Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel received, on 08th November, Lord Richard RisbyWith Lord Richard Risby:
Discussions on bilateral relations and their enhancement & other issues of common interest namely fight against Terrorism, Deradicalization & Algeria-UK relations.
Lord Risby hails the quality of Algeria-UK relations, expresses readiness to enhance them further & commends Algeria for the progress made in many fields & for its positive role in the region.
The Algerian Minister of Industry and Mines, Youcef Yousfi, received also the Special Representative of the British Prime Minister for Economic Partnership with Algeria, Lord Richard Risby.
This meeting allowed to discuss the state of evaluation of the bilateral relations in the economic field.
In this regard, Mr. Yousfi noted the need to further develop economic relations outside the hydrocarbon sector, boosting the investments of British companies in Algeria in view of the great potential offered by the Algerian market. The two sides discussed the prospects of increasing economic cooperation that already exists in a number of areas. « Today, we discussed the possibility of developing partnerships in the agro-food industry, the mining industry, the pharmaceutical industry and training, especially in specialized sectors » Yousfi told reporters at the press.
In addition, both parties discussed the possibility of exporting some Algerian industrial products. For his part, Lord Risby expressed his interest in the process of development of the sector of industry and mines in Algeria which, according to him, « augurs a very promising future » for the industrial partnership between Algeria and UK.
On trade cooperation, he highlighted the range of possibilities that exist in this area. Many UK companies operate in Algeria such as GSK and Astrazeneca in the pharmaceutical industry, Unilever in detergent production, Eire Mazraa in livestock for milk production and HSBC in finance.
Lord Risby is visiting Algeria as part of the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Allied landings (including the British) in North Africa, whose code was named « Operation Torch ».
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« Lord Risby, the British Prime Minister’s Economic Partnership Envoy for Algeria, led a mission of British businessmen to Algiers from 7-10 September to investigate opportunities in Renewable Energy in Algeria.
Among the companies accompanying Lord Risby were Mott MacDonald; Shell; Clarke Energy; Dan & Adam; Unicommerce; and Temporis Capital. The group was also joined by the Deputy Director for Renewable Energy from the UK Government’s Trade and Investment promotion office, UKTI, Mr Simon Carter.
The delegation met with key interlocutors in the Renewable Energy sector. Lord Risby met with the Prime Minister, Energy & Mines, Health, Higher Education and National Education Ministers. During his visit, Lord Risby signed partnership agreements with the Algerian Government in Energy and Education.
The British Ambassador, Martyn Roper, hosted a reception for Lord Risby on Monday 9th September at his Residence.
Speaking before the visit, the Ambassador said :
“Renewable energy is a really important part of UK/Algeria cooperation, so I’m delighted that Lord Risby is able to bring senior representatives from that sector to Algeria to meet with their counterparts. Following the success of the first UK/Algeria Renewable Energy Investment Conference in Algiers earlier this year, this is a great opportunity to strengthen relationships, and help each other achieve our ambitious national targets for renewable energy production.”
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