The first meeting of the Algeria-Niger Joint Committee Monitoring the Implementation of the MoU on Post and Information and Communication Technologies took place Tuesday by videoconference under the chairmanship of the Minister of Post and Telecommunications, Karim Bibi Triki, and his Nigerian counterpart Hassane Baraze Moussa, said the ministry in a communiqué.
In his speech, Mr Bibi Triki hailed “the excellent relations between the two countries”, adding that this meeting “is a good opportunity to relaunch and strengthen bilateral cooperation in the field of postal services and ICT”, the same source said.
Referring to the meeting which took place with executives from both parties, the minister said it aimed “to set up operational mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation of initiatives to be implemented within the framework of the Algerian-Nigerian joint committee, an approach that will allow both parties to shape the recommendations that will result from the next sessions,” the statement said.
In this regard, he said that “the working sessions scheduled during the first session of this cooperation mechanism will examine ways and means to intensify the consultation and exchange of views between the experts of the two countries on the elaboration of an executive programme and a roadmap encompassing the areas of strategic cooperation contained in the Memorandum of Understanding, areas that will be defined consensually between the two partners.
Referring to the issues and challenges facing the two countries, Mr Bibi Triki called on Algerian officials and their Nigerian counterparts to “present concrete proposals on all the areas set out in this agreement, so as to pave the way for qualitative activities and operations that can help to establish the foundations of a solid and active cooperation between the two countries.
The memorandum of understanding signed between the two governments on 16 March 2017 in Niamey, the capital of Niger, and ratified by Algeria by virtue of Presidential Decree N 18-47 of 6 Jumada Al Ula 1439 corresponding to 24 January 2018, aims to “strengthen cooperation and coordination in the field of postal services and information and communication technologies (ICT).
“The establishment of the work programme of the Memorandum of Understanding, the monitoring of the implementation of its projects and the evaluation of its conclusions are supervised by a Joint High Committee established under Article 6 of the Memorandum of Understanding. The members of this committee were appointed on the occasion of its first session.