Algeria-Italy: Renewable energy at center of energy cooperation

September 24th, 2020

APS : Wednesday, 23 September 2020

ALGIERS- Minister of Energy, Abdelmadjid Attar, received Wednesday in Algiers, Italian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and International Cooperation, Manlio Di Stefano,
with whom he discussed ways to intensify energy cooperation between the two countries especially in the field of renewable energy.
“We want to develop our cooperation with Italy in the Energy sector, especially in the field of renewable energies that have been an important part of our discussions today,” Attar told the press at the end of his audience with Di Stefano.
Describing relations with Italian energy companies as “very good,” the Minister stressed the important role that these companies can play in the realization of projects in the sector.
“We mainly discussed the future. We aspire to build a new Algeria and this cannot be achieved without a different vision of the past and new achievements in this sector, because without energy there will be no development. Italian companies have a great expertise in the Energy sector and can have an important contribution given the opportunities for cooperation,” he said.
Attar recalled, in this sense, that Italians were the most present during the last decades among foreign operators active in Algeria in the Energy sector, in different areas (exploration and production of hydrocarbons, construction of power plants, studies, etc.).
For his part, Di Stefano reiterated the “strategic” importance of Algeria for Italy.
“We have an extraordinary relationship with Algeria from the economic, political and social point of view. This meeting aims precisely to strengthen this type of relationship,” he said, stressing that great opportunities for cooperation are offered for both countries in the future.