50th Anniversary of Independence celebrated in London

 1stimage 50emeannivThe Embassy of Algeria initiated in collaboration with the Algerian consulate in London a series of activities and events in the framework of the 50th Anniversary of Independence.

 On the 5th July, Professor Martin Evans of the University of Portsmouth gave a lecture with debate on the Algerian people's resistance to colonization (1830-1962). The speaker highlighted the determination of Algerians to preserve their values and identity against the will of the colonial power to uproot them from their culture.

 The lecture was followed by the screening of the film “Outside the Law” by Rachid Bouchareb, which led to a rich discussion on the resistance of the people throughout the period of occupation.

 On the 7th July, a reception was held in honour of the Algerian community, marked by the speech of the Ambassador who pointed at the main stages of the resistance to occupation and the struggle for liberation, before evoking the great achievements of independent Algeria and the challenges that lie ahead.

 Hundreds of guests coming from other British cities, including families, found themselves in the large Palace Suite of the Royal Garden Hotel celebrating together in a warm atmosphere, this happy event brighten up by a chaabi band and an exhibition of paintings by the artist Houria Niati.

Last50eme anniv sportThe celebration of the 50th Independence Day also touched the sports mass in our community who was mobilized for a football tournament sponsored by Air Algerie and Algeria Press Online.

 Sixteen teams took part, from 23rd June, to playoff games culminating on June 30th with the finals and the award of cups and medals to the winners presented by the Ambassador.

26-29 June 2012 / Visit Delegation of Sonelgaz

sonelgaz-log 1A delegation of the National Company Sonelgaz, led by CEO,      Mr Noureddine Boutarfa, paid a visit to the United Kingdom from 26th to 29th June 2012 in response to the invitation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

The delegation was received by Lord Marland, Under Secretary of State at this Department, and had meetings with several British businessmen from the renewable energy sector and services of various branches of energy. It also had a working session with the officials of Rolls Royce Energy Group.

The delegation visited the National Grid Control Centre in Wokingham and the production unit of energy from household waste located in Calvert Green (Buckinghamshire) as well.

imamidles12 June 2012 : “ Business opportunities in North Africa”

The Middle East Association organized on June 12, 2012, at the Royal Geographical Society in London, a full-day conference entitled: “The new Maghreb: Business opportunities in North Africa.”

This meeting was the occasion to review the many business opportunities that the region holds for the British business community and to highlight the growing volume of trade between North Africa and the United Kingdom in recent years.

The meeting attended by the ambassadors of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, was enhanced by the presence of Lord Marland, Under Secretary of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change. It was also attended by the Tunisian State Secretary for Investment and International Cooperation, the CEO of the Cherifian Office of Phosphates and the Adviser to the Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines.

21 April 2012 / Workshop organised by the Algerian Competences Association "ACA"

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The Algerian Competences Association “ACA” organised on Saturday 21 April 2012, with the support of the Algerian Embassy, a workshop at the Hilton Hotel Kensington, during which a dozen of presentations were made by Algerian academics and intellectuals residing mainly in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Amar Abba, Ambassador of Algeria, made an opening speech to launch the proceedings.

The presentations, followed by rich debates, have allowed to identify many possibilities to organise and reinforce the contribution of the Algerian academics to the development of Algerian universities. The workshop was also an opportunity to make an evaluation of the ACA’s activities in the recent years.

8 - 9 March 2012 / Joint bilateral committee session


The sixth session of the UK/Algeria Joint Committee on bilateral relations and issues of common interest was held in London on 8th and 9th March 2012.

The talks were co-chaired by Mr Abdelkader Messahel, Minister Delegate in charge of Maghreb and African Affairs, and Mr Alistair Burt, Foreign Office Minister for the Middle East and North Africa.

This session offered another opportunity for the two countries to continue their political dialogue and to assess the significant progress that has characterized the bilateral relationship in recent years. In this regard, both Ministers noted with appreciation:

  • the many visits paid by British officials to Algeria in 2011, including that of      Mr William Hague, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, as well as
  •  the significant increase by 98% in 2011 of the volume of trade between Algeria and the United Kingdom, and
  • the growing interest of UK companies in the Algerian market and their willingness to contribute to the implementation of the Public Investment Program for 2010-2014.

 The meeting was also an excellent opportunity for a useful exchange of views between the two countries on international and regional issues of common interest, such as the Middle East, Syria, the Sahel and Western Sahara.

Foreign Secretary William Hague greeted the Algerian delegation during a brief meeting on the sidelines of the talks on Thursday.