Algeria-France: Economic attractiveness at heart of walis-prefects meeting

March 16th, 2018


APS : Thursday, 15 March 2018

ALGIERS- Attractiveness and territory’s economic development have been at the heart of the meeting between Algerian walis (province governors) and their French counterparts (prefects),
Thursday in Algiers, mainly as new economic actors are emerging worldwide with a new consumption mode.
“We have taken many decisions and several actions to make the territories attractive and modernized, with the diversification of economy, within the framework of a national strategy to deal with the new changes,” said the general director of National Planning and Attractiveness at the ministry of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning, Madjid Saada.
Saada made the statement during the works of a panel for the territory’s attractiveness and economic development, held on the occasion of the meeting between Algerian walis and their French counterparts under the chairmanship of the minister of Interior, Local Authorities and National Planning, Noureddine Bedoui, and French Minister of Interior Gerard Collomb.
According to Saada, The strategy is mainly based on developing innovation and research, boosting the abilities of the different development actors and the general use of new information and communication technologies.
Attending the meeting, the wali of Algiers, Abdelkader Zoukh, presented a strategic plan for development and modernization of Algiers, to make it more attractive and a smart city.
The plan was praised by the prefect of French Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur (Marseille), Pierre Dartou, describing it “extremely interesting” for Algeria, which has “has the required assets to face the challenges relating to attractiveness and economic development.”
Held in the presence of many Algerian walis and their French counterparts, the panel was an opportunity to exchange initiatives in terms of economic attractiveness, shed light on Algerian and French approaches in the field, determine the key issues and highlight the ways to enhance bilateral cooperation.