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.

7 -  8  February 2012 / Lord Marland Visit to Algeria

lordmarlandalgeriaLord Marland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, paid a visit to Algeria on 7th – 8th February 2012. This visit aimed at the assessment of the means to reinforce the bilateral cooperation and the exchange of views on the issues related to climate change.

During his stay, Lord Marland met Mr Youcef Yousfi, Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr Cherif Rahmani, Minister of Environment and Territorial Management, Mr Mohamed Benmeradi, Minister of Industry and Medium and Small Enterprises and Mr Abdelkader Messahel, Minister Delegate in charge of Maghrebine and African Affairs. Lord Marland had also a talk with Mr Abdelhamid Zerguine, CEO of the National Firm Sonatrach.

3 - 6 January 2012 / Lord Risby Visit to Algeria


Lord Risby paid a visit to Algeria from 3rd to 6th January leading a Parliamentary delegation of the Conservative Party. During his stay, Lord Risby met Mr Abdelkader Bensalah, President of the Council of the Nation  (Upper House),         Mr Abdelaziz Ziari, President of the National People’s Assembly  (Lower House)   and         Mr Mourad Medelci, Minister of  Foreign Affairs.

The British Parliamentary delegation had a meeting with the Algerian British Friendship Parliamentary Group at the Council of the Nation  and was the guest of a lunch hosted by the President of this group, Mr. Bouzid Lazhari.

Lord Risby announced the reactivation in the near future of the All Parliamentary Group for Algeria in the British Parliement.