Chairman of Chinese Cooperation Agency begins working visit to Algeria

January 9th, 2019

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APS : Tuesday, 08 January 2019

ALGIERS-Chairman of the China International Development Cooperation Agency, Wang Xiaotao, began a three-day working visit to Algeria on Tuesday, his first to the African continent as the first Chairman of the Agency,
which was established in April 2018 to promote and coordinate the People’s Republic of China’s economic and technical cooperation abroad, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
A large Chinese delegation is accompanying Xiaotao during this visit that which comes at a time when Algeria and China are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations and “testifies the exceptional nature of Algerian-Chinese bilateral relations, which are constantly being enhanced in all areas, particularly since the decision taken on 24 February 2014 by the two Heads of State, their Excellencies Abdelaziz Bouteflika and XI Jinping, to raise strategic cooperation relations between the two countries to a Global Strategic Partnership,” said the Ministry.
The visit also follows the signing by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation under the “Economic Belt of the Silk Road and the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century”, formalizing Algeria’s accession to this initiative on the occasion of his participation alongside Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, who represented President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in the 3rd Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, held in Beijing on 3 and 4 September 2018.
As part of the visit, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Nourredine Ayadi, co-chaired a working session with the Chinese Vice Minister on Tuesday afternoon at the Ministry’s headquarters, attended by senior officials from the Agency and the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, as well as representatives of the Ministries of Culture and Agriculture and Rural Development and Fishing.
The participants “assessed bilateral cooperation projects carried out in Algeria and the exchange of views on projects under way, and discussed the prospects for strengthening economic and technical cooperation between the two countries.”
During this meeting, “the emphasis was placed on the many opportunities for exchange, cooperation and partnership to come between Algeria and China, particularly through joint investment projects,” the statement said.
The participants also agreed on “the need to strengthen cooperation within the framework of the Sino-African Cooperation Forum and the Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum, as well as the Chinese initiative +the Belt and Road+”.