Algeria-Mauritania: Ratification of the Executive Protocol on the Tindouf-Zouerate road project

The executive protocol for the implementation of the memorandum of understanding signed between Algeria and Mauritania regarding the construction of the land road linking Tindouf (Algeria) and Zouerate (Mauritania), has been ratified by a presidential decree published in the Official Gazette (N8).

Presidential Decree No. 23-68 of February 7, 2023, ratifying the Executive Protocol between the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania on facilitations and exemptions for the implementation of the project of the land road linking Tindouf (Algeria) and Zouerate (Mauritania), signed in Nouakchott on 14 September 2022.

This executive protocol aims at implementing the provisions of the memorandum of understanding between Algeria and Mauritania for the implementation of the land route linking Tindouf (Algeria) and Zouerate (Mauritania), signed in Algiers, December 28, 2021, during the visit by the Mauritanian President, Mohamed Ould Cheikh El-Ghazouani, in Algiers, at the invitation of the President of the Republic, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

Thus, under this protocol, the two parties agree to grant all regulatory, administrative, tax and banking facilities necessary for the transport, clearance and transit of construction materials including geotechnical samples, equipment, materials and consumables to be used in the implementation of this strategic project.

Both parties have agreed, through this document, to create the appropriate regulatory, fiscal, administrative and security conditions for the completion of this road.

The Algerian side is required to determine and submit to the Mauritanian side the list of necessary items for the implementation of the road as well as the execution studies of the road for their approval by the joint committee.

For its part, Mauritania is responsible for ensuring the security of construction sites, staff and property mobilized for the implementation of this project, says the text, indicating that the Mauritanian government undertakes to contribute to the implementation of the project, including the determination of the route of the road, granting permits, supply of construction materials and aggregates, as well as the provision of all technical, geological, topographical and geotechnical data.

The departments involved in the road in both countries, are responsible for ensuring coordination and proper implementation of commitments made under this executive protocol, and coordination in the field of training and employment in the construction sites.

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