Archive for September, 2012

Rising purchasing power in Algeria: increasing demand for international brands

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 12:18
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Bab Ezzour in Algeria
As Algeria’s economy has continued to sidestep most of the global turbulence, domestic consumption has strengthened, attracting an increasing amount of interest in the country. Alongside a shift away from informal retailers, increasing demand for international brands and medium to high-end retail outlets, supported by rising purchasing power, has been a boon for new mall projects, Global Arab Network reports according to OBG.

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Tunisia: Sakmo group settled in Algeria

La société maghrébine de fabrication de moteurs thermiques, Sakmo, a décidé la « fermeture définitive » de son usine à Sakiet Sidi Youssef, dans le gouvernorat de Kef, et son transfert en Algérie.

Le propriétaire de la société, un homme d’affaires algérien, a justifié, dans une déclaration accordée, mercredi 26 septembre 2012, à Express FM, cette décision par les protestations des habitants de la région et les impacts des grèves irrégulières et non annoncées des employés de l’usine.
La société emploie sur ce site entre 500 et 1000 personnes, dans une superficie d’environ 20 ha dont 32.000 m² couverts, pour la fabrication de moteurs thermiques d’une puissance de 6 à 30 CV.

The company Maghreb thermal engines, Sakmo decided the “final closure” of his factory Sakiet Sidi Youssef, in the governorate of Kef, and his transfer to Algeria . The owner of the company, an Algerian businessman , justified, in a statement given on Wednesday, 26 September 2012, at Express FM, this decision bythe protests of the inhabitants of the region and the impact of irregular and unannounced strikes of factory workers . , the company employs about this site between 500 and 1000 people in an area of about 20 ha of which 32,000 m² are covered, for the manufacture of internal combustion engines with a capacity of 6 to 30 hp.

Tablet made in algeria

It is fashionable and what is trendy, tablets are now part of the range of the leading manufacturers of mobile phones and computer products, and Condor is no exception with its range of touch tablets now available in Algeria with Condor computer, manufactured locally and presented at the 9th edition of the Med-Algiers it for launch in a month.

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Computing Condor is therefore to present its first tablet 10” produced in Algeria running Android 4.0, will be available in 16 and 32 GB Warranty 24 months, the tablet allows multiple Condor connectivity via the port! USB or HDMI with the ability to connect directly to an optional dock.    Condor Computer indicates that the price of the tablet will be around 35,000 DA. We will return with more details in our new section.

Algeria: Peru can become an important trading partner of the Arab world

Peru can become an important trading partner in the Arab world from the 3rd Leaders Summit of South America – Arab Countries (ASPA), to be held next week in Lima, Argelia’s Ambassador Mohammed Bensabri said Tuesday.
ArgeliaArgelia’s Ambassador to Peru Mohammed Bensabri. Photo: ANDINA/Héctor Vinces.
He considered this summit will be an important opportunity for Peru to show its potential in order to attract more investment and, in turn, strengthen trade relations with Arab countries.
According to Bensabri, Algeria noted that Peru provides an adequate legal framework for investment and estimated that the Algerian capital inflows will experience a significant increase.
“Algeria has investments in Peru and, with the ASPA event, Peru can multiply this kind of relationship with other Arab countries, making it a major trading partner in the Arab world,” he told Andina news agency.
He also reported that Algeria currently imports Peruvian food for US$ 47 million annually, accounting for 47.3 percent of the Arab world’s total imports from Peru, amounting to US$ 104.4 million.

Condor an Algerian electronics firm.

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Algeria to open research sector to foreign scientists

ALGIERS] Over the next five years, the Algerian government plans to open its science sector to researchers from mainly developing countries, according to its draft science strategy.

By doing so, it aims to reverse the country’s brain drain, and to regain industry trust in the capacity of public research expertise to produce practical solutions to Algeria’s development and economic health.

Algeria’s previous science strategy, for the period 2008–2012, raised the 2012 budget for research to 1.2 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP)— about three times what it was five years ago, and significantly more than the region’s 0.2 per cent national average.

The new strategy, for 2013–2017, aims to maintain funding at 1.2 per cent, and to tackle Algeria’s key research challenges: reversing brain drain and rebuilding public trust in expertise, in part by tapping into foreign talent. Research geared towards innovation and technological development will also be central to the strategy, which is due to be discussed in the parliament’s current session.

Being more open to the experience and expertise offered by foreign researchers is a challenge for Algeria, said Abdel Hafidh Aouragh, director of scientific research and technological development in Algeria’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, during an interview with theAlgeria Press Service last month (21 August).

However, he emphasised that “opening [up] to international talent must also ensure greater mobility for Algerian researchers […] and create numerous partnerships around sustainable projects”.

The 2008–2012 science strategy successfully built a strong scientific research infrastructure, Mokhtar Sellami, director of research programming and prospective studies at the ministry, told SciDev.Net. The main deficit was now in human resources, he said.

Between 2008 and 2012, Sellami explained, Algeria established 25 research centres, 260 well-equipped laboratories, and four experimental stations. It also established a national council for scientific research and technological development, and a number of technology transfer centres.

But the country has only 480 researchers per million citizens, compared to the global average of 1,080, he added. For this reason, “we are working on overcoming all barriers that cause brain drain, such as administrative bureaucracy and the low economic status of researchers,” said Sellami.

Sufyan Akon, a researcher at the University Mentouri Constantine, in north-eastern Algeria, told SciDev.Net that investors have little faith in Algerian research centres’ capacity for producing useful scientific innovation and research, and see investment as “risky”. But, he said, “bringing qualified foreign researchers to Algeria may strengthen [investors’] confidence in local scientific production”.

Abdel Malek Rahmani, coordinator of Algeria’s National Council for Higher Education Professors (CNES), told SciDev.Net that there was a “fragile situation” because of failures to match increasing student numbers with sufficient lecturer numbers.

Another issue was that university professors — who represent the largest number of researchers in Algeria — were engaged in teaching rather than research work. “This needs to be changed to make a good use of such qualifications,” Rahmani said.

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