Last updated in September 2013
Political relations between Germany and Mauritania are good. Germany is seen as a reliable partner on account of its constant presence 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 small. Germany’s main import from Mauritania is iron ore and its main exports are machinery and vehicles.
In the long lasting bilateral development cooperation, Germany is the third largest bilateral donor after France and Japan. The priority areas are good governance and natural resource conservation (agriculture and fisheries).
Only few Mauritanians are studying in Germany (mainly engineering subjects). Mauritanian radio cooperates with Deutsche Welle (DW). In May 2000, a film exploitation agreement was concluded between DW and Télévision de Mauritanie (100 TV programme hours per year).