Algeria Financial Services Articles & Analysis

Chapter | Tax from The Report: Algeria 2017

In conjunction with Mazars, OBG explores the taxation system in Algeria.

This chapter contains a viewpoint from Samir Hadj Ali, Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner, Mazars Algeria, on the new investment law.

The collapse in oil prices has weighed on the Algerian economy, giving rise to twin deficits in the budget and current account. In mid-2016 the government introduced a bold medium-term plan that targets a balanced budget by 2020, alongside a new growth model with a strategy for economic development and diversification by 2030. These moves have coincided with the private sector playing a much stronger role in the economy.

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Welcoming only a few new entrants to the market, the structure of Algeria’s insurance sector has remained relatively stable in recent years, with the four largest state-run insurers continuing to dominate. Purely private sector insurers capture less than one-quarter of the market, despite making modest gains of late. While the life insurance...

 

How would you assess the existing level of maturity of capital markets in Algeria?

 

Since the oil price drop in 2014, Algeria has faced the challenge of maintaining the essentials of its economic and social systems in the context of drying liquidity. Our strategy is to boost resilience against external shocks, with a key focus of 2017 being to stabilise the Algerian dinar. A flexible currency rate has enabled us to absorb the...

 

As bank borrowing becomes increasingly expensive, capital markets are emerging as a financing alternative for a range of domestic firms. This is true of the government as well, as large fiscal deficits mean financing needs are likely to remain significant. Before hydrocarbons prices fell in 2014 – and the resulting economic headwinds occurred...

 

The shadow of Algeria’s civil conflict in the 1990s and the authorities’ subsequent reluctance to be seen as empowering political Islam has delayed domestic growth in sharia-compliant finance. Further, the economic slowdown brought on by weak oil prices has been a big factor behind the drying up of liquidity in the banking system. In turn,...

 

What role has leasing historically played?