Said Bouteflika, Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s Brother and Ali Haddad, CEO and President of Algerian forum entreprise (FCE), Algiers, 30 July 2017
2 months after the nomination of a new governement leaded by Tebboune, Bouteflika has decided to topple over his prime minister by a new appointement in the person of Ahmed Ouhyahia, old prime minister and top civil servant known to be pro-business and closer of secular wing in Algeria. Nevertheless, This nomination hide in fact, a deeper decision which looking to preserve a large economic and political control by some clans in Algeria especially after the attack of the former prime minister Tebboune against the “money strenghts”. Indeed, Tebboune decided in June to reevaluate the industry policy in Algeria and to declare that the previous government was failing in that mission to emerge a real industry sector in particulary in the cars industry and also by the importance of the importations which affect heavly algerian economy very linked by the oil prices.
However many algerian people are supported the Tebboune’s policies and his fight against some top business and political figure in Algeria like Ali Haddad, top CEO, Sid Said, Top union representant and others. When a funeral of a top algerian diplomat, the 30 July, Said Bouteflia, Brother of the actual president of Algeriat figured out at everybody that nobody is entilted to questioning his power and his relation with the different clans which rule Algeria.
With a president still not able to lead his country after a stroke, Said Bouteflika for many observers would be behind the important decisions which ended the last governement. The next presidential election in 2019 stay for many people difficult to understand if Bouteflika can be candidate in reason of his sick and especially what will be the situation in case Bouteflika will not pursue a new mandate. And it’s there where the Algerian Army will come in the game.
As the fall of oil prices hits Algeria very linked by oil and gas export representing almost the majority of its exports, Africa is become the most relevant solution to change the algerian economics structure and to give the opportunity for the biggest country in Africa to be an african power. For this, Algeria has to rely on its strenghts to conquest the african market.
Firstly on the energy sector. Algeria is the first gas producer in Africa and the third oil producer. With its state oil company, Sonatrach which is the first most power company in Africa, Algeria can play a major role in the development of some oil and gas fields in Africa in proposing their service more fairly contrary on west oil major which doesn’t care about the developement of african countries generally. Already, Sonatrach is present in Lybia, Tunisia, Mauritania, Mali but Algeria has to get some contracts in East Africa especially with gas discover in Mozambique. Algeria can mobilize some other companies in the electricity domain in particulary in the green energy with its companies like Sonelgaz which is specialized in the solar energy and which is launching some projects in Mali and in Sudan.
Algeria can also use its strenghts in telecom services for the rest of Africa. Indeed, Algérie Telecom, the algerian leader in the communication is working on the project to link the internet network access between Algeria with a part of Africa (Sahel and Nigeria) in the next years. With the difficult access in internet, Algeria could be the spearhead of new technologies in Africa. Algeria can also ask to the private companies to invest more in Africa, like Cevital, the first private conglomerate in Algeria, Condor specialized in new tech (phone, tv..), Saidal pharmaceutical company which invest already in Africa (Ecowas countries) or yet the private sector of bulding companies very important in Algeria.
Thus, Algeria can diversify its economy thanks to the growth in Africa. Neverthless, the algerian authorities must ease the development of their private and public companies in relieving of the administrative burdens which are the main brake in Algeria.