Improving economic conditions are leading to strong domestic demand for products, which is in turn spurring growth in Algeria’s manufacturing and retail sectors. However, industry’s contribution to GDP decreased from 18% in the 1980s to around 5% in 2013 due to the growing role of hydrocarbons production and under-investment in the country’s manufacturing facilities. Recent government efforts, such as a number of tax incentives aimed at foreign investors, hope to reverse this trend. To help ensure that manufacturers have sufficient access to suitable industrial real estate, the government is also establishing an additional 42 industrial zones, distributed throughout the country.
This chapter contains interviews with Abderrahmane Benhamadi, Chairman, Condor; and Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Former French Prime Minister and Special French Envoy for Franco-Algerian Affairs.