Government meeting: Various projects on agenda

On Wednesday, February 15, 2023, the Prime Minister, Mr. Aïmene BENABDERRAHMANE, chaired a meeting of the Government held at the Government Palace.

During its weekly meeting, the Government discussed the following points:

In the field of agriculture:

The Government examined a draft executive decree on the downgrading of a plot of land in the state-owned forest of Senalba, located in the municipality of Djelfa (wilaya of Djelfa), presented by the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

This plot of land will be used to build a bypass around the city of Djelfa, which is part of the project to duplicate the national road No. 1 (Djelfa-Laghouat), which aims to strengthen the country’s infrastructure network and promote North-South and South-North economic and social exchanges, while improving the living environment of the city.

Declassified areas will be compensated by reforestation of equivalent areas.

In the field of energy:

The government heard a presentation from the Minister of Energy and Mines on the national strategy for the development of refining and petrochemicals.

In this regard, it was recalled that valorization of hydrocarbons is a strategic axis in the diversification of the national economy, particularly through the development of refining and the creation of a petrochemical industry, with the aim of increasing the volumes of hydrocarbon resources subject to valorization.

In this context, the recommended approach is based on the attraction of partners, the selection of profitable projects with high added value for the national market and the comparative advantages offered by the national economic environment.

In the field of culture:

The Government heard a communication from the Minister of Culture and Arts on the richness of the cultural heritage of five (5) existing cultural parks, namely: Tassili N’Ajjer, Ahaggar, Touat-Gourara Tidikelt, the Saharan Atlas and Tindouf as well as the project of setting up a cultural park of the oasis systems of the Aurès.

On this occasion, the main international instruments adopted by our country in the framework of the protection of cultural parks were highlighted, such as the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the Man and the Biosphere Programme, the Programme for the Recognition and Reporting of Other Effective Conservation Measures by Areas, initiated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), as well as the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.

These cultural parks have been supported by several projects under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), such as the Ahaggar and Tassili N’Ajjer Parks Biodiversity Conservation Project and the Global Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Use of Ecosystem Services Project.

In the field of public works:

The Minister of Public Works, Hydraulics and Infrastructures presented a communication on (i)- the motorway projects progress and conditions of completion and (ii)- the conditions of putting into service the toll stations on the East-West motorway.

This communication highlighted the progress of some large-scale projects included in the road and motorway master plan (2005-2025), namely:

  1. 1. the economic operation of the East-West motorway, namely through the commissioning of toll stations on this infrastructure;
  1. The implementation of 24 motorways linking the provinces’ main towns and ports, totalling about 3,249 km.

To this end, an emergency plan has been set up to determine the priorities for the revival of the outstanding projects according to an integrated economic approach, allowing the pooling of efforts and the creation of basic infrastructures for the benefit of economic development and the well-being of citizens.

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