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23/04/2017 16:47

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ORAN- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Wednesday, in Oran, that the anniversary of the Berber spring celebrated on the 20th April of each year represents “a milestone in the history of Algeria’s fight for the consecration of its identity,” adding that cultural diversity is “Algeria’s true wealth.”

In a speech made during his meeting with local authorities and representatives of the civil society at the end of his visit to the province of Oran, the Prime Minister said that his visit coincides with the celebration of “two key dates in the history of Algeria’s fight for the enshrining of its identity: Day of Knowledge (16 April), and Berber Spring (20 April),” adding that “every wise reader of history knows that our people paid a heavy price for centuries to defend its principles and the foundations of its identity.”

“Despite all these sacrifices for the preservation of their Amazigh identity, their Islam, and their Arab identity, Algerians remained tolerant and open to the cultures of the world,” said Sellal, underlining that f”or us, nationalism is synonym of love for Algeria and not misanthropy.”

“Algeria’s true wealth is its cultural diversity because we are Chawi, Kabyle, from Beni Snous, Kel Ahaggar, Zenata, Beni Mizab or other regions. We are all Amazigh and determined to protect this wealth and to preserve the unity of our country regardless of costs. It is our Arab identity and our Islam that have made us free men,” he added.

In addition, Sellal stressed that “the political will of his Excellency the president of the Republic allowed, in the favour of national reconciliation and the revision of the Constitution, keeping religious and identity issues away from political one-upmanship to promote them, after constitutionalizing them, to  the academic and scientific ranks so that specialists broach them with an objectivity that serves the unity of the people and the country’s interests.”

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ORAN (Algeria)- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a lubricant plant, carried out by the industrial group Total Algerie in Oran (432-km west of Algiers).

The lubricant manufacturing plant, to be built in Chehairia, Bethioua, is meant to meet the needs of the national market (180,000 tonnes a year), to produce 50 percent of current imports.

Once operational, the plant will create more than 50 direct jobs and 150 other indirect jobs.

The project is estimated at DZD4.4 billion.

After top executives of Total Algeria presented the project, Sellal said "we no more seek to export our gas but to process it in Algeria."

"We have the capacity to achieve this goal with our partners, like the French. It is a choice that we have made," the premiere said, stressing that "we must move forward."

Sellal invited the managers of Total Algeria to "shift into high gear." 

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ORAN (Algeria)- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal inaugurated Wednesday a plant producing injectable cephalosporin antibiotics in Oran, where he is on a working visit.

The plant producing the antibiotics, planted in Hassi Ben Okba, Oran (432-km west of Algiers), belongs to the Algerian Pharmaceutical Company (SOPHAL).

It will cut imports of the injectable cephalosporin antibiotics, which contributes in the reduction of the foreign currency bill, which is a necessity with the oil prices fall.  

Estimated at two billion dollars, the project was launched in 2015.

The plant has created about 200 direct and indirect jobs.

 

ORAN-Premier Abdelmalek Sellal on Wednesday laid the first stone of the project to build 6,000 AADL housing units in Misserghine, in the province of Oran.

This quota is part of a total of 10,000 hire-purchase housing units to be implemented on side as part of a program of 13,000 housing units from which the capital of the West has benefited.  

Stretching over an area of 51 hectares, this project, contracted by the National Agency for the Improvement and Development of Housing (AADL, will contribute to making up housing deficit, creating jobs, reviving the sector and improving citizens’ life conditions.

Nearly 1,000 jobs will be created part of the implementation of this project that will be delivered “in late 2019.”

As regards the companies in charge of implementing this project, two have been selected, namely the national company El Bayrak Ltd (3,000 housing units) and the Chinese CRCEG (3,000 housing units). The total coast of the project amounts to DZD 19.3 billion.  

After listening to a presentation on this project, the Premier advocated the implementation of such projects in the form of smart cities so that they meet global standards.

 “A smart city is not only made up of smart districts but also services and facilities that must meet new standards and practices,” he stated.   

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ORAN- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal inaugurated Wednesday an industrial complex of sugar refining in the business park of Tafraoui, in the sub-prefecture of Oued Tlelat.

With a refining capacity of 700,000 tonnes per year, this project, initiated by the “Groupe Berrahal,” was budgeted as part of a private investment at DZD12 billion.

The complex will ensure the production of 700,000 tonnes per year, a part of which will be exported.

In this regard, Sellal stressed the importance of this complex which is part of the country’s economic and industrial diversification.

This complex will allow improving the marketing of sugar, preventing the monopole and dropping prices, he said.

Prime Minister also underlined the possibility of exporting sugar, noting that the country’s needs are between 1.6 and 2 million tonnes per year, while the national production will reach 2.5 million tonnes with this new complex.

 

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Tuesday, 18 April 2017 13:37

Sellal on working visit to Oran Wednesday

ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will pay a working visit to Oran on Wednesday, the Prime Minister's office said Tuesday in a statement.

"During the visit, part of the actions to implement the president of the Republic's programme, the Prime minister will enquire about the development projects in the province" of Oran (432-km west of Algiers).

The premier, in the country's western capital, will launch several projects relating to agriculture, industry, petrochemistry, housing, public works and sports."

Sellal will be accompanied by a ministerial delegation.

 

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ALGIERS-Premier Abdelmalek Sellal received Sunday in Algiers the Azerbaijani Minister of Justice Fikrat Mammadov, who is on a working visit to Algeria, the Premier's office announced in a communiqué.

Both sides "assessed cooperation relations between the two countries and stressed the need to strengthen bilateral relations in various fields of common interest," said the source.

Talks also focused on judicial cooperation and mutual aid between both countries' institutions, the source stated.

The meeting, in which took part Justice Minister Tayeb Louh, allowed both officials "exchange views on the developments of international issues of common interest," concluded the source. 

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ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal received Wednesday, in Algiers, Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Workneh  Gebeyehu who is on working visit to Algeria, said the Prime Minister’s Office in a communiqué.

This audience “allowed assessing the bilateral relations in all the fields, notably the political aspect and that relating to the economic cooperation,” said the source.

Welcoming the “quality” of the political relations between the two countries and which “remains marked by a long tradition of dialogue and consultations,” the Prime Minister expressed his hope to strengthen the economic cooperation component, added the communiqué.

At the international level, and after broaching issues of common interest relating the development of some issues, the meeting was an opportunity to exchange views on the political and security situation in the sub-region.

The meeting was held in the presence of Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra and Ethiopian ministers of Trade and Livestock and Fisheries.

 

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ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Tuesday has paid tribute to the memory of the victims of the bombing that targeted the Government Palace in Algiers on 11 April 2007.

The remembrance ceremony, marking the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack, was attended by Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bedoui, former minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni and Director General of the Civil Protection Mustapha Lahbiri as well as families of the victims.

During the ceremony, a wreath was laid at the entry of the building and Al Fatiha (The Opening chapter of the Holy Qur'an) was read in the memory of the victims.

In a statement on this occasion, Sellal reiterated the Government's solidarity with the families of the victims.

"Algeria is enjoying today security, peace and stability thanks to the sacrifices of its children, who we will always remember," said the Premier.

At the end of the remembrance ceremony, Bedoui received the families of the victims and listened to their concerns regarding their social situation. They, however, expressed satisfaction at the solidarity of the Government since the terrorist attack to date.

Twenty people were killed and over 200 others were injured in the Government Palace attack.

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DJELFA- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal is expected Monday, in the province of Djelfa, for a working visit in which he will inquire about the progress of the province’s development programme.

During this visit, which is part of the implementation and the follow up of the programme of the president of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Sellal will inaugurate and inspect several projects in the sectors of agriculture, public works, energy, health, public facilities and higher education among others.

Accompanied by a large ministerial delegation, the prime Minister will start his visit with the town of Aïn Ouessara, 100 km north of Djelfa, where he will go to a farm and will visit a poultry slaughterhouse project of Khidher Abdelkader group.

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 ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will pay on Monday a working visit to Djelfa, said Sunday a communiqué of the Prime Minister offices.

During this visit, which is part of the implementation and the follow up of the President programme, Sellal "will inspect the state of the execution of the province’s development programme and inaugurate an launch a number of social and economic projects, chiefly in the fields allowing the improvement of the citizens’ living conditions," added the source.

The Premier will be accompanied by a ministerial delegation.

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ALGIERS-Economic cooperation and partnership between Algeria and France would witness a new impetus following the settlement of majority of conflicts between some companies of the two countries, Premier Abdelmalek Sellal stressed Thursday in Algiers.

"The majority of conflicts that hindered bilateral economic relations have been resolved: For example, many conflicts between Sonatrach, Engie and Total have been resolved yesterday. Bilateral cooperation under the national policy to diversify the economy has witnessed a new impetus," stated Sellal at a press conference with his French counterpart Bernard Caseneuve.  

The conference was preceded by a working meeting held in camera, followed by the signing of 10 bilateral agreements and letters of intentions in several fields.  

During the meeting, both parties broached "the consolidation of multifaceted cooperation, particularly in the field of hydrocarbons, petrochemistry and renewable energy," stressed the Premier.

In this regard, he stated that Algeria "banks on the participation of French companies" in the development of this kind of projects, saying that economic cooperation between both countries experienced "a little backwardness" during the last years.

However, "there are many FDI in Algeria," he relativized.  

 

No recourse to external debt

Besides, Sellal talked about the country's financial situation, which remains strong according to him.

"Since July 2014, we have lost over 70% of our oil revenues but we remain strong. Our macro-economic balances (today) are positive. We rigorously manage our financial means that allow us further diversify our economy," he said.   

He ruled out any recourse to foreign debt to ensure the country's budgetary fulfilments.

"We remain a country almost totally indebted; the little debt that exists is the result of the private sector. We are not going to get into debt because we lived through the 1990s and we were forced by the IMF to engage in a structural adjustment that led to the closure of businesses, unemployment and escalation of Islamist fundamentalism and terrorism," affirmed Sellal.

"We will never go through this situation again," he assured.

For his part, French PM Caseneuve said that Algeria's strategy to limit its imports "is a normal concern from a country that witnesses a difficult financial situation."

"Economic operators must have the elements of predictability and transparency in relation to the rules likely to be defined sovereignly by the Algerian side under respect for the Association agreement with the EU," stated Caseneuve. 

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ALGIERS – The decreasing trend of French investments in Algeria over the past three years was "worrying" and contradictory to the ambition of reaching a bilateral strategic partnership, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellalsaid Thursday.

"The worrying decreasing trend of the French investments during the last three years, in contradiction with our common ambition of strategic partnership, especially in the industrial sector," PM Sellal said during a meeting with French Premier Bernard Cazeneuve, extended to the members of the two delegations.

The meeting, held behind closed doors, intended to "boost the Algerian-French relations and strengthen them in the cooperation fields that must be more dynamic and encompass initiatives," said Sellal.

He announced that the 4th session of COMEFA (the Algerian-French Economic Joint Committee) "would be probably held during the second half of 2017" in Algiers.

During this session, Algeria and France are set "to resume and finalize a certain number of large-scale economic projects."

But "as of now, we can together engage into a reflection which will be the basis of a roadmap defining the priorities cooperation between our two countries," said Sellal.

The premier recalled the establishment of COMEFA in 2013, which helped"reinforcing the relations of cooperation, through the achievement of a number a joint ventures in industry, transports, food processingand training in management, and notably the inauguration of Renault car assembly plant in Oran.”

 

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ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal expressed Thursday, in Algiers, his “satisfaction” with the quality of the Algerian-French cooperation on regional and international issues of common interest.

“Allow me to express my satisfaction with the quality of our cooperation on regional and international issues of common interest, including those relating to peace and security, notably in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism,” said Sellal during his discussions  with French Minister Bernard Cazeneuve, who is on a working visit  to Algeria.

In this regard, Sellal “strongly reiterated Algeria’s willingness to combine both countries’ efforts in order to deal with the many security challenges they face.”

He said that political dialogue between officials of the two countries “is so dense that it allows the coordination of views on certain international issues, particularly the threats that weigh heavily on the region.”

“We must more than ever increase vigilance and our mobilization at the national and the regional levels to face these challenges that destabilize many countries in our region, and are a serious threat to the security of our countries and our region, including its Euro-Mediterranean part,” he underlined.

 

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ALGIERS- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal held discussions Wednesday, in Algiers, with his French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve, who started a two-day working visit to Algeria, which is part of the regular consultations between the two countries

The meeting was then extended to members of both delegations.

The meeting was attended by the Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and international Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra, the Minister of Industry and Mining Abdesselam Bouchouareb, the Minister of Interior and Local Authorities Noureddine Bédoui, the Minister of Energy and the Minister of Religious Affairs and Wakfs Mohamed Aissa.

On this occasion, Sellal and Cazeneuve examined the bilateral cooperation which witnessed significant progress in various socio-economic fields, as well as the means and ways likely to further strengthen it. They also exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.

It is the third visit of a French prime minister to Algeria, under President François Holland’s mandate.

These visits allowed the High Level Intergovernmental Committee, set up by the two presidents, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his French counterpart Francois Holland, to develop and improve relations between the two countries.

The French Prime Minister said, upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene airport, that “The French-Algerian relations have never been as strong and trusting as during this ending five-year term and it is for me, on behalf of the president of the Republic and the French government, a way to show our country’s attachment to this extremely fruitful friendly relationship.” 

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ALGIERS- French Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve started Wednesday, a two-day working visit to Algeria, which is part of the regular consultations between the two countries.

Upon his arrival at Houari Boumediene International Airport, Cazeneuve was welcomed by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal and members of the government.

During this visit, Sellal and Cazeneuve will examine the bilateral cooperation which witnessed significant progress in various socio-economic fields, as well as the means and ways likely to further strengthen it. They will also exchange views on regional and international issues of common interest.

It is the third visit of a French prime minister to Algeria, under President François Holland’s mandate.

These visits allowed the High Level Intergovernmental Committee, set up by the two presidents, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his French counterpart Francois Holland, to develop and improve relations between the two countries.

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EL OUED- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Saturday, in El Oued, that the vehicle manufacturing plant Tahkout “respects the specifications, announcing a new decision requiring national car manufacturers to export the third of their production after four years of practice.

 “The inquiry commission dispatched to Tahkout’s Hyundai vehicle manufacturing plant confirmed that the plant respects the specifications relating to investment in this field,” said Sellal in a speech during a meeting with representatives of the civil society at the end of his visit to El Oued.

In this regard, the minister said that the auto industry needs a gradual shift, from the industry of car parts and accessories to “more complex” steps of production.

Furthermore, Sellal said that a new measure will be applied, requiring car manufacturers to export the third of their production after four year of practice.

He assured, in this regard, that Algeria “follows a clear economic model that continues to grow.”

 

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AL OUED (Algeria)- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Saturday, in El Oued, that the legislative elections of 4 May will be “the crowning of the process to strengthen the country’s stability and its democratic choice.”

In a speech given in a meeting with the representatives of the civil society at the end of his visit to the province of El Oued, Sellal said that “the 4 May elections will be the crowning of the process to strengthen the country’s stability and its democratic choice.”

The Prime minister underlined that the upcoming elections “will be organized in conformity with the new constitutional provisions, with guarantees of fair and transparent elections,” adding that these elections “are part of the respect of the choice adopted by the generation of November.”

The generation of 1 November 1954 “opted for a sovereign democratic and social Republic in the framework of the principles of Islam and Arab-Amazigh identity,” said Sellal.

“It is the way that we will never deviate from,” added the Prime Minister.

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EL OUED (Algeria)- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said Saturday, in El Oued, that the reduction in imports does not mean the banning of certain goods because Algeria still need competition to set prices and offer a better choice to consumers.

“The reduction of the list of imports does not mean the banning of some goods because we still need to set prices on the market and to guarantee quality on the one hand, and to offer Algerian consumers a better choice on the other hand,” Sellal said in a speech during a meeting with local authorities and representatives of the civil society.

In this regard, he said that the Government’s measures to rationalize public spending and to control foreign trade tend to “preserve the country’s macro-financial balance and citizens’ purchasing power, while continuing housing, health, and education programmes and the efforts to support productive investment.”

Sellal also underlined that the diversification of economy undoubtedly refers to the generation of activities in the sector that experience a deficit in order to cover needs and exports, which must not be limited to cement works, vehicle assembly, steel industry, and flour-milling industry, which “although currently profitable, are still exposed to recession.”

For the industrial sector, the Prime minister said that this sector represents “another area in the government’s action to modernize and diversify national economy through the relaunch of national industrial infrastructure, the support of local production and the promotion of brands “Made in Algeria.”

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EL-OUED- Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal highlighted Saturday, in El Oued, the importance to promote investment in tourism in order to contribute to the development of national economy.

“We must work on promoting investment opportunities in the sector of tourism, as a promising lever of development able to contribute to the country’s economic development,” said Sellal in a meeting with the representative of the civil society at the end of his working and inspection visit to the province of EL Oued.

In this regard, the Prime Minister said that tourism projects positively impact the country’s economic situation, particularly in the “difficult” financial situation facing the country, hence the need to face this situation through an economic approach able to give momentum to local development, thus promoting national economy.

Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal paid a working and inspection visit to the province of El Oued, Saturday, where he inaugurated and visited a series of socio-economic projects in the sectors of agriculture, transport, youth and sports, health, housing, vocational training and tourism before chairing a meeting with the civil society.

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