Last updated in March 2016
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. German development cooperation with Mauritania focuses on two priority areas: Environmental Policy, Protection and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources (including Fisheries); and Democracy, Civil Society and Public Administration (Good Governance).
Culture and education
There are only around 300 Mauritanians studying in Germany (mainly engineering subjects). Mauritanian radio cooperates with the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle.