WASHINGTON- Algerian ambassador to Washington Madjid Bouguerra called for stronger partnership between Algeria and U.S.
Speaking at a meeting with the US business community, organized by the US Group and the Algerian-US Business Council (USABC), the ambassador presented the huge investment opportunities offered to foreign investors and the measures taken by the Algerian authorities to enourage them.
The encounter precedes a the visit of US businessmen to Algeria, scheduled in October.
The government, in application of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s orientations, engaged during the last couple of years, reforms with a view to mitigating the impact of the decline in oil prices and establishing a new model of growth which will significantly reduce Algeria’s dependency on hydrocarbons, Bouguerra said.
Those measures provide huge investment opportunities to the foreign companies, he added in front of the delegates of 20 US companies.
The ambassador insisted that the reports of pseudo experts who predict "the worse prospects" for Algeria "are far from the reality" by presenting a biased image of the situation in the country.
Algeria has certainly lost 50% of its revenues, but it also gained enormous resources which enable it to deal with the impact of oil falling prices, he said, citing the low level of indebtedness and the comfortable level of change reserves having contributed to stabilize the country’s macro-economic situation.
Referring to the last reports of the World Bank and the IMF, Bouguerra said that Algeria represented a good example regarding the budgetary policy, and its economy is forecasted to grow by 3.9% in 2017.
"…Algeria has carefully managed its natural and financial resources and wisely invested by further strengthening its role as a stable and strong country,” said the Algerian diplomat.
Indeed, he said that Algeria has successfully demonstrated its abilities to maintain its borders secure and reinforce the security in the region, while working to restore peace in Mali and Libya.
About the Algerian-US relations, the ambassador described them as "strong, varied, dynamic, tangible and destined for a brighter future," stressing that the cooperation between two capitals in the military, commercial and security fields.
The mission of the US businessmen, scheduled from 1 to 4 October will focus on investment in several fields like construction, health, agriculture, infrastructures and energy, said President of USABC, Smail Chikhoune.
WASHINGTON- US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Egypt and Maghreb Affairs, John Desrocher, on Friday in Washington, welcomed Algeria’s efforts in stabilizing the region, emphasizing its “quality contribution” to the resolution of the Libyan crisis.
Desrocher was speaking during a meeting with an Algerian parliamentary delegation on visit to Washington, composed of Vice-president of the People’s National Assembly (Lower House), Djamel Bouras, member of the Council of the Nation (Upper House), Hafida Benchehida, Spokesman of the National Democratic Rally party RND, Seddik Chiheb, and Head of the Algerian-US Parliamentary Group Abdelkrim Meheni.
The meeting was attended by Algerian ambassador to Washington, Madjid Bouguerra.
The U.S. appreciates the stability of Algeria, which helps to work together for the stabilization of the region, Desrocher reaffirmed.
Highlighting Algeria’s contribution to the resolution of the Libyan conflict, the American diplomat also made a point of stressing that Algiers and Washington were making efforts to bring together the Libyans for an inclusive solution, which is likely to preserve Libya’s unity, its territorial integrity and the cohesion of its people.
Desrocher also cited, during the meeting, the huge potential of the Algerian economy, which enables it to rapidly shift towards diversified economy. According to him, the U.S. American operators could contribute to this effort if Algeria continues improving its business climate.
The Algerian delegation meeting with Desrocher allowed broaching the political reforms conducted in Algeria, culminated in the Revision of the Constitution, which consolidated the Rule of Law and the protection of liberties.
The discussions also focused on the important role of the High-level Independent Authority for Election Monitoring in guaranteeing the democratic process.
The Algerian parliamentary delegation which took part on Thursday in the National Prayer Breakfast organized by the U.S. Congress also met with congressmen with whom they exchanged views on the prospects for developing bilateral relations.
ALGIERS-Minister of Justice Tayeb Louh and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski stressed Thursday in Algiers that consolidation of democracy and the protection of human rights are the cornerstone of the fight against terrorism and extremism.
In a statement to the press following a meeting with the US official, Louh said that "Algeria and the United Nations share many views on issues relating to the fight against terrorism, which is reliant on the rule of law and justice, as well as strengthening the protection of human rights."
In this regard, the minister recalled that strengthening the rule of law and the enshrinement of its principles are part of a strategy adopted by Algeria and reforms launched by President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, based on strengthening judicial authority and its independence "as guarantors of citizen's fundamental freedoms and rights."
The meeting focused "on various means of bilateral cooperation and development of relations between the two countries, particularly human rights and the exchange of views on common challenges including the fight against terrorism," Louh said.
"Terrorism is a scourge that threatens all democracies in the world given the current regional and international challenges," Louh stressed.
Malinowski affirmed that the "important" meeting he had with Louh focused on "the various challenges US and Algeria are facing, particularly counterterrorism, the promotion of democracy and the protection of human rights."
The US official said that he was "convinced" that the best mean to fight against terrorism "the promotion of democratic institutions and the protection of human rights to assert the supremacy of law."
Besides, the US official hailed Algeria's experience in the fight against this scourge, highlighting the importance of international cooperation in this field.
WASHINGTON-The United States must reappraise their relationship with Algeria "to lavergae its constructive role in maintaining peace and stability in North Africa and the Sahel region," the Foreign Policy Research Institute (FPRI) said.
In a note entitled "Taking Stock of U.S. Policy Options in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia" published this week in Washington, the FPRI stated that US need to deeply reappraise their relationship with each countries of the Maghreb.
"In spite of shared interests, Washington’s policy focus and priority in the Maghreb region suffers a knowledge gap in respect to North Africa’s largest country," author of the note Vish Sakthivel stressed.
"Algeria, for its part, has remained a behemoth in regional mediation while its changing internal politics has received minimal attention," the FPRI said, advocating "targeted and smarter partnerships with Algeria to leverage its constructive role in maintaining stability and brokering peace in the North Africa/Sahel region."
In this regard, the FPRI recalled that "U.S. relations with Algeria "have had several high points" that could strengthen these partnerships, recalling that "presidential candidate John F. Kennedy expressed support for Algerian independence and the Algeria's invaluable mediation in releasing the U.S. hostages from Iran in 1981."
"Moreover, Algeria has slowly risen in importance in terms of U.S. geostrategic and economic interests," the same source highlighted.
"Algeria’s foreign policy position-marked by economic nationalism, non-alignment, national sovereignty, non-intervention, and support for liberation struggles in the global south- is formed by its long, painful battle against the entrenched French occupation," the author stressed.
ALGIERS- US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said that U.S. supports Algeria in its efforts for diversifying its economy, noting a "deepening" partnership between the two countries, covering all areas.
"Algeria move to diversify is a smart move since it’s challenging times (fall in oil prices) and we support the diversification of the Algerian economy," Blinken said in an interview to APS at the end of his visit to Algeria.
According to the US diplomat, absent diversification "would make it difficult for countries to succeed economically."
Blinken said that Algeria is making efforts in a bid to diversify its economy, within the Energy sector notably by developing renewable energies, but also more broadly in the economic sectors.
"We will continue to closely work to develop the renewable energies where Algeria has accomplished real strides," he added.
The US Deputy Secretary of State, however, stressed that it is "important" that the Algerian government continues to take steps to make business climate as good as possible to attract more foreign investments, including from the US.
Highlighting the assets and strengths possessed by Algeria, in particular its geographic situation and its human resources, the US diplomat said he discussed with Algerian senior officials about the 51/49 rule and the procedures related to the creation and the establishment of companies.
About his visit to Algeria, he said that he had "very good" discussions with the Algerian officials, expressing the wish to “deepen our relationship with Algeria, economically, culturally and especially exchanges between the two peoples.”
In this regard, Blinken announced that the American School will open its stores within just a month and will be a “wonderful way to link the two countries and the two peoples."
Moreover, the US official said that he visited the Moudjahid Museum which was “a powerful experience” that enables him to “see Algeria’s history and the struggle and sacrifices of its people for recovering its independence and freedom.
Algeria’s leadership in the region welcomed
The US Deputy Secretary General welcomed Algeria role and efforts for the reestablishment of peace and security in the region.
"Algeria’s leadership for restore peace in Libya, Mali and in Syria is very important and for each of those issues we are working closely," he added.
According to the US Deputy Secretary of State, the current period is "very challenging."
"This is why Algeria must continue to ensure its leadership and continue to work for restoring peace and security as well as the economic development of the region," he affirmed.
In this regard, Blinken welcomed the "crucial" role of Algeria in the conclusion of the peace and reconciliation accord in Mali "which must be fully implemented by all the parties."
ALGIERS- US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, said Monday here that his country sought to "deepen" the economic relations with Algeria, stressing that the economic diversification program is a "correct way to proceed."
"We have a very important partnership in security issues, but we also want to deepen our relations in the economic, financial and trade sectors," Blinken told the press after his meeting with Finance Minister Hadji Baba Ammi.
In this regard, the US diplomat said the meeting he had with Baba Ammi on the economic and financial issues was "very interesting" for the development of cooperation between Algeria and the United States, adding that "the areas where we can work together were also discussed."
As for him, Minister of Finance indicated that under the country’s new programme for economic growth, "there will be significant opportunities for cooperation between Algeria and the United States."
Baba Ammi said that that his meeting with Blinken constituted a "very interesting" opportunity for examining the possibilities of strengthening cooperation in the economic and financial fields between the two countries.
Trade between Algeria and the United States totaled $ 4.6 billion in 2015, comprised of $ 1.9 billion of Algerian exports and $ 2.7 billion of US exports.
ALGIERS- US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited on Sunday the El Moudjahid Museum.
Blinken toured the Museum pavilions and received explanations about the various stages of the Algerian history.
US Deputy Secretary of State is in Algiers since Friday for a three-day visit during which he examined with senior Algerian officials "the state of bilateral cooperation and ways to strengthen it."
ALGIERS- The United States of America "greatly appreciates" Algeria's leadership in the region, said Saturday in Algiers, US Deputy Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, under the "deeper" partnership between the two countries.
"Several issues were raised during my visit to Algeria, including its leadership in the area either for peace question in Libya, Mali and Syria. It is a leadership that we very much appreciate," Blinken said in a statement to the press following his meeting with Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ramtane Lamamra.
Voicing his "extreme satisfaction" with his visit paid to Algeria since Wednesday, Blinken also noted the existence of a «deeper partnership that emerges between Algeria and United States."
He added that the two countries work "together" on "very important security issues" and also endeavor to "deepen their economic and cultural relations, and also relations between citizens of the two countries."
Blinken added he and Lamamra broached most of the international issues for which the two countries "are working closely together."
ALGIERS- Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra Saturday said that his working meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken is a "highpoint" in the strategic dialogue between Algiers and Washington.
"I welcome this working meeting, which is a highpoint in the strategic dialogue between the two countries, which is growing deeper and larger, and it significantly results in more convergence," Lamamra told the press following his meeting with Blinken, on a three-day visit to Algiers.
Stressing that this working session has been "very useful, productive and encouraging," Algeria top diplomat said that "today, under the guidance of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika and President Barack Obama, we build a strategic partnership which covers all the aspects and experiences progress in the economic partnership and the cultural cooperation."
In the cultural field, Lamamra announced that an American school will soon be functional in Algiers. This reflects the "extreme importance of human relation as part of this high quality relationship."
Lamamra also spoke of the 7th session of Dialogue between the National Defence ministries of the two countries, which has just wrapped up in Washington.
"We for a long time have worked hand in hand for the fight against terrorism and for the strengthening of the international cooperation" against this scourge, added Lamamra, stressing that "our cooperation, our exchanges, our dialogue cover all the international issues and crises."
In this respect, he said that Algeria and U.S. have "similar views about the need for political and peaceful solutions, in compliance with the principles and goals of the UN Charter."
On the occasion of this visit, "we tried to project ourselves towards the future and consider our joint contributions to finding solutions to the Libyan crisis, but also to other conflicts in our region and in other parts of the world," said Lamamra.
WASHINGTON – Algeria is determined to sustain its economic and human development efforts, consolidate its democracy, and continuously strengthen its relations with the U.S. “through close cooperation and strong ties” in all areas, said Algerian ambassador to Washington Madjid Bouguerra.
"Algeria and the U.S. also enjoy strong cooperation in the wider security area, with Algeria contributing unique counterterrorism experience, valuable insights on terrorist groups, and successful CVE (countering violent extremism) and de-radicalization programs,” added the diplomat in an article entitled "Strong U.S. Ally in a Chaotic Region" published by US online paper "The Cipher Brief".
In this article on the situation in Algeria and the Algeria-US relations, Bouguerra added that "Algeria, which is reliable and effective U.S. partner and ally, is today a picture of stability and security.”
In this regard, he recalled that the two countries "have established permanent instruments intended to strengthen relations, including a Strategic Dialogue, which has already convened three sessions alternating between our two capitals.”
On the economic level, he said that Algeria, despite oil price decline having "halved" its revenues from oil sector "is far from collapse."
"Over the years, Algeria has accumulated huge assets which, added to a large supply of natural resources, have helped cushion the impact of the drop in oil revenues," the diplomat explained.
"Thanks to a very cautious macroeconomic policy, Algeria has accumulated comfortable foreign currency reserves of around $145 billion, which have helped cushion the drop in oil prices,” he stressed.
The ambassador has cited a report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), released early this year, which underscored the "limited effect of the drop in oil prices on Algeria's economic growth.”
The report also explained that the “asset accumulation over the past years helped Algeria "to progressively adjust to the [oil price drop] shock and to reconfigure its growth model.”
In security matter, Ambassador Bouguerra said that Algeria, "respected regional leader” committed to peace and security "firmly believes that security is a shared concern, and that its own security is very much connected to the security of its immediate neighbors.”
In that respect, Algeria has been “steadfast in its active and firm support of its northeastern neighbor Tunisia, with whom we maintain strong counterterrorism cooperation and which has already yielded tangible results,” he affirmed.
"To Mali, its southern neighbor, Algeria has been instrumental in bringing representatives of the government and opposing rebel groups from Northern Mali to the negotiation table and securing a peace agreement between them,” he underlined.
"Algeria is also busily involved on its eastern flank, as it deploys significant efforts to help Libya emerge from a chaotic situation," he recalled.
Moreover, Bouguerra said that peace and stability are “deeply entrenched in the country thanks to bold legislation and policy decisions initiated by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, including the Charter for Peace and National Reconciliation.”
The Algerian diplomat concluded by mentioning the “ambitious political, economic, and social reform programs launched by Algeria “to rebuild the economy; strengthen democracy, good governance, and the rule of law; and advance human rights, in particular women's rights.”
ALGIERS – Algeria and the United States of America underlined the "urgency" of return to peace and stability in Libya and Mali, said Sunday in Algiers Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel.
"We are convinced that it is urgent that our region recovers stability and peace, notably in Libya and in Mali," Messahel told the press following the 3rd session of Algerian-US Dialogue on Security.
"We think that the peace process underway in Libya must be completed and it is necessary to enable the national unity government to play its role," he added.
Regarding the ongoing peace process in Mali, he expressed the hope to see this process "completed".
He also said he had discussed the situation in Tunisia, Western Sahara and the Sahel region, with the US party
Messahel noted that the two countries have discussed "the risk the region is experiencing because of the alliance, often seen on the ground, between the terrorism and the organized crime."
"We have shared analysis and we had extensive discussion about the experiences in the fight against terrorism," he said, recalling the organization by Algeria of a meeting on de-radicalization and another on cybercrime and cyber-terrorism.
He also announced that Algeria will host in September a meeting on "democracy, as essential vehicle for radicalization".
"We, with our American partner, exchanged views on international strategy against terrorism which is a global threat and requires a global response," he said.
CONSTANTINE (Algeria) – The US "values" Algeria support to the UN-initiated peace process, said Wednesday in Constantine US Ambassador to Algeria, Joan A. Polaschik.
"Exchanges on this issue are constant between the two countries," said the US diplomat in a news conference inaugurating the American Week of Culture as part of the event "Constantine, capital of Arab Culture 2015."
The US "is grateful for the advices and the prospects of the Algerian diplomacy," said the diplomat.
Noting that Algeria is "very important partner for the United States of America in the fight against terrorism and the promotion of the regional security," Polaschik said that "Algeria has a long and difficult experience in the fight against terrorism and the US are grateful towards this country for the role played in talks on the peace agreement in Mali and its presidency of the Follow-up Committee of the Peace and Reconciliation Agreement, resulted from Algiers Process."
Answering a question about the US stance regarding the Brussels attacks, the US ambassador declared that the fight against terrorism remains a "global fight" and that no country is spared by terrorist act.
About the intensification of the economic partnership between the two countries, in a particular conjuncture, the ambassador said that the US "upholds the Algerian efforts to diversify its economy."
In this regard, she stressed that for her country and for the rest of the world, it is important that Algeria remains a "country of prosperity and stability."
Algeria possesses "potentials in many fields" and the US ambition to intensify partnership with Algeria in various sectors.
Moreover, the ambassador denied US Secretary of State John Kerry’s possible visit to Algiers, stressing that "the US embassy is responsible of announcing US officials visit to Algeria."
WASHINGTON - Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will pay visit to Algeria from 20 to 22 February, as part of a regional tour, he started on Tuesday, announced Tuesday US State Department.
In Algiers, the US Under Secretary of State will meet with senior Algerian officials to examine "the strong cooperation" between the two countries, notably in the fight against terrorism, the same source added.
Thomas Shannon will also discuss investment opportunities in Algeria, with company managers and operators.
He is also expected to meet Algerian youngsters who had benefited from the English teaching initiatives granted by US Embassy in Algiers.
Shannon will also visit Tunisia, Burkina Faso and Mali.
WASHINGTON - Algeria and the US signed Tuesday in Washington an agreement on the creation of an American International School in Algiers.
The Agreement was signed in Algerian Embassy in Washington by Ambassador Madjid Bouguerra and by Anne W. Patterson, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs.
To be created soon, the school, the first of its kind in Algeria, will provide English language teaching in line with the US educational syllabuses, Bouguerra told APS.
This teaching open for both Algerians and foreigners also includes courses of Arabic language and two others of history and geography of Algeria.
The School "will open a new chapter in our relationship with the US in the field of education," welcomed the ambassador, stressing the US huge potential in terms of scientific and technologic education which can benefit Algeria.
It is time for Algeria to "open up to other educational potentials that exist elsewhere," said Bouguerra, who added that this Agreement "added to a year rich with achievements between the two countries. It also reflects the climate of security and stability reigning in Algeria, which facilitates the establishment" of foreign education bodies.
Deeming the Agreement as a further step in the Algerian-US cooperation, Bouguerra assured that the School will be a success in Algeria.
As for her, Patterson said that the Agreement represented an important step in the exchanges between the two countries.
The creation of this school has been proposed during the second session of the Algerian-US Strategic Dialogue, held in April 2014 in Algiers.
ALGIERS- US State Secretary John Kerry hailed, in a letter sent to Abdelkader Messahel Minister for Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League, the "constructive" and "beneficial" role of Algeria in the global counterterrorism.
He has also assured his country's readiness to work "closely" with Algeria in this field.
"I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to you, your government as well as to the Algerian president Abdelaziz Bouteflika, for hosting the De-radicalization Conference on last 22, 23 July," Kerry said in his letter which APS obtained a copy on Monday.
The US State Secretary said that the "conference advanced a comprehensive approach to preventing the spreading violent extremism and encouraged more governments and organizations to join the global Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) movement."
"It also enhanced our efforts to promote concrete CVE initiatives at Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and Violent Extremism on the margin of UNGA on 29 September," he stressed.
"In hosting this conference, Algeria proved yet again the constructive and beneficial role it is playing in the global fight against terrorism," Kerry added.
"I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage Algeria to build on the success of its conference by spearheading the development of a comprehensive de-radicalization handbook," the US top diplomat said, suggesting that "this handbook could capture the good practices, lessons learned and the programming models presented and discussed at the De-radicalization Conference."
The handbook "could also highlight a range of effective and rights-respecting de-radicalization interventions- whether led by governments, civil society, the private sector, or multilateral organizations- from which interested stakeholders could draw," Kerry said.
"The United States would be happy to work closely with you on this effort," he ensured.
"Once more, I thank you for your leadership in hosting this important conference as follow-on of the CVE Summit, organized by the White House, last February. I look forward to seeing you in New York in September," US State Secretary concluded.
ALGIERS- The United States supports Algeria in its efforts to combat terrorism and radicalization, said Tuesday in Algiers US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne W. Patterson, announcing the visit of a US security delegation to Algeria newt week.
Patterson made this statement at a press conference held at the US Embassy in Algiers with US Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin.
"Relations between the two countries are very strong. We will continue to strengthen them, particularly in the field of security, which is our primary concern," said Patterson.
While congratulating Algeria for the "dearly" victory against terrorism, she underlined the sharing of this experience with other countries and Algeria's very active role in the fight against terrorism, particularly in the region.
Patterson also hailed the national reconciliation policy, and insisted on "transparency" in all areas of cooperation between the two countries.
US to help Algeria diversify its economy
"The United States encourages Algeria to diversify its economy and is ready to help it to that end," said Rivkin, insisting on transparency, predictability and the rule of law for the presence of investors in the country.
The US official said that it is his first visit to North Africa, adding that the economic relations between the two countries are "very promising."
He also expressed the willingness of his government to strengthen cooperation between the US and Algerian companies, in the public and private sectors.
Leading a delegation of 30 US entrepreneurs, Rivkin said that these latter represent various sectors and offer to provide for their Algerian partners the most modern technologies and the transfer of expertise.
Rivkin also underlined the need to identify obstacles that may impede the strengthening of economic cooperation, hoping for "more visibility" for small and medium-sized companies (SMEs) of his country, regarding the business climate in Algeria.
To a question about the project of shale gas exploitation by Algeria, he said that the decision it is up to the Algerian State to decide on this issue, and expressed readiness of his government to assist it at the technological and technical levels, in case it decides to launch the project.
Shale gas has contributed greatly to the economic growth of the United States, reduced energy dependence and helped to curb unemployment and create jobs, he said
ALGIERS- The United States hailed the efforts undertaken by Algeria to find a political solution to the Syrian crisis, said Thursday in Algiers US Secretary of State John Kerry.
"We're very appreciative for the cooperative effort with Algeria (...) to resolve the crisis of Syria," Kerry said in his opening address at the second session of Algeria-US Strategic Dialogue.
"There is no military solution (to the crisis in Syria), but there's no solution other than a political solution," he said, adding "the people killed in this crisis and the nature of weapons used (gas, chemical bombs) make it impossible for Bashar al-Assad and his regime to ever regain the legitimacy."
As regards the Palestinian question, Kerry said that his country remained committed and "will continue to try to facilitate the capacity of people to make peace (...) but the parties themselves have to make fundamental decisions and compromises."
ALGIERS- US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived Wednesday evening in Algiers for a two-day working visit.
Kerry was welcomed upon his arrival at Houari-Boumediene International Airport by Minister of Foreign Affairs Ramtane Lamamra.
Kerry's visit is part of the "strategic dialogue" between Algeria and the United States and aims at strengthening their cooperation.
In a statement to the press on Sunday, Foreign Ministry's spokesperson Abdelaziz Benali-Cherif said that Kerry's visit will be devoted to political and economic cooperation as well as to investment opportunities, in addition to regional and international issues of common interest and the Algerian-US close counterterrorism cooperation.
It has been agreed to enhance Algerian-US dialogue at the level of the Foreign Ministries of the two countries, that's the reason why the second session of the strategic dialogue, scheduled for Thursday, will be co-chaired by Ramtane Lamamra and John Kerry.