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22:07 Feb 15, 2008
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French to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Economics
French term or phrase: le secteur informel accueille une activité de plus de 80 % des actifs
Le secteur commercial génère beaucoup d’emplois, donc la quantité est toutefois difficile à évaluer – on estime que *le secteur informel accueille une activité de plus de 80 % des actifs*, très majoritairement dans des unités de moins de 6 personnes.

What is the phrase between asterisks actually saying. I don't think that "actifs" is referring to the active population, as further on down in the text it says that 84% of the active population is in the agricultural sector: Il apporte une contribution majeure en matière d’emploi (84% de la population active en 2005).

The country is Niger.
Angel_7
United Kingdom
Local time: 03:50
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Summary of answers provided
4 +1informal sector
Dominique Laurent
4the infomal sector/economy accounts for more than 80% of economic activity
B D Finch


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7 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
informal sector


Explanation:
in developping countries: un-organized, un-structured businesses that do not pay taxes


PS: I lived 8 years in Niger so if I can be of any help, just ask.


    Reference: http://www.gdrc.org/informal/index.html
Dominique Laurent
South Africa
Local time: 04:50
Native speaker of: French

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Charles Hawtrey: or undeclared, non-registered, active but not contributing to social security or income tax, etc., which only 20% actually do.
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14 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
the infomal sector/economy accounts for more than 80% of economic activity


Explanation:
Keeping it suitably vague.

See: http://www.worldbank.org/urban/urbanforum2005/presentations/...
where, according to the World Bank, the informal sector in Niger accounts for c. 80% of the local economy.

Wikipedia claims that "informal sector" is now largely replaced by the term "informal economy", however it seems that the World Bank and the UN have not been reading Wikipedia.

B D Finch
France
Local time: 04:50
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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