Retail in North Africa

  • Tunisia gradually opens up to foreign franchises

    TUNISIA, 2016/11/24 Tunisia has historically had only a limited number of foreign franchises, but several have entered the country recently, which bodes well for the country’s retail sector. As of May the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) – which merged with the Ministry of Industry to become the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in September – had awarded 18 licences for foreign franchises to begin operations in Tunisia out of a total of 33 requests filed, Faten Bel Hédi, director-general of commerce at MoC, told local media.
  • The government in Algeria is stepping up its efforts to boost commercial activity

    ALGERIA, 2013/08/13 The government in Algeria is stepping up its efforts to boost commercial activity and bring unlicensed traders into the mainstream economy through a combination of legislative changes and investment in retail infrastructure. The move forms part of a national drive to reduce the informal retail sector and capture a larger slice of consumption, which is growing on the back of easing inflation and the opening of new outlets. A draft revision of the 2004 law regulating retail activity, known as Law No. 04-08, was submitted for parliamentary review in late June and proposes amendments aimed at facilitating the process for obtaining a commercial licence.
  • Monoprix opens 1st international supermarket chain in Libya

    FRANCE, 2013/08/12 France's Monoprix will be the initial international supermarket chain to set up shop in Libya, with 52 outlets in the next five years. Monoprix was brought to Libya by the HBG group under the Libyan entrepreneur Husny Bey through a franchising with the Tunisian Société Nouvelle Maison de la Ville de Tunis (SNMVT), which uses the Monoprix name. The initial supermarket was opened in the capital in March on a surface area of some 5,000 square metres and an extra 52 will be opened over the coming months in other areas of the capital and the rest of the country.