Last updated in July 2015
Political relations between Germany and Mauritania are good. Germany is seen as a reliable partner on account of its constant presence there and its development aid programme, which is not perceived as being associated with any hidden agenda. Germany has been providing development aid to Mauritania since the 1960s.
The volume of bilateral trade is modest. Germany’s principal import from Mauritania is iron ore and its main exports to the country are machinery and motor vehicles.
In its long-standing development cooperation with Mauritania, Germany ranks third among bilateral donors, after France and Japan. Cooperation focuses on the priority areas good governance and natural resource conservation (agriculture and fisheries).
Culture and education
There are only around 300 Mauritanians studying in Germany (mainly engineering subjects). Mauritanian radio cooperates with the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW). There is a strong demand for German teaching in Mauritania.