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ALGIERS, Feb 16 (NNN-APS) -- Eight memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and economic partnership agreements (EPAs) have been signed here following an Algerian-Saudi business meeting in the presence of Algerian Industry and Mines Minister Abdeslam Bouchouareb and Saudi Trade Minister Majid Bin Abdullah Al-Kassabi.

The agreements signed Wednesday relate to phosphate-processing industries, production of natural fertilizer, paper, pharmaceuticals, maintenance and the tourism industry.

Three agreements were signed for the development of the mining sector between Saudi holding company Radiola and Asmidal, a subsidiary of Algerian industrial mining group MANAL.

The first agreement concerns phosphate-processing industries, the second for production of phosphate-based fertilizers, and the for processing natural gas for the production of natural fertilizers.

A fourth agreement provides for a partnership between the Algerian company Tonic Emballage (Divindus Group) and Saudi firm El Sanoubar in the paper industry.

The fifth agreement is for a project between Algerian beverage company, Ben Nafaa, and a Saudi counterpart while the sixth agreement relates to the creation of a joint venture specializing in maintenance and technical assistance for hotels and other tourist facilities. It was signed between Algerian firm IRIS GS (electronics and household appliances) and Saudi company Morgan.

The seventh and eighth agreements relate to the health sector between the Algerian medical diagnostics centre and Saudi firm Al Kasbi. The first provides for a partnership in medical equipment and the second is related to the management of hospitals through IT solutions.

Source: Nam News Network


ASUNCION, Driver Suany Martinez, 25, on Monday will become the first Bolivian woman to compete in the Dakar race, thus fulfilling one of her dreams on board a Can-Am quad motorcycle.

For now, I'm calm. But when the start approaches, I'm going to be really nervous, Martinez told EFE with a big smile.

The 2017 Dakar rally will kick off on Jan. 2 in Paraguay, traverse northern Argentina en route to La Paz, where there will be phases at 3,500 meters (11,500 feet) above sea level and a day's rest on Jan. 8 before returning to Argentina to finish up in Buenos Aires on Jan. 14.

Martinez comes from a racing family. Her father, Leonardo, is participating in the same category in this year's Dakar and already competed in the 2013 and 2016 races, when he withdrew in the third phase and then came in 12th, respectively.

In addition, her brother Diego raced in 2013 and this year will be her team chief.

I'm going to take the first phase calmly. I raced in Paraguay last year and it's a very nice place. This phase is more about speed, it's going to be nice, she said.

The first phase ends in the city of Resistencia, in northern Argentina's Chaco province, after running 454 km (281 mi.).

In the fourth phase, the racers will return to Bolivia, specifically to Tupiza, in Potosi province.

I don't have any advantage, I'm going to suffer from the altitude just like everyone, but when you're in your country you feel good, you feel different. The people there are very happy about the Dakar, Martinez said.

Here it's the same. Here the warmth of the Paraguayan public is very lovely, just as I'm sure it's going to be in Argentina, she added.

Martinez came in 13th last year in the Dakar Series in Merzouga, Morocco.

It's one of my dreams to be in the Dakar, she said. After this, I want to keep competing in future years, each time looking to improve my placing.



ALGIERS, Nearly 30,000 civilian employees are working in public industrial and commercial establishments (EPICs) coming under the Ministry of National Defence, says Major-General Rachid Chouaki, the head of the Ministry's Military Manufacturing Directorate.

"We employ between 20,000 and 30,000 civilian workers," said Gen. Chouaki here Monday on the sidelines of the Algerian Production Fair, which is being held at Algiers Exhibition Centre from Dec 21 to 27.

This year's edition of the fair has been marked by the participation for the first time of some units coming under the National Defence Ministry.

Through tits participation in he trade fair, the Military Manufacturing Directorate seeks to present to the general public some of its products which are intended for the civilian market and even for export once the demand of the military sector and the constitutional bodies are met.

The directorate supervises several EPICs nationwide, including the group for the promotion of mechanical engineering industries, the Clothing and Footwear Company, the Electronic Systems Platform, the National Technology Promotion Office and the Motor Vehicle Industry Development Company.

"The Army High Command has instructed the Directorate to create subsidies through partnerships, in accordance with provisions of the 2009 Complementary Finance Act," explained Gen. Chouaki.

To that end, most of the EPICs coming under the Defence Ministry have set up subsidiaries for production and services, he said, citing among others, the Algerian company for the manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles (SAPPL-MB) in Rouiba and the Algerian company for the manufacturing of the Mercedes-Benz brand vehicle (SAFAV-MB) in Tiaret, through an Algerian-Emirati-German partnership, as well as the company for the manufacturing of Mercedes-Benz, Deutz and MTU engines in Constantine.



DAR ES SALAM, Participants to the International Seminar on 'Algeria's contribution to the liberation of Africa,' have proposed joint efforts to develop and promote common heritage of struggles for Africa and Africans' promising future.

The delegates recommended, among other things, the establishment of a centre of studies and research on the national liberation movements in the continent.

According to their joint communique issued by the Algerian Embassy in Dar es Salaam, proposed "... establishment of partnership between official research's institutions and official bodies in African countries, especially those responsible for historical studies, archives, artistic creativity and preservation of common collective memory."

The delegates in the recent meeting in Algiers pushed for continued support to the Sahrawi cause and strengthening ties between Algeria and African countries towards the implementation of the African policy's principles.

They adopted a series of recommendations aimed at continuing support to the Sahrawi cause and the Sahrawi people's right to self-determination in accordance with the resolutions of the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU).


في ختام النسخة اليابانية رسمياً … أبوظبي تتسلم راية تنظيم كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم

أبوظبي، الإمارات العربية المتحدة – 19 ديسمبر 2016 : تسلمت العاصمة أبوظبي راية تنظيم كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم من اليابان، في حفل تسليم رمزي أقيم قبيل المباراة النهائية بلحظات، حيث تبادل نائب الأمين العام بالاتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم زفومينير بوبان، ومدير المسابقات بالاتحاد الدولي لكرة القدم كولن سميث، وممثل اليابان المحلي كوهزو تاشيما رئيس الاتحاد الياباني، قميص البطولة مع سعادة عارف العواني، الأمين العام لمجلس أبوظبي الرياضي وسعادة محمد بن هزام الظاهري، الامين العام لاتحاد الإمارات لكرة القدم.

 ويأتي هذا الحفل إيذاناً بعودة كأس العالم للأندية إلى العاصمة أبوظبي التي تحتضن نسختَيْ 2017 و2018 لهذه البطولة. حيث سبق للبطولة أن أقيمت في أبوظبي في عامَيْ 2009 و2010 وحققت نجاحات مذهلة ومتابعة جماهيرية كبيرة في كافة الملاعب التي احتضنت مباريات الحدث.

جرت وقائع الحفل داخل ملعب يوكوهاما الدولي الشهير قبيل انطلاق المباراة النهائية التي أقيمت بين نادي كاشيما أنتلرز الياباني وأبطال أوروبا فريق ريال مدريد بحضور جماهيري غفير.

من جهته قال سعادة عارف حمد العواني الأمين العام لمجلس أبوظبي الرياضي : “أظهرت البطولة التي أقيمت في اليابان طيبة الشعب الياباني وبرهنت على شغفهم بكرة القدم، وأود أن أشكر الفيفا على منح أبوظبي فرصة استضافة كأس العالم للأندية لكرة القدم في عامَيْ 2017 و2018، بما يعزز مسيرة شراكتنا مع الفيفا استناداً إلى النجاحات الكبيرة التي حققتها نسختا عام 2009 و2010 في أبوظبي، مبيناً أن استضافة البطولة شرف كبير، وستقدم أبوظبي كعادتها بطولة مبهرة واستثنائية، نتيجة لشغف مجتمعها بكرة القدم وللرياضة بصفة عامة، لافتاً إلى أن مراسم التسليم التي جرت اليوم تبشر ببداية واعدة لبطولة مميزة تحتضنها أبوظبي وستشهدها منطقة الشرق الاوسط”.

وأضاف العواني: ” ملتزمون باستقطاب الفعاليات الرياضية العالمية إلى أبوظبي والعمل على ترجمة رؤية مجلس أبوظبي الرياضي بجعل أبوظبي عاصمة عالمية للرياضة، في ظل الإقبال الجماهيري الكبير الذي تشهده كافة الفعاليات وشغف مجتمع أبوظبي بالتفاعل المميز مع قيمة ومكانة هذه الفعاليات التي تحظى باصداء وصيت إعلامي عالمي واسع، الامر الذي يقودنا لوضع خطط تنظيمية غير مسبوقة ومبادرات استثنائية تبهر العالم وترسخ في ذاكرة الاسرة الكروية الدولية بطولة رائعة بكافة المقاييس”.

واختتم بقوله: “ترحب دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة وعاصمتها أبوظبي وشعبها الاصيل باستضافة كأس العالم للأندية في 2017 و 2018 وهي فرصة جديدة ليتعرف العالم على ثقافتنا وعادتنا وتقاليدنا بجانب كرم وطيبة وحب أهل الامارات لضيوفهم القادمين من مختلف الدول، مشدداً على أن أبوظبي وما تتمتع به من بني تحتية وشبكة نقل باعلى المستويات وملاعب مميزة ومواقع ترفيهية، ستقدم بطولة نموذجية متكاملة للعالم اجمع وستضع بصماتها بقوة في مسيرة البطولة”.

بدوره عبر سعادة محمد بن هزام الظاهري الأمين العام لاتحاد الكرة عن فخره وسعادته باستضافة العاصمة أبوظبي لنسختي كأس العالم للأندية 2017 و 2018 ، مؤكدا أن هذا يدل على مدى التطور الحضاري الذي بلغته دولتنا الحبيبة، والتي تميزت باستضافتها لمثل هذه الأحداث الرياضية العالمية ، مشيرا إلى أن رؤية العاصمة أبوظبي في أن تكون عاصمة للرياضة العالمية تسير في الاتجاه الصحيح وفقا لما هو مرسوم لها من أهداف ، وكل ذلك يرجع إلى الدعم الكبير واللامحدود من قبل القيادة الرشيدة لقطاع الرياضة والرياضيين في دولتنا الغالية، مشيدا بالشراكة الاستراتيجية التي تجمع بين اتحاد الكرة ومجلس أبوظبي الرياضي لاحتضان وتنظيم مثل هذه الأحداث العالمية.


ALGIERS, - Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal received here Thursday Given Lubinda, Zambia's Minister of Justice and Special Envoy of Zambian President Edgar Lungu.

Lubinda is in Algeria to deliver a message from his president to Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's office.

The meeting was held to assess the state of co-operation between the two countries and was an occasion to discuss actions likely to boost bilateral relations in various fields of common interest, the statement added.

The meeting, which was also attended by Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Louh, focused on the situation in Africa and the operations of various African institutions. -

Source: Nam News Network


ORAN, ALGERIA, Algeria's import bill for petroleum products has been reduced by one billion US dollars this year, says the deputy chairman of downstream operations at Sonatrach, Algeria's State-owned energy group, Akli Remini.

"The restoration of the two refinery units of Arzew and Skikda has made it possible for us to reduce our bill of petroleum products imports, such as fuel, by one billion dollars for the 2016 fiscal year," the Sonatrach official said on the sidelines of the opening of a petrochemical conference and exhibition, OGEX 2016, here Monday.

The rehabilitation of the refineries, out of the six under Sonatrach's downstream operations, has resulted in an increase in the production of petroleum products, which have reached 30 million tonnes a year now, the official said.

The national petroleum group intends to start exporting some of these products by 2022 while local requirements will be totally met by 2040, especially with the increase in production to 50 million tonnes a year.

"Those goals are expected to be achieved with the construction of four additional refinery units in Biskra, Hassi Messaoud, Arzew and Skikda," he said, adding that each of the new units will produce five million tonnes of petroleum products a year.

Other investments are also planned, including the construction of a hydro-cracker, in Skikda, with a production capacity of 4.5 million tonnes of diesel oil a year, he added.

Source: Nam News Network