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Charter committing Presidential candidates to implement recommendations of National Dialogue Conference. (APS, 18/08/2019)

ALGIERS- The General Coordinator of the Dialogue and Mediation Panel, Karim Younes, on Saturday underlined the Panel's determination to draw up a charter of honour, committing candidates in the next presidential election to implement the recommendations of the National Dialogue Conference.

"The Consultative Council comprises national elites, including academics, intellectuals, experts and civil society representatives as well as civil society actors, former executives, who continue to serve their country with self-abnegation and honestly," Younes said at the installation ceremony of the Consultative Council of the Dialogue and Mediation Panel.

Those personalities have joined the Panel prompted by the need to respond to the call of the country to find a consensual solution to the current political crisis, with a view to ensuring transparent and fair election, through an independent mechanism, which would be in charge of preparing and monitoring the next presidential election and announcing the results, he added.

The consensual solution should take into consideration the demands of popular Hirak (protest movement), calling for radical change of the political system, through a constructive dialogue, as a constitutional and effective mechanism to achieve the desired goals, he stressed.

"The Panel doesn't have any pre-set plan but it draws from the different platforms proposed by civil society actors, political parties and national personalities, in addition to the dialogue and mediation outcomes," said Karim Younes.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Affairs Sabri Boukadoum calls on member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to strengthen solidarity in Africa. (APS, 18/08/2019)

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sabri Boukadoum, has called on member states of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to strengthen solidarity policy in the continent, adding that this "powerful" organization can play a key role in resolving crises and promoting peace.

In a statement during a ceremony, held at the Embassy of Namibia in Algiers, august 17th, to mark the creation of SADC, the Foreign minister underlined that SADC is a "powerful regional organization" that can have an important role in the resolution of crises and the promotion of peace in the continent.

Boukadoum hailed the initiative of Namibia's Embassy to celebrate in Algiers the 27th anniversary of SADC creation, and called on the member states to strengthen solidarity in Africa and encourage continental integration.

The United Nations (UN) hails Algeria's "active contribution" to 2nd Africa Day. (APS, 18/08/2019)

ALGEIRS United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa, Bience Gawanas, has welcomed the participation and "active contribution" of Algeria to the 2nd day of Africa, held in New York on 17 July, on the sidelines of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah receives credentials of several Ambassadors. (APS, 14/08/2019)

ALGIERS – Head of the State , Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah on Wednesday received at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic several Ambassadors who handed him their credentials as new Ambassadors to Algeria.

Agreements on construction of 9 photovoltaic power plants in South. (APS, 14/08/2019)

ALGIERS- The SKTM (Company for Electricity and Renewable Energies), subsidiary of Group Sonelgaz, signed Wednesday in Algiers agreements with five national companies for the construction of nine photovoltaic power plants of 50 MWc in the South of Algeria

"The construction of this project in the South will enable Algeria to save annually 20,600 tonnes of gasoline and makes it earn $14 million per year," said CEO of Sonelgaz, Chaher Boulakhras, on the sidelines of the signing ceremony.

Algeria is seeking to reduce by 30 to 40% the bill of gasoline imported for the production of electricity in the South.

Boulakhras said that the project will have a genuine socio-economic and environmental impact as it will supply the local populations living in remote areas with electricity.

It would also shrink Algeria’s use of fossil fuels and reduce the CO2 emissions of 60,000 tonnes per year, added the same official.

The project launch follows the national call for bid issued by the SKTM in 2018, addressed to Algerian companies. The call for bid concerns the production of 50 MWc over five lots, aiming the hybridization of diesel and gas turbine power plants operating in the South.

The "objective from the installation of photovoltaic power plants with such capacity is preserving fossil resources by reducing gasoline consumption, protecting the environment in addition to the socio-economic impact."

Mentioning the 2015-2030national programme for the development of renewable energies, he said that Algeria investments in the renewable energy field are meant to provide overall and lasting solutions to the environment-related challenges by preserving its fossil resources.

Once this objective attained, Algeria would achieve up to $200 million in revenues over of a period of 25 years.

Algeria strongly condemns terrorist attack outside Cairo Cancer Institute. (APS, 06/08/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria has strongly condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated Sunday outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Monday in a statement.

"Algeria has strongly condemned the terrorist attack on Sunday 4 August 2019 outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, which killed many innocent victims," said the statement.

In this terrible ordeal, Algeria expressed its solidarity with the Government and people of Egypt and offered heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, wishing a speedy recovery for the injured, concluded the Ministry's statement.

Coordinator of the National Panel for Dialogue and Mediation, Mr.Karim Younes: "No interference in formation of dialogue panel". (APS, 06/08/2019)

ALGIERS – Coordinator of the National Panel for Dialogue and Mediation, Karim Younes, said Tuesday that no official party interfered in the composition of the panel and the designation of its members, stressing that the most important thing now is finding a solution to the crisis in the country.

In an interview to "Web Radio Maghreb M," Karim Younes said that "the President of the Civil Society Forum for Change, Abderrahmane Arar is the only one to have contacted us. No party has intervened in the formation of the Dialogue and Mediation Panel."

"All statements made in this regard are unfounded and the most important thing now is to find, in the shortest possible time, a way out of the crisis the country is facing," he added.

"Currently, the main demand of the Panel – prior to the launch of the mediation process - is the liberation of the detainees, the cessation of violence exerted on demonstrators and the opening of the media field."

"We hope that Head of state, Abdelkader Bensalah, will fulfill his commitments so these demands materialize, particularly the departure of the current government which is the main demand of the popular movement (Hirak)," he said.

Speaking about the national dialogue, Younes who reaffirmed that "neither the Presidency of the Republic, the Army nor any other party can interfere in this dialogue," welcomed all initiatives of dialogue which will be conducted by "all Algerians, parties, politicians, representatives of civil society and all the actors."

With regard to the consultative missions the Panel has been entrusted with, the coordinator said that the meeting, to be held on Wednesday, will be "open to all."

It will "discuss, in complete freedom, all the questions that interest the movement (Hirak) and the Algerians’ demands."

Karim Younes said that "we will try to reach a joint platform that will allow us to convey all the positions, opinions and aspirations of the Algerians, in addition to their implementation on the ground.

All these proposals and opinions will constitute the main roadmaps that will serve as a reference for the Panel in the elaboration of a document it will submit to the National Conference, to be organized at the end of the rounds of dialogue."

The “Conference will bring together the all parties, political figures and representatives of civil society, in addition to the actors of the Hirak, without exclusion,” he said.

Algeria's economy: Annual growth at 1.4% in 2018.(APS, 06/08/2019)

ALGIERS-Algeria' annual economic growth stood at 1.4% in 2018, against 1.3% in 2017, announced the National Statistics Office (ONS).

The growth remains positive despite the economic context, mainly characterized by a current account deficit in the balance of payments, a decrease in foreign exchange reserves and a decline in hydrocarbon revenues, announced the office.

The GDP growth rate, excluding hydrocarbons, has improved to reach 3.3% in 2018, against 2.1% in 2017, “which represents a significant improvement,” according the office of statistics.

The economic growth was driven mainly by the agricultural sector (5%), public works and hydraulics (BTPH), including public works and petroleum services (5.2%) as well as industry services (4.1%), said the office.

In current values, the GDP increased from DZD18, 575.8 billion to DZD20, 259.0 billion in 2017, up by 9.1%, said the same source.

Per capita, the GDP is estimated at $4,080.7 in 2018, compared to $4,011.2 a year earlier, added the source.

In 2018, the GDP deflator increased by 7.6% compared to 4.7% in 2017.

This trend, of a positive GDP deflator, does indeed reveal smaller decline in international hydrocarbon prices as early as 2016 and a significant increase in prices in 2017 and 2018, according to the source.

Hydrocarbon exports reached $39 billion in 2018 compared with $33.5 in 2017, up by 16.6%, said the office.

In terms of volume, exports of hydrocarbons fell by 8.4% in 2018, after falling by 3.5% in 2017, the National Statistics Office (ONS) said.

Meanwhile, household final consumption grew by 2.8% in 2018 and Gross Fixed Capital Formation (GFCF) grew by 3.1%, it added.

In nominal terms, GFCF increased from 6.6% to DZD 8,202.5 billion in 2018 compared to DZD7,698.0 billion in 2017, said the source.

The investment rate of economy remains high in 2018, while the share of GFCF in gross product is of 40.5%, the ONS added.

According to the National Statistics Office (ONS), this ratio reveals a major infrastructure investment, supported mainly by the State.

Algeria calls on African States to combine efforts in facing problems of the refugees and the displaced in Africa.(APS, 06/08/2019)

MIDRAND (South Africa) – Algeria called for coordinated and intensified the African States efforts in facing the worrying proliferation of the problems of the refugees and the displaced in Africa, said Tuesday in South Africa’s Midrand the interim chairman of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) Salah Goudjil, stressing the need for giving priority to development and security.

In a statement during the Annual Conference of Presidents of African National Assemblies and Senates under the theme: "2019, year of Refugees, Returnees and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa," Goudjil said that this is matter of "great importance for our countries and our peoples. It requires from us stronger cooperation in order to reach a comprehensive approach in terms of dimensions and costs."

In this regard, he added that the "question of refugees, returnees and the internally displaced persons in Africa became worse over the last years due to crises and armed conflicts, caused by internal factors or by foreign interventions."

"In order to resolve these mainly humanitarian dilemmas," Goudjil said that Algeria "has always recommended a comprehensive, consultative, balanced and united approach based on the respect of human rights, sovereignty and the prerequisites related to the national security of each country."

The interim chairman of the Upper House said it was necessary that this "approach equally takes into account the concerns and interests of the countries of origin, the countries of transit and the countries of destination."

Algeria "already suffers from these very problems and subsequently takes the necessary measures, in line with the agreements it had concluded with the countries of origin and international laws."

"Algeria has always provided the necessary assistance to the refugees, returnees and internally displaced in Africa and outside," he said.

"However, Algeria considers that the spreading out of these phenomena is becoming increasingly worrying, which forces us to coordinate and intensify our efforts, particularly with regard to the fight against criminal networks seeking to exploit these humanitarian tragedies," he noted.

To eliminate the causes and the impacts of these scourges, « we must, as a necessity, give priority to development and security," he said, expressing Algeria’s "conviction that balanced and lasting development will give numerous solutions to several dilemmas, notably the issue of the refugees, returnees and the internally displaced in Africa."

Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah, Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui. discuss measures for post-summer season. (APS, 05/08/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah received Monday in Algiers Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui with whom he discussed the measures to be taken in preparation for the period following the summer season, the presidency of the Republic said in a statement.

Political dialogue: All proposals will serve as roadmaps.(APS, 05/08/2019)

ALGIERS- National Dialogue and Mediation Panel stressed that all platforms and proposals made as part of the efforts to settle the political crisis in Algeria will serve as "main roadmaps" in drafting the paper to be submitted to the National Conference, to be held at the end of the dialogue process.

National Dialogue Panel announces creation of wise men committee.(APS, 05/08/2019)

ALGIERS- National Dialogue and Mediation Panel has announced the creation of a Committee of the Wise made up of personalities and experts.

National Dialogue and Mediation Panel stressed that all platforms and proposals made as part of the efforts to settle the political crisis in Algeria will serve as "main roadmaps" in drafting the paper to be submitted to the National Conference, to be held at the end of the dialogue process.

Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui hands over message from Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah to new Mauritania's President.(APS, 01/08/2019)

NOUAKCHOTT- Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui has been received Thursday in Nouakchott by newly elected Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ghazouani to whom he delivered a written message from Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah.

Dialogue and Mediation Panel to start national dialogue promptly.(APS, 01/08/2019)

ALGIERS- The National Dialogue and Mediation Panel has decided to begin the national dialogue promptly, in line with a calendar "which will be announced later," said Thursday the Panel in a communiqué.

ALGIERS-The pacifism that characterized the 22nd popular movement, an unprecedented event since the independence of Algeria in 1962, to attract the interest of international press including the New York Times that qualified demonstrations “a unique revolution in the Arab world.”

Prime Minister represents Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah at inaugural ceremony of Mauritanian President.(APS, 01/08/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah has designed Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui to represent him at the inaugural ceremony of new Mauritania's President Mohamed Ould Cheikh Ghazouani Thursday, in Nouakchott, the presidency of the Republic said in a statement.

Baccalaureate: Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah chairs ceremony awarding best laureates.(APS, 29/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah on Monday presided over a ceremony, at the Palace of People in Algiers, awarding the best laureates of the baccalaureate exam in 2019.

During the ceremony, attending by senior state officials, member of the government and student parents, Bensalah awarded honorary certificates, medals and symbolic presents to the laureates (70), including Bounab Labiba from the province of Guelma who got the best average grade nationwide (18.75) in experimental science, followed Belaidi Lina from Algiers (18.70) in mathematics and Djeddou Rihane from Medea (18.67) in technical mathematics.

Success rate in the exam this year has been 54.56%, against 55.88% in 2018. Those studying mathematics have topped the list with a success rate of 78.61%.

A total of 674,831 candidates sit the Baccalaureate examination in June, 263,400 of them were out-of-school candidates, according to the figures provided by the ministry of National Education.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum receives Director General of Arab Organization for Agricultural Development.(APS, 30/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum has received Director General of Arab Organization for Agricultural Development (AODA), Adam Ahmed El-Dekhairi, who is on a working visit to Algeria, said the ministry in a communiqué.

CAN 2019: Bensalah bestows Medals of National Order of Merit upon “Greens” (APS, 25/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah on Saturday bestowed Medals of National Order of Merit to the players of the Algerian football team, winner of the African Cup of Nations CAN 2019.

In a speech before the “Greens” at the Palace of People (Algiers), Bensalah said: “we share the outpouring feelings that overwhelmed the whole country. We reiterate our gratitude and appreciation for the efforts made throughout these weeks.”

Considering the pains and difficult moments you went through with patience and pride, we decided to bestow Medals of National Order of Merit upon you in recognition of the historical value added to the Algerian sport.”

“This distinction is really exceptional since it rewards you for the achievements you made. It is also a source of inspiration and an example to follow by future generations,” said Bensalah.

“Algerians inside and abroad have placed their hopes in you from the very beginning of your sporting career, which was crowned during this tough continental competition with the thirty-second African Cup of Nations (CAN), which took place in the brotherly country of Egypt," stated the Head of State.

"Brilliant in the eyes of this valiant people from whom you have taken your roots, you have carried in your hearts, since you entered this important continental sporting competition, the wish to make this dream come true and win a second African Cup. Armed with a strong patriotic spirit and sporting values that enhance your honourable record, you have played difficult with a heroic posture and dexterity of talented professionals,” stressed the Head of State.

“You were probably desert fighters. This is how you have also earned the acclaim of thousands of supporters and the applause of the young people and families who invested squares and boulevards expressing their joy at the successes achieved so far with such patriotism and modesty,” affirmed Bensalah.

“Your deserved victory at the CAN will remain a sporting event that marks the nation’s history, an event that exploded the Algerian people with joy,” said the Head of State.

"State’s bodies, the Government and military institutions have spared no effort to provide you with the necessary assistance by allowing thousands of citizens to travel to Egypt to be at your side. These significant efforts are rarely made by other nations in such competitions and deserve to be commended,” said Bensalah.

New towns and urban centres, focus of Inter-ministerial Council (APS, 25/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui on Sunday chaired the meeting of the inter-ministerial Council devoted to new towns and urban centres as well as the prospects of their development, the Prime’s office announced in a communiqué.

The meeting focused on the cities of Sidi Abdallah (Algiers), Bouinane (Blida), Boughezoul (Medea-Djelfa), El Menia (Ghardaïa), Hassi Messaoud (Ouargla), and the urban centres of Ali Mendjeli and Ain Nehas (Constantine), Draa Errich (Annaba) and Ahmed Zabana (Oran), the communiqué said.

The meeting, which was attended by the Ministers of Interior, Finance, Energy, Housing, Water Resources, Public Works and Transport, Environment and Renewable Energy, was devoted to the "problems that hinder the completion of new cities and urban centres in our country.”

Participants discussed the situation of ongoing and frozen projects in several sectors, in particular those relating to connection to various networks, and the construction of basic public infrastructures for the inhabitants of these cities and urban centres, including Sidi Abdallah, Bouinane, Ali Mendjeli, Aïn Nehas and Draa Errich.

The presentations made by ministers "showed a disparity between the rate of progress of housing projects and other public infrastructures, essential to the ordinary life of citizens, due to obstacles relating to land bases intended to them, and certain projects that have stopped due to a lack of funding and coordination between the concerned sectors.”

Speaking at the end of ministers’ presentations, the Premier stated that the Government "is determined to remove all obstacles to the completion of certain registered projects, through the allocation of necessary funds in a reasonable manner, in accordance with an integrated and periodic approach that takes into account the aspirations of citizens and the specificities of each region.”

Concerned about meeting the needs of residents of new cities and urban centres, particularly at the start of the next school and university year, the PM underlined the need to complete the projects accompanying the housing programmes currently under way, such as schools, water, gas and electricity connections, as well as sanitation networks and roads, at the start of the next school year, particularly in the towns of Sidi Abdellah, where the reception of 13.000 housing units is expected this year, and Bouinane ( 9,000 housing untis).”

Initiative of Civil Society Forum for Change, "positive step" (APS) 18 July 2019.

ALGIERS- The initiative of the Civil Society Forum for Change, which proposed a list of national figures to lead the dialogue process, "is a positive step," said the Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah, adding that consultations would be launched for "the setting-up of the panel," whose final members would be announced "soon."

"The head of State has noted the content of the statement released yesterday 17 July 2019 by the Civil Society Forum for Change and considered it as a positive step in line with the approach proposed by the State," said the Presidency of the Republic in a statement.

In this regard, Bensalah said that this proposal would "serve as a basis for the setting-up of the panel of national figures invited to lead the dialogue process," added the Presidency.

"As called for by our citizens and as underlined by the Head of State, those figures should be credible, independent, without party affiliation and without electoral ambition. Those personalities emerge owing to their moral authority or their historical, political or socio-professional legitimacy," said the statement.

"The figures proposed by the Forum are, from that point of view and subject to their availability, fully eligible to fulfil this noble mission in the service of our country," said the Presidency's statement.

"Through this commendable initiative, the civil society is concretely contributing to the launch of a constructive and good-faith dialogue, for which the Head of State has constantly called," the statement added.

In this regard, the Presidency of the Republic reaffirmed that "this dialogue, also advocated by our People's National Army and on which the Deputy Minister for National Defence and Army Chief of Staff has insisted on several occasions, remains the only means to build a fruitful and the broadest possible consensus, leading to a presidential election that would allow the country to launch the much-needed reforms."

CAN 2019: Bensalah received by Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (APS) 18 July 2019.

CAIRO- Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah was received Thursday in Cairo (Egypt) by President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, on the occasion of the finals of the African Cup of Nations (CAN-2019) football, pitting the Algerian football team to his Senegalese counterpart, Friday at the international stadium in Cairo (20:00 Algerian time).

During this meeting, which was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Choukri and his Algerian counterpart, Sabri Boukadoum, as well as the Algerian Ambassador to Egypt, Nadir Larbaoui, the Egyptian President congratulated his counterpart Algerian for the "beautiful" qualification of the national team in the final of the CAN, hosted by Egypt since June 21.

The Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah expressed "his deep thanks and gratitude for the efforts made by Egypt and all its institutions, as well as for the facilities offered and the great cooperation with the Algerian public, during this CAN marked by a very good organization ", according to a statement of the Presidency of the Republic.

The two sides expressed their "great satisfaction with the privileged and exceptional nature of bilateral relations, rooted in the history of the common struggle’’, the statement added.

Several regional and international issues of common interest were reviewed, in addition to the means of promoting Arab solidarity to face the current challenges.

As a reminder, the head of state, Abdelkader Bensalah arrived Thursday morning in Cairo, to attend the final of the African Cup of Nations (CAN-2019).

Bensalah emphasizes Algeria’s “pivotal” role in Mali crisis settlement (APS) 17 July 2019

ALGIERS-During an audience he granted to Mali’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on Wednesday, Tiébilé Dramé, Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah on emphasized Algeria’s “pivotal” role in the crisis settlement process in Mali, the Presidency of the Republic said in a communiqué.

Inter-ministerial Council to examine preparations for return to work, school (APS) 15 July 2019

ALGIERS- Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui chaired Sunday a broadened inter-ministerial council devoted to the examination of the preparations for the return to work and school after the summer break, in which he stressed “the importance of this rendezvous and the need for all people’s mobilization for its success, notably in the country’s current situation and which requires combining and increasing efforts,” said a communiqué of the Prime Minister’s Office.

More than 695 new schools, including 452 primary schools, 144 middle schools and 99 high schools, in addition to 273 new dining halls, will be commissioned in the next school year.

Concerning the new university year, the sector of Higher Education and Scientific Research will be strengthened with more than 62,000 new pedagogical seats and more than 31,000 new beds for students, bringing thereby the overall accommodation capacity to more than 658,000 beds.

The sector of Vocational Training and Education, at total of 24 new training centers, with a capacity of more than 15,000 trainees, will enter into service.

The same source underlined that “Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui chaired on Sunday 14 July 2019 a broadened inter-ministerial Council devoted to the examination of the preparations for the newt social season, including those relating to the beginning of the new pedagogical year, in which they exposed the measures taken by 17 ministerial sectors, the ministers who presented their progress reports concerning these preparations, notably the implementation of the decisions taken during the two ministerial meetings held on 23 April and 19 May 2019 concerning the same issue.”

Prime minister stressed “the importance of this rendezvous and the need for all people’s mobilization for its success, notably in the situation country is experiencing and which requires increasing and combining efforts, particularly the new school year which constitutes the first priority in the current phase, pointing out the need to remove all hindrances and remedy inadequacies in time.”

He decided “to attach a big interest to people with specific needs by increasing the level of care to pupils with specific needs to ensure the same schooling chances.”

The public authorities’ efforts for the strengthening of educational infrastructures culminated in the construction of several facilities.

In this regard, Bedoui instructed Ministers of Interior and Labour to review the mechanisms of involving small and medium-sized companies, created under the different youth employment support programmes, in the performance of these services and the involvement of local authorities, notably by implementing new regulatory framework relating to the delegations of public service.

It was also decided to make dialogue with the different social partners in all fields prevail, to activate local action mechanisms through ground visits by all sectors and to take immediate measures to deal with the concerns of citizens and operators at the national level.

Concerning the current season’s harvesting campaign; Prime minister gave instructions to deal immediately with the concerns of the farmers concerning the facilitation of the wheat storage operations.

CAN 2019: Head of State congratulates national team for qualification for final (APS,15/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah sent Sunday a congratulation message to the national team and supporters following the Desert Foxes’ qualification for the final of the African Cup of Nations CAN-2019, in a match played against Nigeria in Egypt, reiterating the State’s commitment to continuing its efforts to create all appropriate conditions so that this victory will be crowned with other successes at the continental and international levels.

Algeria condemns car bomb blast at Benghazi cemetery (APS,12/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria has condemned the car bomb attack targeting a funeral in a cemetery in Benghazi (east of Libya) on Thursday, leaving four dead and 32 others wounded.

Algeria's financial position remains "relatively comfortable" (APS,13/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria has a "relatively comfortable" financial position, allowing a "large" room for manoeuvre, despite the freezing of the non-conventional financing, said Finance Minister Mohamed Loukal.

"With exchange reserves standing at $72.6 billion in late April 2019 (the equivalent of two years of imports), a foreign indebtedness equaling 1% of the GDP, an internal public debt at 37.2% of the GDP late 2018 (against 26.7% in 2017), average oil barrel price at $63.93 (-6.4% compared to the same period in 2018) and an inflation rate of 3.6% late May 2019, Algeria’s financial situation remains relatively comfortable," he said in an interview to APS.

"We still have a large room for manoeuvre to fulfill our budgetary and financial commitments," he said, recalling that the government had opted for a strategy based on a lasting rationalization of public expenses.

The minister explained that the government would go for a better budgetary era, a better use of the dividends and the financial market, while maintaining a more rigorous monitoring of the National Investment Funds resources.

"We subsequently will resort to the financial engineering techniques, based on a larger field of intervention," said Loukal.

Questioned about the impact of the non-conventional financing, the minister said that despite being frozen since late May 2019, the excess liquidities it caused "are still at banks."

To avoid the "negative impact" of these excess liquidities, the monetary authority had to intervene to absorb, in April 2019, excess liquidity worth DZD 1,951.1 billion, he said.

Such a "cash position is conducive to a banking system that ensures, under normal conditions, the financing of the national economy, notably through investment credits," said Loukal.

The minister, moreover, called on for the banks to scaling up financial inclusion, adding that a "change" in the human resources of these establishments was "needed."

Household and personal savings worth DZD 1,500 to 2,000 billion are outside the banking circuit and could not meet the immediate needs of budget coverage, recalled the minister.

Answering a question on possible use of national bond issue to recover a part of these savings, the minister said that this approach is not on the agenda” since it has already been implemented unsuccessfully.

Head of State talks by phone with Tunisian President (APS,11/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah held Thursday talks by phone with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, to enquire about his health, said a communiqué of the Presidency of the Republic.

MFA SG holds talks with France’s Special Envoy for Libya (APS,11/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rachid Bladehane received, Thursday in Algiers, France’s Special Envoy for Libya, Frederic Desagneaux, with whom discussed the situation in Libya.

Terrorism, organized crime: Algeria calls for comprehensive approach (APS,11/07/2019)

NEW YORK- Algeria called, at the United Nations, for a comprehensive approach to counter the ties between terrorism and transnational organized crime, pointing out that the phenomenon requires more attention and action from the international community.

State to toughen Algerian anti-corruption legislation (APS,11/07/2019)

ALGIERS – Determined to continue combating corruption, the State has decided to toughen the Algerian legislation. Indeed, the Code of Criminal Procedure will be revised to levy all the obstacles to the public action.

In this regard, a draft bill modifying and completing the Code of Criminal Procedure has been presented Wednesday by Justice Minister Slimane Brahmi during a meeting of the government.

It aims at hardening the legal system in terms of the fight against all the forms of crime.

The new bill aims at levying all the obstacles to the judicial police action and repealing the provisions which hinder the application of public action.

The abrogation would also concern the provisions which make any public action against public economic companies subject to prior complaints from the companies’ corporate bodies.

The amendments which would be introduced to the Code of Criminal Procedure will empower the judicial police officers to exercise their missions without the authorization of the general prosecutor.

They would also authorize the judicial police officers to search and investigate all the cases addressed by the national criminal law.

Several weeks ago, the justice minister committed "to spare no efforts to remove all the judicial obstacles in order to achieve effective fight against corruption."

The Judiciary is "an independent authority which mission is the enforcement of law so to protect the society and guarantee the individuals’ rights and liberties," he pointed out.

Head of State receives credentials from many ambassadors (APS,10/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah has received Wednesday, at the Presidency of the Republic, many ambassadors who presented their credentials.

Libyan crisis: Foreign Ministry denies statements attributed to Bedoui (APS,10/07/2019)

ALGIERS-The claims assigned, by some foreign and national media, to Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui regarding the crisis in Libya are “false and subversive,” said Tuesday a responsible source at the Foreing Affairs Ministry.

Head of State, Premier examine measures to accompany inclusive dialogue (APS,09/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah examined Tuesday with Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui the measures that will be taken by the State to accompany the inclusive dialogue process aimed to address the concerns relating to the organization of the presidential election, said a communiqué of the Presidency of the Republic.

Bensalah's term expires: Drawing on Constitution to prevent constitutional vacuum (APS,09/07/2019)

ALGIERS- The prolonged term of Head of the State Abdelkader Bensalah, until the election of a president of the Republic, following the Constitutional Council opinion is, according to jurists, a Fetwa (jurisprudence) stemming from the "very spirit of the Constitution" in a view to guarantee "the continuation of the State institutions and prevent any risk of constitutional vacuum."

The opinion given by the Constitutional Council on the extension of the Head of State’s term for 90 days for "the organization of the presidential election" expires on Tuesday, is an "exceptional measure for an exceptional situation," which resulted from "the impossibility" of holding the presidential election, initially scheduled for July 4th, explained constitution experts.

According to them, such a measure aims to ensure "the continuity of the state" and to "avoid the constitutional vacuum and the blockage of State institutions."

In this regard, Amar Belhimer, law professor at the University of Algiers told APS that "by approving the extension of the Head of the State’s term, the Constitutional Council diverted from the text of the Basic Law, but nevertheless respected its spirit. The Council acted within the broad constitutional framework and within the framework of existing institutional laws in order to avoid any vacuum that could jeopardize the State‘s stability and security.”

Commenting the criticisms over the content of the Constitutional Council opinion, Belhimer said that "this opinion is regarded as outside the Basic Law since it is based on Articles 7 and 8 which confer sovereignty on the people, with the aim of avoiding the constitutional void and extending the application of Article 102."

Article 102 (6) of the Constitution stipulates that "the President of the Council of the Nation assumes the office of Head of State for a period of up to 90 days, during which presidential elections are held" .

For the professor, "maintaining Bensalah in office after July 9th in conformity with Article 102 of the Constitution reflects the weakness of the institutional and legal structure of the Algerian system as a whole and clearly demonstrates the shortcomings of the exclusive presidential system, which led to vacuum that could undermine the central power and the State in general," due to a "single executive power which sidelined the governmental action supported by fictional parliamentary majority," he added.

For her part, Constitution expert Fatiha Benabaou considers that the Constitutional Council delivered its decision to "preserve the State institutions" and "ensuring the organization of the Presidential Election."

For her, the "functioning of the State cannot be without constitutional institution and a Head of the State."

Lawyer Benabou warned against the "dangers" which might be caused by the constitutional vacuum," Algeria has never experienced since Independence."

The Constitution "doesn’t foresee the extension of the Head of the State’s term, however the political crisis in the country required an exceptional legal provision to prolong the term until the election of a president of the Republic," recalled Benabou.

"A serious dialogue is the only way for building a democratic state on solid foundations and hence avoiding the constitutional vacuum which threatens the State security and stability," insisted the lawyer.

On last June 1st, the Constitutional Council rejected the applications of two candidates to candidacy for the 04 July Presidential election and declared the "impossibility of holding of this election."

The "Head of the State has the responsibility to convene once again the Electorate and complete the electoral process until the election of a President of the Republic," said the Council.

Bedoui receives Libyan Interior Minister (APS,09/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui received, on Monday, Libyan Interior Minister, Fathi Bachagha, said the Prime Minister’s Office in a communiqué.

Tamazirt holds several discussions in Russia (APS,09/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Minister of Industry and Mining Djamila Tamazirt has had intensive activity on the sidelines of its participation at the International Industry Trade Fair, INNOPROM, taking place in Ekaterinburg, Russia, from 8 to 11 July, said Tuesday the ministry in a statement.

Political solution, best way to overcome crisis in Libya, says Dahmoune (APS,08/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Political solution is the best way to overcome the crisis in Libya, and this through an inclusive dialogue among belligerents, said Monday in Algiers Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Salah Eddine Dahmoune.

Algeria to remain country open to different cultures, religions and traditions (APS,08/07/2019)

MEDEA- Algeria “will remain a country open to the different cultures, religions and traditions, notably those of the Mediterranean region and African continent, and hopes to become top destination for all foreign tourists,” said Monday, in Tibhirine (Medea), Minister of Tourism and Craft Industry Abdelkader Benmessaoud.

“Beyond the symbolism of this place of Christian worship, witness to the perfect co-existence between the different communities and religions, our visit today carries a message of peace and solidarity vis-à-vis other communities and our willingness to encourage the emergence of religious tourism able to bring an added value to the sector,” said the minister on the sidelines of his visit to the monastery of Our Lady of Atlas.

“Time has come,” said the minister “to plan religious tours able to highlight the abundance of our heritage and offers, thereby, a new product for tourists.”

“Algeria has appreciable assets that allow it to become, within few years, a top destination for foreign tourists,” he added.

Pointing out that mass tourism “has more disadvantages than advantages,” Benmessaoud said he “is in favor of selective and ecological tourism.”

When asked about the measures taken to encourage domestic tourism, notably in terms of hotel pricing, the minister said that the rates were determined by the law of supply and demand, nevertheless, “these reception facilities will be controlled to avoid any possible injustices, particularly within the hotels which committed to applying promotional pricing.”

Algeria announces decision to ratify AfCFTA deal (APS,07/07/2019)

NIAMEY- Algeria has announced on Sunday in Niger’s Niamey decision to ratify the agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and that the relating document will soon be transmitted to the president of the African Union Commission.

The announcement has been made by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui while addressing the 12th Extraordinary Summit of the AU Heads of State and Government.

The announcement "once again reflects Algeria’s constant and unwavering commitment for Africa and its major projects," added Bedoui.

According to him, this conference represents "a historical moment which stresses Africa’s determination to solidify its commitment to liberalize trade and deepen the African integration in the service of all the African countries, without exception."

Algeria will "pursue its commitment, as in the past and with the same strength, to the current and future negotiations aiming at building and deepening the African integration to better defend Algeria’s interests," he added.

With the effective launch of the AfCFTA, "our countries achieve one of the major aspirations of agenda 2063 which aims at making Africa an emerging continent and influential and efficient player in the global economic and commercial exchanges," he said.

The AfCFTA "will boost the development of intra-African trade and promote the economic growth and lasting development as necessary driving force in today’s world progress."

"Our countries are called upon to ensure that ZLECAF benefits, first and foremost, the Africans, the products and goods manufactured in Africa, while boosting the intra-African trade without resorting to non-African intermediaries," said the Premier.

"The commitment of our countries to these principles will first promote the ‘Made in Africa’ labelled goods in Africa then help them access world markets, once the minimum conditions of competitiveness are met," he explained.

Boukadoum signs, in Niamey, treaty instituting African medicine agency (APS,07/07/2019)

NIAMEY- Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum signed Sunday, in Niamey (Niger), the treaty instituting the African medicine agency.

35th session of AU Executive Council: Boukadoum holds talks with African counterparts in Niamey (APS,07/07/2019)

NIAMEY- Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum on Thursday in Niamey, Niger held talks with several of his African counterparts, on the sidelines of the 35th Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council.

Boukadoum at ministerial meeting of AU High Level Committee on South Sudan (APS,06/07/2019)

NIAMEY- Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum took part on Saturday, on the sidelines of his participation at the 35th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) Executive Council, at the ministerial meeting of AU High Level Committee on South Sudan, called C5, comprising in addition to Algeria, Rwanda, Chad, Nigeria and chaired by South Africa.

This meeting was organized to strengthen the African Union’s mobilization and support to the mediation of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and efforts of the region to end the crisis in this country as soon as possible, on the basis of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARRCSS), of 12 September 2018.

In his speech, Foreign minister reiterated Algeria’s commitment, like that of C5’s members, to the stability in South Sudan and to renewing its commitment to “continuing its efforts, as part of this mechanism, to speed up the peace and stability process in this brotherly country.”

Bensalah's new call for dialogue: "State will not be stakeholder"(APS,03/07/2019)

ALGIERS-The Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah on Wednesday renewed his call "an inclusive national dialogue" on the next presidential term, ensuring that the State, including the military institution, will not be "involved in this dialogue.”

In a speech to the nation, the Head of State called on national political players, all components of the political class, national patriotic personalities, civil society, elites, young people and women, to "engage in the process of inclusive national dialogue the State intends to launch now.”

Bensalah invited them to participate in this dialogue to "discuss all concerns regarding the upcoming presidential term" so that they could "contribute to the organization of elections in a climate of understanding and serenity.”

Considering this dialogue "more than necessary", the Head of State said that it constituted "the best way to achieve the necessary consensus on all issues related to the presidential election.”

"This dialogue is urgent because the country must regain its political and institutional normality as soon as possible to face economic and social uncertainties and threats to our national security, given a particularly complex external environment," he argued.

Bensalah urged all parties to "put aside marginal calculations and unrealistic demands" and stressed that they "are likely to prolong the current situation and lead our country into a situation of constitutional vacuum, a source of uncertainty and instability.”

In detailing his new political offer, the Head of State affirmed that the dialogue process to be launched shortly "will be free and transparent, and will be led by independent national figures, with neither partisan affiliation nor electoral ambition.”

In this regard, he affirmed that the all State’s components, including the military institution, would not be a party to this dialogue and would be strictly neutral throughout the process.

The State, he continued, "will simply provide the panel of personalities with the necessary means.”

Need for specific law

Bensalah assured that "participants in the dialogue will be free to discuss and debate the conditions ensuring the credibility of the election and to address all legislative, regulatory and organizational aspects of the election, including monitoring and supervision mechanisms.”

In the same vein, he stressed that the dialogue "must necessarily focus on the sole strategic objective of organizing the election", which "should be held as soon as possible" and “in accordance with the Constitution."

The dialogue should also focus on the "independent electoral body or authority to be installed”. It will be tasked with organizing and monitoring the stages of the electoral process,” he continued.

"Participants in the dialogue must also discuss the configuration of this entity and determine its missions, powers and component, including, possibly, the consensual personalities who will lead it," the Head of State detailed.

According to Bensalah, this entity, which will replace the public administration, "will be tasked with intervening countrywide and will therefore have branches in provinces, municipalities and electoral districts of our community abroad.”

A specific law should be adopted to allow the establishment of this body, said Bensalah, who also stressed the need to adapt the legislative and regulatory framework, including the law on elections.

The Head of State underlined the need to “ensure that this election can meet all the requirements of impartiality, regularity and transparency.”

"Coordination between this body and the High Independent Authority for Election Monitoring (HIISE) must also be addressed,” said Bensalah.

For the Head of State, the presidential election "remains the only viable and reasonable democratic solution" to transcend the pitfalls of this crucial stage in Algeria's history.

State to pursue "relentless" fight against corruption, in conformity with laws (APS,03/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of the State Abdelkader Bensalah on Wednesday in Algiers reiterated the State determination to pursue "cleansing work" and engage a "relentless" fight against corruption and public funds dilapidation in conformity with the laws of the Republic.

The "State, which remains attentive to the deep demands and aspirations of our people, is genuinely decided to engage a "relentless" fight in conformity with the laws of the Republic and in compliance with the principle of Presumption of innocence," he said as he addresses the nation, on the occasion of the Independence and Youth Day.

In this regard, Bensalah stressed that the State will make sure that "all the measures be taken so the Algerian workers and the national economy will not be harmed in the aftermath of the (legal) decisions regarding the bosses of the concerned companies.

The State’s cleansing work and the consolidation of its supervision is accompanied by a vigorous fight against corruption and the dilapidation of the public funds.

Such a fight is "waged by a Judiciary which now accomplishes the totality of its missions with rigor."

In this regard, the Head of the State paid a "strong tribute" to the Algerian people for "showing maturity and lucidity during such a sensitive period, through an exemplary civic conduct."

= Exercising rights while respecting others, laws of the Republic=

"The fact that our fellow citizens and the security forces showed restraint allowed to maintain the peaceful nature of the protests and certainly constitutes a civilizational asset which our country can be proud of," he added.

In this regard, Bensalah said "while all efforts must be made so that the fundamental rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution, notably the right to speech and demonstrate are fully respected and protected, it is necessary, in the same time, to ensure that the rights are exercised in the respect for others and, particularly in compliance with the Laws of the Republic. So, the expression of those rights should not be diverted to objectives of harming the stability of our country and its national unity."

Moreover, he stressed that the Algerians’ "legitimate aspiration" to change the governance mode "has been heard and is now placed in the heart of the public preoccupations and on top of the State preoccupations."

Presidential election: Bensalah, Bedoui examine measures for inclusive dialogue (APS,02/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui on Tuesday in Algiers examined the measures that will be "incessantly" taken for the opening of an "inclusive dialogue" regarding he presidential election, said the Presidency of the Republic in a statement.

During their audience which took place at the headquarters of the Presidency of the Republic "Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui gave the Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah, an overview of the political, economic and social situation of the country," said the same source.

The two officials "evaluated the political context in anticipation of the relaunch of the electoral process."

"In this regard, all the measures which will be taken in anticipation of an inclusive dialogue on the upcoming presidential elections, as part of a new approach which will be announced by the Head of State in the coming hours were examined. This new approach is likely to allow the organization of the next presidential election in a climate of harmony and serenity," underlines the presidency of the Republic.

"In this regard, the Head of State has instructed the Prime Minister to mobilize all the government staff to provide all the conditions that will make such a strategic process a success," the statement said.

Boukadoum receives Overvest Eric (APS,02/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Foreign Minister Sabri Bokadoum received Tuesday Overvest Eric, who handed him the credentials, accrediting him as Resident Coordinator of operational activities of the UN Development System in Algeria, the Ministry said in a statement.

Arkab dubs 176th OPEC Conference “great success” (APS,02/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Energy Minister, Vice President of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohamed Arkab dubbed “great success” the organization’s 176th Conference held Monday in Vienna, the Ministry announced Tuesday in a communiqué.

OPEC: Arkab discusses with Saudi, Venezuelan counterparts in Vienna (APS,01/07/2019)

ALGIERS- Minister of Energy Mohamed Arkab held Sunday, in Vienna (Austria), talks with Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid Al Falih and Venezuelan Minister of Petroleum Manuel Salvador Quevedo Fernandez, said Energy Ministry in a communiqué.

Algeria: Public industrial production up by 4% in 1Q 2019 (APS,01/07/2019)

ALGIERS-Producer prices of the public industrial sector (non-hydrocarbon) increased by 0.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, the National Statistics Office told APS Sunday.

President Trump congratulates Bensalah on 57th anniversary of Algeria’s independence (APS,01/07/2019)

ALGIERS- President of the United States of America, Donald John Trump, sent a congratulation message to Head of State, Abdelkader Bensalah, on the occasion of the 57th anniversary of Algeria's independence, in which he expressed his satisfaction with a view to continuing collaboration by creating "opportunities for exchange to forge new links between the United States and Algeria."

Showing sense of responsibility to achieve change expected by citizens.(APS,30/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning Salah Eddine Dahmoune stressed Saturday, in Algiers, the need to show sense of responsibility to achieve the change expected by citizens and expressed through popular protests Hirak.

Drones made in Algeria perform reconnaissance diurnal and night flights (APS,30/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Drones made in Algeria (El-Jazair-55) performed, in the last week of this month, reconnaissance diurnal and night flights to destroy terrorist groups’ goals, said Saturday Ministry of National Defense in a communiqué.

OPEC: Algeria works for "continuity" of oil markets balance (APS,29/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria is working to ensure "continuity" of the oil markets equilibrium, as part of the efforts undertaken since 2016 by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and non-OPEC countries, Energy Minister Mohamed Arkab said Saturday in Algiers.

Double terror attack in Tunis: Algeria voices firm condemnation.(APS, 27/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Algeria "firmly" condemned the double terrorist attack that targeted, on Thursday, the headquarters of the Judicial Police Directorate of El Gorjani and a police patrol in the Tunisian capital, said Foreign Minister Sabri Boukadoum, as quoted by Foreign Ministry statement.

Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader, Prime Minister, Mr. Noureddine Bedoui discuss mechanisms for relaunching electoral process.(APS, 25/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah received Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui on Tuesday in Algiers. They discussed "the measures to be taken to provide the conditions and mechanisms likely to relaunch the electoral process," said a statement from the Presidency of the Republic.

Algeria: Inflation at 3.6% year-on-year in May 2019.(APS, 25/06/2019)

ALGIERS-The annual rate of consumer price inflation in Algeria hit 3.6% until May 2019, the National Statistics Office (ONS) told APS.

Algeria’s gas reserves to cover national needs until 2040.(APS, 25/06/2019)

ORAN- Algeria’s natural gas reserves will largely cover the national needs until 2035-2040, said Monday, in Oran, Ahmed Mechraoui, consultant within the Algerian Association of Gas Industry (AIG).

On the sidelines of the 6th symposium of AIG, the expert said that “there is no constraint at this level. The available resources will largely cover national gas needs until 2035, and even 2040.”

Mechraoui, also former vice-president at Sonatrach, former adviser of Energy minister, said that “Algeria will continue exporting a part of its gas and can satisfy the steadily growing national demand.”

“We are reassured for the next 15 years. But beyond this, we have to find solutions and make choices,” he said, underlining that it is important to prioritize the country’s energy security, emphasize renewable energies and to start shale gas exploration.

Energy security “will also allow supplying citizens with gas beyond 2035. The renewable energies will enable saving the used gas for the production of electricity,” he said, adding that electricity generation by other sources will allow saving important quantities of natural gas.

In this respect, the same expert said that “if the national renewable energies development programme, aimed at producing 22,000 megawatts of electricity by 2030, is implemented as expected, we will be able to save about 60 billion m3 of gas. It is practically two years of annual consumption.”

Concerning the future of gas, the same specialist pointed out that “the exploration, on its own, is not sufficient, according to today’s data.” It is necessary to take into consideration the Algerian shale gas potential,” he said, stressing “the need to get ready for the period post 2035-2040, by developing the renewable energies and exploring shale gas.”

Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader received Prime Minister, Mr. Noureddine Bedoui.(APS, 19/06/2019)

ALGIERS-Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah on Wednesday received Prime Minister, Mr. Noureddine Bedoui, with whom he discussed “the measures to take in order to organize political dialogue as well as the mechanisms to revive the electoral process,” the Presidency of the Republic said in a communiqué.

International Trade Fair of Algiers (FIA) : Foreign exhibitors show strong interest in Algerian market.(APS, 19/06/2019)

ALGIERS - Foreign exhibitors, partaking for the first time in the International Trade Fair of Algiers (FIA), have expressed a strong interest for the Algerian market, disregarding the current political context of the country which, according to them is only "temporary."

Met by APS, the representative of South Africa pavilion at the 52nd FIA, highlighted the opportunity that this economic event offers for the professionals to forge relationships. The delegate from Nelson Mandela spoke about the cultural and historical ties with Algeria.

However, the South African official who attends the Fair, for the time, said that the professional players are "very few" compared to the public, came in large numbers to discover the new features of this Trade Fair, hosted in the Exhibition Centre of Algiers.

"Our diplomatic representatives in Algeria have comprehensively presented the partnership opportunities offered by the Algerian market, notably in the fields of food processing, tourism and seeds," she added.

"South Africa will consider all the incentives for investment in Algeria, a country which will certainly succeed in its peaceful aspiration to change and democracy."

According to this exhibitor, "Algerian operators have already made contact with their South African counterparts for possible cooperation in the supply of Algerian olive oil."

Met at the fair’s German pavilion, Farid, a representative of a German company selling automatic embroidery machines said that "I'm happy to see so many people at this fair. This is a good sign ".

On this second day of the Fair, Farid expressed his enthusiasm to meet potential Algerian collaborators to "discuss business".

As for him, Li Yu, representative of a Chinese company specializing in the manufacturing of construction equipment, recommended in a statement to APS that visits should only be allowed for professionals, in order to set contacts with potential economic partners.

Her first participation in the FIA was motivated by the "positive echoes" on this event, which became a "global business hub", as well as the potential of the Algerian market, notably in the construction sector.

Under the theme "Algeria: Economic Diversification and Partnership Opportunities in perspective ", this year’s FIA 2019 is held from 18 to 23 June in the Exhibition Centre in Algiers.

This event brings together nearly 501 exhibitors, including 361 exhibitors national and 140 foreigners.

The total number of participants is 501 operators, of which 361 national and 140 foreigners, from Germany, Turkey, Tunisia, Syria, Sudan, United States of America, Cuba, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mali and France.

Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah inaugurates 52nd International Fair of Algiers.(APS, 18/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah inaugurated Tuesday, at the Exhibition Centre, the 52nd International Fair of Algiers (FIA 2019), an event marked by the participation of more than 500 national and foreign exhibitors from fifteen counties.

Under the theme “Algeria: economic diversification and partnership opportunities in perspective,” this annual economic event will be held until June 23rd.

FIA’s stands will cover a surface area of 22,046m2, a total of 19,880 m2 of which will be devoted to national exhibitors while 2,090 m2 to foreign exhibitors.

The total number of participants has reached 501 this year, including 361 national operators and 140 foreigners.

This new edition will see the participation of Germany, Turkey, Tunisia, Syria, Sudan, United States of America, Cuba, Brazil, China, Indonesia, Senegal, South Africa, Ethiopia, Mali and France.

The individual exhibitors represent Italian, Czech, German, Pakistani, French, Tunisian and Egyptian firms.

A programme of economic activities called “FIA’s afternoons” dealing with the various aspects of the economy will be held on the sidelines of this economic event on 19, 20 and 22 June.

On this occasion, conferences on different themes will be presented by national and foreign experts.

“The internationalization of Algerian startups: Challenges and objectives,” “The national promotion strategy of non-hydrocarbons exports and prospects of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA),” are among the themes that will be discussed in this 52nd Fair.

Algeria "strongly" condemns attack on two tankers in Arabian Sea.(APS, 14/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif on Friday condemned "strongly" the attack that targeted two oil tankers in the Arabian Sea on Thursday, stressing the need to "show restraint" so to prevent further tensions.

"We strongly condemn the attack that targeted, on June. 13 two Norwegian and Japanese tankers in the Arabian Sea and consider this criminal act a blatant threat to the freedom of navigation and maritime transport guaranteed by the international law and enshrined in the international charters," said Benali Cherif.

"We reiterate our call on the United Nations and the international community to take effective action and appropriate measures to ensure the necessary protection of shipping routes and to guarantee the freedom of maritime navigation and underscore the need for considering, with great wisdom and restraint, the latest dangerous developments that threaten international peace and security, to prevent the region serious slippages," he concluded.

Ten Ambassadors hand over credentials to Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader Bensalah.(APS, 12/06/2019)

ALGIERS-Head of State, Mr.Abdelkader Bensalah on Wednesday received the ambassadors of ten countries, who handed him their credentials.

Bensalah’s guests consisted of the representatives of Greece, Ekaterini Koutrakou, Ghana, Nana Kwesi Arhin, Bahrain, Fouad Sadek Mohamed Al-Baharna, Gambia, Habib Tamasa Baba Jarra, Mexico, Gabriel Rosenzweig Pichardo, South Korea, Lee Eun-Yong, Mozambique, Carvaliio Muaria, Ethiopia, Amin Abdelkader Berkat, Norway, Knut Langeland and Switzerland, Lukas Rosenkranz.

The Swiss Ambassador to Algeria emphasized the willingness of his country's government to "continue" and "intensify the good relations that Switzerland has historically maintained with Algeria", arguing that "Switzerland highly appreciates Algeria's efforts for the peaceful resolution of conflicts and for the preservation of regional stability.”

The Norwegian Ambassador to Algiers expressed his country's desire to "strengthen" and "broaden" cooperation ties with Algeria, recalling that Norway has had a diplomatic presence in Algiers since 2007 and that the two countries regularly exchange visits.

On the political level, the Norwegian Ambassador noted a convergence of views between the two countries on several political issues.

The Ethiopian ambassador affirmed his determination to "work to strengthen relations between the two countries in all areas", assuring that he set about, as soon as he arrived in Algiers, to "consolidate bilateral relations between the two brotherly peoples".

The Ambassador of Mozambique expressed his country's gratitude for "all the assistance provided by Algeria to Mozambicans in the field of training", noting that more than 300 Mozambican students are receiving training at Algerian universities.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea reiterated his country's readiness to support Algeria as "this great brother country" in its overall development strategy, stressing that relations between the two countries have been further strengthened since the signing of the Strategic Partnership Agreement in 2006.

Eun-Yong hailed the "peaceful and democratic" nature of the Algerian revolution, saying he was "convinced" that "this important step in the history" of the Algerian people will lead them towards "a prosperous future.”

Highlighting the excellence of bilateral relations with Algeria, the Mexican Ambassador stated that "the Algerian and Mexican governments maintain fluid dialogue and collaboration,” recalling that "the two countries are linked by a strong and deep friendship that dates back to the time of Algeria's liberation war.”

The Ambassador of Gambia to Algeria expressed the willingness of his countries’ authorities to enhance economic cooperation with Algeria so that both countries achieve development.”

The Ghanaian ambassador said he was "convinced" that Algerian-Ghanaian relations can be "further strengthened,” stressing the need to draw up a work programme to "raise these relations to an important level", particularly in the economic field.

Greece’s Ambassador expressed his country's wish to strengthen cooperation with Algeria and extend it to other areas, particularly in the tourism, agriculture and new technologies sectors.

The Ambassador of Bahrain assured his determination to work for the development of bilateral relations and to raise them to a higher level for the benefit of the two brotherly peoples.

Prime Minister, Mr. Noureddine Bedoui briefs Head of State, Mr. Abdelkader Bensaleh on political, socio-economic situation.(APS, 11/06/2019)

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensaleh received Tuesday at the presidency of the Republic, in Algiers, Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, who briefed him on the country's political and socio-economic situation, the presidency of the Republic said in a statement.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum discusses, in New York, with UN secretary general.(APS, 11/06/2019)

NEW YORK- Minister of Foreign Affairs Sabri Boukadoum held Monday discussions with the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on the occasion of a farewell visit that he paid to New York.

Algeria strongly condemns massacre perpetrated against Malians.(APS, 11/06/2019)

ALGIERS-Algeria on Tuesday “strongly” condemned the terrible massacre perpetrated against Malian citizens in the village of Sobane-Kou, in the Centre of Mali, and called all stakeholders to “promptly” cease violence, the Foreign Affairs Ministry announced in a communiqué.

Algeria “strongly” condemns terrorist attack on policemen in Egypt.(APS, 07/06/2019)

ALGIERS-Algeria has "strongly" condemned the terrorist attack perpetrated last Wednesday on policemen in the south of Arish in Egypt.

Lebanon: Algeria strongly condemns terrorist attack in Tripoli.(APS, 07/06/2019)

ALGIERS-Algeria has strongly condemned last Monday's terrorist attack on members of the Lebanese army and internal security forces in the northern Lebanese town of Tripoli.