ALGERIA’S HOUSING DEFICIT REDUCED TO 200,000 UNITS FROM THREE MILLION IN 1999

ALGIERS, -- Algeria's housing deficit has been reduced from some three million units in 1999 to 350,000 at present, says the Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City, Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

In 2014, the deficit fell to 750,000 units, the minister told national radio here Wednesday, stressing that the current shortfall of 350.000 housing units would remain practically the same for some years to come because of the country's demographic developments.

Under the programmes launched by the public authorities, Tebboune said, 350,000 housing units would be delivered in 2016, although the target might even be exceeded.

"In 2014, we committed ourselves to delivering 250,000 housing units and we implemented between 227,000 and 228,000 so far. In 2015, we pledged to deliver 300,000 housing units, and 327,000 have been implemented.

In this regard, he added that in 2016, all AADL (the National Agency for Improvement and Development of Housing) 2001-2002 subscribers would receive their houses, or in a worst-case scenario, 90 per cent of them.

The total number of housing units to be distributed this year has reached 85,000 units, including 54,000 in Algiers.

As for AADL 2013 subscribers whose exact number "has not been set yet," 12,600 to 12,800 units will be distributed before the holy month of Ramadan including 8,000 housing units in Algiers.

Source: Name News Network