The Minister of Religious Affairs and Wakfs, Mohamed Aissa said that the teaching of Tamazight will be mandatory this year in the three training institutes of Algerian imams in Bouira, Tizi Ouzou and Batna. In this context, the minister explained that students enrolled in institutes will learn the Amazigh language to understand and know their origins and to speak with pride to express their religion. “Today, the Amazigh language is official. It is therefore imperative for us to adapt the training of imams to this new situation. So we decided to open Tamazight sessions in three Imam training institutes in Bouira, Tizi-Ouzou and Batn”, he added.
The United States of America has ranked Algeria in category 2 of the countries in which US citizens must not go. The US State Department has issued a list of high-risk countries for its nationals. This list ranks Algeria in category 2, where the degree of the terrorist threat is high. “Most attacks take place in rural areas, but attacks in urban areas are possible despite a high and active police presence”, the US State Department adds, adding that “the US government has limited resources to provide emergency services outside the wilaya of Algiers because of travel restrictions imposed by the Algerian government on US officials”.
Social discontent is rising in Tunisia. Yesterday, clashes between protesters and law enforcement broke out in several parts of the country. One is death in circumstances still unknown in Tebourba, south of Tunis, several wounded and 44 arrests including 16 in Kasserine, a town in western Tunisia near the border with Algeria. In addition several public buildings were damaged during these clashes. At the origin of this wave of protest, the adoption of the 2018 finance law by a clear majority by the Tunisian parliament last December.
The teaching of Tamazigh will be expanded to a dozen new wilayas, while it will be strengthened in the other 38 where it already exists, announced Tuesday, the Minister of Education.
Speaking during the show The Guest of the editorial staff of channel 3 of the Algerian Radio, Ms. Nouria Benghebrit indicates that in anticipation of the next school year, the council also formulated a favorable response to the creation of about 300 new teaching positions.
In this regard, she wishes to emphasize that the political decision to give “the right place” to the Amazigh language exists, adding that it is up to the experts, scientists and academics to decide how to give place to different cultures.
Algeria exported 73,264 tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Japan in November 2017, the US news agency Platts reported on Wednesday.The LNG exported by Algeria to Japan represents an increase of 20.7% compared to the same period of the previous year, when 60,714 tons were exported in November 2016. The Algerian LNG arrived in Japan on November 7th at shipboard The Oak Spirit. These volumes place Algeria in eleventh place in the countries from which Japan imported LNG this November, behind the United States (125,171 tons) or Papua New Guinea (188,473 tons). Algeria also remains far behind the leaders of Australia (2.23 million tonnes exported in November) and Malaysia (1.16 million tonnes).In total, Japan imported 6.41 million tonnes of LNG during the month of November 2017, down 15% compared to the same period last year.
The trade Minister Mohamed Benmeradi met, in Algiers, the United States Ambassador John Desrocher, with whom he discussed a series of proposals for bilateral partnership projects in various fields in the short and medium term. Mr. Benmeradi said that the United States of America was one of the main suppliers to the Algerian market, emphasizing “the strong presence of US investors in Algeria in different areas” including the energy sector and their participation in development projects.In this regard, the minister called on the US partner “to contribute to the increase of non-hydrocarbon exports”, through the opening of the country’s market to Algerian agri-food products.He emphasized the importance of capitalizing on the US export experience and creating more bilateral partnerships to support economic growth, in light of the Government’s balanced the national economy, the preservation of foreign exchange reserves and the promotion of Algerian trade at the international level. The US ambassador in Algiers described the relations between the two countries as “strong” and Algeria as “the main economic partner of the United States of America in North Africa”. The United States is ensuring the expansion of economic relations with Algeria and the strengthening of security cooperation and partnership.
The Charter on the Partnership Partnership, signed Saturday in Algiers by the Government, the General Union of Algerian Workers (UGTA) and the Patronage, is a framework for the revival and diversification of the national economy, says the document bearing this Charter. The signatories of this Charter are the Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, for the government, the secretary general of the UGTA, Abdelmadjid Sidi Said, as well as the presidents of the employers’ organizations that are signatories of the National Economic and Social Growth Pact. Several ministers were present at this ceremony. They are the Ministers, respectively, of Finance, Abderrahmane Raouya, Energy, Mustapha Guitouni, Industry and Mining, Youcef Yousfi, Housing Urbanism and City, Abdelwahid Temmar, of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Abdelkader Bouazghi, Labor, Employment and Social Security, Mourad Zemali, Public Works and Transport, Abdelghani Zaalane, and Water Resources, Hocine Necib. Sonatrach’s CEO, Abdelmoumen Ould Kaddour, Sonelgaz’s Mohamed Arkab, and the president of the Association of Banks and Financial Institutions (ABEF) were also present.
The Foreign Ministers of Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt reaffirmed on Sunday their support of “the political agreement” as a “framework for the political solution in Libya.They also reaffirmed their commitment to Libya’s unity, stability and regional security.Besides, the three ministers welcomed the Security Council’s Declaration of December 14 on “the situation in Libya,” pointing out the United Nations’ crucial role and political and legal responsibility as the sponsor of the Libyan political dialogue. In this regard, they called on all sides to assume their responsibilities to meet the deadlines set out in the political agreement. They also agreed to continue their security co-ordination efforts between their countries to assess the terrorist organisations’ threats to security and stability in Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt and in neighbouring countries and to reinforce intelligence sharing in this regard. This tripartite ministerial meeting is part of the implementation of the Tunisian presidential initiative to reach a peaceful solution to the crisis in Libya.
The exchange of views between Tunisia and Algeria on several issues were at the heart of the meeting of the 8th session of the Tunisian-Algerian Political Consultation Committee held on Monday in Tunis.The meeting was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui and his Algerian counterpart Abdelkader Messahel.The Algerian minister said relations between Tunisia and Algeria in the economic field have seen record figures in terms of volume of trade and tourism in the previous year.Indeed, the number of Algerian tourists visiting Tunisia has reached more than two million, he said, while commending the privileged relations between the two countries in terms of security, counter-terrorism and border security.The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the development of the excellent bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them and identify other prospects for co-operation in all areas in the interest of the two countries.
Eleven cooperation agreements between Algeria and France were signed Thursday in Paris, in the presence of the Prime Ministers of the two countries, Ahmed Ouyahia and Edouard Philippe, at the end of the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of High Level (CIHN) . The eleven agreements concern the sectors of economy, higher education, health and culture. The two parties concluded with a partnership agreement on the creation of excellence training courses in the energy, electricity and automation trades. industrial. In the same vein, a declaration of intent was signed by the PSA-Peugeot Group, the Algerian Ministry of Vocational Training and Education and the French Ministry of Education, creating in Oran, a training center for the automotive trades. In terms of higher education, the two countries have agreed on a framework convention on research and training and research on the French language and Francophone expressions (LaFEF).