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Mauritania Economic Outlook

  • Mauritania’s economy grew an estimated 3.1% in 2015, down from 6.6% in 2014, primarily because of the drop in the price of iron ore, the country’s main export.
  • The economic outlook remains promising in the short term, due particularly to new mining development at the Guelb II deposit, the recovery of manufacturing activity and the intensification of structural reforms.
  • Transformation of Mauritanian cities into engines of growth is slow because of unplanned and unmanaged urbanisation, which has had a negative impact on local development.

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Key Facts

Capital: Nouakchott
Area: 1,026,700 sq km
Total Population 2015: 3.9 Million
Urban Population 2015: 42.01%
Female Population 2015: 49.64%
GDP: US$ 4.5 Billion
GNI Per Capita 2015: US$ 1,110
Inflation Rate: 4.09%
Crude Birth Rate (per 1000): 34.07%
Human Development Index (rank / 187): 155
Human Development Index (scale 0 to 1): 0.467
Membership Date: 10/09/1964
Cumulative Approvals (1967-2015): UA 513.2 Million

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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

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