ALGIERS-Decentralized cooperation between Algeria and France "has progressively intensified" and resulted in "catalyst projects" part of shared interests and a common partnership approach, Minister of Interior and Local Assemblies Nouredine Bedoui stressed Wednesday in Algiers.
"After faint beginnings in which exchanges were limited to strict symbolic twinning relations marked by interpersonal relations, decentralized cooperation has progressively intensified and resulted in catalyst projects under a common partnership approach and a shared interest," Bedoui affirmed during the 3rd Algerian-French meeting of mayors and officials of territorial assemblies.
"Since more than 30 years, decentralized cooperation agreements between assemblies of both countries increased from 7 agreements to 13 in 1999," he recalled.
"Over 50 decentralized and twinning cooperation agreements have been signed between Algerian and French local assembles on several fields like urban management, environment protection, local governance and cultural exchange," he stressed.
The minister mentioned cooperation between the province of Annaba and the urban community of Dunkerque, the province of Setif and Lyon, the province of Adrar and the general council of Gironde, the province of Algiers and the town council of Paris, the municipality of Oran and the town council of Bordeaux.
He added that new relations are forged every year, making this cooperation "a relation anchored in history," stressing the need to take the maximum profit from these relations, implement genuine development projects and improve the population's living environment.
Bedoui also recalled that Algeria has undertaken "deep" reforms to "strengthen" participatory democracy through the establishment of a legal framework "that enshrines citizen's real participation in the countries' affairs and mobilization of all players of society, mainly youth."