ALGIERS – Tuesday, 07 November 2023 (APS) – The Minister of Trade and Exports Promotion Tayeb Zitouni stressed Tuesday, in Algiers, the need to adopt a participatory approach based on the consultation between the public authorities and the economic operators, aiming at promoting non-hydrocarbon exports.

Chairing, at the Exhibition Palace (Safex), a workshop on the banking, customs and tax procedures on exports, in the presence of the Minister of Finance Laaziz Faid, Zitouni said it is crucial to “lift the constraints and unify the vision between the public authorities and the economic operators to develop, diversify, and boost the amount of non-hydrocarbon exports, to be able to join the global supply chain.”

For the Minister, the presence of the Minister of Finance and all the related bodies and institutions in this workshop, “is a proof of the strong political will towards change, through a participatory approach and consultations with all the players in the export and production domains, aiming at finding practical solutions for the difficulties and lifting the obstacles faced by exporters, regardless of their nature.”

In this regard, Zitouni hailed the efforts made by the banking, financial, and customs institutions in supporting economic operators, in addition to the efforts made by other State institutions and other ministerial sectors.

He emphasized the crucial role of the National Advisory Council for Export Promotion, chaired by the Prime Minister, which aims to enhance the trust relationship between the public authorities and economic players in order to boost export activities.

Zitouni called, on this occasion, all exporters who were unable to attend this workshop to check the digital platform, launched last Sunday and designed for receiving exporters’ complaints. He noted that the Ministry of Trade would be responsible for forwarding these concerns to the relevant sectors, with the goal of resolving these difficulties.

For his part, the Minister of Finance underscored the importance of the incentives established by the Finance sector in customs and taxation fields to support and ensure the fluidity of export operation.

He particularly mentioned the simplified customs declaration and the exportation using the temporary admission customs book, an international customs transit document, in which the payment of the required taxes and customs duties is suspended, and providing a security deposit is exempted.

In this regard, Faid highlighted the role of the green corridor at the border crossing points made for facilitating the export of agricultural and perishable products, by reducing the measures of customs control, emphasizing that the processing of exported products is done in 48 hours.

The Minister also said that the global digitizing operation of procedures and transactions in the sector of Finance serves as “a strong support in terms of simplifying the applied procedures in the export operations.”

This workshop comes after a similar meeting, organized by the Ministry of Trade last October, on the logistic procedures on exports.