Mauritania Culture of Business

By | July 24, 2022

Subchapters:

  • Introduction
  • Addressing
  • Business Meeting
  • Communication
  • Recommendations
  • Public holidays

Introduction

Mauritanians are very polite and hospitable. However, this is a company based on strong traditions, and in this context it is also necessary to proceed during business negotiations.

Addressing

You will find it very difficult to find websites of Mauritanian partners. Email communication can work, but mutual contact is the best way. You can meet Mauritanian traders at fairs in neighboring countries (e.g. Morocco).

It will be very important to evaluate whether your product has a chance to succeed in the local market. The target group of customers or clients can be very different from European markets. The Mauritanian economy is very small. Most goods have to be imported. Price, not quality, will be decisive. A number of goods reach the Mauritanian market through re-export from Morocco or other neighboring countries.

If you have already reached the stage of closing the deal, then it is important to use the correct payment instruments, such as an irrevocable letter of credit.

Business meeting

Protocol and hierarchy is very important to Mauritanians. They may often believe that to close a deal, it is important to deal directly with the director of the company. For the meeting, it is advisable to choose conference rooms in one of the well-known hotels. Mauritanians are very hospitable. They will be happy to invite you to their place for dinner. If they visit you in the Czech Republic, they will expect similar treatment.

The working language is French or Arabic. Ideally, documents should be written in both languages.

It is advisable to bring a small gift to the meeting. Something typical from your country as a souvenir.

Alcohol is prohibited in Mauritania and is not served even in hotel restaurants.

Negotiations can be quite long and demanding. Prepare for multiple meetings and stay patient. Mauritanians who have experience abroad will appreciate your business card as a sign of confidence that they can contact you in the future.

Communication

Business languages ​​are French and Arabic. If you have a team member who speaks one of these languages, then an interpreter will not be needed. Visit Allunitconverters for more information about Mauritania culture and traditions.

Communication taboos are religion and politics. It is better to avoid it and focus on less important topics.

It is best to communicate in person. If this is not possible, then by phone.

Recommendation

it is very important to respect the local different culture. It is certainly very useful to prepare and find out the facts about Mauritania before your arrival. A basic overview of the country will allow you to gain a faster understanding of the local way of life and their culture.

Public Holidays

January 1 – New Year

May 1 – Labor Day

May 3 – End of Ramadan – Eid el Fitr

May 25 – Africa Day

July 10 – Eid El Adha

July 30 – new year according to the Muslim calendar

October 8 – Milad un Nabi (Mawlid) – Birth of Prophet Mohammed

November 28 – Day of Envy

Contacts

Subchapters:

  • Contacts to Czech embassies in the territory
  • Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firefighters, information lines, etc.)
  • Important Internet links and contacts

Contacts at the embassies of the Czech Republic in the territory

In Mauritania, there is an honorary consulate of the Czech Republic in Nouakchott, to which business inquiries in particular can be addressed:

Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Nouakchott

Avenue Charles de Gaulle SOCOGIM, T. Zeina N. 100 Nouakchott

Phone: 00 222 45 29 05 69

Fax: 00 222 52 90 571

Email: [email protected]

The Representative Office of the Czech Republic in Rabat (Morocco) is also diplomatically responsible for the country:

Embassy of the Czech Republic

BP 410, 102 00 Rabat 1, Royaume du Maroc

Phone: 00212/537/75.54.21

fax: 00212/537/75.43.93

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mzv.cz/rabat

Practical telephone numbers (emergency services, police, firemen, information lines, etc.)

Due to the very limited telephone network, central emergency telephone numbers are not always operational in Mauritania.

Police: 17

Firefighters: 18

Center Hospitalier National – 00 222 45 25 51 35

Hôpital Militaire – 00 222 45 25 70 15

Emergency pharmacies: 00 222 525 16 93/53 93/53 12/53 69/20 04

Important web links and contacts

The availability of information resources about Mauritania is generally very low. Some partial information on economic developments (often with a large time delay) is provided by the Mauritanian Office of National Statistics (ONS). A richer source of information is the African economic outlook web server, which is a joint project of the African Development Bank, the OECD Development Center, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the United Nations Development Programme. For economic and social statistics, the World Bank is a suitable source.

  • ons.mr – Office National dela Statistique (National Office for Statistics)
  • africaneconomicoutlook.org – African Economic Outlook
  • http://data.worldbank.org – World Bank data
  • mauritania.mr – the official website of the Mauritanian Information Office
  • investinmauritania.gov.mr – investment support – Min. economy
  • beta.mr – economic information portal about Mauritania (including tenders)
  • pmd.mr – information portal about Mauritania (Mauritania development portal)
  • tourisme-mauritanie.com – Office National du Tourisme (National Office of Tourism)

Ministry of Petroleum, Energy and Mines

Ministère du Pétrol, de l’Energie et des Mines

Web: www.petrole.gov.mr

Ministry of Trade, Industry, Crafts and Tourism

Ministère du Commerce, de l’Industrie, de l’Artisanat et du Tourisme

Web: www.commerce.gov.mr

Chamber of Commerce

Chambre de Commerce, d’Industrie et d’Agriculture de Mauritania

Phone: 00 222 45 25 22 14

Fax: 00 222 45 25 38 95

Email: cciam [email protected]

Website: https://www.invest-mauritania.com/la-chambre-de-commerce/

Ministry of Economic Affairs and Development

Ministère des Affaires économiques et du Développement BP 238, Nouakchott

Web: www.maed.gov.mr

Mauritania Culture of Business