Niger: Doing business and staying in touch
Doing Business in Niger
A lightweight suit and tie are generally acceptable. A knowledge of French is essential, as interpreters are not readily available and executives seldom speak English.
Mon-Fri 0800-1230 and 1500-1830; Sat 0800-1230.
Niger is one of the world's poorest countries. Around 90% of the population is employed in agriculture, although less than 5% of the land is cultivated. This situation is exacerbated by the ever-expanding Saharan desert, drought and locust plagues.
Less than one-tenth of the crops grown are cash crops, the rest being for domestic consumption. The nomadic population rears livestock. Niger's most valuable commodity is uranium. Gypsum, coal and tin ore are also extracted and oil deposits may exist.
In 2005, the IMF approved 100% relief of Niger's US$86 million debt burden. Inflation was at 7.8% in 2005, and annual growth at 3.5% in 2006.
Membership of the CFA Franc Zone affords some monetary stability. Niger is a member of West African trading bloc, ECOWAS.
US$3.6 million (2006 estimate).
Uranium, livestock, cowpeas and onions.
Foodstuffs, machinery, vehicles, petroleum and consumer goods.
Main trading partners
France, Nigeria, Russia, USA and China.
Keeping in Touch in Niger
Roaming agreements exist with some international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to urban areas.
Internet access can be found in major urban areas.
The state controls the main TV and radio stations, but private radio stations are on the increase. Low literacy levels mean radio is the most important news outlet.
Airmail to Western Europe takes up to two weeks.Post Office hours
Generally 0730-1230 and 1530-1800.