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Visit of the African Dean, H.E. Marthinus van Schallkwyk,
South African high Commissioner
I was pleased to greet my brother and our African Dean, H.E. Marthinus van Schallkwyk, South African high Commissioner, with whom I shared a fruitful exchange of views on the situation in the region in the light of the new developments that have taken place in Australia following the change of federal government and the prospects for Africa’s relations with Australia, and the countries of the Pacific region as a whole.
Meeting with the “DARULFATWA” Chairman
The members of the Arab Group in Canberra have had a very interesting exchange of views about the Muslim community situation in Australia, with Dr Sheikh Salim Alwan, the President of the Islamic High Council of Australia, better known as “DARULFATWA“, based in Sydney. The meeting took place during a lunch hosted by His Excellency Ali Kraishan, Ambassador of Jordan, and Dean of the Arab Group.
Sheikh Alwan acquainted me about his visit to Algeria in 2018 and his tour around some Algerian cities like Algiers, Oran, Tlemcen, Ouargla, Adrar, etc., and how he was impressed by the variety of the Algerian culture and traditions and the willingness of his institution to strengthen its relations with its Algerian counterparts.
27 July 2022,
Foreign Minister’s welcome event for Diplomatic Corps
Foreign Minister, Senator, the Honourable Penny Wong, welcomed members of the diplomatic corps. In attendance were Assistant Foreign Minister, the Honourable Tim Watts MP, and Secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Jan Adams.
تهنئة عيد الأضحى
بمناسبة قدوم عيد الأضحى المبارك يتقدم سفير الجزائر بأستراليا و طاقم السفارة بأحر التهاني و التمنيات لأعضاء جاليتنا باستراليا و نيوزيلندا و دول جنوب المحيط الهادي . كل عام وأنتم بخير
AFRICA DAY Commemoration IN CANBERRA
The African group in Canberra commemorated on July 07, 2022, the founding, 59 years ago, of the Organisation of African Unity, today known as the African Union. That commemoration has been delayed from the 25 may, because the period coincided with the federal elections in Australia and the subsequent formation of a new government.
The event which took place at the Botswana embassy and involved the 14 African embassies accredited in Canberra, constituted a display of food, music, and entertainments from each embassy country.
The Guest of honour was the new Assistant minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Tim Watts, MP, who chaired the opening ceremony with H.E. Mr Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, dean of the African Diplomatic Group and High Commissioner of South. The two personalities stressed, in the respective speeches, the historical role played by the African Union in building cooperation addressing challenges and creating opportunities between African countries and the Commonwealth of Australia.
The numerous guests shared this moment with the members of the African diplomatic and diaspora and had the opportunity to appreciate the various aspects of the African cultures, music and of gastronomy.
The Algerian Embassy took actively part in the organisation of this agreeable moment through a stand where Algerian foods like couscous, Hmiss and sweets.
60th Anniversary of the independence of Algerian in Canberra
like all official institutions in Algeria and abroad, the Algerian embassy in Canberra was proud to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the independence of Algeria and to pay tribute to the sacrifices of our chouhada for the liberation of our country.
On that occasion, a national Flag raising and Wreath Laying ceremony has been organized in the premises of the Embassy, attended by members of the Algerian community and the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of the Australian ministry of foreign affairs. A photo exhibition on the war of liberation was also organized.
In the speech I pronounced on that occasion, I stressed the impact of the Algerian war on the reshaping of the geopolitical map and on the operationalization of the United Nations doctrine related to the Self-determination right for countries under colonization, as well as on the principles of the external policy of Algeria after the independence
The event has been broadcast by the Australian SBS channel.
Speech of H.E. Ambassador Merzak BELHIMEUR on the occasion of the Raising flag Ceremony, Algerian Embassy,
On the 60th Anniversary of the Independence of The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria (05 July 1962)
a “flag raising and wreath laying ceremony” is organised on Tuesday 05th July 2022 from 12:30pm to 2:00pm At the Algerian Chancellery, 29 Cobbadah Street, O’Malley
The Algerian war for independence
(November 1, 1954- 05 July 1962),
“The war which changed the geopolitical map of the World”
ALL MEMBERS OF THE ALGERIAN COMMUNITY IN AUSTRALIA AND COUNTRIES OF COVERT ARE CORDIALLY INVITED
A profitable working holiday
After a long period of lockdown and isolation of more than 2 and a half year, due to the restrictions caused by the covid 19 pandemic, I was able to take some days of leave to visit my family and friends in Algeria and abroad. Despite being short, my stay in Algiers allowed me to meet officials at the Chancellery and other ministries for consultations on the follow-up of certain issues tackled by our Embassy. This was particularly the case with the important zinc deposit project In Tala Hamza, in the Wilaya of Bejaia. In this regard, I had the honor of being received by the Minister of Energy and Mines, H.E. Mohamed Arkab, and his staff, as well as by the CEO of the “Manal SPA group”, Mr. Mohamed Sakhr Harami.
Meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
I had a fruitful meeting with M. Marc Innes-Brown, recently appointed as First Assistant Secretary for Middle East and Africa, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, DFAT, accompanied by Mrs Alison Chartres, Assistant Secretary, Africa Branch, Middle East and Africa Division. We exchanged views on various issues related to the ways and means to reinforce our bilateral cooperation and how to strengthen our political dialogue on regional and international issues, particularly that concerning our respective regions, North of Africa and the Indo-pacific. In that regard, we convened that the best way would be the establishment of a mechanism for political consultations between the two ministries of Foreign Affairs.
African Party: Participation of the Algerian Australian Association
Algeria, through the Algerian Australian Association (AAA), was present at this traditional cultural event in Canberra, which aims to make the Australian public aware of the different facets of African culture and traditions in their diversity. Congratulations to the AAA and its President Mr. Nasreddine BENSAIDI.
An “Iftar” to celebrate the promotion of the Algerian-Australian cooperation
I greeted with pleasure, at the Algerian Residence, MM Bruce Sheng and Martin Janes, respectively, General Manager and Executive Officer of the company TERRAMIN AUSTRALIA Limited, ASX, for an “Iftar” at the Residence of the Embassy of Algeria. Terramin Australia has been selected to carry out a zinc project development at Tala Hamza, wilaya of Béjaïa. The realization will be performed through a joint venture, “Tala Hamza Zinc Project”, constituted by ASX (49%) in partnership with two Algerian public Enterprises (ENOF and ORGM) (51%). This project, which is expected to be one of the largest in the world, will produce nearly 126,000 tons of zinc concentrate and 26,000 tons of lead concentrate per year and create, at the first step, between 700 and 800 jobs.
While thanking Mr. Sheng and Mr. Martin for travelling especially from Adelaide, South Australia, to share this “iftar” with me, I accepted gratefully their invitation to visit their premises in Adelaide at a convenient time.
Presentation of my Credentials to the President of the Republic of Fiji,
I travelled to Suva, Fiji, where I presented to the President of the Republic of Fiji, H.E. Ratu Wiliame Maivalili Katonivere, my credentials as Non-Resident Ambassador of Algeria to Fiji. I also had the privilege of paying a courtesy call on H.E. Mr. Josaia Bainimarama, Prime Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
During my discussions with both personalities, we exchanged views on the bilateral relations and their prospects, as well as on the situation in our respective regions and in the world. I noted their deep concerns about the negative consequences of climate change and Covid19 on the development of their country and the social conditions of the population.
While Suva, I also paid a visit to the acting Secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum, to some senior Executives for University of Fiji and for the University of the South Pacific, and to the UN Resident Coordinator. As well, I had the opportunity to meet, at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of Cuba, some High commissioners of the Pacific countries, accredited to Suva.
Prospects for development of the tourism sector in Algeria
A conference on ”Opportunities for Tourism Development in Algeria” (ATEC 22, Algeria’s Tourism Economy Conference 2022) was held at Setif University on 20-22 March 2022. On that occasion, Prof. Ross Dowling AM , Emeritus professor of tourism at School of business & law , Edith Cowan university, Perth, Western Australia, made a virtual presentation.
Preparation for the next Mining Conference “Africa Down Under”, 31 August- 1 September 2022.
As part of the preparation of the Conference “Africa Down Under”, ADU, to be held 31 August- 1 September 2022, at the Pan Pacific in Perth, Western Australia, I attended, with my African colleagues, a working lunch at the “National Press Club” of Canberra, hosted by the Executive Chairman of “Paydirt Media”, Mr. Bill REPARD, during which, with representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he made a briefing on the arrangements for this upcoming event.
Since its creation, ADU has became the largest Australian African business mining forum that gathers governments and mining companies from across the African continent and the Commonwealth of Australia.
Because of the Covid pandemic, the last ADU editions (2020 and 2021), have been organised virtually. The next one is expected to be held as “live” event.
Due to the large mineral potentialities of Algeria and the promising prospects for bilateral cooperation in this sector, the Embassy and I are granting a big interest to this upcoming event, through an active participation of Algerian companies.
The Algerian Culture with its diversity on display in Canberra
The Algerian Embassy took part, on March 20, 2022, along with other embassies of French-speaking countries, (Canada, Belgium, Monaco, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritius, etc.) to a cultural event organized by the Alliance Française in Canberra. Our stand attracted a lot of very interested visitors, keen to know more about our culture and traditions.
Visit of the Algerian Association’s Chairman in Australia
I was pleased to receive on Tuesday,15th of February, a visit, from Mr. Nasreddine BENSAIDI, Chairman of “Algerian Australian Association Incorporated” (AAAI), which brings together Algerians living in Australia and New Zealand. AAAI was founded in April 2017 and is based in Sydney.
This young association has already, to its credit, several actions of solidarity in favour of members of the national community living in Australia and those in Algeria, through the sending medical equipment to Algeria during the Covid pandemic period.
We discussed various points of interest to the life of our national community, not only in Australia but in neighbouring countries. we particularly stressed the need for the association to strengthen its inclusiveness and take a particular interest in the younger generation, in order to accompany them in their process of integration into the society of their host country while remaining faithful to their values and identity of their country of origin, Algeria.
We have agreed to strengthen contacts between the Embassy and the association, and in this context, I have gladly accepted the invitation to travel to Sydney to meet the members of the directory of AAAI and the Algerian community residing in this city.
I was pleased to greet, today, my brother MADUBIKE ANDERSON NKEMAKONAM, High Commissioner of The Federal Republic of Nigeria.
We had a very warm and fruitful discussion about our bilateral relations and that of Africa with Australia and other countries in the region.
We exchanged views about how to reinforce the African Diplomatic Group’s role in Canberra in order to provide more visibility and efficiency to its actions in the promotion of Africa’s interests as a whole.
I was pleased to greet my dear friend, Mrs Denise Fischer, former Australian High Commissioner to Zimbabwe, whose tenure coincided with mine as Ambassador of Algeria (1996-2001).
Denise has served as diplomat for thirty years in many Australian embassies in Asian and African countries (Myanmar, India, Nairobi, New Delhi, Malaysia, and USA) before being appointed Australian High Commissioner in Harare (1998-2001), then Australian Consul-General in Noumea, New Caledonia (2001-2004) covering the French Pacific territories.
She is now a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University’s Centre for European studies and author of books and publications focused mainly on the South pacific issues and the French policy in the area.
We had a very fruitful discussion on her experience as a former diplomat and present academic lecturer and shared views on the challenges facing the specific geographical area of the South Pacific that helped me getting through the complex and sensitive geostrategic situation prevailing in that part of the world.
ALGERIA INVITED AS GUEST OF HONOUR OF “FOMA ” 2022
I attended the 2021 edition of” Fashions of Multicultural Australia”, FOMA 2021, in Sydney, during which our Algerian fellow, Mr. Karim Gharbi, Founder and Managing Director of the “VIP Sydney”, was designated as Ambassador of FOMA for 2022. Karim arrived in Australia very young and has become an important figure in the sector of hospitality and social events in Sydney. Algeria is proud of its achievements and the recognition of the Australian authorities.
“Fashions of Multicultural Australia” (FOMA), created in 2018, by entrepreneur Sonia Sadiq Gandhi, chief executive of events enterprise, “Gandhi Creations”, is an annual cultural event that showcases diverse landscapes of creative sectors stemming from a myriad of histories, perspectives, traditions, and social identities that highlight the harmonious functioning of multiculturalism in Australia. It is seen as the first-ever national initiative that integrates cultures that make up the collective and unique identity of contemporary Australia from an economic and cultural perspective. It aims to generates trade opportunities and fosters social cohesion through the universally binding industry that is fashion. FOMA acknowledges the divers origins of Australian fashion and how migration has historically affected it.
I had a fruitful talk with Ms. Sonia Sadiq Gandhi, the founder of the event, who invited Algeria as the guest of honour of FOMA for the year 2022. That invitation is a genuine recognition of the contribution of the small but dynamic community of Algerian origin to the social and economic diversity of Australia .
Presentation of Credentials to the President of Timor Leste
I am pleased to announce that I presented, through videoconference, on 11 November 2021, the letters of Credence accrediting me as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, with residence in Canberra, Australia.
Algeria and Timor-Leste maintain good relations, based on Algeria’s constant and active support for the struggle of the people of Timor Leste for its right to self-determination. This support has materialised, on the one hand, through an active support, at the level of the General Assembly and the Security Council of the UN, to this right to self-determination, and, on the second hand, through financial and material assistance to the Revolutionary Front for an independent East Timor (FRETILIN) and the provision of Algerian diplomatic passports to its leaders allowing them to travel around the world.
Algeria recognised and established diplomatic relations with the new State of Timor Leste the same day of the proclamation of its independence on 20 May 2002. Since then, the two states have maintained relations of deep friendship and respect, marked by a large convergence of views on international issues.
I will strive, during my tenure, to reinforce those relations and give them a concrete consistency.
Message of hope and solidarity
Dear fellow citizens,
It has been nearly 18 months since we were subjected to a lock-down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. During this long period, we have gone through very difficult moments. Many of us have faced and continue to face travel restrictions and successive preventive health measures. Others were prevented from joining their families in Algeria to share with them moments of mourning and rejoicing. Sadly, our community recorded deaths. God bless their souls.
Furthermore, we have all followed, those recent months, with great anxiety, the difficult circumstances that have affected our mother country, with the resurgence of the second wave of the pandemic, due to the Delta variant, and the series of fires that have ravaged certain regions of the country.
At the same time, we noted, with pride, the acts of generosity and solidarity deployed by the members of our community to assist the victims of those tragedies, by providing 240 oxygen concentrators. We are grateful to them for that.
Happily, we observe, with great pleasure, that the situation is gradually returning to normal both in Algeria and in our respective places of residence. Let’s hope that we will soon get back to our normal life.
As you know, our Embassy has had to reduce its activities since 12 August, because of the lockdown imposed by the ACT authorities which has been extended until 15 October. Nevertheless, we have established a working program that allows us to continue to meet our diplomatic and consular duties.
Stay safe and see you soon.
Ambassador Merzak BELHIMEUR
PARTICIPATION OF ALGERIA TO THE CONFERENCE ON MINING “AFRICA DOWN UNDER 2021″
I took part virtually at 19th edition of Africa Down Under (ADU) which had been held 1-2 September 2021 at the Pan Pacific, in Perth, Western Australia. Algeria was also represented virtually too, by some of the high executives of the most important agencies and companies in charge of the mining development in Algeria (ANAM, ASGA, MANAL, FERAAL).
The ADU is the leading forum for Australian-African business and government relations which meet annually in Perth, since 2003, and has become the largest African-focused mining event held outside the African continent and it is attended by a big number of high-profile participants each year.
Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions this year, virtual access including live streaming has been made available for all companies and stakeholders based offshore who have been unable to travel to Australia.
In my virtual address to the conference, I highlighted the presence of a wide and divers potential of mineral resources in Algeria disseminated all over the country, namely iron ore in the southwest, in Gara Djebilet, phosphate, in the east, zinc in the north, gold, and even rare earth, etc. On the same occasion, I made an appeal to the Australian companies to get a look to the Algerian market in view to enter in win-win partnerships.
I was pleased to greet my fellows and brothers ambassadors of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and the State of Palestine, Their Excellencies Ali M. Kreshan and Izzat Salah Abdulhadi , respectively Dean and Secretary of the Arab group, for a courtesy visit, during which we exchanged views on the activities of the Arab group accredited in Australia and the relations between Australia and the Arab world as well as the common challenges facing the Arab nation, at the regional and international levels, particularly in relation to the central question of Palestine.
Algerian Ambassador chalk out ambitious roadmap for Algeria-Australia relationship
Expose on the role of Algeria in the United Nations at the Diplomatic Academy of the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra, 29 June 2021.
I presented, on 29th of June 2021, at the Australian Diplomatic Academy and the Centre for International Language Training, as “guest of honour”, the Algeria’s contribution to strengthening the United Nations system as a multilateral mechanism for the maintenance of international peace and security and the promotion of development cooperation.
Due to the circumstances that prevailed to its emergence as a sovereign State on the international scene, which are consubstantially linked to the implementation of one of the fundamental principles of the UN Charter, namely the right to self-determination, contained in General Assembly Resolution 1514, Algeria has adopted, since its integration to UN, on 8th of November 1962, the principles and objectives of the Charter of the United Nations, particularly with regard to respect for the right of peoples to self-determination.
Indeed, although Algeria’s independence was the result of a long liberation struggle that lasted 7 and a half years and cost several hundred thousand deaths, it was formalised, in accordance with Resolution 1514 of the UN General Assembly, by the holding of a referendum on self-determination on July 3, 1962, during which the Algerian people voted massively for its independence.
In doing so, it has always played a positive and active role in the various bodies of the United Nations to ensure that these rights are recognized and respected.
A nice interaction with Honourable Maryse Payne, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia during a social event at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Canberra
Meeting with the CEO of Australia-Africa Mineral Energy Group (AAMEG)
I was pleased to greet, on 3 June, at the Embassy, Mr. William WITHAM, CEO of the Australia-Africa Group of Mines and Energy, AAMEG, which is the body representing Australian companies engaged in the development of Africa’s resource industry.
Our discussion was focused on ways and means to increase the interest of potential Australian investors in the mining sector in Algeria and, also, to prepare for Algerian participation in the next edition of the Down Under Africa mining conference, which will take place in September 2021 in Perth (Western Australia).
My interlocutor informed me about the willingness of his organisation’s members, who are mostly companies with great deal of experience and technological and innovative means in the field of mining, to intervene in the Algerian market, provided that the investment conditions are favourable. As part of this endeavour, he indicated that he was ready to organise, by video conference, a forum of investments in mines in Algeria by inviting as many Australian companies as possible.
In this regard, we convened to work together with the Embassy to promote business opportunities in our country.
PRESENTATION OF MY CREDENTIALS TO THE GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF NEW ZEALAND
I travelled to Wellington, New Zealand, where I presented on the 27th May 2021, my credentials as ambassador of Algeria to the Governor- General, Dame Patsy REDDY, representative of the Queen Elisabeth II, Head of State of the Realm of New Zealand. I was greeted, at the Government House, with a traditional Maori hongi, a formal and very touching Maori welcoming ceremony consisting of touching noses and sharing breath.
This trip was made possible thanks to the “Quarantine-free travel” between Australia and New Zealand which began last month after both nations controlled the spread of Covid-19.
During my short but very fruitful stay in Wellington, I had interesting talks with H.E. the Governor General, which showed a real interest to Algeria and North Africa region, and with officers in charge of African and Middle East issues at the Ministry of Foreign affairs and Trade, notably, with Mr. Stuart Horn, Director General Middle East and Africa Division and his colleagues at the same division. I also met Ms DEMPTER Jillian, ambassador at large and former NZ Ambassador Representative to the UN in Geneva in charge of multilateral issues.
Together with all my interlocutors, we were pleased to note the high quality of our bilateral relations and their prospects for strengthening in the future.
Meeting with Austrade representative
I had a very fruitful meeting, on the 20th of April, at the Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with Mr. Scott Morris High Commissioner for Africa at the Australian Foreign Trade Agency (Austrade). We noted the resilience of the volume of trade with Algeria which has been able to withstand the negative impact of The Covid-19 and preserve Algeria’s place as Australia’s second African trading partner, as well as the existence of significant potential for bilateral cooperation, particularly in the mining and renewable energy sectors, in particular Solar Energy.
Mr. Morris indicated that he intends to travel to Algeria, as soon as the travel conditions will improve, to discuss with his Algerian partners and explore business opportunities and possibly consider the conclusion of a protocol of cooperation with the Algerian Agency in charge of the promotion of exports (Algex).
Meeting with Ms GOREGY
I had an interesting discussion on the 7th of April, with Ms. Amanda GOREGY, Ambassador for Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation, First Assistant Secretary, International Security Division, in her office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We exchanged views and analysis on a large range of issues of common interest, both internationally and regionally, particularly in our respective sub-regions, the South East and the Pacific, on the one hand, and the Maghreb and the Sahel, on the other. The acuity of those challenges confronting the security and stability in our respective areas confirms the relevance of the position our two countries that give a central role to the multilateral institutions, in particular the UNO, for the preservation of peace and security in the world.
We have agreed to maintain regular contacts to inform each other about the actions taken by our two countries in those matters.
THE AFRICAN GROUP MEETS AT THE RESIDENCE OF ALGERIA
On 30th of March 2021, the African Group held its monthly meeting at the residence of the Algerian ambassador, H.E Merzak BELHIMEUR. In addition to the usual items of the agenda, the group of 15 ambassadors and High Commissioners, received, as Guest of Honour, Mr. Dancun HARRIS, President of the Australia-Africa Chamber of Commerce, AACC, based in Melbourne, who made a presentation of his organisation whose key purpose is to build and broker business relationships between Australia and the African countries. The expose was followed by questions from the African Heads of Missions and answers from the guest who outlined the strategic importance of the relations between Australia and the African countries, both individually and collectively.
The meeting also provided an opportunity to bid farewell to the dean of the Group, the Ivory Coast Ambassador, H.E.Jeanne Guehe, who completed her tenure after five years of presence in Australia.
The meeting ended, as usual, with a lunch offered by the ambassador of Algeria, which consisted of Algerian meals, including couscous, and coffee and tea accompanied by Algerian sweets.
A brief glance of the sanitary situation in Australia, after one year of the corona virus pandemic,
Dear fellow citizens
Nearly one year has passed since the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic in March 2020 and the difficulties it has caused. Like any Algerian embassies and communities in the world, that in Canberra and the national community living in Australia and the countries of covert (New Zealand and the Pacific Countries) have not been spared from these problems. This is, may be, the appropriate time to make a brief assessment of what happened over that difficult year. That assessment cannot be definitive, given the highly volatile nature of the virus.
I would like, first, to stress the perfect spirit of understanding which characterized the attitude of the members of our community during these challenging moments. Secondly, I was impressed by their spontaneous acts of solidarity toward some fellow’s citizens, present in the area for short stays, who found themselves stranded for a long period of time, due to the rapid decision of the Australian government to close its external borders. They benefited from the hospitality of Algerian families till their departure. I thank, on their behalf, that act of generosity for taking care of them. And, thirdly, I express my gratitude and admiration to the Algerian community living in Australia for their very generous financial donations to help Algerian at home affected by the Corona pandemic.
The measures of repatriation, which have taken place in two stages have concerned, in total 48 Algerian, spread between Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea:
- Stage 1, from March to August 2020: 7 citizens were repatriated through special flights by the Algerian Airline from Dubai and Doha to Algeria.
- Stage 2, from September 2020 to February 2021: 37 citizens returned home through special flights by the Algerian airline from France to Algeria.
The sanitary situation has improved, but nonetheless, the danger is not over. We must remain vigilant. We would advise our national citizens to continue following and respecting the measures and instructions during the lock down taken by the local authorities.
Mr MERZAK BELHIMEUR
THE MINING SECTOR, A SOLID GROUND FOR
A DURABLE COOPERATION BETWEEN AUSTRALIA AND ALGERIA
As an African group, we have had very fruitful discussions with Australian mining officials, during a working luncheon hosted, at the National Press Club of Australia, by the organising committee of the Australo-African Business Forum “AFRICA UNDER DOWN”, ADU, whose 19th edition will take place from 1st to 3rd of September 2021, in Perth, the capital of Western Australia.
“Africa Down Under”, ADU, aims to constitute the leading forum for Africa-Australia business relations and to raise awareness of Australia’s interests in African mining and energy. It has grown to become the largest African-focused mining event held outside the African continent and has since its inception in 2003, become the inescapable event for those planning to invest, or those who already have projects or are interested in doing business in Africa.
I attended this preparatory meeting having in mind that the incoming ADU could contribute to make the Algerian potential in the mining sector known to the many Australian companies which expertise and capabilities are well recognised worldwide. Indeed, the mining sector could constitute one of the axes of a strong and mutually beneficial cooperation between Algeria and Australia.
Solidarity with the Palestinian and Western Sahara peoples in their struggle for freedom and dignity.
Despite being far from the MENA region, the Australian people have always shown a constant interest and support to the peaceful struggle of the Palestinian and Sahrawi peoples to get their right to establish their own state in their homelands.
As for the Palestinian people, on 24 February, the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) organized a business dinner in Canberra, attended by Senator Ms Penny Wong, who is the shadow minister of foreign affairs, as the main speaker. This event was also attended by politicians and members of the Diplomatic Corps.
In her speech, Senator Penny Wong highlighted the illegality of the Israelis settlements and urged all parties to avoid unilateral actions which would jeopardize the peace process. She was also critical to the UNRWA funding cuts to Palestinian civil society organisations.
I had personally the opportunity to exchange some words with the Honourable senator and we convened for courtesy visit in the coming weeks.
And concerning the Western Sahara people, some virtual events were held in Australia and New Zealand under the aegis of the Australian Western Sahara association and Western Sahara New Zealand Association, to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the creation of the RASD, among them the Australian ABC Late night program on of 24th February and the Western Sahara New Zealand Online Campaign.
ALGERIA IS PART OF THE UNIVERSAL ENDEAVOUR TO PROHIBITING NUCLEAR WEAPONS
The global Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, TPNW, became international law on 22 January 2021. This is the first legally binding international agreement to comprehensively prohibit nuclear weapons. Its ultimate goal is their total elimination.
The treaty was adopted and opened for signature in 2017, but required the commitment of 50 countries to become legally binding. By joining the treaty, a quarter of the world’s nations are now legally bound to not develop, test, produce, acquire, possess, stockpile, use or threaten to use nuclear weapons.
On this occasion, ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) and WILPF (Women’s International League for Peace And freedom) hosted on 23 of January 2021, a celebratory ceremony at the Canberra Narra Peace Park, to which the Algerian Embassy has been invited, along all the embassies of countries members of that treaty.
By inviting Algeria among the official guests, the organisers of the event acknowledged the strong leadership played by Algeria in the adoption of this Treaty and in the helping to ensure its success.
Why Algeria is part of this universal endeavour? Because from 1961 to 1967, France conducted 17 nuclear test explosions in Algeria, leaving a legacy of environmental devastation and health problems which are still affecting the lives of a lot of people living in the areas where those tests took place.
Algeria participated actively in the negotiation of the treaty at the United Nations in New York in 2017 and was among 122 states that voted in favour of its adoption.
In its opening statement to the negotiating conference, Algeria said that this initiative is “the result of the dedication of all those who are convinced that we have to do something” and “do not want to continue betting on the unbearable risk of annihilating all humanity”.
Abdelkader Messahel, the then-minister of foreign affairs of Algeria, signed the treaty when it opened for signature on 20 September 2017.In October 2020, Sabri Boukadoum, the current minister of foreign affairs, reiterated the Algerian intention to ratify the treaty in the coming months.
It was with great pleasure we welcomed at our offices, MR Grant MORRISON, Director for Africa, at the Australian Department Of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
This friendly visit allowed us to proceed to an overview of bilateral relations between the two countries and to exchange views and analysis on international and regional issues of common interest.
Algeria was Australia’s second largest trading partner in 2019 and the economic cooperation between the two countries offers significant potential for development, mainly in the mining and renewable energy sectors, in the solar energy in particular.
HE, Joseph NiiSai COFFIE AGOE, HC of Ghana
HE, Joyce Kakuramutsi KIKAFUNDA,HC of Uganda
Welcome to the Algerian Embassy
It was with a great pleasure to greet, at the Algerian Embassy in Canberra, for courtesy visits, diplomatic representatives from friendly Arab and African countries accredited in Australia. Those meetings gave us the opportunity to renew the happily good and historical relations between Algeria and their respective countries and to exchange views and analysis on items of common interest and on the ways how to reinforce the cooperation and better understanding between the host country Australia and Africa Arab world.
A successful virtual meeting of the 2nd session of the bilateral commission of cooperation between Algeria and New Zealand held on 18 November 2020
The meeting of the second session of the bilateral commission of cooperation between Algeria and New Zealand took place on 18 November 2020 via video conference.
This first virtual meeting between the delegations of the two countries composed by representatives of different ministries and organisation concerned by bilateral cooperation in various sectors, like agriculture, mining, industry, Education, was highly successful. It was co-chaired, on the Algerian side, by Ambassador H.E. Boumedienne Guennad, Director General of Asia and Oceania division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for New Zealand side, by the Deputy Secretary for Europe Africa and Middle East , H.E.Mr. Rob TAYLOR
The meeting gave the opportunity for both parties to review the good relationship between the two countries and examine ways and means to deepen the cooperation in various sectors on a win-win basis. The two parties noted with satisfaction the good level of trade which place Algeria as the second African trade partner of New Zealand and its potential for growth.
The meeting was also an occasion to highlight the potential for cooperation between the two countries in key sectors and the need for more investments in various sectors, notably in Agriculture and Agro-industry, Industry, biotechnology, training for farmers, cattle breeding, veterinary health, etc.
The Algerian delegation informed about the signing of the new investment Law and the amendment 51/49 formula, which open more ways for foreign investment to intervene various sectors. The two parties agreed to exchange further information on regulations related to the mining sector, training of Algerian technical staff in the field of geology and investing in the development of mining projects , initiating technical relations between the geological services of the two countries.
In the field of Education, the parties agreed to envisage the possibility for an increase in number of scholarships offered by New Zealand to the Algerian government.
Finally, the meeting offered the opportunity to exchange views on some international issues of common interest in their respective regions and at international level and to stress their convergence of analysis and positions and their common desire to strengthen their consultations on those matters.
CONGRATULATIONS TO Ms DESPOJA FOR HER ELECTION TO THE CEDAW
HE, Merzak BELHIMEUR is pleased to present his warmest congratulations to Ms. Natasha Stot Despoja, for her brilliant election to the Committee on the elimination of discrimination against women, which makes her the first Australian member to this body for 28 years.
HE the Ambassador had the pleasure of receiving Ms. Despoja at the Embassy, two days before the elections, for a courtesy visit, during which he was able to appreciate her commitment to the cause of the promotion of women rights not only in Australia, but all over the world. On this occasion, he assured Ms. Despoja of the support of the Algerian government and his personal confidence that she will continue with more determination her endeavour for the betterment of the women conditions as a member of the UN Committee, for the coming four years.
Ms. Natasha Stot Despoja, Australia’s candidate for The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW, paid a courtesy visit, on Thursday, November 05, 2020, to the ambassador of Algeria, His Excellency Merzak Belhimeur.
During the discussion, Ms. Despoja presented her multidisciplinary itinerary in favour of the promotion and the defence of the rights of women in Australia, as well at the political level as the civil society and expressed her commitment to continue her action, if elected to the Committee, at international level in favour of the promotion of women
While expressing his wishes for success, His Excellency Ambassador Merzak Belhimeur, for his part, underlined the constant interest of Algeria to the role played by that important body of the United Nations as well as the efforts made by the Algerian government in favour of the promotion of Algerian women in all areas.
تعبئة الكفاءات الجزائرية المقيمة في الخارج للمشاركة في تنمية البلاد
تعلم سفارة الجزائر جاليتها بأستراليا ، زيلندا الجديدة و دول جنوب المحيط الهادئ ,أنه في إطار تنفيذ مخطط عمل الحكومة المتعلق بتعبئة الكفاءات الوطنية المقيمة بالخارج وإشراكها في جهود التنمية الإقتصادية و الإجتماعية للبلاد، قد تم إنشاء منصة إلكترونية جديدة تدخل حيز الخدمة قريبا مخصصة لهذاالغرض
تدعو السفارة جميع المواطنين الذين يتمتعون بكفاءات مهنية في مختلف الميادين العلمية , الإقتصادية , الإجتماعية و الثقافية الإنخراط في هذا المشروع المهم و إثرائه بمشاركتهم الفعالة
Mobilisation of Algerian competencies living overseas to participate in the Nation’s development
The Algerian Embassy is pleased to inform the members of the Algerian community living in Australia, New Zealand and in the South Pacific countries, that within the framework of the implementation of the government’s work plan related to the mobilisation of all the national competencies living overseas for their valuable contribution to the economic and social development efforts of the mother country, a new electronic platform has been set for that purpose and will enter into service very soon.
All fellow Algerians who have professional expertise and qualifications in any scientific, economic, social and cultural fields and willing to be part of this noble endeavour, are invited to get access to this electronic platform to learn about its contents and for its enrichment through all their advice and suggestions.
Platform “WEB ARAACOM” for the ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security:
The Embassy would like to inform its fellow citizens in Australia, new Zealand and in the South Pacific, that the ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, has launched a new platform on its official website entitled ” WEB ARAACOM”.
This platform is in connection with the implementation of the government’s program relating to the strengthening of social dialogue spaces.
Ceremonial Presentation of the credentials of H.E Merzak BELHIMEUR , Ambassador of Algeria to the Governor General, Honourable David HURLEY
تعلم سفارة الجزائر جاليتها بأستراليا نيو زيلندا و دول جنوب المحيط الهادئ بان سعادة السفير السيد مرزاق بلحيمر قد قدم أوراق اعتماده للحاكم العام لأستراليا بصفته سفير فوق العادة للجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية للكومنولث
بهذه المناسبة السعيدة يغتنم سعادة السفير هذه الفرصة ليتقدم الى جاليتنا باحر التهاني بمناسبة السنة الجديدة 2020 و استعداده للاستماع الى انشغالات جاليتنا مع حرصه على اللقاء بها عند السماح بذالك
The Embassy of Algeria has the pleasure to inform its community in Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific countries, that His Excellency Ambassador Merzak BELHIMEUR has presented his letter of credence to the Governor-General of Australia, accrediting him as Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to the commonwealth of Australia.
On this happy occasion, the Ambassador takes the opportunity to extend his warmest wishes to our community, for the New Year 2020, and his willingness to take care of the concerns
of our community with his keenness to meet when permitted.H.E. Merzak BELHIMEUR of ALGERIA speaks during FOMA 02021
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