ALGIERS- An Algerian parliamentary delegation will participate in the works of the joint meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) devoted to the western Balkans region and the challenges of European integration, scheduled in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from 21 to 23 March said Monday, the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) in a communiqué.
The participants to this meeting, organized by the NATO’s Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group will discuss “several issues mainly focused on the western Balkans regions and the challenges of European integration and their consequences on the Middle Eastern and North African regions (MENA),” said the source.
This joint meeting will also broach other issues on “the strengthening of the Rule of law and democratic institutions, counterterrorism and extremism in the region, the refugee and migratory crisis and the reform of the defence and security sectors,” said the statement.
The Algerian parliament regularly takes part in the meetings of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly as a Mediterranean partner.
ALGIERS- Interest-free bonded debts are to be launched between late April and May 2017, Minister of Finance Hadji Babaammi said Monday.
"There is a project under study about a new bonded debt to be launched this year, and which will be interest-free," the minister told reporters on the sidelines of a plenary session at the Council of the Nation (upper house of Parliament) to discuss the bill on budgetary regulation 2014.
The duration of the bonded debt is between three and five years, and the securities will not be eligible for the stock market, as those eligible in this institution are of 7, 10 and 15 years, he added.
Without elaborating on this financial operation, the minister said the project underway will be submitted to the government.
"If the government adopts the move, we will launch (the interest-free bonded debt."
ALGIERS- The bill on metrology would contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of the national economy and will help Algeria to consolidate its sovereignty in the field, said Sunday in Algiers Minister of Industry and Mining Abdesslam Bouchouareb.
The bill on metrology "will allow Algeria to establish rules and measures to contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of our economy the role of the State in the protection of citizens' health, security and environment, as well as the business environment," said Bouchaoureb during a plenary session of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament), chaired by Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah.
"The bill will also help to consolidate our sovereignty in the field, through the establishment of national criteria and opening the field to national experts," he added.
The minister underlined that the bill is part of the economic reforms initiated in the country, adding that the law on metrology has not been modified for over a quarter century, while the economic climate has witnessed a "radical change."
ALGIERS- Chairman of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) Abdelkader Bensalah on Thursday installed the Groups of Fraternity and Friendship with the parliaments of 12 countries.
Algeria has Parliamentary Friendship Groups with France, Poland, Indonesia and Pakistan. They are chaired by members of the Presidential Third Group at the Senate.
While the Friendship and fraternity groups led by members of the parliamentary group of the National Liberation Front party links Algeria to Spain, China and Saudi Arabia respectively.
Further friendship and fraternity groups chaired by members of the National Democratic Rally party are the groups Algeria-Switzerland, Algeria-United Kingdom, Algeria-Kuwait and Algeria-Jordan.
Bensalah said that the parliamentary groups reflected the parliamentary diplomacy by contributing to the rapprochement of peoples, the consolidation of the culture of dialogue, the dissemination of human values and the search for legislative solutions to challenges facing the world.
He called upon the presidents of these groups to defend Algeria's positions, promote parliamentary action and raise its instruments in line with its supreme interests and in line with the guidance on the foreign policy given the president of the Republic.
"The reference of the Council's foreign policy action is drawn from the principles of the 1 November Revolution based on the struggle against colonialism and the defense of just causes in the world, like the Palestinian and Saharawi causes," said Bensalah.
ALGIERS- A parliamentary delegation takes part in the meetings of the winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), scheduled for 23 and 24 February in Vienna (Austria), announced the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) in a communiqué.
The participants to this meeting will discuss several themes particularly relating to “Protecting Human Rights in Times of Crisis,” “Transnational Security in OSCE Area: Confronting Terrorism,” and “Managing natural resources, addressing water security and combating climate change,” said the communiqué.
According to the source, the Algerian parliament regularly participates in these meetings, which has earned it the status of partner of this cooperation.
The parliamentary delegation includes the head of the delegation El Hachemi Djiar (head of the group of president-appointed Upper House members), Belkacem Karam (member of the Council of the Nation), Loudjartini Nadia and Mohamed Lamine Derbal (Members of the People’s National Assembly).
ALGIERS- The speaker of the Council of the Nation (upper house), Abdelkader Bensalah, chaired Wednesday the installation of the members of the house's office following its renewal for 2017.
The office is made up of Rafika Kasri, Djamel Ould Abbes (presidential nominees), Zoubir Touafchia and Houbad Bouhafs (National Liberation Front, FLN) and Slimani Abdelkarim (National Democratic Rally, RND), according to a Council of the Nation's statement,
The office's members, afterwards, set up nine permanent committees:
Laskri Mohamed Tayeb, chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and and National Community Abroad.
Mohamed Mani, chairman of the Committee on Legal and Administrative Affairs and Human Rights.
Ben Kortbi Noureddine, chairman of the Committee on National Defence.
Mahi Mokhtar, chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.
Bensalem Abdelkader, chairman of the Committee on Economic and Financial Affairs.
Chebli Bachir, chairman of the Committee on Education, Training, Higher Education, Scientific Research and Religious Affairs.
Bouchlaghem Mohamed, chairman of the Committee on Equipment and Rural Development.
Mohamed Zakaria, chairman of the Committee on Health and Social Affairs.
Ghrissi M'henni, chairman of the Committee on Culture, Information, Youth and Tourism.
Kacha Said, parliamentary controller.
ALGIERS- A parliamentary delegation of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) will partake from Sunday, in Cairo, in the 4th sitting of the 1st session of the 2nd legislature of the Arab Parliament, said the Upper House Saturday, in a communiqué.
The agenda of this meeting, which will run until Tuesday includes, in addition to the plenary session and the meetings of the permanent committees, the holding of the sub-committee on human rights and that of the sub-committee in charge of the review of the regulations of the Arab Parliament’s staff, said the source.
The meeting will also include the holding of the 8th meeting of the 1st session of the 2nd legislature of the Arab Parliament’s office.
The Algerian delegation participating in this meeting includes Abdelkrim Koreichi and Aziz Bezzaz, members of the Council of the Nation and the Arab Parliament.
ALGIERS- The Speaker of the Council of the Nation Abdelkader Bensalah held discussions Thursday, in Algiers, with the Chairman of the High Council of State of Libya Abderrahmane Souihli, on “the developments in Libya, as part of the political approach for the settlement of the crisis in the country.”
During the meeting, to which took part the minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel, the two parties broached “the efforts made on regional and international levels to encourage and expand inter-Libyan dialogue and reach national reconciliation in view of accelerating the entry into force of the political agreement signed between the Libyan parties, under the aegis of the United Nations, on 17 September 2015,” said the Council of the Nation in a communiqué.
In this regard, Bensalah recalled “the efforts made by Algeria, as a neighboring and brotherly country, for the rapprochement of positions of the concerned Libyan parties as part of a political agreement to the crisis in the country, convinced that the political solution is the only alternative to the establishment of lasting peace guarantying Libya’s territorial integrity through a global inclusive dialogue, free of foreign interference.”
For his part, Souihli expressed his “profound gratitude to Algeria and to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika for the efforts made to encourage dialogue between the Libyan parties to reach a lasting solution to the internal crisis.”
ALGIERS- Council of the Nation (upper house of Parliament) unanimously adopted Thursday the orientation law for the promotion of small and medium-sized companies, amending and completing the law 18-01 of 12 December 2001.
The adoption took place in a plenary session chaired by Abdelkader Bensalah, the speaker of the Council of the Nation, in the en presence of the minister of Industry and Mines, Abdessalem Bouchouareb, the minister of Relations with Parliament, Ghania Eddalia, and the minister of Public of Works and Transport, Boudjemaa Talai.
After the adoption, the minister of Industry said the law is a significant step in the reform process launched by the government in 2014 for the development of coherent laws and regulations to build a strong national economy, not solely based on hydrocarbons, so as Algeria meets the new economic challenges.
The law, he added, is likely to boost SMEs as one of the levers of the new economic model.
Among other goals, the law encourages economic companies to group together to work efficiently in a competitive framework adapted to the economic evolution, the minister noted.
BEIRUT- The Council of the Nation highlighted Monday, in Beirut, the importance of tolerance, a principle on which Algeria has relied to face terrorism and in its external relations through its successful mediation for the settlement of various conflicts in the Arab region and Africa.
In a speech in a three-day workshop in Beirut on “diversity and tolerance” in the region of the Middle East and North Africa, senator Miloud Chorfi said that tolerance is a moral and humanitarian principle on which civilizations were built and advocated by all religions, is “now almost non-existent within societies and international relations.”
The representative of the Council of the Nation affirmed that the value of tolerance is the implementation of “concord in a context of divergences,” adding that tolerance is not only a moral duty but also a political and legal duty.
Underlining that Algeria has adopted this principle in its domestic policy and in its foreign relations, notably as part of the good governance of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, he said that “it counted on tolerance in its confrontation of terrorism and worked for the preservation of the cohesion of society through the promotion of the values of tolerance, solidarity and the acceptance of divergence.”
Chorfi said that President Bouteflika counted on the values of peace, tolerance and reconciliation through an approach “which has shown their effectiveness in the establishment of peace and security and the preservation of national unity.” Thus, he added, “he succeeded in overcoming terrorism, releasing energies by guiding them towards development and progress.”
ALGIERS- Chairman of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) Abdelkader Bensalah, on Thursday dubbed "positive" the results of the Upper House’s spring session, during which a number of bills have been adopted.
In a speech to mark the closing of the spring session of the Parliament, Bensalah said that "the overall record is positive for this session, during which the Senate examined two sets of bills."
Regarding the first set, it reflected the additional role given to the legislative system and it is part of the reforms initiated by President of the Republic since 1999, notably in the field of justice, said Bensalah.
The second set of bills was intended to adapt the existing bills to the amended Constitution provisions.
The new Constitution includes substantial amendments aiming at regulating the relations between the institutions and establishing new model of governance in Algeria.
The Council of the Nation has adopted 11 bills, notably the one on the electoral system and the Independent High Instance of Election Monitoring (HIISE), and several other laws relating to various sectors.
ALGIERS- The Presidency of the Republic "is an unassailable symbol," said Thursday in Algiers Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament), adding that "it is in the same level as the people and the nation."
In a his closing address of the Parliament's spring session, in presence of Speaker of the People's National Assembly (Lower House of Parliament) Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and members of the Government, Bensalah said that "the Presidency of the Republic is an unassailable symbol for us, in the same level as the people and the Nation," adding that "Algeria is doing well and its difficulties are temporary."
"Algeria, whose men and women rose up as one in 1954 and regained their national sovereignty (...) is the same Algeria, whose children have defeated the despicable terrorism," he underlined.
While highlighting the State's achievements since 1999, the Upper House's speaker said that Algeria "is doing well and it is progressing in its achievements, while ensuring security and stability for its people."
Peace and security would not have been possible without the mobilization of the People's National Army and the different security services for the protection of the country's stability and security and its borders, concluded Bensalah.
ALGIERS- Council of the Nation (upper house of Parliament) wrapped up Thursday its spring session 2016, in a plenary meeting chaired by Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah.
The closing ceremony took place in the presence of the speaker of the People's National Assembly (lower house of Parliament), Mohamed Larbi Ould Khelifa, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and the members of government.
The closing of the spring session comes in line with Article 5 of the organic law 99-02 that defines the organization and work of the Council of the Nation and relations between both houses and the government.
The spring session is the last in Parliament's two-session system before the implementation of the single 10-month session, stipulated in the newly amended Constitution.
The spring session was marked by the presentation and adoption of many laws, including those provided for by the Constitution's amendments.
ALGIERS- The organic bill on the high independent body for election monitoring was adopted Tuesday by the Council of the Nation (upper house of Parliament), in in plenary session chaired by Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah, in the presence of the minister of Interior and Local Authorities, Nouredine Bedoui, and the minister of Relations with Parliament, Ghania Eddalia.
According to the complementary report by the Commission on Legal and Administrative Affairs and Human Rights, the body has been created "at the request of the political community to establish a mechanism ensuring the transparency of elections."
The commission welcomed the bill, describing it as an "achievement made by Algeria as part of the political and institutional reforms initiated by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika".
The organic law on the creation of the election monitoring body includes provisions aimed at ensuring the "independence of the body and its neutrality," through a series of measures allowing it to get a financial autonomy.
ALGIERS- Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Nouredine Bedoui on Monday said the organization of elections is one of State institutions' main political missions.
"I'm addressing those who, doubting society's maturity, call for the organization of elections by non-governmental institutions, trust State institutions, which the staging of polls is among their main political missions," the minister said in reply to questions by senators at the Council of the Nation (upper house of Parliament) about the organic bill on the high independent body for election monitoring.
The minister was speaking at a plenary session chaired by the head of the house, Abdelkader Bensalah.
The naming of the election monitoring body's chairman and members is one of the prerogatives of the president of the Republic, Bedoui noted.
Names for the body's membership are suggested at the Higher Council of the judiciary, while the chairman of the National Economic and Social Council proposes the members.
ALGIERS- Council of the Nation (Upper House of Parliament) adopted Sunday the bill on investment promotion, in a plenary session chaired by Speaker Abdelkader Bensalah, in the presence of the minister of Industry and Mines, Abdessalem Bouchouareb.
Following the adoption of the bill by an overwhelming majority, Bouchouareb told the MPs that the law on investment is a "significant step" in the reform process launched by his ministry two years ago.
Through this law, he added, we will establish stable, transparent and coherent laws that will allow us to achieve the goals set by the government in its five-year plan 2014-2019.
The investment law is part of the new generation of economic reforms undertaken within the framework of the policy on economic diversification adopted by the government.
ALGIERS- A parliamentary delegation of the Council of the Nation (Upper House) will take part in the works of Polisario Front’s extraordinary congress named after the deceased president, Mohamed Abdelaziz, and scheduled for Friday and Saturday in Dakhla (Sahrawi Refugee camps) said, Thursday, the Council of the Nation in a communiqué.
The delegation will be led by the Deputy Speaker of the Council of nation Abdelkader Zoubiri.
ALGIERS- Minister of Industry and Mining Abdesslem Bouchouareb presented Thursday the bill on the promotion of investment before the committee of financial and economic affairs of the Council of the Nation, said a communiqué of the Council of the Nation.
In a meeting chaired by Abdelkader Chenini, the committee’s head, Bouchouareb broached the content of the legal framework governing investment in Algeria and the objectives to achieve which aim as a whole at giving a fresh impetus in terms of attracting foreign direct investments and improving business climate for the economic development, said the source.
At the end of his presentation, he listened to the concerns of the members of the specialized committee concerning several aspects of the law and provided the necessary explanations.
On the other hand, the preliminary report on the bill is currently being drawn up by the economic affairs committee of the Council of the Nation, added the communiqué.
The members of the People’s National Assembly adopted on Monday the bill on the promotion of investment.
ALGIERS- Minister for Relations with Parliament Ghania Eddalia said Wednesday that the organic bill regulating the organization and functioning of the People's National Assembly (lower house of Parliament) and the Council of the Nation (upper house), and their functional relations with government, is intended for to promote Parliamentary actions "to reinforce the separation of powers."
Eddalia, in reply to MPS' questions, said the bill aims to promote Parliamentary actions within the framework of powers separation, adding that consultation with the government to set the agenda of Parliament is part of the relation of coordination between the two sides.
Consultations are intended to "prevent any dysfunction in scheduling (Parliament) sessions and to ensure they go smoothly," he stressed.
The consultations "do not undermine the principle of separation of powers, which is at the centre of the functional relationship between the government and Parliament."
Concerning the absence of some government members, the minister said "they must attend the Parliamentary sessions of both houses to answer questions by MPs and permanent commissions ".
"Parliament is an institution that enjoys full freedom in monitoring the actions taken by government, from the adoption of its action plan until the annual presentation of its general policy report."
ALGIERS- Council of the Nation delegation is to participate, June 20-24 in Strasbourg, France, in the third ordinary session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), the institution said Sunday in a statement.
The upper house of Parliament will be represented in the session by the chairman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Algerian Community Abroad, Rachid Bougharbal.
The attendees will examine many issues, such as "violence against migrants," "women in military forces: consolidation of equality" and "networks of teaching and culture of societies abroad."
They will also consider themes relating to "transparency and opening in European institutions," "nature of MP's role" and "Parliamentarian immunity."
The Algeria Parliament has regularly taken part in the meetings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe as a "guest."