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Tunisia’s Real Estate Market: Between Fear of Proximity to Libya and Spanish Competition

The North Africa Journal | The real estate market in Tunisia is displaying mixed signals. Pockets of growth in the housing market continue to drive prices up, but these houses were designed for foreign investors and wealthy Tunisians. In contrast, the average Tunisian is priced out of these desirable real estate sites as their incomes do not meet the continuously rising prices in regions that have been insulated from the political crisis facing the country for the past two years.
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Counterfeit Goods Invade North Africa, Industry Poorly Coordinated

The North Africa Journal | North African customs are facing a deluge of counterfeit products entering their markets. In Algeria, the customs office reports that the amount of counterfeit products they seized rose by a stunning 84.5% in 2011, compared to 2010. The DGD is either overwhelmed by such inflow of illegal products or does not have enough incentives to launch a full crackdown. In neighboring Morocco, the situation is no better, so much so that multinational corporations that own well-known consumer brands have began cracking down on the counterfeit market themselves....
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CO2 Sequestration to Expand in Algeria’s Gas Fields

Four Western oil companies and Algeria’s Sonatrach are planning to partner in the CO2 sequestration business. The companies are BP and Statoil with focus on the In-Salah fields in southern Algeria and more recently Total, Gaz de France, and Sonatrach revealing a join project in the Timimoun, Ahnet and Touat gas fields located in the southwest of the country. ...
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Acquisition Time in the North African Telco Sector

[The North Africa Journal | Mergers and Acquisitions] The telecommunications sector has been very busy lately in North Africa. Companies are looking for new assets to acquire in a bid to grow their business in emerging markets. Among the most important transactions recorded in the telco sector is the acquisition by France Telecom of a substantial stake in Morocco’s Meditel, the Kingdom’s second largest carrier. The other transaction is the acquisition by Russia’s VimpelCom of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom. This acquisition brings another wildcard to the long-lasting feud between the Egyptian owner of Orascom Telecom Algeria and the Algerian government. ...
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Telco Sector Expands in Morocco

The telecom sector in Morocco continues on its growth momentum in 2010 driven by sustain expansion of the mobile phone segmen. This trend was recently confirmed when France Telecom decided to acquire a substantial equity in second largest carrier Meditel. CFG (Casablanca Finance Group) Analysts say sustaining its positive performance in 2009, following the growth of the mobile subscriber base which increased by 10.9% year over year, the mobile market maintained a remarkable performance in the first quarter of 2010. ...
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7th North Africa Business Development Forum, Barcelona, Spain

The North Africa Journal is proud to announce the participation of Publisher and Editor Arezki Daoud to the 7th. North Africa Business Development Forum. The Forum will be held in Barcelona, Spain on November 22, 2010. Mr. Daoud will moderate a debate about the North African enterprise with key corporate leaders from the region including Isaad Rebrab, CEO of Cevital (Algeria), Anas Sefrioui, CEO of Addoha Group (Morocco), Karim Ammar, CEO of Poulina Holding (Tunisia), Ali Haddad, President of ETRHB (Algeria), Miloud Chaabi, CEO of YNNA Holding (Morocco), Abdeslam Ben Ayed of Ben Ayed Group (Tunisia), Selma Elloumi, CEO of Stiffen (Tunisia)....
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Market Profile: The Poultry Sector in Algeria

While many assume that poultry is a key staple of the Algerian kitchen, industry statistics depict a rather opposite picture. Per-capita consumption of poultry is a mere 7 kilos (or 14 LBs) per year. With this figure, chickens, turkeys, and other white meats may be hard to find in the average Algerian kitchen. So much so that among Algeria’s immediate neighbors, Morocco and Tunisia, the equivalent figure is 15 kilos or 30 LBs in each case. ...
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Morocco Braces for a Shift to Generic Drugs

Market Trends: More than 70% of the medicines sold in the Moroccan market are expected to swing into the generic space within the next three years. Their formulation will become public domain, likely to create an interesting new dynamic in the marketplace with competition expected to heat up, Multinational pharmaceutical giants are already bracing for the shift. ...
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Top 10 Predictions for the North African Wireless and Telecom Markets in 2010

The telecommunications and wireless sectors have been bright spots in North African economies and likely to continue to grow. The success of these sectors comes from a wide consumer adoption first of basic mobile phone services, in particular voice, at very affordable prices, then expanding into new services from SMS texting to ring tones. In this paper, Julien Blin, the North Africa Journal’s technology editor and CEO of JBB Research predicts what is to come in Africa’s wireless and telecom markets this year. (copyright JBB Research: http://www.jbbresearch.com)...
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Slowing Headwinds in Tunisian Real Estate Sector, Opportunities Elsewhere in the Maghreb

Despite statements from industry officials that everything is moving on track, the Tunisian real estate sector is showing signs of considerable slowdown. ...
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Tunisia’s Real Estate Market: Between Fear of Proximity to Libya and Spanish Competition

The North Africa Journal | The real estate market in Tunisia is displaying mixed signals. Pockets of growth in the housing market continue to drive prices up, but these houses were designed for foreign investors and wealthy Tunisians. In contrast, the average Tunisian is priced out of these desirable real estate sites as their incomes do not meet the continuously rising prices in regions that have been insulated from the political crisis facing the country for the past two years.
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Counterfeit Goods Invade North Africa, Industry Poorly Coordinated

The North Africa Journal | North African customs are facing a deluge of counterfeit products entering their markets. In Algeria, the customs office reports that the amount of counterfeit products they seized rose by a stunning 84.5% in 2011, compared to 2010. The DGD is either overwhelmed by such inflow of illegal products or does not have enough incentives to launch a full crackdown. In neighboring Morocco, the situation is no better, so much so that multinational corporations that own well-known consumer brands have began cracking down on the counterfeit market themselves.
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CO2 Sequestration to Expand in Algeria’s Gas Fields

Four Western oil companies and Algeria’s Sonatrach are planning to partner in the CO2 sequestration business. The companies are BP and Statoil with focus on the In-Salah fields in southern Algeria and more recently Total, Gaz de France, and Sonatrach revealing a join project in the Timimoun, Ahnet and Touat gas fields located in the southwest of the country.
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Acquisition Time in the North African Telco Sector

[The North Africa Journal | Mergers and Acquisitions] The telecommunications sector has been very busy lately in North Africa. Companies are looking for new assets to acquire in a bid to grow their business in emerging markets. Among the most important transactions recorded in the telco sector is the acquisition by France Telecom of a substantial stake in Morocco’s Meditel, the Kingdom’s second largest carrier. The other transaction is the acquisition by Russia’s VimpelCom of Egypt’s Orascom Telecom. This acquisition brings another wildcard to the long-lasting feud between the Egyptian owner of Orascom Telecom Algeria and the Algerian government.
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Telco Sector Expands in Morocco

The telecom sector in Morocco continues on its growth momentum in 2010 driven by sustain expansion of the mobile phone segmen. This trend was recently confirmed when France Telecom decided to acquire a substantial equity in second largest carrier Meditel. CFG (Casablanca Finance Group) Analysts say sustaining its positive performance in 2009, following the growth of the mobile subscriber base which increased by 10.9% year over year, the mobile market maintained a remarkable performance in the first quarter of 2010.
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7th North Africa Business Development Forum, Barcelona, Spain

The North Africa Journal is proud to announce the participation of Publisher and Editor Arezki Daoud to the 7th. North Africa Business Development Forum. The Forum will be held in Barcelona, Spain on November 22, 2010. Mr. Daoud will moderate a debate about the North African enterprise with key corporate leaders from the region including Isaad Rebrab, CEO of Cevital (Algeria), Anas Sefrioui, CEO of Addoha Group (Morocco), Karim Ammar, CEO of Poulina Holding (Tunisia), Ali Haddad, President of ETRHB (Algeria), Miloud Chaabi, CEO of YNNA Holding (Morocco), Abdeslam Ben Ayed of Ben Ayed Group (Tunisia), Selma Elloumi, CEO of Stiffen (Tunisia).
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Market Profile: The Poultry Sector in Algeria

While many assume that poultry is a key staple of the Algerian kitchen, industry statistics depict a rather opposite picture. Per-capita consumption of poultry is a mere 7 kilos (or 14 LBs) per year. With this figure, chickens, turkeys, and other white meats may be hard to find in the average Algerian kitchen. So much so that among Algeria’s immediate neighbors, Morocco and Tunisia, the equivalent figure is 15 kilos or 30 LBs in each case.
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Morocco Braces for a Shift to Generic Drugs

Market Trends: More than 70% of the medicines sold in the Moroccan market are expected to swing into the generic space within the next three years. Their formulation will become public domain, likely to create an interesting new dynamic in the marketplace with competition expected to heat up, Multinational pharmaceutical giants are already bracing for the shift.
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Top 10 Predictions for the North African Wireless and Telecom Markets in 2010

The telecommunications and wireless sectors have been bright spots in North African economies and likely to continue to grow. The success of these sectors comes from a wide consumer adoption first of basic mobile phone services, in particular voice, at very affordable prices, then expanding into new services from SMS texting to ring tones. In this paper, Julien Blin, the North Africa Journal’s technology editor and CEO of JBB Research predicts what is to come in Africa’s wireless and telecom markets this year. (copyright JBB Research: http://www.jbbresearch.com)
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Slowing Headwinds in Tunisian Real Estate Sector, Opportunities Elsewhere in the Maghreb

Despite statements from industry officials that everything is moving on track, the Tunisian real estate sector is showing signs of considerable slowdown.
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Leila Hanafi

Leila Hanafi is a legal expert who brings fresh insight on law and judicial issues to The North Africa Journal. Based in Washington DC and with a dual Moroccan-American citizenship, Ms. Hanafi is also Staff Attorney and Programs Manager at the World Justice Project. Prior, Ms. Hanafi held various legal positions at the World Bank, including in the areas of operations, finance, and legal and judicial reforms. Ms. Hanafi serves on the board of numerous nonprofit organizations related to the areas of international law and development, with a focus on North Africa. Ms. Hanafi has published several academic papers and articles, contributed to a few published works on legal systems of North Africa, and have been profiled in several national and international media outlets for her work. Ms. Hanafi is an Honors graduate from American University and Georgetown University in Washington DC, and she is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in International Law. She can be reached at hanafi@north-africa.com
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