Jan 15, 2019

Algerian Military aircraft crash: President Bouteflika declares three days of national mourning. 11/4/2018.

The President of the Republic, H.E. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Wednesday declared three days of national mourning following the crash of the People’s National Army Air Force plane in Boufarik (Blida, 50-km south of Algiers), the Presidency of the Republic announced in a communiqué.

« Following the crash of an Ilyushin aircraft of the Armed Forces today in Boufarik leaving 257 people dead, the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika has declared three days of national mourning as from today, 11 April 2018, » said the communiqué.

« The President of the Republic has also called for the performance of national funeral prayers for the deceased, according to the communiqué.

Jan 15, 2019

Algeria to host an African high level meeting on terrorism funding channels in Africa on 9 & 10 April .

Algeria will on 9 and 10 April host an African high level meeting on terrotrism funding channels, announced Saturday in Algiers Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel.

The holding of this meeting in Algiers was « decided upon by the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the AU Peace and Security Council in September 2014and approved by the summit« of the African Union, Messahel told a news briefing following his meeting with the Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on a three-day official visit to Algeria.

« This conference is extremely important in the current situation to have the African positions, exchange views about the legislations in our countries, and identify the role of our institutions in charge of combating money laundering and trafficking in all its forms, » added the minister.

During his talks with the AU Commission Head, Messahel said they had tacked the issue of the scourge of illegal migration, a source of « concern for our States. » « We have expressed our views to the AU Commission head about the fight against trafficking networks, which sometimes are involved in the financing of terrorist acts, » he added.

The minister recalled that the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika has been chosen by his African peers to be the leader in promoting the African vision on counter-terrorism.

« We make our contribution and submit anual reports to the AU commission and to the conference of the Heads of state », added Mr Messahel.

 

Jan 15, 2019

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia led the Algerian delegation to the AU extraordinary summit in Kigali. 21/03/2018.

Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia led the Algerian delegation to the AU extraordinary summit held in Kigali on 21st March 2018 in his capacity as Representative of the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

He was accompanied by Foreign Minister, Abdelkader Messahel, and Minister of Trade, Mohamed Benmeradi, and many other high officials.

The African Union extraordinary summit, dedicated to the official launching of the African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), kicked off Wednesday in Kigali with the attendance of about thirty heads of State and Government.

Under the chairmanship of Rwandan Head of State Paul Kagame, AU current President, this summit will culminate in the signing of an agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area and a protocol on the African economic community relating to the free movement of people.

The establishment of the free trade area constitutes one of the leading projects of AU’s 2063 Agenda, which mapped out a new development vision of the continent for the next five decades by focusing on inclusive growth and sustainable development.

The free trade zone must include the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC), Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Union of the Arab Maghreb and the community of Sahel-Sahara States.

On this occasion, Mr Ouyahia met the Presidents of Senegal Macky Sall, Tanzania John Magufuli and Mozambique Filipe Nyusi to whom he handed over messages of fraternity and esteem from the President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

On their part, President Macky Sall, Filipe Nyusi and John Magufuli, asked Ouyahia to extend to President Bouteflika their fraternal and warm greetings as well as their wishes of happiness and prosperity to the Algerian people.

 

Jan 15, 2019

11th session of the African Broadcasting Union: the Algerian Minister of communication exposes the Algerian experience in the field of Digital Terrestrial Television. Kigali, 12-13/03/2018.

The Minister of Communication, Djamel Kaouane, presented in Kigali, the Algerian experience in the field of digital terrestrial television (DTT), on the occasion of the Forum of the African Broadcasting Union which is taking place in the Rwandese capital under the theme: « The ferocious battles around TNT in Africa ».

Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Kaouane emphasized the point that this forum is « a unique event that aims at bring together the African audiovisual community around a topic that is a nagging news, namely the migration to digital terrestrial television “, highlighting the » strategic dimension “that this field has for Algeria and the African continent as a whole”.

He recalled, in the same context, that « national broadcasters encompass both television and radio production activity and broadcasting activity. With the advent of DTT and the introduction of the concept of multiplex operator, or bouquet, it became necessary to separate these activities.

After having made the migration to digital broadcasting a reality, the communication sector « has set about, through the Public Broadcasting Company of Algeria (TDA), the introduction and generalization of a first network of Digital Terrestrial Television which required investments in the region of 50 million dollars, « the minister noted.

« The principle of our policy consists in an affirmed will of the State to offer a quality public service, accessible to all, » he said, claiming, in the latter respect, that the content of the TNT network « will be broadcast on the new Algerian telecommunications satellite, AlcomSat1, launched in December 2017«.

 

Jan 15, 2019

An Algerian delegation attended the Summit of Heads of State & and Government of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Kampala, 02/03/2018.

The Summit was chaired by the President of the Reoublic of Uganda, and attended by the First Vice-President of Somalia, Gaston Sindimwo; Minister of National Defence of Djibouti, Ali Hassan Bahdon; Kenya Cabinet Secretary of Defence, Ambassador Raychelle Omamo and the Ethiopian Ambassador to Uganda, Tolesa Shagi Moti, attended the Summit.

Representatives of international partners from Algeria, China, Germany, Italy, Japan, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, France, Sweden, Turkey, Britain, the United States, the United Nations and the European Union were also in attendance.

Algeria was represented by its Permanentent Représentative to the African Union, Ambassador Rachid Benlounès, who was accompanied by the Ambassador of Algeria to Uganda, Farid Boulahbel.

 

Jan 15, 2019

Secretary General of Algeria’s MOFA, led the Algerian delegation to the 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Geneva, 26/02-23/03/2018.

GENEVA- The progress made by Algeria in terms of promoting and protecting human rights was highlighted, on 28th February, by the Secretary General of Foreign Affairs Ministry Noureddine Ayadi in the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council, held in Geneva.

“The evaluation of the progress made in the promotion and protection of human rights and the challenges facing our countries, leads me to broach the progress achieved by Algeria, which, as you know, honored its commitment by presenting its 3rd report before the peer review mechanism last May,” said Ayadi.

He affirmed that “this evaluation was productive as it allowed us to have an update on the commitments made in 2012,” adding that “nearly all the commitments were accepted and Algeria is working, through the strengthening of the democratic process, towards the achievement of all the recommendations, except the ones that are not in line with the Constitution of the country, with the sovereign choices of the Algerian people and the values of the Algerian society.”

Ayadi also participated in the high-level segment from 26 to 28 February, and will hold discussions, on the sidelines of this session, with the heads of delegation as well as with chiefs of UN agencies based in Geneva.

 

Jan 15, 2019

Algeria elected vice-chair of UN Disarmament Commission.

NEW YORK (United Nations)- Algeria has been elected by acclamation as a vice-chair of the United Nations Disarmament Commission for 2018, said Algeria’s permanent mission in New York.

Jan 15, 2019

Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel signs, on behalf Algeria, the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). 15/02/2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdelkader Messahel signed, on 15th February , in Vienna, the Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty with the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano.

By the signing of this additional Protocol, established in 1997, which constitutes the main international tool for the control of nuclear energy, Algeria confirms, as Mr. Messahel pointed out at the signing ceremony, its commitment to the international regime of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, marked by the  accession of Algeria to the NPT in 1994, the signing in 1997 with the IAEA of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement & other international instruments such as the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material , the Convention on Nuclear Safety, and, more recently, in September 2017, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, in the conclusion of which Algeria had played a leading role.

 

Jan 15, 2019

Algeria-USA military Dialogue: 8th Session of the Joint Military Dialogue in Algiers. 12-14/02/2018.

Algerian and American military officials will meet in Algiers, for the 8th Session of the Joint Military Dialogue between Algeria and the United States of America.

The delegations of both countries will review the progress in the Algerian-American military cooperation and will examine new prospects for the enhancement of their future collaboration.