Senegal seeking ICT investment opportunities in Mauritania

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

Mauritania, an impoverished nation in West Africa, is a largely untapped ICT market, according to many Senegalese industry players. A group of ICT companies from Senegal recently visited Mauritania to find out if this statement is indeed true.

The group, which includes Orange Business Services, SONATEL Multimedia, Kiwi, Atomium Gestion and Chaka Group, forms part of the Consortium des Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (CTIC-Dakar).

Mauritania, which analysts believe has a less developed ICT sector, has seen become the ‘woman to cherish’ for several African tech entrepreneurs.

A group of 12 Moroccan ICT companies who also visited the country late December last year pledged to support Mauritanian struggling ICT companies and start-ups to grow and make a significant impact in this lucrative sector.

Morocco wants to accompany local tech companies and create platforms for these companies to interact with ICT importers, distributors and telecom operators, Sofia Benbelaid, head of Moroccan Centre for the promotion of imports, said.

And recently, visiting business development manager Odile Barry, of Senegal, reiterated that Mauritania was alive with ICT possibilities and partnerships because its market was nearly empty.

There is a strong demand for building partnerships, Barry said, hoping that Senegalese and Mauritanian authorities will strengthen cooperation in this sector.


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