Algeria willing to consolidate Arab-African partnership gains

APS - 24 November 2016

MALABO- Algeria is ready to build on the Arab-African partnership gains and achieve the spirit of solidarity and friendship, Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and Arab League Abdelkader Messahel said Wednesday in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

Algeria "is fully ready to make the most of the (Arab-African) partnership to consolidate the gains and achieve the spirit of solidarity and friendship linking Algeria with its Arab and African sister countries," said Messahel in his address at the 4th Africa-Arab Summit.

The Minister, who was representing President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika, underlined that the Arab-African partnership "is promising and on the right track."

"The commitment of Arab and African states to strengthening ties of friendship and promoting closer relations will be visible in concrete results," he added.

In this regard, Messahel called for more efforts to achieve the major projects of the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), support the ambitious African programmes, like the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), deepen the study on the Arab-African free trade zone and strengthen the participation of the private sector, particularly through the creation of Arab-African joint ventures, which would likely contribute to regional integration.

African states have managed to rely on their own capacities to cope with development challenges, said Messahel, adding that the average GDP (gross domestic product) growth in most African states exceeded 3% over the past three years, despite the serious global crises.