About Us Islamic Republic of Mauritania

Fact Sheet:

Quick Facts


Name & Capital

Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Nouakchott

Head of State

Head of Government

H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz

H.E. Mr. Moulaye Ould Mohamed Laghdaf

Foreign Minister

H.E. Mr. Hamadi Ould Baba Ould Hamadi

Location map, as shown for Mali in the header

Bilateral Trade

US$ 34.51 million (2011)

LOC Exposure

US$ 21.8

Official Language:

ITEC Slots


Time Difference: with local time vis a vis India

IAFS Trainees till date



Bilateral brief

Mauritania is located in the north-west of the African continent on the Atlantic coast. In July 2009, Gen. Abdel Aziz won the Presidential elections and continues to be the Head of State of the country.

Next Presidential elections are due in 2014
Recently, Mauritanian Ministers of Economic Development and  Rural Development had participated in the 9th CII EXIM-Bank Conclave which was held in New Delhi on 17-19 March, 2013.  The visit of the Ministers helped in expediting matters related to the scope of projects under the first US$ 21.8 million Line of Credit to Mauritania extended by the Government of India in 2010.

President Aziz had also attended the Second India Africa Forum Summit in Addis Ababa on 24-25th May 2011.  He also met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during the Summit.   Mauritanian President has already accepted an invitation from Dr. Singh to visit India, the logistics of which would be processed through Diplomatic channels.

There exists considerable potential for economic cooperation with Mauritania.  Mauritania has large reserves of iron ore which are being mined by the national mining company SNIM and sold mainly to European and Chinese companies.   The Mauritanian government has conveyed its eagerness to increase bilateral cooperation with India.   In this connection, a high-level team from Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd (KIOCL) visited Nouakchott from September 14-16, 2012 to explore the possibilities of iron ore extraction in Mauritania.

The Council for Leather Exports is also planning to bring a delegation to Mauritania in 2013 to hold business meetings and explore the possibility of enhancing bilateral trade in leather and skins between the two countries. 

Earlier, in November 2010, for the first time, an Indian company called Archean Group formed a joint venture called M/s Bofal Indo Mining Company S.A along with the Govt. of Mauritania to commence commercial mining of phosphates in Mauritania. 
Tata Group is exploring the possibility of starting a dealership for their vehicles in Mauritania. Few other private Indian groups have also been able to secure mining concessions in Mauritania.

India-Mauritania Trade Figures (2005-2011)
(In US$ Millions)


India’s Exp

India’s Imports

Total Trade

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With the increased mining activity in the country, the number of Indians in Mauritania has considerably gone up in the last year or so.  There are estimated to be around 200 Indians in the country.   There is also a group about ten catholic sisters belonging to the Mangalore-based congregation called Bethany Sisters. They are engaged in running a school and a hospital.

Lines of credit
In January 2010, India, for the first time, extended two lines of credit to Mauritania.  US$ 15 million towards agro-industries and US$6.8 million towards a drinking water project.   The projects are expected to take off shortly.


Scholarships and Training


Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) / Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa (SCAAP) Programmes of the Government of India and other scholarships: 

The Government of India offers various short term training programmes under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme to Mauritania.  The ITEC programme is administered by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, under which all expenses including international airfare, boarding, lodging, tuition fees, etc. are borne by the Indian Govt. These programmes essentially aim to enhance the qualification and skills of persons who are already employed in government establishments.

The ITEC programme was launched by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on September 15, 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. Under ITEC and its corollary the Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme (SCAAP), 156 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Central & Latin America, Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in the Indian development experience acquired over five decades. India spends about US$ 11.4 million annually on ITEC activities.  Complete details are available at the website link http://itec.mea.gov.in 

Trainees from Mauritania benefit from the programme every year.  The Ministry of External Affairs and International Cooperation of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania are the nodal Ministries for nomination of candidates under the schemes. 

The courses are of short and medium durations,  in diversified fields and are conducted by renowned institutions in India, from April through March of the following year. Under the  ITEC programme, trainees have been sent to attend courses in entrepreneurship, IT, audit, management, education, banking, biotechnology, journalism, communication, power transmission and distribution management and technologies, design of jigs and fixtures, advanced computer aided manufacturing, geo-informatics, instrumentation and data acquisition system in fluid process, human resource planning and development, government accounts and financing, legislative drafting, parliamentary procedures, standardization and quality assurance, advanced finger print science & computers, information technology in law enforcement, etc. From time to time, the Indian institutions also devise special courses, which meet the specific needs of the beneficiary countries. Under ITEC/SCAAP, Mauritania has been allotted 30 slots during the current year (2013-14).   

It may be noted that the Embassy of India, Bamako does not entertain applications directly from the candidates.  Applications have to be routed through the nodal ministries of the Government concerned.  Applications for the training programmes  should  not to be provided directly to the training  institutions or to the Ministry of External Affairs of India.  After forward by the concerned sending Government Department, the applications are processed initially at the Embassy of India in Bamako, and forwarded to the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, which coordinates with the training institutions for selection and further processing. 

The terms and conditions for the training scholarship and also the application forms can be downloaded from the links given below.

Download Courses for 2013-14: (http://itec.mea.gov.in/ITEC_Brochure_2013-14.pdf)  and (http://itec.mea.gov.in/Application_form_ITEC-SCAAP.pdf).


Scholarships under the India Africa Forum Summit initiatives (IAFS):  Apart from the ITEC / SCAAP courses, a number of other training courses are also being offered under the initiatives of the India-Africa Forum Summits. Please contact 00 223 202 354 20 or 00 223 202 354 21 or e-mail at hoc.bamako@mea.gov.in for details for the year 2013-2014. 

Other Scholarships: 

Under the IAFS initiative, India has offered a Center for English Language Training to Mauritania. 


  Under the IAFS initiative, India has offered a Center for English Language Training to Mauritania.