The identity of the dealers having benefited from a provisional authorization for the importation of new vehicles will ” quite soon” be revealed to the public opinion, indicated the Minister of Industry, Ferhat Ait Ali Braham.
During an interview with the magazine “Indjazat”, the minister said that the list of dealers selected for the import of new vehicles will be revealed “quite soon” to public opinion, a list which will include other dealers in addition to the seven having already received their provisional authorizations.
The minister, also, explained that foreign brands were not excluded “on condition that they find an Algerian resident as a concessionaire and not an associate”.
Asked about the recent controversy surrounding the issuance of approvals for the importation of new vehicles, the minister said that the committee’s decisions were “sovereign” and that the higher authorities were “informed”.
Regarding the conditions set out in the specifications, Mr. Ait Ali Braham denied any “binding” aspect explaining that these requirements were aimed at ensuring a quality service.
“We have decided to limit certain provisions to certain models only, in particular with regard to the four airbags that have been imposed for high-end vehicles only.
As for the area of 6,200 m², required for showrooms, he replied: “Do you think that someone who does not have 800 m² for vehicle maintenance, is a serious operator? ”.
Regarding industrial projects for automobile construction in Algeria, the minister indicated that discussions were underway with two automobile manufacturers, one Asian and the other European, who have shown their desire to set up local manufacturing plants.