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23/04/2017 16:56

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ALGIERS- Minister of National Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry Abdelwahab Nouri affirmed Thursday, in Algiers, that tourism investment must be encouraged and diversified, notably in the south of the country to build a privileged tourist destination and rationalize the use of land in tourism expansion zones (ZET).

In his reply to oral questions by two members of the Council of the Nation on the progress of tourism projects in the southern regions and the importance to draw up tourism plans to preserve land in ZET, the minister said that the national plan of tourism development by 2030 and the national tourism strategy are “two major references to develop the various potentialities that Algeria possesses and the rehabilitation of the national tourist destination.”

He underlined that the national plan of tourism development focuses mainly on the support and encouragement of the investment, by granting facilities to investors to make their projects, notably in the south, adding that his department works with the concerned sides to remove the obstacles hindering the strengthening and improvement of tourism in Sahara.

Concerning tourism investment, notably in the southern regions, Nouri said that out of the 1674 tourist projects that have been approved nationwide, 412 projects are destined to the southern regions, offering a capacity of 45,000 beds, which will allow creating 17,000 jobs. 

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ALGIERS- Minister of National Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry Abdelouahab Nouri affirmed Thursday, in Algiers, that an executive decree on measures of promotion of tourism was submitted to the government, notably those relating to procedures for the creation of travel agencies.

In a press conference on the sidelines of the opening of the 21st International Crafts Fair, the minister, who was accompanied by Deputy Minister in charge of Craft Industry Aicha Tagabou, underlined that this new decree is a “new milestone aimed at improving the performance of operators in tourism, notably the managers of the agencies so that they carry out their tasks in accordance with the current standards.”

Nouri emphasized, during this fair which was marked by the presence of members of the government, the need “to reform the legal system through its updating to facilitate the measures for all the operators, in order to revive and promote the sector of tourism.”

The minister said that the fair “is an opportunity for all the craftsmen and operators to promote handicrafts,” adding that craft industry “is necessary for the development of economy and tourism.”


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GHARDAIA (Algeria)- The 49th national carpet festival opened Saturday in Ghardaia (600-km south of Algiers), with a wide range of activities including the traditional parade of carts decorated with colourful carpets.

The festival was kicked off by the minister of National Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry, Abdelwahab Nouri.

The opening show of the carpet festival featured a large number of artists and folk bands from various parts of the province.

The cultural, artistic and economic event, coinciding with spring's school holidays, will shed light on the rich local, traditional art and the works of carpet weavers.

It is meant to contribute to promoting tourist and craft industries and boosting cultural activities in the region.


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ALGIERS- The minister of National Planning, Tourism and Craft Industry Abdelwahab Nouri affirmed, Wednesday, the need to strengthen cooperation between Algeria and the World Tourism Organization (WTO) to benefit from “its pioneering experience” in terms of qualification and training.

In a statement to the press at the end of his visit made to the Ain Benian Higher Institute for Hospitality and Catering Management (ESHRA), in the west of Algiers, in company of the Secretary General of the WTO Taleb Rifai, the minister called for “the need to strengthen cooperation with the WTO in order to benefit from its experience and programmes in terms of training and qualification.”

The minister also highlighted “the need to support this school, the first of its kind in Africa through training programmes in order to promote the sector of tourism.”

Furthermore, the minister recalled “the public authorities’ determination to make tourism a sector able to contribute to sustainable economic development.”

In addition, the minister dubbed the ESHRA’s current position “pioneer” in terms of hotel training.

The school is supported by “educational programmes of the Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, in order to obtain the global certification in tourism training.”

For his part, Rifai expressed the wish to see the ESHRA “become a centre of academic outreach on the African and Mediterranean levels,” announcing that an agreement was concluded with the Algerian party concerning the support of the school through training programmes elaborated by the WTO for the benefit of students and thus, as part of the training development programme supervised by the WTO for 130 schools worldwide.

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ALGIERS- Minister of National Planning, Tourism, and Craft Industry Abdelwahab Nouri said Tuesday, that Algeria was chosen as a pole to house the capacity-building programme of countries of the Northern and Western regions of Africa, considering  “the qualitative leap” experienced in terms of the elaboration of statistical systems in the sector of tourism.

“The ambitious programme which will be crowned in 2019 by the holding of a regional meeting for the presentation and evaluation of its results will contribute to the strengthening of training and qualification in tourism,” said Nouri, who chaired the official launch of the World Tourism Organization’s statistics capacity-building programme of the region.

The programme, which spreads over three years (2017-2019) aims at ensuring “the training of a group of experts in the field of statistical methodology recommended by the United Nations.”

He underlined in this regard “Algeria’s special position on the African, Arab and Mediterranean levels in the field of tourism,” which needs, according to him, “more efforts with all the partners to achieve an Algerian tourist destination that meets the demands of global tourism.”

Nouri recalled the “interest granted by the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika in his development programme for the sector of tourism,” citing the master plan for tourism development by 2030 which is a “referential framework for tourism police in Algeria.”

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ALGIERS – Minister of Water Resources and Environment Abdelkader Ouali and Qatari Ambassador to Algeria Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Mohamed Salah al-Sahlawi agreed, Wednesday in Algiers, to implement the Algerian-Qatari memorandum of understanding in the field of the seawater desalination.

During the audience, the two parties "agreed to implement the MoU, signed in 2014 at the 5th Algeria-Qatar Joint Commission in Doha, providing for partnership and exchange of experience in the field of seawater desalination," said the Ministry in a statement.

The audience was also an opportunity to assess bilateral cooperation in the field of water resources and environment, and examine means and ways to strengthen it, said the statement.

Ouali the Qatari ambassador expressed satisfaction at the quality of relations between Algeria and Qatar and their commitment to working together to further develop a fruitful and mutually beneficial partnership in the field of water resources and environment.

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ALGIERS- Algeria has invested about 50 billion dollars, over the past few years, in the execution of big infrastructure projects meant for water storage, in order to avoid a crisis in drinking water supply, and connection of citizens to the sewage system, Minister of Water resources and Environment Abdelwahab Nouri said Monday.

Algeria has spent nearly 50 billion dollars on water resources projects, "an average of seven to eight billion dollars a year," the minister said in reply to questions by the members of the Lower House's Committee on Finance and Budget, during discussions about the bill on budget regulation for 2013.

The session, chaired by the committee's chairman, Mahjoub Bedda, was attended by Minister for Relations with Parliament Tahar Khaoua.

The minister said one of the historic decision taken by Algeria, at the beginning of the third millennium, is the building of 84 dams for water storage and 13 sea water desalination plants, with a production capacity of more than 2.3 million m3 a day, in addition to other projects nationwide.




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ALGIERS- Minister of Water Resources Abdelwahab Nouri declared Sunday that the current filling rate of dams will allow the country to cope with the rain "deficit" and cover the needs over the two coming years, even beyond them, calling for rationalizing the use of this vital resource.

"We record so far an appreciable filling rate of the dams, exceeding 70%," Nouri said during an assessment meeting of the sector’s officials.

He underlined that the "huge quantities of water have been used but we managed to save drinking water in several regions of the country.”

Last September and October rains have contributed to raise the fill rate of the 75 dams to 4.6 billion M3.

This is an appreciable rate which will help to cover the needs of the country during the two coming years, he stressed, noting that based on experts analysis, the rain deficit is caused by climate change.

The Minister added that the dams of Béni Haroun, Ain Zada and Koudiet Aserdoun are totally full and will "help us to cope with the poor rainfalls."

The delivery of dams by late 2015, in 2016 and in 2017 will reinforce national capacity of water storage.


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ALGIERS- Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Abdelwahab Nouri will partake Friday in Rome in the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition, said Wednesday the Ministry in a communiqué.

On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, initiated by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Nouri will meet with his counterparts, including French minister Stephane le Foll, with whom he will "examine bilateral cooperation in the fields of agriculture, food industry and rural development and the prospects for its enhancement," said the communiqué.

The symposium will be preceded by a meeting of experts on 18 and 19 September, the source said.

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