Mauritania is still struggling to assert itself as an oil country despite the deposit of about 950 million barrels discovered in the Atlantic Ocean at the beginning of 2006.
Ten years after it is far from the target of 30,000 barrels per day of production.
Production even rebounded to stabilize at an average of 6,000 barrels per day.
Nevertheless, the authorities remain optimistic.
“The investment climate in the oil sector in Mauritania it is very good, we have a lot of companions who invest, who spend in exploration oil, drilling, it means that the business climate in The oil industry is very good,” said Ahmed Salem Ould Tekrour, General Director of Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Energy and Mines.
Despite making $ 4.26 million from oil production ordinary citizens say they do not benefits from the explorations.
“Gasoline is a bit expensive compared to other countries. We pay 436 francs a liter , I know that it is a little exaggerated in Mauritania compared to other countries,” said Aminata, a citizen.
The fallout between authorities and ordinary citizens is still rife, despite the governments promises.