Exporting to Algeria
Desire to work with the UK
The UK brand is strong and popular in Algeria. There are opportunities across all sectors for UK companies looking to do business and invest, and Algerian companies are keen to form mutually beneficial partnerships and joint ventures.
In the year to June 2019 total UK exports to Algeria amounted to £489 million, an increase of 6.5% on the previous year (ONS, 2019). The combination of rising spending power among the Algerian population and a growing demand for UK goods should create more opportunities for UK exporters.
The UK is well placed to work with Algeria to help the country fulfil its ambitions of economic diversification, attracting investment and strengthening the competitiveness of its enterprises. This is creating opportunities for UK companies across a range of industries.
Opportunities for exporters
There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in Algeria have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors.
An increasing local demand for energy
Key oil and gas fields require investment and technology to increase production and future exploration. With new fields being discovered, there are more opportunities for UK companies not only in hydrocarbon resources, but also in supply chain and supportive industries.
Developments in renewable energy
Algeria’s commitment to renewable energy is set out in a number of government strategies. Priorities are the development of photovoltaic and wind power on a large scale, biomass (waste recovery), cogeneration and geothermal energy, and the development of solar thermal. In each specialist area, the skills of UK companies will be in demand.
A demand for English Language Training
The ability to use the English language is becoming increasingly important to people across Algeria. As a result, English language training (ELT) is in great demand within government bodies and both public and private organisations. This is creating a number of openings for UK companies who provide ELT and other educational training, as well as those who export educational goods.
An increasing need for TVET and lifelong learning and skills training
There’s a continuing need in Algeria for sector-specific skills and management training. The country is keen to develop transferable skills and improve employee effectiveness. UK companies have the chance to build strong partnerships across the public and private sectors.
Openings for UK education and higher education specialists
Algeria has over 100 higher education institutions which are free to qualified students (Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, 2019), and the tertiary sector is expanding. The market is open to UK universities and other education providers to deliver courses throughout the country.
A priority sector for development
There’s an ongoing need in Algeria’s agri-business sector for modern agricultural machinery, more efficient technology, fertilisers, enhanced pesticides to protect crops, animal feed and packaging equipment. These requirements are creating opportunities for UK companies involved in the agri-tech industry.
A demand for specialist knowledge, transfer of skills and technologies
Algeria has opportunities for UK companies who provide pioneering technology and expertise that increase yields of crops and livestock, who develop new products and raw materials, and who devise efficient, environmentally-friendly farming practices. Openings also exist for those who develop knowledge in technical innovation and the control of production and valuation processes.
Technical and specialist training requirements
The Algerian Ministry of Agriculture is keen to meet overseas companies who can provide training in scientific and technical equipment, as well as in techniques for improving production, productivity and quality in agricultural products and fisheries.