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U.S. Commercial Service. Doing Business in Algeria Presented by Wifak Rtal Bennani 15, June , 2007. Market Overview. Size: 10 th largest country in the world and the 2 nd largest in Africa. Strategic location: the Mediterranean, other Maghreb countries and the Sahel.

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u s commercial service
U.S. Commercial Service

Doing Business in Algeria

Presented by Wifak Rtal Bennani

15, June , 2007

market overview
Market Overview
  • Size: 10th largest country in the world and the 2nd largest in Africa.
  • Strategic location: the Mediterranean, other Maghreb countries and the Sahel.
  • GDP: $115 billion,
  •  GDP growth: 5.1%
  • GDP per capita : $3,300
  •  Inflation: 5%
  • Population:  33.2 million.
market overview3
Market Overview

Imports: $25 billion- Exports: $51 billion ( 97% Hydrocarbons: oil and gas)

U.S: first bilateral trade partner, ahead of France, Italy and Germany

U.S exports to Algeria:+ $1 billion

The security situation: generally improved particularly in the Major cities.

algeria true energy giant
Algeria : true energy giant
  • Premier Energy power of the Mediterranean. 
  • Ranking Worldwide:

15th: oil reserves,

18th: production,

12th: export,

7th: natural gas resources.

market entry strategy
Market Entry Strategy

Partnerships and joint ventures: viable forms

local office: beneficial to procuring tenders for government contracts

Relationships are important to finding a partner in Algeria

Agents and consulting firms can watch for small or rapidly changing technical requirements during a tender process.

best prospects for u s exporters
Best Prospects for U.S. Exporters
  • Oil & Gas- Hydrocarbons
  • Banking and Financial Services
  • Housing and Construction
  • Telecommunications & Information Technology
  • Infrastructure:  Highway and railway projects
  • Healthcare
  • Power Generation
  • Tourism
  • Water Resources Equipment 
  • Agribusiness & Agriculture
energy oil and gas
Energy: Oil and Gas
  • Investment $32.4 billion: SONATRACH- State owned- ( 2006- 2010)
  • 64%: upstream
  • 20%: midstream( pipelines and transport)
  • 16%: downstream
energy power generation
Energy: Power generation
  • Total installed capacity for power generation is expected to total 10250 megawatts by the end of 2010. This is a 50% increase compared to 2004.
  • This capacity is expected to further increase to 12000 megawatts by 2012.
  • SONELGAZ will invest $7.1 billion in power generation project between 2005-2009.
  • Export opportunities to the European market: Algeria is developing two underwater line projects for 3000 megawatts which will run along to Spain and Italy.
energy renewable energy
Energy: Renewable energy
  • There are many solar power energy opportunities to be developed as Algeria is looking at diversifying its energy exports outside of hydrocarbons
project financing
Project financing

The Algerian budget surplus exceeds $100 billion that the Government plans to invest on infrastructure and public works.

Six state-owned banks still dominate the commercial market with 95% share

trade events
Trade events

Algiers International Trade Fair, June 2008 Algiers, Algeria.

U.S pavilion organized by the U.S Commercial Service

Franchise Expo, November 2007, Algiers, Algeria


contact us
Contact Us

American Embassy

Tel: +213 21692317

Fax:213 21691863

E-mail: Faiza.Gamoura@mail.doc.gov kamel.achab@mail.doc.gov