Mauritania Economic Outlook

  • With growth of over 6% in 2012, a stable fiscal policy and inflation under control, Mauritania is enjoying favourable macroeconomic conditions, welcomed by the IMF.
  • However, these achievements are not reflected in the social situation, still characterised by high poverty and high unemployment. Moreover, the crisis in Mali and the influx of refugees risk undermining the relative social and political stability of the country.
  • Mauritania is unable to build a foundation for a productive and inclusive economy with its vast mineral resources and fisheries. However, recognising the critical level of unemployment, particularly youth unemployment, the country intends to diversify and strengthen its production capacity by targeting inclusive growth driven by labour-intensive sectors.


Bureau de Liaison de la Mauritanie

C/O Ministère des Affaires Economiques et du Développement
3ème étage – Tevragh Zeina (derrière le Palais des Congrès)
B.P. 7653
Nouakchott, Mauritanie

M. Marcellin Ndong Ntah, économiste pays résident

Department North Africa Region

Director North Africa Region, Mr. Jacob Kolster

Temporary Relocation Agency (TRA)
15 Avenue du Ghana
P.O.Box 323-1002, Tunis-Belvédère, Tunisia

Phone: (+216) 71102065
Fax: (+216) 71330087


Key Facts

Capital: Nouakchott
Area: 1,026,700 sq km
Total Population 2012: 3.6 Million
Urban Population 2012: 42.03%
Female Population 2012: 49.74%
GDP: US$ 3.7 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2012: US$ 1,000
Inflation Rate: 4.90%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 32.88%
Human Development Index (rank / 187): 155
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.467
Membership Date: 10/09/1964
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2012): UA 507.0 Million

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