Since 2008 the government has introduced various restrictions on foreign investment in Algeria. Companies cannot engage in foreign trade activities unless 30% or more of their capital is held by resident Algerian nationals, while certain foreign investment is subject to a 51% shareholding requirement.
In recent years Algeria has enjoyed rapid economic growth after a long period of stagnation. In order to support this trend the government has introduced a wide-ranging programme to encourage foreign investment. Additional benefits are available in respect of investments in sectors which qualify for special state aid or are of national economic interest.