A successful first year
MBBC’s first year exceeded all our expectations. Our principal objective was to establish the Council with government and business in both nations, and we have made significant progress to date. We have hosted a number of high profile events across the UK with key speakers providing expert advice on doing business in Mauritania. We also had a presence at key events, including the global MSGBC Basin summit in Dakar and the Mauritanides oil, gas and mining event in Nouakchott.
MARCH 2018 – Doing Business in Mauritania (London)
Hosted by BP in London, this event brought together MBBC expertise, UK government and interested representatives from many organisations across the oil and gas, education, logistics and other sectors. It raised awareness of the significant opportunities that exist for business in Mauritania and the unique and focussed networking that MBBC provides.
APRIL 2018 – MBBC introductory visit to Nouakchott
MBBC Chairman, Matthew Anderson, visited the Mauritanian capital to raise awareness of the organisation among key government and business leaders and to prepare for our first trade mission. He gained support for the mission across a number of ministries including oil and gas, as well as identifying and engaging a number of organisations to host MBBC delegates.
MAY 2018 – Doing Business in Mauritania (Aberdeen)
Our second Doing Business event was hosted in Aberdeen by oil and gas logistics company, Pentagon Freight Services. It focussed on the oil and gas, and fishing industries and was very well attended, with a number of attendees expressing an interest in membership, and in joining the trade mission in July.
JULY 2018 – BP in Mauritania
Hosted at BP’s central London headquarters, this session focused on the oil and gas industry in general and on BP’s current and future projects in Mauritania in particular. Almost 50 delegates attended to learn more about genuine opportunities for working with BP along the supply chain.
JULY 2018 – MBBC’s first trade mission to Mauritania
The MBBC’s trade mission to Mauritania strengthened relationships in-country, attracted national media coverage and provided unique opportunities to lobby for members’ interests. Ten delegates joined the mission and met with ministers and government officials, as well as having business-to-business meetings with relevant potential partners – some of which have resulted in contracts. Back in the UK, MBBC is providing ongoing support where sought and maintaining and developing relationships.
SEPTEMBER 2018 – Controlling political risk (member event)
MBBC member, Control Risks, presented on their fact-finding mission to Mauritania, which took place earlier in the year. Speakers advised that political risks were manageable and provided a fresh perspective on the day-to-day political, security and business environment in the country.
OCTOBER 2018 – MSGBC Basin Summit and Exhibition, Dakar 2018
MBBC and MBBC member, OMA, jointly exhibited at the only event entirely dedicated to exploring the oil and gas potential in the region.
NOVEMBER 2018 – Mauritanian Independence Day
More than 50 members and friends joined MBBC’s Mauritanian Independence Day reception at BP to celebrate. Following his speech, guests had an opportunity to meet the new Mauritanian Ambassador to the UK, Isselkou Ould Ahmed Izid Bih, and to network.
DECEMBER 2018 – Mauritanides Oil and Gas Fair
A number of MBBC members attended this popular biennial energy and mining exhibition in Nouakchott. MBBC is now working with a UK company to run an energy event in alternate years.
Looking forward to further success in 2019
A number of our members have been able to follow up on the opportunities we have made available, and this year promises to be even more fruitful. BP has taken its final investment decision for the Greater Tortue Ahmeyim project, and Shell and other multinational companies now have a growing presence in Mauritania. These, and other prominent international organisations, are providing wide-ranging opportunities for members working in the energy sector, as well as in supplementary industries including; logistics, education, fisheries, mining, sport, health and tourism.
We are now finalising and rolling out a members’ programme for our second year. Our first event took place in late March and featured a presentation from the former British Ambassador to Mauritania, Sam Thomas.
Look out for our pre-election briefing event for members in May.