Algeria Financial Services Articles & Analysis

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

 

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?

 

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...

 

Internet and mobile banking in Algeria are still in the early stages of development, but market observers see these technologies as having great potential to improve financial inclusion if the relevant legal, regulatory and logistical frameworks are put in place.