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Tunisian health firms to scout out investment opportunities in Mauritania

Representatives of several Tunisian firms operating in the health sector are expected in Mauritanian next week to explore investment opportunities in the Maghreb country. The visit will take place on March 25 and 26. The companies operating in the pharmaceutical, para-pharmaceutical and medical equipment will meet with Mauritanian importers and retailers including medical practitioners. Mauritania […]

Mauritania Awards Total Two New Exploration Contracts

The Mauritanian government has awarded French energy group Total two new exploration and production contracts in the country’s deep offshore. According to the terms of the contracts, Total will be the operator of blocks C15 and C31 with a 90-percent interest, while Mauritania’s state-owned energy firm Société Mauritanienne des Hydrocarbures et de Patrimoine Minier (SMHPM) […]

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EU commits €108 million to improve Niger’s social policies, good governance & access to electricity

The European Union is mobilizing an extra €108 million for social policies, security, good governance and access to electricity in Niger. This was announced by the European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica, on the fringes of the Partner-donor coordination conference organized by the G5 Sahel in Nouakchott, Mauritania, lately. “The European Union […]

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Mauritania awards Total two oil exploration and production contracts

Integrated oil and gas company Total and the Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines of Mauritania have signed an agreement awarding Total two new exploration and production contracts for Blocks C15 and C31 deep offshore Mauritania, covering an area of 14,175 square kilometers. According to the terms of the contracts, Total will be the operator […]

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EU announces €125 million funding for Sahel region

The EU has announced new funding totaling €125 million for the Sahel countries. The fresh injection of €125 million will be used for the swift launch of new initiatives, which are in line with the priorities set by the G5 Sahel to enhance development and security. The measures will focus on boosting the resilience and […]

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Stakeholders to Sahara issue to hold second roundtable early 2019

The stakeholders to the Sahara issue, namely Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania and the Polisario have decided to hold a second roundtable on this regional conflict during the first quarter of 2019. The decision was made at the initial round table on the Sahara issue held in Geneva December 5-6, at the invitation of the UN Secretary […]

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AU leaders (finally) agree on reforms to reduce dependence on donors

African leaders on Sunday agreed on measures compelling member states to pay their dues to reinforce the union’s financial autonomy from its donors and development partners. The 11th extraordinary summit of the AU, held over the weekend in Addis Ababa, aimed at advancing the institutional reform of the union. The meeting was seen as a […]

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US to revoke Mauritania’s AGOA benefits; Nouakchott denounces the move as “betrayal”

The United States will end Mauritania’s trade benefits under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) at the start of next year, the US trade representative’s office said. Nouakchott denounced the move as a “betrayal”. Washington accuses the West African nation of tolerating forced labor and hereditary slavery. The country’s slow moving process of abolishing […]

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Promising prospects awaiting Moroccan-Mauritanian ties, FM

Morocco’s foreign minister Nasser Bourita said in Mauritanian capital Nouakchott last week that the two countries have a common willingness to foster their bilateral ties, a statement that comes after years of uncertainty. Bourita who handed a Message from King Mohammed VI to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, told the press that he discussed […]

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Security Council Renews mandate of UN mission in Sahara

The UN Security Council approved the renewal of the UN Mission in the Sahara MINURSO for another six months ahead of the Geneva round table. The resolution 2440, adopted by a vote of 12 in favor to none against, with 3 abstentions (Bolivia, Ethiopia, Russian Federation), welcomed the decision by the UNSG personal envoy for […]

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