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  ALGERIA TODAY
JULY 2010


 OFFICIALS’ ACTIVITIES & NATIONAL NEWS                 Page 2


 COOPERATION                                           Page 8


 ECONOMY                                               Page 11


 ENVIRONMENT                                           Page 13


 CULTURAL NEWS                                         Page 14




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officials’ acTiViTiEs & NaTioNal NEWs

  PRESIDENT BOUTEFLIKA TOOK PART IN AU SUMMIT MEETING IN KAMPALA

                         The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, traveled to Kampala,
                         Uganda, to participate in the proceedings of the 15 th ordinary session of the
                         Conference of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union (July 25-27,
                         2010).
                         The main item on the agenda of this meeting dealt with “neonatal and infantile
                         maternal health and development in Africa” in order to assess the progress achieved by
  the Continent in reducing infant mortality and promoting maternal health. Both of these issues are among the
  eight development objectives of the millennium.
  The head of the State also took part in the proceedings of the Committee of the Heads of State and
  Government in charge of Orientation of NEPAD and in those of the Peer Evaluation Mechanism Forum.
  According to a statement released by the Presidency of the Republic, “The proceedings of the Committee of
  the Heads of State and Government in charge of Orientation of NEPAD essentially dealt with the follow-up of
  the integration of NEPAD in the African Union, the G8 Partnership, and the other partners in the development
  of Africa, the participation of Africa in global governance as well as preparation for the Conference on
  Climate Change scheduled to take place in Mexico next December”. The Peer Evaluation Mechanism Forum,
  on the other hand, reviewed the national reports on the implementation of the action plans on governance in
  Benin, South Africa, as well as the Mauritius and Ghana assessment reports.”.

  IMPLEMENTATION OF NEPAD: PRESIDENT BOUTEFLIKA EXPRESSES ALGERIA’S
  SATISFACTION

  The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has expressed the satisfaction of Algeria with the
  progress achieved in setting up a NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency. The effort involves putting in
  place an operational agency equipped with the necessary tools and capacities to facilitate implementation and
  follow-up of regional and continental projects, declared the President of the Republic at the 23 rd summit
  meeting of the Committee of the Heads of State and Government entrusted with implementing NEPAD. The
  Head of the State underlined the significance connected with the strengthening of close coordination relations
  between the NEPAD Agency and the regional economic communities which make up the integration engine.
  With regards to assessing the partnership, President Bouteflika declared that this issue should remain a
  “primary concern” for the African bodies and, in particular, for the NEPAD Agency, noting that this will
  make it possible to create the required elements likely to contribute to a substantial dialogue with the
  developed countries on the necessary evolution of the mechanisms and contents of international cooperation
  in a globalized economy.

  TWO ALGERIANS ELECTED TO THE AFRICAN COMMITTEE OF EXPERTS AT THE
  AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS COURT

  Two Algerians, Mrs. Fatma-Zohra Sebaa (Delladj) and Mr. Fatah Ouguergouz, were, respectively, elected by
  the ministers sitting on the AU Executive council to a six-year term to the African Committee of Experts on
  the Rights and Well-Being of Children and to the position of judge at the African Court for Human Rights and
  Peoples, after the 17th meeting of the African Union Executive Council.
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  PRESIDENT BOUTEFLIKA DECLARED THAT CONSOLIDATION OF PEACE AND SECURITY
  IS “FUNDAMENTAL” TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE AFRICAN CONTINENT


  The President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika, declared in Kampala that consolidation of peace and
  security is “fundamental” to the economic development of the African continent. The Head of the State noted
  that the African continent is consolidating every day the practice of democracy, good governance and the rule
  of law, while striving to solve issues of insecurity and instability and fostering stronger recourse to dialogue
  and mediation in the settlement of conflicts.
  Speaking about the “concerning” situation in Somalia, the President of the Republic underlined that “it is time
  for the United Nations Security Council to fully assume its responsibilities in order to give a decisive impetus
  to the efforts of Africa, namely through the deployment of AMISOM.”
  With regards to Sudan, which marked a “significant” stage in enforcing the global peace agreement of
  January 2005, the Head of the State underlined the continuation of efforts of persuasion directed at the parties
  to the crisis which do not yet adhere to the peace process, in order to get them to respect the commitments
  taken, said President Bouteflika.
  In the same vein, he noted the peace agreements concluded by African countries such as Burundi, Cote
  d’Ivoire, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, who succeeded to put an end
  to the spiral of violence, and called for the encouragement of such developments.
  Moreover, the President of the Republic, regretted that topical news in Africa are dominated by power being
  taken through anti-constitutional means, and recalled the doctrine and principles upheld by the African Union
  with regards to fighting the phenomenon of anti-constitutional changes. Furthermore, he noted the “happy”
  settlement which occurred in the crisis in guinea thanks to the holding of elections and, in this manner, called
  on the protagonists in the crisis confronting Madagascar.




  COUNCIL OF MINISTERS: DECREE ON REGULATION OF PUBLIC MARKETS ADOPTED

  (See the web site: www.algeria-us.org)

  President Bouteflika operated partial reshuffling in the corps of Presidents of Courts of Justice and
  General Prosecutors
  In conformity with the prerogatives conferred to him by Articles 77-8 and 78-7 of the Constitution and by
  virtue of Article 49 of Organic Law on the Judiciary, the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika,
  operated a partial reshuffling in the corps of Presidents of Courts of Justice and General Prosecutors of the
  Court.
  The reshuffling included transfers, new nominations, and expirations of terms of office. The Court Presidents
  whose term of office has expired are destined to be appointed to the Supreme Court.
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  MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS MEDELCI ON A WORKING VISIT TO BRAZIL

                                                 Minister for Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci was in Brasilia,
                                                 Brazil, for a working visit, during which he co-chaired with his
                                                 Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim the 4th session of the
                                                 Algerian-Brazilian Joint Commission.
                                                 The proceedings of the 4th meeting of the Algerian-Brazilian
                                                 Joint Commission were sanctioned by the signature of minutes
  and a bilateral legal instrument establishing a strategic dialogue mechanism between the two countries, which
  is intended to strengthen consultation and dialogue as well as coordination on regional and international issues
  of mutual interest.
  The two ministers seized the opportunity of their meeting to discuss the Arab-South American Library
  project, which will be headquartered in Algiers, following a decision reached at the summit meeting between
  the Arab and Latin American countries.

  Mr Medelci met with Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula Da Silva. The meeting with the Brazilian President
  dealt with the bilateral relations, whose exceptional character was underlined by both sides, and with some
  regional and international issues of mutual interest.
  It should be noted that the volume of exchanges between Algeria and Brazil reached $2.4 billion in 2009.




  MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS MEDELCI EXPRESSES ALGERIA’S REGRETS OVER
  THE MURDER OF THE FRENCH HOSTAGE

                         Speaking in Kampala, Uganda, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci said that
                         Algeria regrets the assassination by terrorists of 78-year old French hostage Michel
                         Germaneau, held in the Sahel region since last April. “Algeria’s position is very clear:
                         We are against terrorism in general and hostage-taking in particular,” said Mr. Medelci
                         in his statement to the press at the margins of the 15 th ordinary session of the Heads of
                         State and Government of the African Union, which is convening in the Ugandan capital
                         (25-27 July).
  “Like all other countries, we regret what happened in Mali over the past few days and our position is clear in
  this respect,” said the head of Algerian diplomacy, underlining that “Algeria, like the countries of the African
  Union, remains determined to fight against this practice and it supports making it a crime to pay ransoms” (to
  hostage-takers).
  Responding to a question relating to the consequences if such an act on the security situation in the Sahel
  region, namely in the north of Mali, the minister, who called the execution of the French hostage “something
  that we unfortunately have seen before and that we see again”, indicated that “it makes the countries of the
  region more determined to continue to work together.” Mr. Medelci stated that “there is no reason why an
  event could jeopardize the political willingness at the highest level of the countries (of the Sahel), which are
  directly concerned by their own future with regards to security and development.”
  Discussing likely measures that the African union might take in the Sahel region, as it did in Somalia, Mr.
  Medelci said that “for the time being, that issue is not on the agenda of the AU, considering that the countries
  of the Sahel have organized themselves with the active participation of Algeria in order to handle by
  themselves any security-related issues.” “We are Africans and the AU is interested in the Sahel,” said
  Algeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister, adding that “for the moment, the countries of the region are handling
  security by themselves”, before underlining that “this does not exclude cooperation with other countries, when
  that becomes necessary.”
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  MR. ABDELKADER MESSAHEL ON AN                          MAJOR GENERAL ABDELGHANI HAMEL,
  AFRICAN TOUR                                           NEW DGSN CHIEF

                       On July 12, Minister
                       Delegate for Maghreb and                                  The new Director General
                       African Affairs Abdelkader                                of National Police (DGSN),
                       Messahel started an African                               Major General Abdelghani
                       tour that successively lead                               Hamel,      was     officially
                       him to Lesotho, Botswana,                                 installed in his post on July
                       and      Tanzania.      Mr.                               7, 2010, in Algiers during a
                       Messahel carried a message                                ceremony organized at the
                       from President Abdelaziz                                  Police      Academy         of
                       Bouteflika to the Prime           Chateauneuf.
                       Minister of the Kingdom of
                       Lesotho Pakalitha Mosisili,       The installation ceremony was chaired by Interior
  to the President of the Republic of Botswana           Minister Daho Ould Kablia. In a speech delivered on
  Lieutenant General Seretse Khma Ian Khama,             this occasion, Mr.Ould Kablia said that the
  and to the President of the Republic of Tanzania       appointment of Major General Hamel by President
  Jakaya Kikwete. During his visits, the Minister        of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika to head the
  delegate “reviewed with officials from those           DGSN is "important," as it concerns the
  countries the state of bilateral cooperation and       management of a key institution and one of the
  the prospects of further developing and                instruments expressing authority.
  expanding it, in order to take full advantage of
  respective potentialities for a mutually               It is also "important" because the National Police "is
  beneficial partnership.”                               in charge of a constitutional responsibility: ensuring
                                                         the security and the safety of citizens and property,"
                                                         the minister added. For his part, Major General
                                                         Hamel emphasized the importance of providing
                                                         quality training to all police staff at all levels in
                                                         order to be in keeping with developments across the
                                                         world.




  MRS. BELMIHOUB-ZERDANI REELECTED TO THE                               UN    COMMITTEE          FOR     THE
  ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

                             Mrs. Meriem Belmihoub-Zerdani, a jurist and former minister, was reelected to a
                             third term (2011-2014) to the United Nations Committee for the Elimination
                             Against Women (CEDAW). The election took place during the 16 th conference of
                             the States party to the convention for the elimination of all forms of
                             discrimination against women. CEDAW is the body in charge of monitoring the
                             enforcement of commitments contracted by the States party to the Convention for
                             the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women.
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  FORMER SOCCER STAR RABAH MADJER,                            IN JUNE, THE PEOPLE’S NATIONAL
  AMONG 14 AFRICAN UNION’S PEACE                              ARMY (ANP) DESTROYED 8,261 LAND
  AMBASSADORS                                                 MINES   DATING  BACK   TO   THE
                                                              COLONIAL PERIOD
                           Shortly      after      being
                           nominated last June (See           Pursuing its mine-clearing operations along the
                           Algeria Today, June 2010           country’s western and eastern borders, during the
                           issue) to become UNESCO            month of June, the People’s National Army (ANP)
                           Goodwill Ambassador for            destroyed 8,261 land mines left over in areas
                           Peace and Education,               mined by the French colonial forces during
                           Algerian soccer star Rabah         Algeria’s war for independence. By June 30, the
                           Madjer was nominated by            final tally of mines uncovered and destroyed by
                           the      African       Union       ANP specialized units had reached 476,395,
                           Commission to become               including 403,210 antipersonnel mines, 70,873
  African Union Peace Ambassador, along with 13               anti-group mines, and 2,312 trip flares.
  other nominees.
  The African Union Commission has nominated 12
  members to the Advisory Council and 14
  Ambassadors for Peace, including former Ghanaian
  soccer great Abedi Pelé, Malian and Senegalese
  singers Salif Keita and Youssou Ndour, as well as
  other celebrities from the world of culture and             DEATH OF MUSTAPHA BOUTEFLIKA,
  sports, with the intent of supporting the efforts of        BROTHER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE
  the Commission in conflict settlement and peace             REPUBLIC
  consolidation in Africa.
  Advisory      Council     members        and     Peace
  Ambassadors will promote ratification of African            Dr. Mustapha Bouteflika, brother of the Head of
  legal instruments, such as the African Charter on           the State, died on Friday July 2, after a long
  Democracy, Elections, and Governance. Peace                 illness, reported Algeria Press Service APS. The
  Ambassadors “shall be called on to bring their              passing of the President’s brother happens one
  contribution in support of the mobilization of              year after his mother’s death.
  resources and to increase awareness among public
  opinion to make peace a reality in Africa.” Rabah           CONDOLENCES OF US DEPUTY UNDER-
  Madjer and Abedi Pelé were entrusted by African             SECRETARY SANDERSON
  Union Commission President Mr. Jean Ping to
  elaborate     a    set    of     actions     including      Upon learning of the death of Dr. Mustapha
  multidisciplinary sports activities set to take place       Bouteflika, a brother of President Abdelaziz
  during the Year of Peace and Security, with the             Bouteflika, U.S. Deputy Under-Secretary of State
  goal of raising awareness among young Africans              Janet A. Sanderson, who served as U.S.
  over issues of peace and security in Africa. A              Ambassador in Algeria, sent the Head of the State
  friendly soccer game opposing an African selection          a message in which she expressed her “deepest
  to a rest-of-the-world team will be held next               sympathy for this immense loss” and said she was
  September 21 on the occasion of the celebration of          “deeply convinced” that the late Dr. Bouteflika
  International Peace Day. Other sports activities are        “will find eternal peace.”
  also planned for that day as well. Ambassador for
  Peace Rabah Madjer will also be invited to
  participate at other venues celebrating the Year of
  Peace and Security and planned throughout the
  current year.
July 2010                                    ALGERIA TODAY                                                  Page 7



  ALGERIAN POLICE CORPS CELEBRATE 48TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS CREATION

  The General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) celebrated this month the 48 th anniversary of the
  creation of the police corps through numerous activities presided by Minister of Interior and Local
  Governments Daho Ould Kablia, with members of the Government in attendance. On this occasion, a
  graduation ceremony honoring a new class of police officers was held at the Directorate of Republican Units,
  and dedicated to the memory of the former head of national police the late Ali Tounsi, for 3,200 trainees,
  including 100 female police officers trained in public safety and reorganization.




  30% DECREASE IN ROAD ACCIDENTS IN ALGERIA

  Speaking at the opening of a campaign of awareness organized by the National Radio, the Deputy Director
  General of the National Center for Prevention and Road Safety said that road accidents in Algeria have
  registered a 30% decrease. Over the first 5 months of this year, 11,110 road accidents were investigated
  throughout the country, compared to 15,846 over the same period a year ago. Comparison of statistics for both
  years shows a notable decrease of deaths (from 1,636 to 1,313) and injuries (from 24,300 to 18,090).
  According to the official, the change is due to “good enforcement of the law in road prevention, which
  enshrines in its Article 4 the principle of withdrawal or cancellation of a driver’s license.” Forum opened to
  citizens for discussions and suggestions on matters related to road safety have also been scheduled by
  Algerian Radio and Television through their regional affiliates.
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COOPERATION

  THE UNITED STATES WISH TO STRENGTHEN THEIR ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP WITH
  ALGERIA

                              The United States wish to strengthen their economic partnership and bilateral
                              exchanges of mutual interest with Algeria and the whole Maghreb region, namely
                              in the area of entrepreneurship, said in Algiers on July 22 Mr. Pradeep
                              Ramamurthy, Senior Director of Global Engagement at the White House. “We
                              wish to reinforce our ties with Algeria and the other Maghreb countries, in the
                              economic area, including entrepreneurship, through bilateral cooperation and
                              exchanges of mutual interest,” said Mr. Ramamurthy at a press conference at the
                              U.S. Embassy in Algiers.




  ALGERIA IS “A LEADING COUNTRY” IN THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, SAYS US
  COORDINATOR FOR COUNTERTERRORISM

                                         The United States considers Algeria “a leading country” and an
                                         “unavoidable” partner in the fight against terrorism and is “ready” to
                                         cooperate in all aspects to eradicate this transnational phenomenon,
                                         declared in Algiers on July 26 Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the
                                         U.S. State Department, Mr. Daniel Benjamin. “We appreciate the
                                         efforts of Algeria in the fight against terrorism in the Maghreb as well
                                         as in the Sahel region or elsewhere and we are very grateful for that,”
                                         said Mr. Benjamin at a press conference held at the U.S. Embassy in
                                         Algiers. “The Algerian Government is capable, on its own, to solve all
                                         issues related to terrorism and we are ready to provide any assistance it
  may request,” added Mr. Benjamin.
  Responding to a media enquiry about his talks with Algerian high officials, the U.S. Coordinator for
  Counterterrorism said that his discussions have namely included the ways and means likely to develop and
  strengthen cooperation between the two countries, and underlined that exchange of information and
  intelligence remains a “very efficient” method used to combat terrorism. “Cooperation with Algeria has
  always covered numerous aspects and we have never encountered any barriers or obstacles, said Mr.
  Benjamin, adding that Algeria and the United States have “excellent cooperation ties”. He also hailed “the
  considerable progress” achieved by Algeria in the fight against terrorism, stressing that the United States is
  learning and benefiting from the Algerian experience in that area.
  Moreover, he highlighted Algeria’s role in the prohibition of ransom payment to hostage-takers, saying that
  “it (ransom payment) is kind of concession made by concerned governments and a sort of financing of
  terrorism.” Furthermore, the U.S. official reaffirmed his country’s willingness to provide all aid and assistance
  required to the countries of the Sahel region to help them combat terrorism, ruling out for the time being any
  likelihood of U.S. “direct” involvement in the region. “The united States has no intention of deploying any
  troops in the (Sahel) region, because we consider that the countries concerned have sufficient capacities to
  face the phenomenon of terrorism,” he said. Asked about the execution, last July 24, of French hostage
  Michel Germaneau by terrorist groups, Mr. Benjamin replied that it shows the threat level represented by
  terrorist activity in the Sahel region and underlined that the United States “is always committed to help the
  countries of the region in combating this phenomenon.”
July 2010                                       ALGERIA TODAY                                                 Page 9


  ALGERIA AND CHINA SIGN                        TWO       ALGERIAN-RUSSIAN COOPERATION JOINT
  COOPERATION AGREEMENTS                                  INTERGOVERNMENTAL COMMISSION

                   Algeria and China have signed                               At the end of 4th session of the
                   in Algiers on July 22 two                                   Algerian-Russian       Cooperation
                   agreements involving higher                                 Joint           Intergovernmental
                   learning and economic and                                   Commission,       co-chaired    by
                   technical cooperation. The                                  Minister of Finance Karim Djoudi
                   two countries agreed on                                     and Russian Minister of Energy,
                   conducting      an    exchange                              Serguei Chmatko, Minister for
                   program in the area of higher                               Foreign Affairs Mourad Medelci
                   learning      and     scientific                            has underlined the willingness of
  research and signed a protocol for economic and                              Algeria     to    strengthen    its
  technical cooperation. The agreements were              cooperation with Russia and to facilitate Russian
  signed in Algiers on the occasion of the visit          investments in various areas of development.
  made by Mr. Dai Bingguo, State Counselor of             Referring to the meeting, Mr. Medelci indicated that
  the Republic of China.                                  the two countries “have agreed to establish working
                                                          groups in different sectors, including industry.
                                                          Mr. Medelci expressed his satisfaction with the
                                                          quality of the work performed by the experts during
                                                          the proceedings of the joint commission, notably in
                                                          preparation of the planned visit by President Dmitri
                                                          Medvedev to Algeria.
                                                          For his part, the Russian Minister of Energy called the
  THE ITALIAN MINISTER FOR FOREIGN
                                                          proceedings of the joint commission “a great success”
  AFFAIRS MAKES AN OFFICIAL VISIT
                                                          and expressed his satisfaction with “the invitation
  TO ALGERIA
                                                          extended by the Algerian Government to Russian
                                                          companies to contribute to the implementation of the
                    Italian Foreign Affairs Minister
                                                          (2010-2014) development program.”
                    Franco Frattini was in Algiers
                    on an official visit to Algeria, at
                    the invitation of Algerian
                    Minister for Foreign Affairs
                    Mourad Medelci. This visit            ALGERIAN-GERMAN JOINT VENTURE TO
                    took place in the framework of        PRODUCE ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS
                    the continuation of dialogue
  and intensification of consultation provided for                        Algeria and Germany agreed to
  by the Treaty of Friendship, Good-                                      establish a joint venture for the
  Neighborliness and Cooperation between the                              production of electronic systems
  two countries. It enabled the two ministers to                          within the facilities of the National
  undertake a comprehensive review of the state                           Enterprise for Electronic Industries
  of the bilateral relations and gave them the                            (ENIE) located in Sidi Bel Abbès,
  opportunity to exchange views and analyses of a                         said a statement issued by the Office
  number of current regional and international                            of the Prime Minister. The statement
  issues. The talks scheduled between Mr. Frattini        indicated that “an agreement protocol on the
  and Mr. Medelci, as well as with other Algerian         establishment of an industrial and commercial
  high officials, gave new impetus to the relations       partnership was reached between, on the one hand,
  between the two countries, which have                   the ministry of National Defense and the ministry of
  experienced over the past few years an                  Industry, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise, and
  exceptional development in cooperation areas.           Investment Promotion, and, on the other, a
                                                          consortium of German companies.”
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 THE SPEAKER OF CUBA’S PEOPLE’S NATIONAL ASSEMBLY CALLS ALGERIAN-CUBAN
 RELATIONS “VERY IMPORTANT”

 The Speaker of the Cuban People’s National Assembly, Mr. Ricardo Alarcon De Quesada, called relations
 between Algeria and Cuba “very important.” “I hope that my visit in Algeria will make a modest contribution to
 the pursuit of relations between the two countries which are very important for the two peoples,” declared Mr.
 Ricardo Alarcon De Quesada in a statement to the media. The Speaker of the People’s Assembly of the Cuban
 Public Power added that Algeria and Cuba have “friendly” ties and relations in all areas, namely in the political
 area where the two countries “have always cooperated.”



 COMMISSION ASSESSES ALGERIAN-TUNISIAN COOPERATION

 Minister of Industry, Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprise, and Investment Promotion Mohamed Benmeradi was in
 Tunisia for a two-day working visit, during which he and Tunisian minister of Industry and Technology Affif
 Chelbi co-chaired the Assessment and Follow-Up Commission of Industrial Cooperation between the two countries.



 ALGERIAN-TANZANIAN JOINT COMMISSION: SIGNATURE OF MINUTES AND ROADMAP

 The 4th session of the Algerian-Tanzanian Joint Commission ended its proceedings in Dar Es Salam with the
 signature of the proceedings minutes and a roadmap setting the stages required for the completion of projects
 selected with the goal of strengthening and diversifying cooperation between the two countries. The two
 delegations, led, respectively, by Mr. Abdelkader Messahel, Minister Delegate for Maghreb and African Affairs,
 and Mr. Bernard Membe, Tanzanian Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, noted “the
 weakness of economic exchanges” and agreed to use “all available means to explore cooperation opportunities
 between the two countries and to work toward strengthening the legal framework for the purpose of promoting
 that cooperation.”



 ITU SECRETARY GENERAL HIGHLIGHTS ICT DEVELOPMENT IN ALGERIA

 Mr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), who was in
 Algiers on July 20 on an official visit, highlighted the efforts deployed by Algeria over the past few years to
 develop and foster the nationwide spread of information and communication technologies (ICT). Calling ICTs
 “the main development tool”, Mr. Touré hailed as “revolution” the increased development achieved by Algeria
 over the past decade in the ICT sector. The ITU Secretary General, who was speaking at a press conference held
 after the signature of a Letter of Intent between Algeria and the ITU, noted that the investments made by Algeria
 in ICTs have enabled the country to place itself on a “heretofore unmatched platform.” Moreover, Mr. Hamadoun
 Touré met with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.



 ALGERIA-JAPAN: BILATERAL ENERGY COOPERATION REVIEWED

 Minister of Energy and Mining Youcef Yousfi held talks with Japanese Deputy Minister of Economy, Commerce
 and Industry Tadahiro Matsushita. The two officials discussed development of a partnership and cooperation in the
 energy area, namely in sectors of hydrocarbons, electricity, and renewable energy. In the energy sector, Japan is
 active in Algeria through several companies, including JGC Group, one of the world’s giants in petroleum and gas
 engineering. JGC had declared its ambition to use Algeria as support point for global redeployment and export of
 services to Africa.
July 2010                                     ALGERIA TODAY                                              Page 11


ECONOMY

  PUBLIC INVESTMENT PLAN (2010-2014)                                ALGERIA REGISTERS OVER $6.5
                                                                    BILLION IN TRADE SURPLUS IN
  The Algerian government has announced the launching of a          FIRST SEMESTER OF 2010
  five year public investment plan starting in 2010 until 2014.
  This program is the continuation of previous economic plans       According to official figures released by
  covering the period from 2004 to 2009 and the general             the General Directorate for Customs’
  dynamic of national reconstruction through economic               National Center for Data Processing and
  growth/revival launched in 2001.                                  Statistics, Algeria’s trade balance
  This five year public investment plan stretching from 2010        registered a surplus of $6.53 billion over
  until 2014 will be focused on both the completion of              the first semester of the current year,
  previous projects for an investment amounting 9.700 billions      against a deficit of $1.16 billion
  of DA and the launching of new projects for the amount of         (consolidated figure) over the same
  11.534 billions of DA. The total financial commitment             period in 2009. Exports reached $26.25
  represents the sum of 21.214 billions of DA.                      billion, against $19.76 billion for the
  More than 40 % of these resources will be allocated towards       same period a year ago, representing a
  the betterment of human development. More than 1500               32.82% increase. Imports, on the other
  health related infrastructures and about 5000 establishments      hand, reached $19.71 billion, compared
  of national education, including high school, universities and    to $20.92 billion a year ago, indicating a
  other training institutions are part the objectives of the 5      drop of 5.82%.
  year plans. Moreover, two million housing are to be created,
  1, 2 million of which will be ready within the time period of
  the plan. One million homes will be connected to the natural
  gas network and 220.000 rural household will be endowed
  with electricity. In Addition, thirty five dams are to be
  erected as well as twenty five water transfer systems, the
  objective being, increasing consequentially the amount and
  accessibility of available drinking water.
  Moreover, 40 % of the budget will be invested towards the         OVER 143 MILLION ALGERIAN
  growth of the national economy, the infrastructural               DINARS (DA) TO CONTROL
  development and the improvement of the public sector. In          DISEASES AFFECTING PALM
  this effect, 3.100 Billion DA will be spent in the civil          TREES IN 10 WILAYAS
  engineering sector in order to extend and modernize the road
  sector. 3.132 Billion DA is to serve the completion of the        The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural
  East-West highway.                                                Development has allocated 143.12
  Adding up, 150 Billion DA is to be allotted to the promotion      million DA to help control diseases
  of small and medium-sized enterprises. The Five year public       affecting palm trees in 10 date-
  investment plan intends on lowering the percentage of             producing wilayas throughout the
  unemployment under 10 % by 2014, and 350 billions will be         country, said the manager in charge of
  assigned to fostering job creation.                               agricultural services at the Wilaya of
  Overall, the five year economic plan, has set itself to focus     Ghardaïa. The disease control operation
  on the qualitative aspects of progress, it will concentrate its   will help treat 4,577,210 date palm trees
  efforts on sustainable growth and human development.              in the wilayas of Adrar, Béchar, Biskra,
                                                                    El Bayadh, El Oued, Ghardaïa, Illizi,
                                                                    Ouargla, Tamanrasset, and Tindouf, said
                                                                    the source.
July 2010                                   ALGERIA TODAY                                                  Page 12


  AQUACULTURE: TWO MOBILE HATCHERIES READY FOR DELIVERY IN SÉTIF AND SIDI
  BEL ABBÈS

                          Construction of two mobile commercial brooders, with individual capacity of 40
                          million larvae, has just finished, indicated a statement released by the Ministry of
                          Fisheries and Fishing Resources. The Sétif hatchery is intended for the artificial
                          reproduction of silver carps, whereas the Sidi Bel Abbès will concentrate on the
                          reproduction of catfish.




  BY THE END OF 2011, ALGERIA WILL LAUNCH ALSAT-2B, A HOMEBUILT SATELLITE

                             By the end of this year, building operations will begin in Algeria for Alsat-2B, an
                             Algerian-built satellite, declared recently Mr. Azzedine Oussedik, director general
                             of ASA, the Algerian Space Agency. Speaking at a media event, at which he
                             discussed the successful launch on July 12 of Algeria’s high-resolution Alsat-2A
                             satellite from India’s satellite launch site of Sriharitoka’s Satish Dhawan Space
                             Centre, located north of the city of Chennai (formerly Madras). Alsat-2A was
                             built and assembled in Toulouse, France. Mr. Oussedik said that “the (Algerian)
  engineers who worked on that (Alsat-2A) project will themselves build, in Algeria, Alsat-2B.” The satellite, a
  twin of Alsat-2A, is a high-precision satellite which will transmit one image a day. Alsat-2A will become
  operational one month after launch and will transmit one image every three days. ASA Director General
  Oussedik declared that “the Alsat-2A launch is the first concrete technological step for Algeria in
  implementing Horizon 2020 Space Program, which the Algerian Government adopted in 2006.”



  ALGERIAN POPULATION REACHED 35.6 MILLION IN JANUARY 2010

  Algeria counted 35.6 million inhabitants in January 2010 and that number could reach 36.3 million by January
  2011, based on the current population growth rate remains unchanged, said a statement released by the
  Customs General Directorate’s National Center for Data Processing and Statistics. The Center also indicated
  that in 2009 the natural growth rate added 690,015 new citizens. That rate has registered a slight change,
  increasing from 1.92% in 2008 to                                               1.96% in 2009.
July 2010                                   ALGERIA TODAY                                                  Page 13


ENVIRONMENT

  PILOT PROJECT IN SOUIDANIA DELIVERS FIRST ENERGY-EFFICIENT BUILDING

  According to a press release made available by the Research Center on Renewable Energies (CDER), a pilot
  project conducted in Souidania, Algiers, and focusing on building energy-efficient housing delivered its first
  product, a building with 60% energy efficiency. “Performance controls performed soon after the building was
  finished in early summer 2009 have demonstrated that it is possible to achieve 60% energy savings”, said a
  researcher involved with the project. Construction of the energy-efficient prototype began in 2007 and was
  completed in July 2009.
July 2010                                    ALGERIA TODAY                              Page 14


CULTURE

  GUIDE TO FESTIVALS FOR JULY 2010

  5th Festival of Contemporary Musical Styles: In Bordj Bou Arréridj, until
  July 6
  The 5th Festival of Contemporary Musical Styles featured a long list of various
  artists, including Raï star Faudel, music group “WTB” from Oran, Azou Hood
  Killer, Cheb Khalas, Hakim Salhi, rock band “Good Noise”, Djamel Laroussi, and
  more. Local bands also participated in performances held outdoors, downtown,
  near the old city stadium.

  “Lire en Fête”: July 15-30 in Algiers and other cities
  The first children cultural festival “Lire en Fête” (Joy in Reading) took place
  in Algiers and in the Wilayas of Blida, Bouira, Boumerdès, Tipasa, and Tizi
  Ouzou. The festival featured several workshops. In Algiers, the celebration
  was held in the El Kettani Square in Bab El Oued and included various
  workshops open to children of all ages, namely reading, writing, manual activities,
  and theater. The festival also included mobile libraries which provided all
  sorts of reading material for kids.

  Hawzi music: July 13-19 in Tlemcen
  18 musical associations from various cities around the country had been competing
  for best performance award in this festival, including Koléa’s Dar Gharnata, Ibn
  Bahdja from Mostaganem, Errachidia from Mascara, Blida’s El Abadia, El
  Inchirah from Constantine, Ennahda from Oran, El Mouhidia from Nedroma, and
  others. The event also included two conferences (“Saïd el Mendassi: Poet of the
  Maghreb” and “The Art of Hawzi between Tlemcen and Constantine”) and tributes
  to the artists Droussi Kaddour, Ahmed Serri, Salah Boukli, and Cheikh Mohamed
  Ghaffour.

  Amateur Theater: July 17-26 in Mostaganem
  This 43rd edition of the festival involved 21 theater groups (10 local and 11
  foreign) and coincided with the commemoration of the passing of two major
  Algerian theater figures, namely Si Djilali Mustapha Benabdelhali, founder of the
  Mostaganem Festival who died 20 years ago, and Abderrahmane Kaki, the famous
  stage actor who passed away 15 years ago.
July 2010                                    ALGERIA TODAY                                                Page 15



  Diwan in Algiers: July 15-20
  The Bois des Arcades’ Théâtre de Verdure at Riyadh El Feth featured
  performances by Malian diva Oumou Sangaré and the famous Tinariwen band,
  Wlad El Haussa and other Malian and Moroccan artists. In addition to the daily
  performances, scheduled for every evening at 8:30, master classes and movies,
  including a film by Ali Farka Touré, had been held during the day, as well as a photo
  exhibit by the artist Djemmai, held at the foyer of Ibn Zeydoun Hall.

  Timgad Festival: July 7-16
  The 32nd edition of the festival took place in the new outdoors theater, where
  5,000 spectators cheered some of the greatest voices among Algerian singers,
  including Cheb Akil, Asma Djermouni, Hakim Salhi, Triana of Algiers, and many
  other Algerian and foreign stars.

  Youth music at Oum El Bouaghi: Until July 7
  This 4th festival took place in two venues: music performances were held at the
  “Zerdani Hassouna” municipal stadium, whereas families could relax at the “Nouar
  Boubekeur” cultural center. The opening ceremony included a tribute to the singer
  Katchou, followed by a show by Cheba Zehouania. The festival program also
  featured Hamid Belbèche, Mascula, Zinedine Bouchaâla, Amina Zoheïr, Mourad
  Djaâfri, Cheb Ares, Hakim Salhi, Lotfi Double Kanon, and Yacine Achouri.

  Folk dance festival: July 10-17 in Sidi Bel Abbès
  The 6th international folk dance cultural festival featured 18 dance groups from
  various areas of the world, including Morocco, Mali, and Lebanon, and different
  regions of Algeria. This year, Palestine was the honored guest. The festival took
  place at the city’s Théâtre de Verdure and the Kateb Yacine Cultural Center, where
  conferences had been held.

  Children’s theater: Until July 11 in Khenchela
  For the third consecutive year, the city of Khenchela hosted a festival that
  included participants from 12 wilayas and two foreign countries (Syria and
  Palestine) presenting 14 theater shows.

  5th Arab-African Folk Dancing Cultural Festival in Tizi Ouzou (July 17-21)
  No less than 18 national and foreign dance groups took part in the 5 th Arab-African Folk Dancing Cultural
  Festival organized in Tizi Ouzou over close to a week (July 17-21) of dance, songs, and music from across the
  Arab world and the African continent. Folk dance groups from Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Palestine, Tunisia,
  guinea, Mali, Syria, and the “Waterlos” from France-Immigration were slated to participate.
July 2010                                   ALGERIA TODAY                                                  Page 16


  MUSIC, DANCE, AND GOOD TIMES MARK
  THE 48TH CELEBRATION OF THE NATION’S                         NEW ARCHEOLOGICAL COLLECTION
  INDEPENDENCE                                                 AT   THE  (CONSTANTINE) CIRTA
                                                               NATIONAL MUSEUM
  In a happy coincidence, last July 5, the Ryad El-Feth
  Mall hosted twin celebrations of the Youth Festival          The Cirta National Museum has just expanded
  and a music and dance gala held to celebrate the 48 th       its inventory with a new collection of
  anniversary of our nation’s independence. The                archeological items recovered thanks to the
  National Symphony Orchestra and the Polyphonic               vigilance of officers of the Gendarmerie
  Choir gratified the large crowds in attendance with a        Nationale. Made up of 12 architectural pieces
  rich program from the national and universal musical         dating back to antiquity, the collection includes
  heritage, while several individual artists and musical       four column shafts, two Ionian capitals, four
  groups performed before an appreciative public, who          column bases, grain mortar elements, an
  came with family or friends “to spend a nice evening         inscription base and a stele with bas-reliefs.
  and have fun.”                                               Experts from the Cirta National Museum who
  .                                                            examined the collection, which was recovered
                                                               in a housing development at Bekira, a city
                                                               located north-west of Constantine, indicated that
                                                               they the majority of the items date back to
                                                               Roman times.




  ARABIC LANGUAGE COURSE FOR CHILDREN OF THE ALGERIAN COMMUNITY LIVING
  ABROAD

  Children from the Algerian community living abroad were attending introductory-level Arabic language
  classes, which were officially started on July 8 in Algiers. Scheduled to last three weeks, the language
  program was opened by Minister for National Solidarity and Family, Mr. Saïd Barkat, to benefit children of
  Algerian citizens living in European countries and currently attending summer camp in coastline wilayas in
  Algeria. First of its kind, the program was organized by the ministry in collaboration with several concerned
  sectors and aims to teach Arabic to the children, who are 8 to 16 years of age.
July 2010                                      ALGERIA TODAY                                                     Page 17


  THE SONG “CH’HILET LAÂYANI” MOURNS ANOTHER ADORING “SUITOR”:

                        Abdelkader Guessoum, one of the interpreters of the famous song, has left us
                        Any lover of “Chaâbi” musical style growing up in the 1970s in Algeria, but more
                        specifically in Greater Algiers, would certainly remember Abdelkader Guessoum, the
                        man with the mellifluous voice who sang, reprising a melody originally sung by Hadj
                        M’rizek, about pining for the unrequited love of “Ch’hilet laâyani”, the hazel-eyed object
                        of his desire, and suffering the heartaches of separation. “Ch’hilet” is the feminine of
                        “Ch’hel”, meaning “the color of hazelnut (or honey)”, used to describe a light yellowish
                        color, of eyes, usually.
                        Late in the afternoon of July 13, Guessoum passed away in Blida, the city where he was
                        born 64 years ago, on April 12, 1946.
                        With a demonstrated ear for music and an ease at mastering any instrument he touched –
  he already played the guitar and many other instruments by the time he was a teenager –, Guessoum had little
  difficulty finding a mentor among the stars of Chaâbi of those days, including Dahmane Benachour,
  Mohamed “Salhi” Mahieddine, Boualem Djenadi, Mohamed Misraoui and, particularly, Rachid Mohamed.
  In 1974, the prolific pupil cut his first two “45s”, the short-play vinyl of yesteryears. Two years later, in Paris,
  he released his first album, featuring Mustapha Skandrani at the piano. His collaboration with songwriter
  Mahboub Bati led to other success and his fame grew.
  In 1989, he started his own studio and released his own works and those of other artists who flocked to the
  cultural melting pot of Blida, where musical genres were as varied as the types of roses grown around the city.
  Similarly to several Chaâbi greats, such as Misraoui and Mohamed “Hadj M’rizek” Semmad, who left their
  own “touch” on Chaâbi, Guessoum was known for his own version of the musical style, mixing his genre
  based on a Hawzi-Chaâbi Andalus melody structure resembling the style played by El Hadj M’hamed El
  Anka.




  DR. ABDALLAH CHERIET HAS PASSED AWAY

                             University professor and renowned academic, writer, and researcher Dr. Abdallah
                             Cheriet has died at age 89, after a long illness. Intellectually and culturally active,
                             Dr. Cheriet had taken part in numerous conferences, alongside Abdelmadjid
                             Meziane. He took part early on in the war for independence and contributed in
                             raising awareness and support for the national cause, namely through writings
                             published at the time in the Tunisian media. Abdallah Cheriet waw the author of
                             several books, and notably “L’éthique chez Ibn Khaldoun” (1972), “De la réalité de
                             la culture en Algérie” (1972), “Dialogue idéologique sur la cause palestinienne et le
                             Sahara occidental” (1982), as well as “Le problème idéologique et les questions de
                             l’enseignement en Algérie” (1982).
July 2010                                      ALGERIA TODAY                                                     Page 18



  M’ZAB VALLEY, A PLACE WHERE GOURD REIGNS SUPREME

  Whether you call it “Takhssait”, “Tamissa”, or “El Garaâ”, the folks living in the M’zab region will
  automatically know what you are talking about – A vegetable most people seem to associate with chilly
  weather: gourd or, more commonly, squash.
  Obviously, it may be difficult for people unacquainted with “desert weather” - which is not always sand and
  baking sun but can be pleasant and quite enjoyable inside the oasis - to think “squash” when you think
  “desert” or “arid weather” but the truth is, local markets in the M’zab region offer all kinds – and many of
  them, at that – of gourds: white, red, yellow, variegated, round ones, long ones, zucchini-like ones, squash-
  like, and on and on. In fact, the local cuisine offers quite a list of delicious dishes prepared with gourds, such
  as “camel couscous”, “lamb couscous”, “gourd stew”, and even “gourd jam”.
  In the M’zab region’s largest city, Ghardaïa, it is typical for homes to use gourd plants to build pergolas
  where this large-leafed climbing plant provides shade and feeds the family at the same time. Local herbalists
  also use gourds and gourd seeds to prepare potions and other traditional medication and ointments. The M’zab
  gourd also provides seeds which, once dried, can be used again to grow a new plant. Seed lovers would also
  appreciate grilled or salted gourd seeds, as people do in the M’zab region: a snack that is cheap, tasty, and
  good for your digestive system.
  Folks in the M’zab region also use hallowed dried gourds, whole with a hole cut in or split in half, as bird
  nests or water bowls to quench the thirst of local wildlife or, also, to drink a local infusion of plants and spices
  called “Takerouayet” in Berber.

  Last but not least, gourds are sometimes used to mark the location of a grave. Gourd is cultivated throughout
  the (long) M’zab Valley, along the region’s rivers and gourd production in cities such as Metlili, Berriane,
  Guerrara, Zelfana, Hassi Lefhal, and Mansourah is greatly contributing to the area’s reputation as the gourd
  capital of the country.
July 2010                                    ALGERIA TODAY                                                  Page 19


SPORT

  RABAH SAÂDANE WILL CONTINUE AS HEAD COACH OF THE NATIONAL SOCCER SQUAD

  In his discussions with the president of the Algerian Soccer Federation (FAF) Mohamed Raouraoua, Rabah
  Saâdane is said to have given his “agreement in principle” to continue as head coach of the national soccer
  squad. Saâdane also said that he and Mr. Raouraoua would be examining “all issues related to the national
  team, namely its organization, its staff, the objectives and duration of his contract.” Saâdane’s contract with
  FAF concluded with the end of “Les Verts” participation in the World Cup in South Africa this past month.
  Next August 11, the Desert Foxes will face the Gabonese soccer team in a friendly game, before the start of
  the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN-2012) playoff games, facing Tanzania next September.

				
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