All Algerian nationals are advised that, from the 19th of September, 2007, the British Embassy in Algiers has introduced the use of biometric data in the form of scanned fingerprints and digital photos of those persons applying for entry visas to the United Kingdom. This new system does not only concern Algeria, as it is already in force in several countries and will be rolled out to all British Embassies and Consulates abroad by 2008.
Visa applications must henceforward be submitted to the Embassy’s new commercial partner, Computer Science Corporation, instead of the Worldwide Trading Group agency. The Visa Application Centre located at 71, rue Mohamed Belkacemi, El Madania, (Oued Kniss) BP 103, Alger Gare, 16075 (1st floor of the Ericsson Building) has been designated as the collection centre for the biometric data of visa applicants. The offices of this Centre are open from 8:00a.m. to 3p.m., Sunday to Thursday.
In expectation of the return to Algiers from Tunisia of the visa services, certain types of visas will be processed in Algiers. Information as to the type of visa in question as well as the days on which applications can be submitted, will be made public in the very near future.
Youth and Sports Minister Hachemi Djiar on Thursday called on 225 scouts due to partake in an international jamboree in London to seize this opportunity to bring into light Algeria's wealth in various fields. Speaking before the scouts on the eve of their departure for the United Kingdom, Djiar reminded them of the need for being Algeria's "good ambassadors" during this international event and to see to putting forward "their talents and abilities through which they aspire to secure a promising future."
New investment opportunities in Algeria will be at the heart of a special meeting to be initiated by the Arab-British Export Club on 3 July 2007 in London. The meeting, which will be mainly on "new opportunities in Algeria", enables to review the different investment opportunities in Algeria, outside the traditional attractive Energy sector.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Republic nominated Abdelaziz Belkhadem to the office of Head of Government.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Republic, Minister of National Defence has also taken on Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Head of the Government's instigation, a presidential decree relating to the nomination of members of the government, in accordance with the article 79 of the Constitution :
Nouredine Yazid Zerhouni, State Minister, Minister of the Interior and Local Communities
Soltani Bouguerra, State Minister,
Mourad Medelci, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
Tayeb Belaïz, Minister of Justice,
Karim Djoudi, Minister of Finance,
Chakib Khelil, Minister of Energy and Mining,
Abdelmalek Sellal, Minister of Water resources,
Abdlhamid Temmar, Minister of Industry and Investments Promotion,
El Hachemi Djaaboub, Minister of Trade,
Bouabdellah Ghlamallah, Minister of Religious Affairs,
Mohamed Cherif Abbas, Minister of Moudjahidine,
Cherif Rahmani, Minister of Town Planning and the Environment and Tourism,
Mohamed Maghlaoui, Minister of Transports,
Boubekeur Benbouzid, Minister of National Education,
Saïd Barkat, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,
Amar Ghoul, Minister of Public Works,
Amar Tou, Minister of Health, Population and Hospital reform,
Khalida Toumi, Minister of Culture,
Abderrachid Boukerzaza, Minister of Communication,
Mustapha Benbada, Minister of Small and Medium Enterprise and Craft Industry,
Rachid Haraoubia, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research,
Boudjemaâ Haïchour, Minister of Posts and Information Technologies,
Mahmoud Khedri, Minister of Relations with the Parliament,
El Hadi Khaldi, Minister of Vocational Training and Education,
Noureddine Moussa, Minister of Housing and Urban Development,
Tayeb Louh, Minister Labour, Employment and Social Security,
Djamel Ould Abbès, Minister of National Solidarity,
Smaïl Mimoune, Minister of Fisheries and Halieutic Resources,
Hachemi Djiar, Minister of Youth and Sports,
Abdelmalek Guenaïzia, Minister Delegate to Minister of National Defence,
Daho Ould Kablia, Minister Delegate to Minister of the Interior and Local Communities,
Abdelkader Messahel, Minister reporting to the Foreign Minister in charge of Maghreb and African Affairs,,
Nouara Saâdia Djaâffar, Minister reporting to the Health Ministry in charge of the Family and Women's Affairs
Fatiha Mentouri, Minister Delegate to Finance Minister in charge of Financial Reform,
Rachid Benaïssa, Minister Delegate to Minister to Agriculture and Rural Development, in charge of Rural Development,
Souad Bendjaballah, Minister reporting to the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in charge of scientific research
Moreover and in accordance with article 78 of the Constitution, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Republic, nominated Ahmed Noui, Secretary General of the Government.
The Presidency of the Republic announced Thursday evening in a release the resignation of the government and the nomination of ministers assigned to dispatch the daily business.
This is the full text of the Presidency of the Republic's release:
"In application of the Constitution, Abdelaziz Belkhadem, Head of the Government, presents to Abdelaziz Bouteflika, President of the Republic, the resignation of his government.
"The President of the Republic accepted this resignation and assigned Head of the Government and the members of the government to dispatch the daily business affairs."
"He assigned, besides, Abdelaziz Belkhadem to take the office of acting Minister of National Education."
Besides and in this framework, the President of the Republic decided that the acting ministries which portfolios holders have just been elected tat the People's National Assembly will be ensured respectively by
Mohamed Bedjaoui, Foreign Affairs Minister for the office of Minister delegate for Maghreb and African affairs and
-Tayeb Belaïz, Minister of justice, for the Ministry of the training and the professional training and for ministry of the relations with the parliament,
- Mourad Medelci, Minister of Finance for the ministry of commerce,
- Abdelmalek Sellal, Minister of Water Resources for the Ministry of Sport,
- Hamid Temmar, Minister of the Shareholders and Investment Promotion for the Department of Commerce and for the ministry of the Small and Medium-sized Firm and Crafts,
- Mohamed-Cherif Abbas, Minister of Moudjahidine for the Ministry of Employment and National Solidarity,
- Cherif Rahmani, Minister of Town Planning and Environment for the ministry of the environment and the town planning and for the office of Minister Delegate for City,
- Mohamed Meghlaoui, Minister of Transport for the ministry of Post and Information and Communication Technologies
Smaïl Mimoune, Minister of Fisheries and halieutic Resources for the ministry of agriculture and rural development and for the office of Minister Delegate with the Minister of the Agriculture and the rural development, in charge of rural development,
- Daho Ould-Kablia, Minister Delegate to Interior Ministry and local authorities, in charge of local authorities for the ministry of health and for the ministry of the communication,
Souad Bendjaballah, Minister-delegate with the Minister of higher education and scientific research, in charge of scientific research for the ministry of higher education and scientific research. "
The Council of Money and Credit (CMC) just gave the authorization to the British Bank HSBC to embark in Algeria, bringing to thirteen the number of foreign banks activating in the country. This bank's capital, amounted at in the beginning at AD2.5 billion, will be brought to AD3.67 billion in this third year of its active presence in the Algerian market, the CMC stressed. HSBC Bank (Hong Kong and Shangai Banking), a leading bank in Great Britain, is also a leading bank in all Europe with market capitalization set at €60 billion far ahead the Italian and Italian banks.
Algiers- Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni declared on Friday here that "we must revise" the law governing the political parties,
to prevent the deficiencies recorded during voting operations. "The law governing parties or the political associations contributes to the scattering of the political organizations," Zerhouni pointed out, during a news conference where he announced the results of the legislative elections, asserting that "it is of the duty of the new People's National Assembly (Parliament), to make proposals likely to adapt this law with the new realities in Algeria."
Algiers- No political party has got the majority at the People's National Assembly (Parliament) in the legislative polls, which took place on Thursday. According to the preliminary results announced on Friday by Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni, the National Liberation Front Party (FLN)
leads with 136 seats, but without obtaining the majority of the People National Assembly (Parliament)'s 389 seats set to vote.
The conference is honoured by the participation of Mr. Mohammed Bedjaoui, State Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Dr.Rachid Harraoubia, Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.
The goal of the conference is "lay the foundation and disseminate best practices for science and technology initiatives to contribute into the Algerian innovation-driven economic development. It offers a unique opportunity to share your insight into strategies and methods available for converting research ideas into products and services in the marketplace.
At this stage, organisers are still looking to reach the maximum number of Algerian Competences living abroad to attract them attends.
We have no doubt that this conference would be the open doors for all of us as Algerian Competences living abroad to start participating in the economical development of Algeria through science and technology.
The recent amendments of the Code of The Algerian Nationality, recognises the Algerian Nationality to a child born from an Algerian mother regardless of the nationality of the father. As a consequence of this new legislation, the child is entitled to Algerian documents including Passport and ID Card.
A representative of the Labour Party and another from the Liberal Democrats have pleaded for the reinforcement of the relations between the United Kingdom and Algeria. Both have made this plea in two separate articles released in the latest issue of the quarterly of the Inter-parliamentary Union Review in the wake of a visit to Algeria as part of this Union.
An Algerian delegation led by President of the High Islamic Council (HCI), Cheikh Bouamrane, will start as from Monday (05/03/07) a four-day visit to the United Kingdom. This visit, which takes place at the invitation of the UK, is part of the endeavours for encouraging dialogue between religions and informing about the policy adopted by the Kingdom for promoting the values of tolerance and cultural freedom. (Aps)
Algiers - Algeria "does not accept the installation of military bases on its territory whatever country they belong to," Foreign Minister Mohammed Bedjaoui asserted Saturday. "Algeria does not accept the installation on its territory of any military bases whatever country they belong to," Bedjaoui underlined in national radio's channel III by adding "no country has made a request in this regard to the Algerian authorities."
From the 3rd March 2007, Air Algerie UK Office will be opened on Saturdays from 11am to 3.30pm
UK Office: 4 Portman Square, London W1H 6LD
Tel: 020 7486 8068- Fax: 020 7486 4793
Heathrow Office: Heathrow Terminal 2, Office Block, room 213, Middlesex, TW6 1JH
The first Algerian school of business intelligence will be opened in September 2007, set up by the VIP consulting office, from the Algerian side, and the European business intelligence school of Versailles (EEIE) .
Radio Algeria International, a new news radio channel in four languages (Arabic, French, English and Spanish) dedicated to current international issues, has started broadcasting at midday on Sunday.
Reception on 101.5 FM, 104.2 FM et 95.6 FM, and on Satellite Frequencies (Arabsat, Nilsat, NESS 7, Hotbird and Galaxy)
Algeria has signed, Friday at the New-York-headquartered United Nations, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol on Communications, adopted by the General Assembly last December, Algeria's permanent mission to the UN has reported. Under the Convention, which was signed by Algeria's ambassador to the UN Youcef Yousfi, countries must develop and carry out policies for securing the rights of persons with disabilities, and abolish laws, regulations, customs and practices that constitute discrimination.
The new edition of phonebooks including the addresses and telephone numbers of family and professionals is available for consultation on Internet, according to a release issued Monday by Algeria Telecom, national telephony operator (AT ).
The national competences living abroad, who held a meeting in Algeria from 16 to 18 April, have decided to create a committee of coordination for "better get them support and contribute to develop an economy of knowledge" in the country. This body will be based in Algeria with a representation abroad, a release of the National Foundation for health promotion and research development (FOREM) and the scientific association of Ibn Badis (IBScientific), organizers of the meeting.