Mauritania Economic Outlook

Real GDP growth was an estimated 3.5% in 2018, the same as in 2017 and up from 1.8% in 2016, driven mainly by irrigated agriculture, fisheries, construction, stronger metal prices, and manufacturing. The upswing is projected to continue in 2019. Inflation stayed within price stability targets, at an estimated 2.9% in 2018. The fiscal position remains viable, with an estimated surplus of 0.1% of GDP, up slightly from being balanced in 2017. The current account deficit deepened to 16.0% of GDP in 2018, from 14.4% in 2017, due mainly to rising oil prices.

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Key Facts

Capital: Nouakchott
Area: 1,026,700 sq km
Total Population 2017: 4.3 Million
Urban Population 2017: 73.50%
Female Population 2017: 49.70%
GDP: US$ 5.8 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 1,360
Inflation Rate: 2.20%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 32.20%
Human Development Index (rank / 188): 157
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.513
Membership Date: 10/09/1964
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2016): UA 535.1 Million

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Mauritanie Customized Office 

Ms. Yacine Fal, Deputy Director General

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

Regional Development, Integration and Business Delivery Office (RDIB)

Director General, Mr. Mohamed El Azizi

African Development Bank Group
Immeuble Zahrabed
Avenue du Dollar, Les Berges Du Lac II, Tunis 1053, Tunisia

Tel: (+216) 71102953
Fax: (+216) 71194523

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