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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.
Dear fellow citizens and friends,
For the second year consecutively and for the same reasons related to health restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic, the Algerian Embassy in Canberra regrets to inform that it has not been able to host the traditional reception for the commemoration of the National Day, coinciding this year with the 67th anniversary of the launching of the National revolution on 1st of November 1954.
However, a ceremony consisting of a National Flag raising, a wreath deposit and a minute of silence was held at the Chancellery, which gave the opportunity to the members of the Embassy to recall the historical trajectory which led to that particular day of November 1954 and to pay tribute to the sacrifices of all the martyrs of the National resistance against foreign occupations, through the centuries, which illustrate the existence of a deep-rooted nationalist sentiment.
We owe to the martyrs who gave their lives so that Algeria may be now a sovereign State and hope that the new generations will live up to their sacrifices.
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