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Vol 6 (AAC) No 4

Published 1st February 2013


Mauritania

Victory for local fishermen

A US$100 million investment in Mauritania is in the balance after the Nouakchott authorities suspended a contract with a Chinese fishery. Officials from the Ministry of Fishing and Maritime Economy aim to renegotiate the deal with the Poly Hongdong Fisheries (Mauritania) Development Company, based in the Fuzhou Free Trade Zone in Fujian, and draft a new contract that will cover only pelagic species (fish which live near the surface of the water) and that will exclude the fishing of cephalopods such as squid and octopus. The Ministry also accuses Poly Hongdong of failing to carry out contractual duties. The announcement of the contract’s suspension was made by President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz himself in early January. It is now up to Cheikh Ould Baya, an advisor to the Ministry, to find a compromise with the Chinese company.

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