ALGIERS- The Prime Minister, Minister of Finance, Aïmene Benabderrahmane estimated, Thursday in Algiers, that the shortage of certain consumer products, such as; edible oil, experienced, recently, by the national market, was mainly due to a disruption in the distribution, ensuring a return to normal “over the next few days”.
In a press statement, on the sidelines of the ceremony for handing over budget allocations to the various ministerial departments under the 2022 finance law, Mr. Benabderrahmane said that this dysfunction “was caused by some procedures and formalities undertaken by certain factories which led to a drop in the rate of distribution”.
Regarding edible oil, the same official indicated that the national needs for this product amounted to 1,600 tons / day, while production had reached more than 2,000 tons / day, with an additional capacity exceeding 400 tons / day, which will, he added, cover all national needs.
The Prime Minister further recalled that the prices of consumer products at the global level have experienced “a significant increase due to climatic conditions and the increase in the cost of maritime transport from China to Europe and also from Europe towards Algeria which has quadrupled “.
In addition, Mr. Benabderrahmane recalled the levels of social transfers, this year, amounting to 1,942 billion AD intended for subsidize food products, water, electricity and all products necessary for the citizen.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed, in this sense, the will of the State to maintain this type of subsidy, while targeting the needy categories, in accordance with the Constitution which protects the rights of everyone and enshrines the principle of equality between the citizens”.