About Us Fact Sheet

FACT SHEET – ISLAMIC REP OF MAURITANIA

1. Name  and Capital Islamic Republic of Mauritania, Nouakchott
2. Neighbours Senegal, Mali, Algeria & Western Sahara (Morocco)
3. Head of State /
Head of Government
President: H.E. Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh EL Ghazouani (since 01 August 2019)
Prime Minister: H.E. Mr. Ismail Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya (since 05 August 2019)
4. Foreign Minister H.E. Mr. Ismael Ould Cheikh Ahmed
5. Form of Government Presidential
6. Time Difference from India -5.1/2 hours
7. Currency Ouguiya
(I US$ = 36.75 Mauritanian Ouguiya approx)
8. Population 4.53 million (2019)
9. Area 1.03 million sq kms
10. Religion Almost 100% Islam
11. Languages Arabic (official), French, Soninke, Pulaar & Wolof
12. National Day Independence Day 28 November (1960)
13. (a) GDP at current prices US$ 4.935 billion (2017 est.)
Source: CIA world factbook
(b) GDP(PPP) 17.28 billion (2017 est.)
Source: CIA world factbook
(c ) GDP Per Capita US$ 4500 (2017 est.)
Source: CIA world factbook
(d) Real GDP Growth 3.5% (2017 est.)
Source: CIA world factbook 
14. Inflation 2.3% (2017 est.)
Source: CIA world factbook
15. Principal natural resources iron ore, gypsum, copper, phosphate, diamonds, gold, oil, fish
source: http://www.infoplease.com/country/mauritania.html?pageno=6
16. (a) Total Exports to major importing countries US$ 1.722 billion (2017 est.)
Iron ore, fish and fish products, gold.
The top export destinations of Mauritania are China (31.2%), Switzerland (14.4%), Japan (8.1%), Germany (8.2%) and Spain (10.1%).
(b) Total imports from major exporting countries US$ 2.094 billion (2017 est.)
machinery and equipment, petroleum products, capital goods, foodstuffs, consumer goods
The top import origins of Mauritania are:
Belgium 11.5%, UAE 11.3%, US 9.2%, China 7.5%, France 7.4%, Netherlands 6.1%, Morocco – 6%.
17. Membership of the major multilateral and regional associations Mauritania  is a member of the United Nations and its specialized agencies, NAM, AU,  the African Development Bank (AfDB), FAO, G-77, OIC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, Interpol, IOC, MIGA, WHO, WIPO, WMO and WTO
18. Bilateral Trade with India Total Trade                                   –  US$ 131.36 Million (2018-19)
India’s Import from Mauritania –    US$ 15.77 Million   (2018-19)
India’s Export to Mauritania –        US$ 115.59 Million (2018-19)
19. Indian community 100-150 approx.