once again, the EMERGING Mediterranean call for applications was an undeniable success with 305 applications, 31% of which were from women, giving an overall increase of 34% compared to 2020. A success revealing a dynamic region, a go-getting youth community and the programme’s strong interest entrepreneurial […]

Official launch of the second cycle of EMERGING Mediterranean – the springboard programme for emerging Mediterranean Tech For Good leaders

The call for applications is open to any startup based in Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia or Libya that has been operating for over 18 months in one of the following areas: e-health, climate, mobility, agritech, social economy and financial inclusion. As a result of the work done during the preparatory forums for the Summit of […]

New International Organization for Migration (IOM) Data Collection Reveals Latest Migratory Trends in Mauritania

Central mosque in Nouakchott, Mauritania. 15 December 2006. Author Alexandra Pugachevsky

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Mauritania presented a research study this week (17/09) revealing Mauritania, a country of 3.9 million people in West Africa, as both a transit country on the Western Mediterranean Route, and a destination for West African migrants seeking job opportunities in the country’s growing fishery and construction sectors. Through […]

Greenpeace is calling on West African governments to immediately phase out the wasteful fishmeal and fish oil (FMFO) industry, to stop the threat to regional fish stocks

The report, entitled A waste of fish: Food security under threat from the fishmeal and fish oil industry in West Africa, raises strong concerns about the expanding FMFO industry in Mauritania, Senegal and The Gambia. All three species of fish used for FMFO are essential for food security, and already overexploited.[1] “We’re losing hundreds of thousands […]

Using African Gas for Africa First

A private sector initiative called LNG2Africa is addressing one of the continent’s biggest lost opportunities, turning LNG into an African asset 2018 is turning out to be a bold new year. We are witnessing changes to the African energy market that are both welcome and long-awaited for. We spoke before of the great progress Nigeria […]

IMF Executive Board Approves US$ 163.9 Million Arrangement Under the Extended Credit Facility for the Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Board decision enables immediate disbursement of US$ 23.4 million to Mauritania. Mauritania’s ECF-supported program aims to address the challenges of economic growth, stability, sustainability, and poverty. Reforms will seek to create fiscal space for social spending and infrastructure through revenue mobilization and expenditure prioritization, as well as to modernize the monetary policy framework and maintain […]

Italian scientist brings ‘pasta power’ climate adaptation solution to West Africa

A ‘crazy idea’ has resulted in the ability to grow durum wheat in the extreme heat of famine-affected Senegal, Mauritania and Mali, potentially boosting the income for 1 million farming families, and therefore winning the 2017 Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security ‘Heat tolerant’ durum wheat discovery can help eradicate poverty Research wins international […]

The African View of Silicon Valley

What do Africans really think about the grandiose education projects, promoted by outsiders, that promise to transform their lives? In a special debate at this year’s eLearning Africa conference, we will find out. This year’s eLearning Africa debate promises to be livelier than ever. The motion for discussion is “This House believes that grandiose Silicon […]

Mauritania aims to boost food production through new UN agency agreement

The first phase will focus on horticulture, poultry farming, goat milk and non-timber forest products; the second phase could include fishing and new income generating crops or activities A new partnership between the United Nations rural poverty agency and officials in Mauritania could boost finances and nutrition for nearly 300,000 farmers in the southern part […]

Mali, Mauritania, and Niger Receives 300,000EUR Humanitarian Donation from Spain

Infrastructural hurdles – especially road accessibility, makes it very difficult to offer aid to some hard to reach communities in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. United Nations Humanitarian Air Services (UNHAS) under the management of the United Nations World Food Programme has therefore resorted to air transport as an effective means to get to these disadvantaged […]

Fish-Rich Mauritania looks to its Nouadhibou Port for a Brighter Future

The UNCTAD TrainForTrade Port Management Programme took a first crucial step last month when 11 senior port managers completed a workshop for instructors held at the port of Nouakchott, the Mauritanian capital Nestled on a peninsula overlooking the world’s biggest graveyard of ships, the port of Nouadhibou may hold the key to a better future […]

Mauritian-South African banking collaboration key to growing intra-African trade finance volumes

Growing ties between South Africa and Mauritius could fuel trade and investment growth on the African continent with financial institutions leading the way through increased availability of trade finance. This is according to Antony Withers, CEO of The Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB), the leading bank in Mauritius with a 178-year-old history.  He believes the two […]

New GSMA Report Sees Rise in Mobile Broadband and Smartphone Adoption across Middle East and North Africa

Mobile Helping to Grow Innovative New Services, Connect the Unconnected and Create Employment Across Diverse Region Mobile broadband networks will account for 61 per cent of mobile connections by 2020, up from 41 per cent today, across the diverse Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, according to a new GSMA report published today at […]

United States Concerned About Torture and Protection of Fundamental Freedoms in Mauritania

Mark C. Toner, Deputy Department Spokesperson The United States is gravely concerned about the harsh prison terms imposed yesterday on twenty individuals who were arrested following June 29 riots in Nouakchott because of the apparent deficiencies in legal representation of the defendants and the State’s evidence presented against the accused. Among those sentenced are thirteen members […]


Revitalisation of the Inter- African Coffee Organisation (IACO): Preparation of the 2017-2022 and Strategy and Institutional Review. Financing Agreement reference: 100000038 Project ID No: P-Z1-A00 017 The Inter African Coffee Organisation (IACO)[1] has received financing from the African Development Bank under The Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund toward the cost of the study for Revitalization of […]

Mauritania: “Safeguards against torture must be made to work” – UN Rights expert urges

United Nations human rights expert Juan E. Méndez today called on the Mauritanian authorities “to put into practice the existing laws and safeguards for the protection from torture and ill-treatment for all suspects and detainees in Mauritania.” “The legal safeguards against torture and ill-treatment are in place, but they don’t work,” warned the UN Special […]

Management of Cross-Border Movements of Frontier Communities in Mauritania: IOM Study

As part of its European Union (EU)-funded project “Strengthening border management in Mauritania – the involvement of the Gendarmerie,” IOM this week organized a workshop in Nouakchott presenting a feasibility study on how to manage the cross-border movement of border communities. The aim of the study was to identify a system that could facilitate the […]

Corruption on the rise in Africa poll as governments seen failing to stop it

Transparency International estimates 75 million Africans paid a bribe in the past year A majority of Africans say corruption has risen in the past 12 months and most governments are seen as failing in their duty to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals, according to a new opinion poll from Transparency International […]

INTERPOL operations target illegal timber trade in Africa and the Americas

INTERPOL-coordinated illegal logging operations in West Africa and Central and South America have identified key trade routes used by criminal networks to traffic illicitly harvested timber and led to major seizures of protected and valuable timber species worth more than USD 262 million. Operation Log took place in nine West African countries – Benin, Burkina Faso, […]

Dubai Chamber launches report at Africa Global Business Forum around non-commodity sectors

Co-Investment with Private Equity funds, purchase of private equity businesses, and direct buyouts most significant modes of FDI entry for Gulf investors interested in Sub-Saharan Africa DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, November 18, 2015/APO (African Press Organization)/ — – Buamim: Our new study and presence in Africa a pledge of support for UAE and GCC investment- […]

FAO warns that recent torrential rains and cyclones could favour locust surge

Unusually heavy and widespread rains that fell recently in northwest Africa, the Horn of Africa and Yemen could favour Desert Locust breeding, FAO warned today, stressing that close monitoring is needed over the next six months to prevent the insects from forming destructive swarms. The locust situation in countries normally affected by Desert Locust remained […]