Since its first participation in an International Exhibition at World Expo 1992 in Seville, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has regularly participated in World and Specialised Expos. In order to strengthen its involvement in Expos, it became a Member of the BIE in 2002. Mauritania’s pavilion received, in its category, a Gold Award at World Expo 2010 Shanghai, and a Bronze Award at Specialised Expo 2012 Yeosu for the development of its theme.