AMU revamps Maghreb railway project

2018/19/02 – The Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) has received a grant from the African Development Bank to modernise an integrated regional railway network between Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, a step analysts said was crucial to strengthening ties in North Africa.“The idea of a railway linking Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco is very old,” said Yacine Bendjaballah, CEO of the National Company for Rail Transport. “Transport officials from the AMU have discussed it many times when they’ve met.” Continuer à lire … « AMU revamps Maghreb railway project »

Mauritania reopens 4G spectrum sale

2019/13/02 – Mauritania’s Regulatory Authority (Autorite de Regulation, ARE) has relaunched its tender for 4G spectrum after receiving no bids in its original auction. Like the previous sale, which was launched in October 2018, three 4G licences are being offered to the incumbent operators, while a fourth concession, which covers 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, is aimed at a new market entrant. The deadline for applications has been set at 13 March.

Mauritania is currently home to three active cellcos: Mauritel, Chinguitel and Mattel. The incumbents have in the past been subject to fines from the ARE due to problems with their quality of service (QoS) levels. It has been speculated that the failure of the first tender was due to operators protesting at the fines that have been handed down.

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BP lauds cost competitiveness of planned Mauritania/Senegal LNG project

2019/06/02 – BP expects its planned Greater Tortue Ahmeyim LNG project offshore Mauritania and Senegal to become increasingly cost-competitive as it moves into later expansion phases, a senior company executive said Tuesday.

Speaking after the release of BP’s fourth-quarter earnings, upstream chief Bernard Looney also said BP had seen no signs of cost inflation in the global LNG sector despite a number of new project approvals in recent months. Continuer à lire … « BP lauds cost competitiveness of planned Mauritania/Senegal LNG project »

Mauritania leader backs defense minister for presidency

2019/30/01- The Mauritanian government on Tuesday confirmed incumbent President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz’s support for Defense Minister Mohamed Ould Ghazouani in this year’s presidential election. Continuer à lire … « Mauritania leader backs defense minister for presidency »

Sahel: UN official underlines human rights role in fighting terrorism, warns of threat posed by private militias

2019/01/24 – Senior UN human rights official, Andrew Gilmour, has welcomed the commitment of countries of the Sahel to protect the rights of civilians as they confront terrorism, and warned of the dangers posed by the growing number of ethnic-based private militias.

At the end of a nine-day visit to the region, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said he was encouraged by the willingness of Sahel countries to adhere to international human rights and humanitarian law standards in their ongoing fight against terrorism. Continuer à lire … « Sahel: UN official underlines human rights role in fighting terrorism, warns of threat posed by private militias »

Iran Defense minister arrives in Mauritania (09/01)

2019/01/10 – Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatami arrived in Nouakchott on Wednesday at the head of a high-ranking delegation. He is slated to hold talks with the top-ranking officials of Mauritania during his trip to the African state. He will talk with the country’s president and defense minister.

Mauritania is a major Muslim country in Northwest Africa.

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Mauritania/Syria : Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz next Arab leader in line to visit Damascus

2019/02/01 – Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz is reportedly going to pay an official visit to Syria early this year amid promising signs that the incumbent Damascus government led by President Bashar al-Assad is being admitted back into the Arab world. Continuer à lire … « Mauritania/Syria : Mauritanian President Abdel Aziz next Arab leader in line to visit Damascus »