Back to school 2022: the new strategy of the department of Rezig

The Minister of Trade and Export Promotion, Kamel Rezig, instructed to support merchants of school supplies, in order to prepare for the start of the 2022/2023 school year, by creating “Rahma markets” for the sale of these supplies and this throughout the national territory.

This was decided during a coordination meeting chaired by Rezig via a remote video conference, in the presence of the central executives of the ministry and the regional and national directors of trade.

According to a press release from the ministry, the meeting was devoted to “monitoring the application of the instructions relating to the control of the supply of the market in consumer raw materials, as well as to the preparation for the start of the school year“.

At the end of the meeting, the minister stressed the need to redouble efforts to “ensure the provision of these supplies to the citizen, and mobilize all the material and human capacities to make a successful start of the school year”.

At a previous meeting, Minister Rezig had discussed with trade officials the subject of “the opening of Rahma markets dedicated to the sale of school supplies, between August 15 and September 15, 2022”.

Himayatek denounces the rise in the price of school supplies

On July 30, 2022, the Algerian Organization for the Defense of Consumers (Himayatek) revealed an insane increase in the prices of school supplies, some of which reached an increase of up to 150% or even 250%. Indeed, the price of a 96-page notebook varies between 95 and 145 dinars, while the price of a package is around 900 dinars, less than two months before the start of the school year.

In a post on the official Facebook page, the organization warned that high prices and shortages would threaten the start of the school year, and called for the situation to be rectified now.

The organization explained that the expectations of the actors concerned by the sector warn of the lack of supply and the scarcity which will affect certain supplies, due to the delay in imported orders, especially since 90% of the school supplies offered on the national market are imported from abroad.

The organization added that providing a child with all the necessary supplies for school, according to estimates, requires a budget of around 6,000 to 12,000 DA “with a schoolbag containing the complete supplies, the apron and the books”, according to the quality of the products and according to the school cycle from primary to secondary.

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