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30th anniversary of the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU) : Opportunity to assess Union's path.(APS, 17/02/2019)

ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent, to Morocco’s King Mohamed VI, a congratulations message, on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), in which he said that this celebration was "an occasion to assess UMA’s path and develop its action in accordance with current demands.”

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent, to Chairman of Presidential Council of Libya's Government of National Accord (GNA) Faiz Mustapha AL Serradj, a congratulations message, on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), in which he reiterated "Algeria’s commitment to reviving its institutions and structures.”

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent a congratulations message to his Tunisian counterpart Beji Caid Essesbi, on the sideline of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), in which he reiterated Algeria’s “constant” commitment to this Maghreb building as a “strategic choice and popular demand.”

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika sent, to his Mauritanian counterpart Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz, a congratulations message on the sidelines of the 30th anniversary of the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), in which he reiterated Algeria’s commitment to building AMU as “ a strategic option and popular demand”.

Bill on civil aviation: Air transport growth contingent upon reinforcing legislative instruments.(APS, 17/02/2019)

ALGIERS- The bill on the civil aviation presented Sunday during a plenary session of the People’s National Assembly (APN-Lower House), aims at completing some clauses in the bill which defines the general rules on the civil aviation, by reinforcing the legislative and regulatory instruments adapted to the international commitments.

Under this bill amending and supplemeting the 1998 law, the success of the government’s policy for the development of the civil aviation depends on the State institutions fully exercising their regulatory missions.

This policy is based on the continuation of all the actions aiming the establishment of a legislative and regulatory frameworks and the regulation of air transport activities, favorable to the development of the public and private sector.

In this regard, the creation of a national agency of civil aviation is necessary, since the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) recommends to the Member States to grant legal and financial autonomy to the Civil Aviation Administration to better undertake it attributions and address the lack of financing instruments.

In Algeria, these missions are currently assumed by the Ministry of the Civil Aviation.

Algeria is a member of the 1944 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation. The State is, by virtue of this Convention, subject to the recommended requirements.

Amongst these requirements, which ICAO has been insisting on for years, there are two priority areas: safety and security.

In this context, the National Civil Aviation Agency will allow to remedy the current shortcomings.

The future Agency will be endowed with management autonomy and real decision-making power to enable it to fulfill its mission of regulating, controlling and supervising the air transport activities.

32nd African Union (AU) Summit : Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia presents President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s report on countering terrorism, violent extremism.(APS, 11/02/2019)

ADDIS ABABA-Representing President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika at the 32nd African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Premier Ahmed Ouyahia on Monday presented the report of the Head of State, leader in the issues related to countering terrorism and violent extremism in Africa.

“In 2018, terrorism has further affected several areas in Africa, notably in the Sahel region. Terrorist groups have a good command of social networks and e-communication and use them in radicalization campaigns,” said Ouyahia in a presentation before the African Heads of State and Government.

The PM underlined “the connection between terrorism and translational organized crime that continues, notably drug trafficking.”

“These criminal connections now channel the retreat of defeated terrorists in the Middle East to Africa, where these individuals pose an additional threat,” stressed Ouyahia.

Referring to Africa’s efforts to address the terrorism scourge, the Premier welcomed “the operational and legal progress made in the fight against terrorism.”

In this connection, Ouyahia recalled that “President Bouteflika had submitted a Memorandum on combating terrorism and violent extremism to the previous AU Summit.”

"Adopted by your Summit, this Memorandum could serve as a basis to enrich the Action Plan against Terrorism adopted in 2004,” said the PM.

Concerning the update of this pan-African action plan, Ouyahia highlighted a number of points, notably the importance of "the participation of Member States in African counterterrorism mechanisms as well as the adaptation of African national legislation to the new requirements of this effort.”

Ouyahia reiterated Algeria's readiness "to share its experience and capacities in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism with African States and the AU.”

Counterterrorism: President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s report contains several proposals (Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel).(APS, 12/02/2019)

ADDIS ABABA-The report on combating terrorism and violent extremism, drafted by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Leader of the African Union (AU) in this issue, has just been adopted by the 32nd AU Summit. It contains several proposals aimed at “backing” the continent’s efforts to counter the terrorist threat, Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel said Sunday in Addis Ababa.

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika announces his candidacy to the Presidential Election 2019 in a message sent to the nation.(APS, 10/02/2019)

ALGIERS- President Abdelaziz Bouteflika announces his candidacy to the Presidential Election 2019 in a message sent to the nation, and which will published by APS on Sunday.

“All the political, economic and social forces” of the country would be invited to this Conference, destined to reach a “consensus on the reforms and changes our country should engage,” he said in his message to the nation, announcing his candidacy to the Presidential election of April 2019.

Besides the elaboration of this platform, the national Conference “could propose a deep enrichment” of the Constitution, in compliance with its clauses relating to the national constants, the national identity and the democratic and republican aspect of the State.”

The conclusions that would stem from this conference will be materialized through the “appropriate channels.”

Those objectives, he added, can be fulfilled “only if we work to improve governance within the State-run institutions and administrations and the public and private companies as well.”

This reflects the “particular interest we should absolutely give to the emergence of senior officials and the management of qualified and trained human resource we absolutely encourage and protect.”

The (ongoing) President argued that the achievements made so far “still need improvement” to “restore and strengthen” the citizens’ trust in the institutions.

This goal also requires “responses which must be adapted to the aspirations of our youth,” who sometimes keep themselves far from the political life and some of them choose to venture for exile in extreme and self-destroying attempts.” He also plans to “ensure a stronger presence of youth in the executive bodies and the elected assemblies to define and implement the responses to their aspirations.”

Rule of Law, governance and social justice

The overall project also aims at « consolidating the Rule of Law and good Governance” and ”bolstering the economic development founded on the social justice and the affirmation of a national productive and competitive economy.”

In order to attain those objectives, Bouteflika considers that « first we need to defeat the scourge of bureaucracy through a growingly modern and decentralized public administration” and also increase the “citizens’ contribution to the management of local affairs, through the setting up of participatory democracy mechanisms.”

Regarding the consolidation of the Rule of Law, the stake is “strengthening justice independence” and guaranteeing “a more exhaustive application” of the judicial decisions.

“Further progress” in the fight against corruption must be made, through the “reinforcement of the bodies” in charge of the task and a “greater involvement of the civil society in this struggle.”

In the economic field, Bouteflika said that « all the necessary changes » which must be introduced with « no dogmatism at all» would concern the public and private sectors and their foreign partners, taking as the “efficiency and performance, job creation and the increase of the country’s revenues” as a benchmark

Concerning the social field, the principles of justice and equality are “national constants,” which achievement will require “updates to improve the citizens’ purchasing power and guarantee the continuity of our system of the civil protection.”

Concluding these « reflections on the constraints and the requirements” facing Algeria, the ongoing president called "to make prevail everything that units over what differentiates us from each other in the respect of the pluralism of the visions."

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika appoints Tayeb Belaiz head of Constitutional Council.(APS, 10/02/2019)

ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has appointed on Sunday Tayeb Belaiz head of the Constitutional Council, replacing late Mourad Medelci.

Algeria brilliantly elected to African Union Peace and Security Council.(MFA, 09/02/2019)

Algeria has been brilliantly elected to the AU Peace and Security Council by the AU Executive Council for a three year term from 2019 to 2022.

This election once again illustrates the credibility of the Algerian diplomacy, under the leadership of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and his contribution to preserving peace and security in Africa a d beyond, " Messahel told the press on the sidelines of the 34th ordinary session of the AU Executive Council.

"This is a perfect recognition of Algeria’s contribution to the regional stability, notably in the current situation marked by major crises," he welcomed.

Algeria has already been member of the AU Peace and Security Council for three terms, in 2004- 2007, 2007 - 2010 and 2013 - 2016.

As part of its active membership of the AU largest body, Algeria has greatly contributed to the execution of the Peace and Security Council mission, namely the prevention, the management and settlement of conflicts in Africa. The election was held during a session of the 34th ordinary meeting of the AU Executive Council on the partial renewal of the African Union bodies.

Messahel represents Algeria at the proceedings of the AU Executive Council.

28th Session of the Forum of Heads of State and Government of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) : Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia congratulates Mozambique, Ivory Coast on "progress" .(APS, 09/02/2019)

ADDIS-ABABA– Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, attending on Saturday in Addis Ababa the 28th APRM Forum of the Heads of State and Government has congratulated on Mozambique and Ivory Coast on the "progress achieved" in the field of the political and socio-economic development.

Joint communiqué on the Algeria-USA Strategic Dialogue.(APS, 30/01/2019)

Algeria and the United States of America convened the fourth session of the strategic Dialogue on January 28, 2019, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel and Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, chairing their respective delegations. Minister Messahel and Secretary Pompeo reviewed the close and productive partnership between Algeria and the United States and discussed areas for future Algeria-US Cooperation.

The two Governments agreed to sustain cooperation to advance shared interests in regional stability and a defeat of terrorist groups including AQIM and ISIS. Both sides emphasized their strong support for increased business-to-business engagement, free, fair and reciprocal trade, and a closer economic partnership. The governments also reviewed cultural and educational programs between the two countries and agreed to intensify joint work to promote educational exchange and protect cultural heritage.

Foreign Minister Messahel and Secretary of State Pompeo emphasized their commitment to a long-standing relationship between Algeria and the United States.

Algeria and the United States anticipate continuing consultations on the topics reviewed at the Strategic Dialogue.

Algerian-Russian Joint Commission: Recommendations to boost bilateral cooperation.(APS, 30/01/2019)

ALGIERS- The 9th session of the Algerian-Russian Joint Commission for the Economic, Commercial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation came to a close on Wednesday in Moscow. A minutes containing recommendations for the strengthening of cooperation has been signed.

Iran benefits from Algeria’s opinions, policy.(APS, 30/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Speaker of Iran’s Islamic Consultative Assembly Ali Larijani affirmed Tuesday, in Tehran, that his country takes continually advantage of Algeria’s opinions and wise policy, calling to increase efforts for the promotion of bilateral cooperation to the highest level.

Council of the Nation: New members installed, Abdelkader Bensalah re-elected speaker.(APS, 29/01/2019)

ALGIERS- The new members of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) elected during for the partial renewal of the house, on December 29, and the senators appointed by the president of the Republic (third of the Council) as part of the presidential third have been installed Tuesday, in a plenary session, during which Abdelkader Bensalah has been re-elected speaker of the Council.

Bensalah has been re-elected by an overwhelming majority in a plenary session, held on the eve of important national elections.

The re-election of Bensalah was proposed by the National Liberation Front (FLN, parliamentary majority), the National Democratic Rally (RND), his own party, and the senators appointed by the president.

Born in 1941 in Beni Meshel, Fellaoucene, in the province of Tlemcen (540-km west of Algiers), Bensalah has a long experience in Parliamentary affairs, as he was first elected MP in 1977.

In 1994, he was head of the National Transitional Council, a lawmaking institution that lasted three years.

In 1997, he was elected speaker of the People's National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament), and in 2000, he became president of the Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union (AIPU).

The Constitutional Council announced, on January 14, the final results of the partial renewal of the Council of the Nation won by the FLN, who obtained 32 seats, followed by the RND (10 seats), the independent group (three seats), the FFS (two seats) and El-Mustakbal Front (one seat).

In addition to the elected members, 14 senators appointed by the president of the Republic for six-year terms and two others for a three-year term have been installed.

Algeria's contribution to regional, international stability outlined in Washington.(APS, 29/01/2019)

WASHINGTON (United States)- Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel underlined Monday, in Washington, Algeria's role and contribution to peace and stability at both regional and international levels.

Algiers, Washington pledge to boost multifaceted cooperation.(APS, 29/01/2019)

WASHINGTON-Algeria and the United States of America on Tuesday pledged to boost bilateral multifaceted cooperation.

Algerian researchers recognized among highly cited ones in 2018.(APS, 29/01/2019)

ALGIERS-According to the private intellectual property company “Clarivate Analyties Highly Cited Researchers,” researchers from Algerian universities were among the most cited researchers in 2018.

President of Constitutional Council Mourad Medelci passes away .(APS, 28/01/2019)

ALGIERS - President of the Constitutional Council Mourad Medelci passed away Monday morning in Algiers, at the age of 76, due to illness, his relatives said.

Born April 30, 1943 in Tlemcen, the deceased held several high offices at State institutions. He served as president of the Constitutional Council since 2013.

Graduated from Economics faculty of the University of Algiers (1966), the deceased had run several public groups, before being appointed director general of the National Company of Tobacco and Matchmaking (SNTA) in 1980, then Secretary General of the Ministry of Commerce until 1988.

In the same year, he was named Minister of Commerce, a position he left in 1989.

He then served as Deputy Minister for the Budget (1991-1992) before returning to Commerce Minister position (1999-2001), then Minister of Finance (2001-2002). Subsequently, he joined the presidency of the Republic as an adviser (2002-2005).

The deceased held the position of Minister of Finance again between 2005 and 2007 and Foreign Minister from 2007 to 2013.

Late Medelci ended his career as President of the Constitutional Council from 2013 to 2019.

Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel in Washington: Algeria, stable country in turbulent area.(APS, 28/01/2019)

WASHINGTON – Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Monday in Washington that Algeria is a "stable country in an area marked by major upheavals induced by crises and security threats that have struck it."

Unconventional gas, oil: Algerian reserves revised upward.(APS, 28/01/2019)

ALGIERS- National reserves in unconventional hydrocarbon have been considerably revised upward resulting in Algeria being ranked third in gas and seventh in oil in world rankings, according to a new research by the National Agency for Hydrocarbon resources development Alnaft, has disclosed Monday in Algiers.

Import and export prices soar in Jan-Sep 2018.(APS, 27/01/2019)

ALGIERS – The goods import and export prices, estimated in dinars, increased during the first nine months of 2018 compared to 2017, said the National Statistics Office (ONS).

Indeed, the goods import prices in dinars increased by 12.2%, while the export rates soared by 38.2% between the two periods of comparison, said the ONS in a report on the Index of Unit Values (IVU) of the foreign trade of goods.

In terms of the variation of goods import prices by product categories, the ONS said that all the products registered increases.

The increase concerned the mineral fuels, lubricants and related products (+30.2%), chemical products and related products (+14%), drinks and tobacco (+13.9%), manufactured items (+12.8%), transport machines and materials (+11.2%), inedible crude materials minus fuels (+9.3%), various manufactured items (+8.4%), food products and live animals (+7.5%) and oils, fats and waxes of animal or vegetable origin (+3.9%).

Regarding the export prices, four groups of products out of the seven which compose the export structure increased during the first nine months of 2018, compared with the same period of 2017.

Those four groups of products are the mineral fuels, lubricants and related products (+39.6%), drinks and tobacco (+24.6%), the manufactured items (+18%) and the chemical products and related products (+12.8%).

Three other groups of products, which export prices fell are food products and live animals (-11.3%), inedible crude materials minus fuels and oils, fats and waxes of animal or vegetable origin (-10.1%), as well as transport machines and materials (-1.8%), detailed the Statistics body.

Presidential election 2019: Web app for e-verification of voter card.(APS, 28/01/2019)

ALGIERS-The Ministry of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning has launched a new service on its website that enables registered voters to find out about the polling centres and stations to which they belong.

Presidential election 2019: Last deadline to submit candidature files is 3 March 2019.(APS, 28/01/2019)

ALGIERS- The last deadline for submitting the candidature files for the election of President of the Republic, scheduled for 18 April, will be 3 March 2019 at midnight, announced Wednesday the Constitutional Council in a communiqué.

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) : Growth by 0.8% in Q3 2018.(APS, 28/01/2019)

ALGIERS- The overall growth in Algeria’s gross domestic product (GDP) stood at 0.8% in the third quarter of 2018 compared with the same period in 2017, said the National Office of Statistics.

Algeria, France sign agreement on extradition of criminals.(APS, 27/01/2019)

ALGIERS- A new agreement on the extradition of criminals between Algeria and France was signed Sunday, in Algiers, by Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh and his French counterpart Nicole Belloubet.

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Economic diversification, a "central and paramount" objective.(APS, 24/01/2019)

ALGIERS - The diversification of the national economy is a "central and paramount" objective, which the so far achieved are "not negligible," but remain "insufficient," said President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in an interview to published in Oxford Business Group, published Wednesday in its 2018 Algeria section.

The "economic diversification is a central and paramount objective of our economic approach. Its achievement is not simple, it requires appropriate economic, industrials and agricultural policies, time and consistence in their implementation," added the Head of the State.

According to President Bouteflika, the diversification "also requires the mobilization of all efforts and all the players of development, namely the public authorities, local assemblies, national public and private companies, but also the foreign companies which can greatly contribute to our economy."

For him, a commitment was made several years ago and it is being applied on the ground.

In this regard, the President recalled the various public investment programmes which contributed to reinforcing the basic infrastructure networks, creating jobs, promoting investment opportunities, supporting the citizens’ purchasing power and their living conditions.

The Head of the State stressed the industrial redeployment and investment-boosting policies which helped the recovery of the industrial activities (steel, pharmaceutical, automobile, electronic, food processing and cement industry...).

The "level reached by the diversification of the national economy is significant. However, it remains insufficient to sustainably balance the sector-based added values and constitute, through the promotion of the exports of goods and services, a serious alternative to hydrocarbons," added the President of the Republic.

Relentless fight against bureaucratic practices

The head of the State has insisted on three points which are essential for a successful diversification process.

First, the role of the private sector which is "essential to the success of this process," he added. The "diversification cannot be achieved without a strong and active presence of the private companies in all the economic sectors"

Secondly, the diversification process success, said the president of the Republic, relies on the improvement of the economic governance, both at the State-run institutions and administrations or within the public and private companies.

The diversification requires a "relentless fight against all forms of bureaucratic management and practices," added President Bouteflika, underlining the need for working to further improving the business climate.

"It is unacceptable that the initiatives, the civic and financial commitment of entrepreneurs are constrained by bureaucratic behaviours. In the process of streamlining administrative procedures, we have certainly made some progress, as part of a process, started several years ago in order to improving the business climate. The results are visible in several areas of the life of citizens and of the economic operators (civil status, justice, commercial register, customs, etc.). .), but we have to go further in this direction, "he said.

Expected increase in non-hydrocarbon growth over the period 2020-2030

Algeria will continue to encourage both domestic and foreign investments, especially in sectors and industries with high added value, like renewable energy, agribusiness, services and the digital economy, hydrocarbon downstream activities and the mining sector, tourism and logistics areas, he detailed.

"We expect from this new approach to growth not only the gradual return to the balance of the public accounts, but above all, an increase in non-hydrocarbon GDP growth over the period 2020-2030. We also expect a significant increase in GDP per capita, a substantial rise in the share of manufacturing in the total value-added, a transformation of our energy model so to save our non-renewable resources and diversify our exports to enhance the financing of growth ", he said.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia receives Russian Foreign Minister .(APS, 24/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia on Thursday received in Algiers Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on a working visit to Algeria, said a statement from the Prime Minister's Office.

The audience was attended by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.

The Russian minister arrived on Wednesday in Algiers for a working visit, at the invitation of his counterpart, Abdelkader Messahel.

This visit is part of the ongoing political dialogue and consultation between the two countries, established since the signing of the Joint Declaration on the Strategic Partnership between Algeria and Russia, on 2 April 2001, on the occasion President Abdelaziz Bouteflika state visit to Moscow.

Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov welcomes “level of Algeria-Russia cooperation” .(APS, 24/01/2019)

ALGIERS-Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov on Thursday welcomed the “level of cooperation” between Algeria and the Federation of Russia.

Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel praised Algerian-Russian "privileged relations".(APS, 24/01/2019)

World Economic Forum (WEF) : Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel highlights Algeria’s efforts for regional stability.(APS, 22/01/2019)

DAVOS-KLOSTERS-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, on Tuesday highlighted Algeria’s efforts for regional stability, notably immediate for neighbours, and the peaceful resolution of the conflicts and crisis shaking these countries.

Speaking at a conference themed Peace and Reconciliation under the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (Davos-Klosters), Messahel, representing President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, said that “the values of dialogue reconciliation to which Algeria is attached, enhance the capacities of peoples to open to other nations, nurture their readiness for positive interaction with them, facilitate and support their participation in building international solidarity and consensus.”

Such values also enable them to mobilize more easily around peaceful ways of resolving conflicts, encourage them to react actively to violations or threats of peace and undoubtedly encourage them to contribute, as far as possible, to the promotion of dialogue, understanding and cooperation between cultures and religions in the service of peace.”

“These are the principles from which stems the action of Algeria towards its immediate neighbours and conflicts that persist in Mali and Libya, or in the past, the mediations that led to the 1975 Iran-Iraq border agreement, the 1981 release of US diplomats detained in Tehran, the 2000 peace agreement between Ethiopia and Eritrea, the Great Lakes crisis and the Taif Agreement which ended the civil war in Lebanon,” recalled Messahel.

As part of responding to requests and ensuring the best chances of success in these mediations, Algeria has regularly and strictly complied with certain principles, including neutrality and equidistance between the protagonists as well as the need to be accepted by the parties to the conflict who have requested mediation, respect the uniqueness of mediation and reject interference by other parallel or competing initiatives.

Algeria also attaches great importance to utmost discretion in mediation and considers that any publicity is necessarily counterproductive.

Messahel called to "find innovative approaches to put an end to conflicts and crises that make victims and often threaten regional and international peace and stability" by making "Algeria's commitment to pursue efforts and invest in the culture of peace, dialogue and tolerance, the only viable path for a safer world.”

World Economic Forum (WEF) : Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel shares Algerian successful experience in national reconciliation.(APS, 22/01/2019)

DAVOS-KLOSTERS – Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said Tuesday in the World Economic Forum in Davos that the peace approach in Algeria has been supported by the implementation of a "comprehensive policy of deradicalization."

United Nations (UN) forecasts lower inflation in Algeria for 2019, 2020.(APS, 22/01/2019)

WASHIGNTON- Algeria’s inflation is expected to fall to 2.9% in 2019 and 2.2% in 2020, according to the United Nations’ new forecasts, published Monday in Geneva.

Presidential election 2019: 32 candidacy letters of intent submitted to Ministry.(APS, 22/01/2019)

ALGIERS-Twenty-two (32) letters of intent to stand as a candidate in the presidential election scheduled for 18 April 2018 have been submitted to the Ministry of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning, announced the Ministry.

5+5 dialogue: Foreign Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel emphasizes Algeria’s efforts towards youth.(APS, 19/01/2019)

MALTA- Foreign Affairs Minister Abdelkader Messahel emphasized Friday in Valetta (Malta), Algeria’s efforts towards youth, stressing their role in the economic and social development of the country.

Co-chairing the 15th Foreign Ministers Conference of 5+5 Dialogue, the Algerian foreign minister Messahel took part in a meeting about young Mediterranean voices and emphasized the need to pay a particular focus on youth role in the economic and social development of Algeria, under the leadership of President of Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika

In this regard, Messahel said that a Higher Council of Youth has been created, under the latest revision of the Constitution. The Council missions are making proposals on the youth-related issues and developing their skills and contributions to the economic, social, cultural and sports fields."

He also recalled "the promotion of employment which has been one of the State’s priorities since the 2000s, and the introduction of measures designed to encourage the young project leaders," citing the National Youth Employment Support Agency (ANSEJ) and the National Unemployment Insurance Fund (CNAC).

Algeria “strongly” condemns terrorist attack against a camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).(APS, 21/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria has “strongly” condemned the bloody terrorist attack on Sunday against a camp of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Aguelhok in the country’s north-east, said the spokesman of Foreign Affairs Ministry Abdelaziz Benali Cherif.

Presidential election 2019 : Process started for organization of national major political milestone.(APS, 21/01/2019)

ALGIERS – With the convening of the Electorate by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for next 18 April, the process for the organization of the Presidential Election, a major national political milestone, is set.

It will be organized for the first time under the amended Constitution of 2016 and the new law on the Electoral Law.

The convening comes within the legal deadlines and complies with the provisions of the electoral law which stipulates in its Article 136, that the "Electorate is convened 90 days before the polling day...''.

For the first time in Algeria’s history, the presidential election will be organized under the supervision of the High Independent Authority of Election Monitoring (HIISE).

Created under the amended Constitution 2016 and composed of 410 members (205 magistrates and 205 independent competences from the civil society), this Authority’s mission is the supervision of the revision of the electoral lists by the administration, the drafting of recommendations intended to improve the legal and regulatory system governing the elections and the organization of training sessions for the political parties on election monitoring and on appeals formulating.

The Authority work is consolidating the credibility of elections and ensuring their transparency and integrity from the convening of the electorate to the proclamation of the election results.

Following the convening of the electorate by the Head of the State, a whole process is started. It encompasses the exceptional revision of the electoral lists, submission of candidatures at the Constitutional Council and installation of the National Commission for the Preparation and Organization of Elections.

The Constitution, in its Article 85, stipulates that the President of the Republic is elected directly by universal suffrage and the election shall be won by an absolute majority of the votes cast. The Article 88 says that the duration of the presidential term is 5 years and the President of the Republic is reelected once.

President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika convenes electorate on April 18.(APS, 18/01/2019)

ALGIERS- President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika signed a presidential decree convening the electorate for presidential elections on April 18, the presidency of the Republic said in a statement.

Algeria "strongly" condemns terror attack on hotel complex in Nairobi.(APS, 16/01/2019)

ALGIERS - Algeria "strongly" condemns the terror attack which targeted on Tuesday a hotel complex in Nairobi, leaving several dead and many others injured, said Wednesday the Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif.

Algeria, South Africa ink roadmap to enhance trade, economic cooperation.(APS, 15/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria and South Africa signed Monday, in Algiers, a roadmap to boost economic trade and economic cooperation and give a fresh impetus to investment between the two countries.

The document was signed by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and South Africa's minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu.

Speaking at the end of the signing ceremony, Messahel said that the roadmap provides for exchange of ministerial visits between the two countries, especially the Trade ministers.

The two countries, he added, agreed on a visit to Algeria by South-Africa' minister of Trade and Investment in 2019.

The visit will be an opportunity to create an Algerian-South African committee on exchange in investments and trade.

The two sides also agreed to hold a business forum between the operators of the two countries.

5+5 Dialogue: Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel co-chairs 15th Foreign Minister Meeting in Malta.(APS, 16/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel will co-chair with his Maltese counterpart Carmelo Abela the 15th Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the 5+5 Dialogue on the Western Mediterranean, to be held in Valletta (Malta) on 17-18 January 2019, said Wednesday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a communiqué.

Hydrocarbons: Algeria still has large production capacity.(APS, 16/01/2019)

ILLIZI (Algeria)- The chief executive officer of Sonatrach Group, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, said Monday that Algeria still has a large capacity to produce oil and gas.

"If there is a drop in national oil production, it is due to the respect of the quotas reduced as part of the OPEC/non-OPEC agreement," Ould Kaddour said at a press briefing during a visit to many provinces.

In reply to a question about the figures published recently by the National Statistics Office, Ould Kaddour underlined a fall by 7.8% in hydrocarbon output in the third quarter 2018, compared with the same period in 2017.

According to the CEO of Sonatrach, even if Algeria has a large a capacity to produce oil, it cannot produce as it does today because of the threshold.

"For crude oil, there is a threshold, so we cannot produce more than today even if we have the required capacity."

In gas production, however, there is no threshold, Ould Kaddour said.

"Sonatrach should focus more on gas as it can produce as it wants, mainly for the development of the petrochemical industry."

Algeria, focus of reference book published in Washington.(APS, 15/01/2019)

WASHINGTON-The Washington-based think tank, Transatlantic Leadership Network, published a reference book on Algeria, retracing the country's potential and the long tradition of close relations with the United States (US).

Fruit of a collaboration with the Business Leaders Forum (FCE), the book aims to “encourage American readers to consider Algeria’s unexploited multifaceted cooperation potential,” said authors.

In the recent years, Algerians and Americans showed increased interest in enhancing cooperation but there are many challenges and opportunities are more numerous, wrote authors.

Entitled Algeria & Transatlantic Relations, the book is co-written by Sacha Toperich, the think thank’s Deputy Chairperson, Jonathan Roberts, Project Manager and Samy Boukaila, CEO of BKL Industries.

Authors referred to works written by politicians, experts and former officials in the economic sector, with a view to giving an overview on Algeria’s history, realities and enhanced ties with the US.

The officials having contributed to writing this book include Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, the Head of the FLN party federation in France, Ali Haroun, former minister and CEO of Sonatrach group, Abdelmadjid Attar and economists Mouloud Hedir and Salah Brahimi.

The initiative to write this book contributes to boosting communication between Algeria and the US, stated Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing, Abdelkader Bouazghi, who attended the launch ceremony of the book, held Monday evening at the US Congress, highlighting strong bilateral relations that go back a long way in history.

Speaking on this occasion, Samy Boukaila said that the book aimed at “enhancing Algeria’s image” in the US.

The 368-page book is divided into five parts, containing some twenty chapters that relate the history of Algeria from the numid era while shedding light on the country's major historical stages from the advent of Islam to the conquest of France and the Algerian people's struggle for independence.

The third part of the book also provides a retrospective look at the beginning of relations between independent Algeria and the United States as well as at the post-independence period characterized by the two economic and social revolutions.

The book reviews the Black Decade and national reconciliation launched by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, which enabled Algeria to defeat terrorism and focus on economic development through an ambitious reform programme that has placed the country in a transitional momentum to break with hydrocarbon dependence.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia receives South African Minister of External Relations and Co-operation.(APS, 14/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia received Monday in Algiers, South African Minister of External Relations and Co-operation, Lindiwe Sisulu, who is on a working visit to Algeria, said a statement from the Prime Minister's office.

The meeting was attended by Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.

Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel holds talks with South African Foreign Minister.(APS, 14/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel on Monday in Algiers held talks with South Africa’s Minister of External Relations and International Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu.

Algerian-German partnership agreement to produce hypertension, diabetes drugs.(APS, 14/01/2019)

ALGIERS- A partnership agreement was signed Monday, in Algiers, between the Algerian-Turkish Abdi Ibrahim Remede Pharma (AIRP) and the German pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim for the local production of hypertension and diabetes drugs.

This €20 million agreement will consist in producing the medicines "Micardi.Plus" (against high blood pressure) and "Jardians" (against Type 2 diabetes), said these two partners in the signing ceremony.

The production of these two medicines will be ensured by AIRP’s production plant in the new city of Sidi Abdallah (Zeralda).

According to the director general of Boehringer Ingelheim, Bachir Batel, the production of drugs to treat type 2 diabetes (Jardians) will start in the second quarter of 2019 and will be available in the second half of 2023.

The production of hypertension drugs will start once the technology transfer will be completed by April 2021, he said, underlining that it will be available in Algeria in the second quarter of 2021.

Concerning the price of these two medicines, he said that they will be marketed “at affordable prices.”

For his part, AIRP’s representative Mohamed Lamine Bousteila said investing €20 million in this project comprises equipment, technology transfer and training.

OPEC-Non-OPEC: Algeria cut output by nearly 25,000 barrels per day.(APS, 14/01/2019)

ALGIERS - Algeria cut its oil output by nearly 25,000 barrels per day from 1st January 2019 as part of the OPEC-non-OPEC agreement signed last December, said Monday Sonatrach’s vice-president for exploration and production Salah Mekmouche.

Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel: Algeria, "textbook case" of national reconciliation.(APS, 11/01/2019)

COPENHAGEN-Speaking at a conference held Thursday at the Royal Danish Defence College (Copenhagen), Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel stressed that Algeria was a "textbook case" of national reconciliation.

"The national reconciliation policy, initiated by President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and implemented under his leadership with the massive support of the entire Algerian people, sanctifies human life and places it above all other considerations. This policy is also based on the fundamental values of tolerance, dialogue, living together in peace, mutual acceptance and respect for difference,” said Messahel.

In the same vein, the FM affirmed that "social justice reduces vulnerabilities and margins of exposure to arguments developed and heavily exploited by ideologues and recruiters of extremist and terrorist groups.”

Algeria’s top diplomat also stated that "the fight against violent extremism and terrorism consists in depriving terrorism and violent extremism supporters of the factors that put down their roots, and the way they operate politically and socio-economically".

"This is the path Algeria has taken since President Abdelaziz Bouteflika took office in 1999,” recalled Messahel.

Through peaceful means and starting from the conviction that the path of legal repression necessarily has its limits, Algeria quickly healed the wounds of the Black Decade and mobilized the entire people around the sole goal that is worth efforts, namely the development of the country and the well-being of all its citizens, without exception or exclusion, in accordance with the Constitution and the laws of the Republic," Messahel stressed.

Recalling Algeria's initiative adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, which consists in proclaiming 16 May each year the International Day for Living Together in Peace, Messahel said that Algeria was "working today to promote and entrench in the minds and behaviour of citizens and institutions the values and virtues of living together in peace.”

Libya crisis: Algeria, Libya reiterate support to UN settlement plan .(APS, 08/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel and United Nations secretary general's special representative and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Ghassan Salamé, stressed Monday their unwavering commitment to helping Libyan people getting out of the crisis shaking the country, emphasizing the need to implement the UN settlement plan.

Salamé, who was received by Messahel, said "the meeting with the Algerian official was fruitful," adding that contacts between the UN mission to Libya and Algerian officials, and especially the Foreign minister, "have never been interrupted" since he was appointed as head of the UN mission in August 2017.

The UN official, on a two-day working visit to Algeria, said the continuous coordination between the two sides is mainly due to the geographic proximity between Algeria and Libya, dubbed "heavy burden" for Algeria, calling Libyan officials to take into consideration this dimension.

Greeting Algerian Foreign minister's personal experience regarding the Libyan issue, his several visits to that country, and his acquaintances among Libyan leadership, Salamé called for "taking advantage" of this asset and continuing efforts to push forward for a political resolution in Libya.

The UN official praised "Algeria's consistent and positive position over the situation in Libya," adding that "Algeria has expressed an unfailing support to inter-Libyan agreement process and the United Nation's role, described by Algiers as impartial and legitimate."

Celebration of the Yennayer 2019 (New Amazigh Year 2969).(APS, 09/01/2019)

ALGIERS- The 2nd Amazigh Heritage and Handicraft Week kicked off Sunday at Bastion 23 on the occasion of the celebration of the New Amazigh Year 2969.

Tourism: Chinese TV channel prepares documentary on Algeria destination.(APS, 09/01/2019)

ALGIERS-A team of journalists of the Chinese TV channel “CCTV4” is producing a documentary film on tourism in Algeria to promote this destination for Chinese tourists, announced the Tourism and Craft Ministry in a communiqué.

Algeria plans to export electricity to Spain.(APS, 09/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Negotiations are underway between Algeria and Spain to export electricity produced by national group Sonelgaz to Spain, Minister of Energy Mustapha Guitouni said Monday.

Algeria condemns “coup” attempt in Gabon.(APS, 07/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria has condemned the “coup” attempt Monday morning in Gabon, welcoming the prompt restoration of the constitutional order in this country, said a communiqué of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Security coordination in Libya: Positive step towards unified state institutions(Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel) .(APS, 07/01/2019)

ALGIERS-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel welcomed the recent security coordination measures taken by Libyans and called them “a positive step towards the unification of the Libyan State’s institutions.

“The recent measures by Libyans for security coordination is a positive step towards the unification of Libya’s state institutions,” twitted Messahel in the aftermath of the announcement made by Minister of Interior of Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, in which he said that the ministry and security services are authorized to cooperate with their counterparts in the country’s east to enhance inter-Libyan reconciliation.

“We encourage Libyans to perseverate on the part of dialogue, the only way to restore stability in Libya,” said Messahel.

This cooperation particularly aims to enhance inter-Libyan reconciliation, said Bashagha.

The ministry seeks to improve security situation in the country, which has been experiencing a political and security crisis since the fall of Maammar El-Gueddafi’s regim in 2011.

The ministry authorized “security departments and services to officially contact their counterpart in the east.”

Police and security forces came from various regions met on last Saturday in Benghazi (east) to pool their security efforts. Observers see this meeting as a significant step towards the reunification of the Libyan state.

An inclusive political solution in Libya can be foreseen following the efforts made by the international community in 2018. Nevertheless, security and economic challenges faced by the country require increased mobilization from Libyan parties.

Installation of Algeria-Croatia Parliamentary Friendship Group.(APS, 07/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria-Croatia Parliamentary Friendship Group was set up Monday, in Algiers, to strengthen the bilateral cooperation, notably in the parliamentary field, said a communiqué of the People’s National Assembly.

Non-hydrocarbon growth: Algerian companies likely to take up challenge.(APS, 07/01/2019)

ALGIERS- The Algerian companies are likely to take up the challenge of the non-hydrocarbon economic growth by targeting more foreign markets, underlined Monday, in Algiers, Minister of Finance Abderrahmane Raouya.

Participating in a conference on the provisions of the finance law 2019 and their impacts on the company, organized by the Algerian Chamber of Trade and Industry (CACI), Raouya underlined that this law is part of the budget path aimed at rationalizing expenditure and strengthening budget revenues, by targeting a 3.2% non-hydrocarbon growth.

“Our companies will be able to take up the challenge in the local and foreign markets through the conquest of new market shares at the international level”, he said.

He noted that the budget effort, which devoted in 15 years more than DZD30,000 billion to the investment in infrastructures, offers today an infrastructural armature which serves production and helps reducing regional disparities.

He pointed out that the Algerian economy, despite the difficult financial circumstances, is still resilient.

For his part, CACI’s head Mohamed Laid Benamor welcomed the provisions of the law, notably those in favor of the local production and exports, while expressing the industrialists’ determination to take up the challenges of the country’s growth.

The director of the fiscal regulation and legislation at the General Directorate of Taxes Kamel Touati explained to the participating operators the tax provisions of the finance law 2019.

UN/Civil service: Algeria starts the Presidency of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC).(APS, 02/01/2019)

NEW YORK- Algeria has started officially on Wednesday the Presidency of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), a mandate that it intends to devote to the revitalization of this independent body, established by the United Nations General Assembly.

Satellite telecommunications: Algeria makes major progress in 2018.(APS, 02/01/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria made in 2018 major progress in mastering space telecommunications with the successful broadcasting of public television and radio channels from the new Algerian satellite Alcomsat-1, and with the launch of distance learning and telemedicine programmes via this satellite.

The national space programme, launched in 2006 to end in 2020, made this year an additional step, notably in the field of telecommunication with the broadcasting of these TV and radio channels and the launch of famous e-education and e-health projects via Alcomsat-1, launched on 10 December 2017.

Only a few months after its launch, Alcomsat-1 carried out successfully some of its missions like the broadcasting of five public television channels (National programme, Canal Algerie, TVA3, TV4 and TV5) and 57 radio channels, previously broadcasted by foreign satellites.

This operation is considered as a first for Algeria, which marks its entry to the broadcasting via satellite of television and radio channels.

The TV Broadcasting Algeria (TDA) broadcasted, on 1 November 2018, officially two multichannel packages, one of them includes five HD quality TV channels ( at least 720p) and the other of these same TV channels (standard definition, 480p) and 57 radio services (regional, national and thematic channels) as well as the news wire of APS (Algeria Press Service).

This performance comes some days after the call launched by Minister of Communication Djamel Kaouane, inviting the audiovisual sector to meet the needs of listeners and viewers by winning the stakes imposed by the technological progress.

The satellite Alcomsat-1 succeeded a part of its missions with the official broadcasting of these five HD television channels, a process which started with the signing on 21 May 2018 of a framework agreement between TDA and the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) on the optimal exploitation of this satellite’s capacities, notably in the broadcasting part.

One year after the launch of Alcomsat-1, Algeria plans to make a second telecommunication satellite, Alcomsat-2 which will be built by Algerian specialists, contrary to the first one performed by Chinese engineers.