Last updated in March 2017
Political relations between Germany and Mauritania are good. Germany is seen by Mauritania as a reliable partner. Its engagement there focuses on development cooperation. Federal Minister Gerd Müller visited Mauritania in November 2016. The visit by a German Bundestag delegation in March 2016 underscores the quality of bilateral relations at the parliamentary level as well.
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). The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) has an office in Nouakchott.
Culture and education
There are only around 500 Mauritanians studying in Germany (mainly engineering subjects). Mauritania has received funding under the Federal Foreign Office’s Cultural Preservation Programme to help digitise recordings of traditional music and preserve ancient manuscripts.