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Welcome! The World Bank In Mauritania
Kathryn Hollifield, World Bank Acting Country Director in Mauritania

Described as “a bridge “between the Arab world and Sub-saharan Africa, Mauritania has an enormous potential to become an emerging economy in its geographical area.  During the past 30 years, Mauritania has faced multiple internal and external shocks, including   political instability and climate change consequences, putting the different governments under pressure to deliver economic and social benefits to its 3 million people. 

The World Bank started operating in the country in 1960, with a first loan to support the mining sector.  Overall, the total investment (mostly under IDA financing) reached   $1,179 billion to improve access to basic services ranging from education, health, infrastructure and private sector development.   

Mauritania has also benefited since 2000 from two debt relief reduction packages meant to help address its external debt burden. The first is under the joint World Bank and IMF enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative and the second is part of the Multilateral Debt Reduction Initiative.  As with many low-income countries, donors in Mauritania have pledged to help the government to achieve high and sustainable growth in order to boost employment and reduce poverty. One of the most recent will to achieve this goal was the decision taken in Brussels in 2010 by various development partners to mobilize about US$3.2 billion to support the country’s development program in the three coming years.

Kathryn Hollifield, World Bank Acting Country Director in Mauritania




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