Business in Mauritania

EENI- School of International Business

Subject Subject (Course): International Trade and Doing Business in Mauritania. Nouakchott. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Islamic Republic of Mauritania (The Maghreb).
  2. Business in Nouakchott
  3. The Economy of Mauritania
  4. International Trade of Mauritania
  5. Case Study: SNIM (National Industrial and Mining Company)
  6. Business and Investment Opportunities in Mauritania
    - Fisheries
    - Farming
    - Mining sector
  7. Invest in Mauritania
  8. Introduction to Arabic and French
  9. Access to the Mauritanian Market
  10. Business Plan for Mauritania

Objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania”:

  1. To analyse the Mauritanian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate business opportunities in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  3. To explore Mauritania's trade relations with the student's country
  4. To know Mauritania's Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)
  5. To examine the profile of Mauritanian Companies
  6. To develop a business plan for the Mauritanian Market


Subject “Doing Business in Mauritania” is studied...
  1. Doctorates: Islamic Countries, Africa
  2. Course: the Maghreb
  3. Professional Masters (e-learning): International Business, Muslims Countries, and Africa

Course learning materials in English or French Mauritanie Portuguese Mauritania Spanish Mauritania

Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Mauritania”: 0.5 ECTS Credits

Sample of the subject - Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Mauritania:
Doing Business in Mauritania

Description Subject Description (Doing Business in Mauritania).

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania: the importance of the mining and fishing sector

  1. The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is located between the 15th and 27th north parallel and covers an area of 1,030,700 square kilometres.
  2. Mauritania It is bounded on the north by Algeria and Western Sahara former, to the east by Mali, on the south by Mali and Senegal on the west by the Atlantic Ocean.
  3. The official language: Arab.
  4. French is also used.
  5. Form of Government: Islamic Republic
  6. The population of Mauritania: 3,086,859 hab. Density: 1.95 inhab./square kilometres
  7. The capital of Mauritania: Nouakchott (800,000 habitants). Deep-sea port.
  8. Nouadhibou is the second city.
  9. Mauritania independence: 1960 (from France)
  10. Abolition of slavery in Mauritania: 1981
  11. Neighbouring countries: Algeria, Mali, Territory of Western Sahara, Senegal
  12. Mauritanian Currency: Ouguiya (MRO)

Mauritania Mining Sector

Religion in Mauritania:

  1. Sunni Islam
  2. Fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence): Maliki school.

Mauritania belongs to the Maghrebian Economic Area (Islamic Civilisation and African Civilisation).

The economy of Mauritania:

  1. The main resources: Iron ore, fisheries, agriculture, livestock, Petrol, and gas.
  2. The most dynamic sectors of the Mauritanian economy: mining (10% GDP), agriculture, and construction
  3. Mauritanian GDP growth: 6.9%
  4. Current account balance: -27.1 % GDP
  5. The inflation: 5%
  6. Fishing agreement with the EU.
  7. In 2000, Mauritania left ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States)
  8. Top trading partners: the European Union (France) and China
  9. Top Mauritanian export markets: France (25% of the total exports), Japan, Spain, and Italy
  10. Trade with other African markets: only 4% of the total Mauritanian trade

With more than fifty years of experience, SNIM (National Industrial and Mining Company) is the second African producer of iron ore. The company manages his railway from the mines to the Port of Nouakchott (700 kilometres).

Nearest foreign ports:

  1. Port of Casablanca
  2. Port of Dakar

African Highways Networks:

  1. Cairo-Dakar Corridor
  2. Dakar-Lagos Corridor

The Islamic Republic of Mauritania has preferential access to:

  1. Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)
  2. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  3. The United States: African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  4. Bilateral trade agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
  5. The European Union: Cotonou Agreement, Generalised System of Preferences (GSP), and the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership

Arab Maghreb Union (AMU)

Mauritania is a member of:

  1. Arab League
  2. Afro-Arab cooperation
  3. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  4. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
  5. Islamic Development Bank
  6. African Development Bank
  7. NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa's Development)
  8. African Union
  9. Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  10. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  11. Asia-Middle East (Mauritania) Dialogue
  12. Summit of South American-Mauritania
  13. Africa (Mauritania)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  14. Summit Africa (Mauritania)-China
  15. Forum Africa (Mauritania)-India
  16. Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA)
  17. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  18. World Customs Organisation (WCO)
  19. World Bank (WB)
  20. World Trade Organisation (WTO)

Samples - Business in Mauritania

Cairo-Dakar Corridor (Trans-African Highway)

Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River

Trade Preferential System (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)

Trade Agreement (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation)

Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)

Arab League (Arabic)

Arabic English

Dakar-Lagos Trans-African Corridor

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