The number of women traders in Algeria has increased by nearly 18% over the past five years, reaching nearly 182,000 women at the beginning of March, APS learned from the National Centre of the Trade Register (CNRC).
According to CNRC data, the number of women traders increased from 154,316 in 2018 to 173,687 at the end of 2021, then to 179,037 at the end of 2022, reaching 181,820 at the beginning of March, which represents an increase of 27,504 women traders in five years, a growth rate of 17.8%.
Women currently represent about 8% of the total number of traders registered at the CNRC, estimated at the beginning of March at 2,246,725, according to the same source.
Of the total number of women traders currently registered (181,820 traders), 166,115 traders are registered as natural persons and 15,705 as legal persons (managers of enterprises).
Regarding the territorial distribution of women traders as they are located in the major economic and urban poles, notably in the capital, which is in the lead with 19,607 women traders, followed by Oran (11,787), Tizi Ouzou (7227), Constantine (6540), Sidi Bel Abbès (6227), Tlemcen (5757) and Blida (5477).
As for the average age of women traders registered as natural persons, CNRC data indicate that the age group between 39 and 48 years represents 25.20% of the total number of registered women, while the age group between 49 and 58 years constitutes 24.53%.
By sector of activity, women traders (“individuals”) are mainly active in retail distribution, with 85,695 women (48.29%), services with 70,192 (39.55%), goods production with 15,639 (8.81%), wholesale distribution with 5,605 (3.16%), handicraft production with 283 (0.16%) and export with 61 women (0.03%).
The number of women traders operating as legal entities reached 7,258 (40.52%) in the field of services, 4,873 in the production of goods (27.21%), 2,080 traders in the field of import for resale in state (11.61%), 1. 852 for wholesale distribution (10.34%), 1,427 for retail distribution (7.97%), 264 for export (1.47%) and 157 traders in the field of craft production (0.88%).
In addition, the number of foreign women registered in the trade register up to March reached 633 (187 women traders registered as individuals and 446 foreign companies managed by women).