2-4 June 2013/Visit to Algeria of a delegation of the British Parliament


Richard OttawayA delegation of the Select Committee on Foreign Affairs of the British Parliament led by its President, Mr Richard Ottaway paid a working visit to Algeria from 2nd to 4th June 2013.

The President of the Committee, Mr Ottaway, was received by the Prime Minister, Mr Abdelmalek Sellal.

The delegation of the British Parliament also met members of the Council of Nation and of the People’s National Assembly.

In addition to discussing the ways to strengthen the cooperation and friendship between the two countries, the parties exchanged their views on international issues, particularly on the threat of extremism and terrorism in the Sahel and Western Africa region.

26th to 28th April 2013/Visit of Mr Belkacem Sahli in London

940887 371904699580645 1802526611 nMr Belkacem Sahli, Secretary of State in charge of National Community Abroad paid a working visit to London from 26th to 28th April 2013.

During his visit, Mr Belkacem Sahli:

- Launched, at the Algerian Consulate, the operation “Biometric passport” for Algerian nationals residing in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

On this occasion, Mr Belkacem Sahli reiterated the importance of this operation and called on all registered citizens to complete the formalities in order to obtain this travel document.

- Met with Algerian academics settled in the United Kingdom whom he urged to work towards bringing their experiences to the Algerian universities.

- Held a meeting with representatives of the Algerian community at the Algerian Embassy during which, in addition to a general debate on the concerns of the Algerian community in the UK, they discussed two specific topics, namely the biometric passport and the repatriation of the deceased.

20 April 2013/Celebration of Youm el Ilm

Albelhamid-Ben-BadisAs part of the celebration of Youm el Ilm (Day of Science 2013), around fifty Algerian researchers and academics based in the United Kingdom, in collaboration with the Algerian Embassy, organised on Saturday 20 April 2013 at the premises of the Embassy in London, a study-day during which several scientific projects that might interest Algerian universities were presented.

The themes covered the fields of energy, teaching of English language, support to young entrepreneurs, medicine and research and development (R&D).

This meeting was an opportunity to go over the activities carried out independently by these academics before the Algerian universities, and to look at the way the Government could organise, support and guide these competences.

H.E Mr Amar ABBA, Ambassador of Algeria to the United Kingdom, opened and closed the study-day bringing some elements on the policy of our country about national competences abroad. He essentially asserted that the main objective of Algeria was to succeed in getting the Algerian academics and researchers based in the United Kingdom involved in the effort of the national development, particularly in the fields of research and teaching at the Algerian universities.

15 and 16 April 2013/Visit of Mr Youcef Yousi, Minister of Energy and Mines


13408820411Mr Youcef Yousfi, Minister of Energy and Mines led a high-level delegation of officials to the United Kingdom on 15 and 16 April 2013, including senior executives from the Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, the Ministry of National Education, the Algerian companies Sonatrach and Sonelgaz and the National Agency for the Promotion of the Hydrocarbon Resources of Algeria.

Minister Youcef Yousfi met:

- His counterpart, Mr Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change,

- Mr Tim Yeo MP, Chairman of the Climate Change Select Committee in the Houses of Parliament and President of the Renewable Energy Association,

- Lord Richard Risby, the Special British Envoy for the economic partnership with Algeria,

- Lord Jonathan Marland, Chairman of the Business Ambassadors’ Group at the UK Trade & Investment.

 Minister Youcef Yousfi also held meetings with British businessmen including:

- A high-level round table with representatives of oil and gas companies chaired by Lord Marland,

- A speech to an audience of high level businessmen from a wide variety of fields followed by a reception at the HSBC Bank,

- A dinner with representatives of British companies offered by Lord Marland,

- A round table with representatives of companies operating in renewable energies at the Head Office of the Energy Industries Council (EIC).

The cooperation in the fields of Health and Education was also examined by both parties during the visit of Mr Youcef Yousfi.

26-29 April 2013/Visit to Algeria of a delegation of the All Party Group of the House of Commons


Mark MenziesA delegation of the All Party Group of the House of Commons comprised of seven members and chaired by Mr Mark Menzies visited Algeria from 26th to 29th April 2013.

The delegation was received by the Algerian Prime Minister, Mr Abdelmalek Sellal, the President of the Council of Nation of Algeria, Mr Abdelkader Bensalah, the Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Youcef Yousfi and the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Mr Abdelaziz Ziari.

During this visit, and in addition to strengthening the parliamentary relations, the two parties discussed the ways to further develop the economic cooperation and the teaching of the English language in Algeria.