MERKEL TO MAKE OFFICIAL VISIT TO ALGERIA FROM MONDAY GERMAN

ALGIERS, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives here Monday for an official visit to Algeria at the invitation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

During this visit, her second to Algeria after one in 2008, the Chancellor will meet President Bouteflika and will have talks with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia. Merkel will also hold a joint media conference with Ouyahia.

The visit will be an opportunity to make an assessment of Algerian-German economic relations and strengthen avenues of partnership for economically closer bilateral relations.

Several industrial sectors in Algeria are of interest to German companies, particularly machinery industry, automotive sub-contracting, renewable energy, chemicals and the pharmaceutical industry.”

In the mechanical sector, Algeria and Germany are already linked by partnerships, such as the manufacturing in Algeria of Mercedes-Benz vehicles by the German group Daimler, the Societe Nationale of Industrial Vehicles (SNVI), the National Defence Ministry and the Emirati group Aabar.

Three Algerian-German-Emirati joint companies were created in 2012 to develop the mechanical industry in Algeria — the Algerian company for the production of Mercedes-Benz heavy goods vehicles (SAPPL.MB) in RouA�ba, the Algerian company for the manufacture of Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles (Safaa) in Tiaret and Algerian engine manufacturing company of Mercedes-Benz brand, Deutz and MTU in Constantine.

In total, more than 200 German companies from different sectors are currently operating in Algeria. In 2017, Germany was Algeria’s fourth largest source of imports at 3.2 billion US dollars.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK