Turkey – Mauritania Relations
After the visit of our country in 1974, when Mokhtar Ould Daddah, the founding President of Mauritania, where we have our common historical and cultural ties, there has not been a remarkable development until 2008 between the two countries. Mr. Ali Babacan visited Mauritania on 8-9 March 2008 when he was Minister of Foreign Affairs. This is the first visit between the two countries at the top level. Bilahar President Aziz’s visit to Turkey in 2010 and the subsequent opening of embassies mutually gave a great boost to bilateral relations.
During the visit of the Forest and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroğlu, who had a special preliminary visit and was held on April 5-7, 2016, three separate agreements were signed and many joint projects and grant schemes were realized. Finally, Mr. Nihat Zeybekci, Minister of Economy Affairs, conducted a study visit to Nuakshot on 20 December 2017.
In Mauritania, our existing investors in construction, furniture, fishing, etc. are very few, and they are usually small-scale companies. However, due to the wealth of fish it has and the advantages it provides to foreign investors, they have recently become interested in a new and relatively larger investor country, especially in the field of fishing. Currently, more than 40 Turkish fishing boats belonging to Turkish entrepreneurs are fishing in Mauritania. In addition, there are companies operating in the production of fish flour and fish oil. In sectors other than fishing, it is observed that due to the negative developments in the current export markets of our country, the interest of investors in the continent and Mauritania has increased in general.
Our bilateral commercial relations have gained momentum after President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s visit to Turkey in 2010. The trade volume corresponding to 22 million dollars in 2008 was 115 million dollars in 2012 and decreased to 88 million dollars in 2016. In 2017, our trade volume increased by 50% compared to the previous year and reached 131.9 million USD.
Technical assistance / development aids, humanitarian aid and training programs realized by our other public institutions and non-governmental organizations, in particular TIKA, have an important place in our bilateral relations.