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Mother and daughter walking on the beachfront at Coast of Banc d'Arguin National Park Sahara of Mauritania in West Africa Streets of the Chinguetti old city, Mauritania

Broadening opportunities in Mauritania

Largely a desert country, Mauritania is home to 4.1 million people. Although poverty has been steadily reducing since 2008, around 33% of the population still lives below the poverty line, and the country faces multiple development challenges that hinder sustainable economic growth.

The Government of Mauritania has pledged to turn the economy around by strengthening institutional capacity building and creating an enabling environment for investment.

Opportunity

With the support of the World Bank, the government is turning to the private sector to contribute to development and bridge gaps in infrastructure. Because of our strong track record in the country, we were appointed by the World Bank to assist the government with a strategic policy focused on public private partnerships (PPPs).

Solution

We provided guidance to the government on various materials that would form the basic tools for initiating strategic and successful PPP projects. For example, we delivered a series of training sessions to government and public entities, helped establish a PPP unit, designed and developed a dedicated website (www.ppp.gov.mr) a guidebook to reflect the national legislative and institutional context. Our team also developed a PPP projects pipeline with selection and analysis based on a proven methodology.

Outcome

The Government of Mauritania adopted a PPP law and relevant decrees in February 2017. In addition, a dedicated team has been recruited to assist in building projects that have been identified as having strong potential in the PPP pipeline sector. While it’s a long road ahead, this project has already played a pivotal role in helping to broaden opportunities in Mauritania while pushing forward the agenda for economic diversification.

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