The international community must not forget the plight of tens of thousands of Sahrawi refugees in Algeria who are still entirely dependent on external aid to survive, three decades after fleeing a territorial dispute with Morocco over Western Sahara, United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director James Morris said today.
Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday received in audience an Algerian Muslim philosopher known for his commitment to battling religious hatred.
"I was impressed by his welcome and attention, face to face," Mustapha Cherif, an expert on Islam at the University of Algiers.
The fifteen European countries of the border-control free zone known as the Schengen area have agreed they no longer need to consult each other before issuing visas to Algerians, a move expected to cut the waiting time from 15 days currently to 1-3 days, France's interior minister, Nicolas Sarkozy, has announced.
Algeria and Italy will be connected by a gas pipeline to be built by 2009, president Abdelaziz Bouteflika told Italy's leading paper Corriere della Sera in an interview published Tuesday, on the day Italian premier Romano Prodi started a two-day visit to the North African country. "A delegation of Sonatrach (Algeria's state energy company) will go to Italy by the end of the year to finalize accords for the start of construction work on the gas pipeline which will need to be ready by 2009," the Algerian president told Corriere.
In the midst of debating the 2007 finance law, the Algerian parliament overwhelmingly passed a draft bill on Sunday (October 15th) to amend current arrangements for the promotion of investment to simplify them and make them more efficient.
The amendments specifically simplify the process for granting benefits linked to investment and allow a declaration system to replace the decision system, which involves a great deal of bureaucracy. It also aims to offset the reduction of customs duties and exemptions for the most prevalent imports.