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President of Republic at EDD22: “Mauritania Will Be an Essential Partner of the Global Gateway”

Brussels,  22/06/2022
On 21 June in Brussels, His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ould Cheikh El Ghazouani, the President of the Republic, delivered an important speech to the participants in the 15th edition of the European Development Days, currently held in the Belgian capital under the theme “Global Gateway: building sustainable partnerships for a connected world”.
In his speech, he pointed out that the Global Gateway, in its target objectives, reflects a remarkable convergence of priorities between Mauritania and the European Union, which have always been united by strong, diversified, sound, and constructive cooperation relations cemented by the sharing of common values and the excellence of bilateral relations with all the member countries of the Union.
The President of the Republic said that Mauritania is strongly committed to the fight against climate change, drought, and desertification, adding that it has just revised its counter contribution to the climate, to reduce its gas emissions to the greenhouse effect, by 2030 by 11%, compared to 2018. He stressed that the launch of an ambitious and important green hydrogen development program to provide an alternative and sustainable source of clean energy is an important opportunity for cooperation between Mauritania and Europe.
Here is the full text of the speech:
“Royal Highnesses, Majesties;
Excellency Mr. Charles Michel, the President of the European Council;
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Heads of State and Government;
Ladies and gentlemen;
Allow me, first of all, to thank the European Union in the person of Ms. Ursula Von Der Layen for the kind invitation she addressed to us to take part in the 15th edition of the European Development Days, which is being held under the theme "Global Gateway: building sustainable partnerships for a connected world", as well as for the warmth and quality of the welcome.
Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen;
The dramatic consequences of COVID-19 have strongly highlighted the urgent need to strengthen the resilience of supply chains and to meet the global challenges linked to climate change, poverty, insecurity, and deficit of infrastructure, governance, and inclusiveness of development. Challenges that the war in Ukraine has greatly exacerbated by disrupting supply logistics chains, thus causing a very sharp rise in the prices of food and energy products.
By focusing its intervention on the development of smart, clean, and safe links in the digital, energy, and transport fields, as well as on the strengthening of health, education, and research systems, the European Union, through the Global Gateway, resolutely affirms its desire to contribute effectively to meeting all these challenges. These priorities are also those of the African continent. We note, with great hope, the announcement made to devote 150 billion euros to the African component of this program.

The Global Gateway, in its target objectives, reflects a remarkable convergence of priorities between Mauritania and the European Union, which have always been united by strong, diversified, sound, and constructive cooperation relations cemented by the sharing of common values and the excellent bilateral relations with all the member countries of the Union.
I take this opportunity to salute, here, the support that the European Union has constantly provided to my country and more generally to the countries of the Sahel in the fight against terrorism and for development.

Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen;
Enjoying an excellent strategic position (open to Europe and hinge between the Maghreb and sub-Saharan Africa), Mauritania, because of its immense mining, energy, fisheries, and agropastoral resources, as well as its enormous needs in infrastructure, health, development, education, and in strengthening economic and social resilience, finds in the Global Gateway a prime opportunity and will work resolutely to become an essential partner in its implementation.
Mauritania, a country of peace and stability, is a reliable friend of the European Union. It has made the development of human capital, the fight against poverty, marginalization, and precariousness, an important pillar of its national development strategy, devoting to health, education, and the improvement of the living conditions of the poorest, special attention and increasingly important resources.

However, by making enormous efforts to improve the living conditions of our most deprived citizens, we have been eager to respect the requirements of a responsible budgetary policy, just as we have worked to consolidate the anchoring of the state of law, individual and collective freedoms, and good governance.
In addition, my country is strongly committed to the fight against climate change, drought, and desertification. We have thus just reviewed our contribution to the climate, and although our greenhouse gas emissions are very marginal, we plan to reduce them by 2030 by 11%, compared to 2018.
Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen;
Mauritania has the ambition to position itself as a major player in the energy transition by increasing its energy mix and exploiting its renewable energy potential. In this respect, the launch of an ambitious and important green hydrogen development program to offer an alternative and sustainable source of clean energy constitutes an important opportunity for cooperation with Europe, further reinforced by our geographical proximity.
At the same time, we have adopted strategic guidelines focused on:


i) The development of digital technology, to which a fully-fledged ministerial department has recently been dedicated;
ii) Infrastructure and productive sectors;
iii) Strengthening our private sector;
iv) The promotion of public/private partnerships,
v) Improving the business climate, by making our investment code more and more attractive,
vi) The in-depth transformation of certain key sectors such as agriculture, livestock, and industry.

Excellencies, Ladies, and Gentlemen;

We are aware that in these difficult times of market insecurity and deregulation, we need more than ever strong partnerships, rooted in shared values to transform these countless opportunities into tools for growth and poverty reduction.
To conclude, I would like to salute the leadership of Their Excellencies Mr. Charles Michel and Ms. Ursula Von Der Layen for the launch of this important Global Gateway initiative, and reaffirm, at the same time, my firm will to work to consolidate and diversify further the cooperation relations between my country, Mauritania, and the European Union.

Thank you".
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