Factsheet : Mauritania

Official Title:
Islamic Republic of Mauritania


General Information

Capital: Nouakchott
Population (million): 4.55
Total Area: 1,030,700km2
Currency: 1 CAN$ = 273.49 Ouguiya (MRO) (2018- Annual average)
National Holiday: 28 November, Independence Day
Language(s): Arabic, French, Wolof, Peul, Soninke


Political Information

Type of State:
Republic

Type of Government:
Unicameral legislature consisting of the National Assembly

Head of State:
President Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani

Head of Government:
Prime Minister Ismail Ould Bedda Ould Cheikh Sidiya

Ministers:
Commerce and Tourism: Mahmoud Sid’Ahmed
Finances: Mohamed Lemine Ould Dhehbi
Petroleum, Energy and Mines: Mohamed Ould Abdel Vetah

Main Political Parties:
Union for the Republic (in power); Tawassoul (leading opposition party); National Democratic Alliance; Union for Democracy and Progress; El Karama Party

Elections:
2023 (legislative); 2024 (presidential)


Economic Information (2018)

Comparative figures
Type Mauritania Canada
GDP: ($ billion) 6.75 2,222.58
GDP per capita: ($) 1,483.80 60,078.85
GDP growth rate: (%) 3.01 1.83
Inflation: (%) 3.05 2.24
Unemployment: (%) 0 5.82

Product Trade and Investment (2019)

Canadian exports to country: $18,788,507
Canadian imports from country: $157,796
FDI in Canada (2018) : $ million
CDI in country (2018): $(2,479) million


Representation

Foreign Representation in Canada:
Ambassador Sidi Mohamed Ould Taleb Amar (New York)

Canadian Representation Abroad:
Ambassador-designate Nell Stewart


February 2020
Sources include: Statistics Canada, IMF

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Please note that all statistics reflect Canadian dollars, with some figures reflecting the yearly averages for the year. If listed as ’0’ or absent, the statistic is unavailable.
Bilateral Product trade
Canada - Mauritania
Year Exports Imports
2015 $7,112,446 $223,387
2016 $14,238,710 $549,773
2017 $20,748,020 $531,493
2018 $21,604,423 $322,989
2019 $18,788,507 $157,796
Product trade (2019)
21 HS Sections
Canada - Mauritania
Section Exports Imports
01 Animal & Prod. $191,566 $
02 Veg. Prod. $2,820 $67
03 Fats, Oils & Waxes Prod. $ $792
04 Food Prod. $ $6,123
05 Mineral Prod. $ $
06 Chemical Prod. $48,331 $4,371
07 Plastics, Rubber Prod. $130,081 $61,710
08 Leather, Fur Prod. $35,308 $867
09 Wood Prod. $ $
10 Paper Prod. $1,469,632 $
11 Textiles Prod. $494,466 $8,505
12 Dress Access. $2,652 $2,117
13 Glass & Stone Prod. $38,261 $3,142
14 Precious Metals/stones $ $
15 Base Metal Prod. $2,316,118 $63
16 Mach. Mech. Elec. Prod. $2,939,823 $59,282
17 Vehicles and Equip. $10,806,872 $10,215
18 Specialized Inst. $231,760 $76
19 Arms & Ammunition $ $
20 Misc. Articles $2,400 $29
21 Antiques $ $437