Video. Mauritania: Towards the end of the plundering of land in the Senegal river valley

#mauritania : The Mauritanian government has just canceled the 3,200 hectare concession given to AAAID. A decision that falls within the framework of President El Ghazouani’s government’s will to end the undue land-grabbing of the population of the Senegal River valley.

The Mauritanian authorities have acted after announcements related to a change in the land-grabbing policy in the Senegal river valley. Mauritania’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Promoting Producer Sectors Ken Osman visited Dar el Barka in the Senegal river valley this weekend, in the company of his colleague from agriculture, Sidina ul Sidi Mohamed ul Ahmed Aly.

He broadcast a message from President Mohamed Sheikh Al Ghazouni, announcing the cancellation of a 3,200 hectare concession for the benefit of the Arab Authority for the Development of Agricultural Investment (AAAID), a private citizen-affiliated era since 2015. Under dating. of former President Mohamed uld Abdel Aziz.

The government is also committed to ending abusive allotment and land grabbing policy, in favor of a consensus process involving the state, communities and potential investors.

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“The President of the Republic has instructed me to send you a specific message to the people of Dar el Barqa. This relates to an agreement signed in 2015 between our country and the financial institution AAAID, by which the state has the potential to develop 3,200 hectares After a verification work, the government decided on March 10, 2021 to condemn the convention, considering it not in line with the interests of the Party of Mauritania,” declared Osmane Kane.

He later explained the challenges of land reform, the basic principle of which is based on a partnership between what is now the state (sovereign power), the village community who live on the land to be developed, and candidate investors (national private or foreign capital). .

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From this point of view, the support of the population is essential. You can’t invest your money in an area on a long-term basis, and find yourself obliged with the police and gendarmerie every time you have to go out into the field. No serious investor would accept this. In addition, land is a source of wealth, and should not be used as an excuse for sterile quarrels.

The development of these resources will benefit Mauritanians from all regions of the south, east, center and north, following the classic rules of the economy.

“Communities will now be responsible for identifying the areas that will be put into operation to form the blocks. Private citizens and foreigners are able to mobilize financial resources and expertise outside the state. They will represent the third link in the chain of partnership. These are the elements which constitute the basic principles of land reforms being formulated by the government,” explained the minister.

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Gaye El Hadj, retired civil administrator, welcomes the government’s announcement regarding the abandonment of the AAAID project converted to agriculture in the commune of Dar el Barca and the union of the population in the management land, in particular providing the communities with the first diagnosis, Which would thus be able to determine the actual ownership of the land on which they have been living for millennia. All this is the culmination of a long struggle, symbolized by the late mayor of the city, the late Tijane Mame Ken, who died a few months earlier. and in whose memory I bow down.

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At the core of this land reform in Mauritania, a real failure illustrated by the anger of the communities, the victims of the land-grabbing policy. A global practice now established by international criminal law as a crime against humanity.

But at the same time and above all, by huge unproductive investments, a total of about $2 billion (over 500 billion old ouguias between 1974 and 2021), were made by development partners, for zero results.

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