On the 13th anniversary of Mauritania's independence, President Ould Daddah formally opened a major gypsum quarry at N'Drahamacha, 37 miles (60 kms) outside the nation's capital, Nouakchott.
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Background: On the 13th anniversary of Mauritania's independence, President Ould Daddah formally opened a major gypsum quarry at N'Drahamacha, 37 miles (60 kms) outside the nation's capital, Nouakchott.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Wednesday (5 December). It should have taken place over two months ago, but weather conditions led to the ceremony's postponement.
The quarry is owned by Mauritania's Societe Nationale Industrielle at Miniere (SNIM). In a speech at the opening, the minister for Planning and Industrial Development, M. Side Abdallahi, Called the quarry the first "Organised and rational use of a mineral resource" during recent times in the country.
The quarry is expected to yield 15,000 tons of gypsum a year. Most of the gypsum will be exported to a cement factory at Rufisque, Senegal. Mauritania will now be able to purchase cement from Senegal at a 12 per cent discount.