Promising Prospects for Algerian-South African Cooperation

Private discussions bringing together Tuesday, in Algiers, the Algerian ministers and their South African counterparts allowed identifying “promising prospects” for the Algerian-South African cooperation in several fields.

Organized on the sidelines of the 6th session of the Algerian-South African high cooperation bilateral commission, these talks brought together, on the Algerian side, Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City Abdelmadjid Teboune, Minister of Post and Information and Communication Technologies Zohra Derdouri, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Abdelwaheb Nouri and Minister of Industry and Mining Abdesselam Bouchouareb.

On the South-African side, Minister of Housing Lindiwe Sisulu, Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Senzeni Zokwana as well as Secretary for Defence and Military Veterans Sam Gulube took part in these talks.

At the end of his meeting with his South African counterpart, Bouchouareb welcomed the creation of an Algerian-South African committee aimed at encouraging the investments in the two countries.

For his part, Nouri said that the talks with his South African counterpart allowed agreeing on the revitalisation of three or four agreements signed between the two countries in the beginning of 2000, as part of the cooperation for food safety.

Minister of Housing, Urban Planning and the City Abdelmadjid Teboune dubbed “excellent” his discussions with his South African counterpart which focused particularly on the Algerian experience in the eradication of shanty towns.

The two countries are in favour of a partnership in the development of internet content by encouraging the creation of start-up likely to constitute a lever for the digitization in Algeria and South Africa, according to Derdouri.

Concerning cooperation in politics and defence, Foreign Affairs Minister Ramtane Lamamra affirmed that two countries, supported by common history and values, are working to further strengthen it.

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