Business in Mauritania

EENI- School of International Business

Subject: Doing Business in Mauritania. Nouakchott. Syllabus:

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

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Mauritanian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania
  3. To explore Mauritania's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Mauritania's Trade Agreements
  5. To examine the profile of the 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: Maghreb
  3. Professional Masters (e-learning): International Business, Muslims Countries, Africa
  4. Degree in Inter-African Business

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 - Doing Business in Mauritania:
Doing Business in Mauritania

Mohamed Ali LEMRABOTT Mohamed Ali LEMRABOTT (EENI Director of thesis)

Description of the Subject: 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 the Western Sahara, to the east by Mali, on the south by Mali and Senegal on the west by the Atlantic Ocean
  3. Official language: Arab
  4. French is also used
  5. Form of Government: Islamic Republic
  6. Population of Mauritania: 3,086,859 hab. Density: 1.95 inhab./square kilometres
  7. 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 the Slavery in Mauritania: 1981
  11. Neighbouring countries: Algeria, Mali, Territory of the 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).

Economy of Mauritania:

  1. Main Mauritanian 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. Inflation: 5%
  6. Fishing agreement with the EU
  7. In 2000, Mauritania left the ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States)
  8. Top Mauritanian 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:
    1. Cotonou Agreement
    2. Generalised System of Preferences (GSP)
    3. 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. G5-Sahel
  10. Organisation for the Development of the Senegal River
  11. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  12. Asia-Middle East (Mauritania) Dialogue
  13. Summit of the South American-Mauritania
  14. Africa (Mauritania)-Asia Strategic Partnership
  15. Summit Africa (Mauritania)-China
  16. Forum Africa (Mauritania)-India
  17. Summit of South American-Arab Countries (ASPA)
  18. International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  19. World Customs Organisation (WCO)
  20. World Bank (WB)
  21. 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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