APS - 02 February 2022
ALGIERS-Minister of Foreign Affairs and National Community Abroad, Ramtane Lamamra reiterated "Algeria's commitment to the goals of economic development and continental integration" at the 39th Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee, the ministry said in a statement.
"Speaking at the Summit as representative of the President of the Republic, Abdelmadjid Tebboune, Lamamra reiterated the commitment of our country, under the leadership of President Tebboune, to the goals of economic development and continental integration, reaffirming the importance that our country attaches to the mandate of NEPAD of which it is a founding member," said the source.
In this regard "he stressed that, under the leadership of its Steering Committee, NEPAD has enabled Africa to take ownership of its development agenda significantly through better cooperation with its various economic partners," said the ministry.
"Moreover, Lamamra recalled the contribution of Algeria to the promotion and acceleration of regional economic integration through the implementation of structural projects with continental scope such as the Trans-Saharan Road, the Optical Fibre Backbone (TSB) linking Algeria, Niger and Nigeria as well as the Trans-Saharan Gas Pipeline linking Nigeria to Algeria," detailed the source.
According to the ministry, "the Summit has appointed the new Executive Secretary of AUDA-NEPAD, who succeeded to Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki."
In this regard, Lamamra "expressed Algeria's support to the Ethiopian Nardos Bekele-Thomas, whose candidacy was selected and will be submitted for endorsement at the AU Summit scheduled for February 5 to 6 in Addis Ababa."
"The mandate of President Paul Kagame as head of the Steering Committee of Heads of State and Government in charge of NEPAD, has been extended by one year by acclamation and with the support of Algeria," said the source.
The Ministry's statement also said that "in addition to assessing the progress made in the implementation of regional development programs, including the AU Agenda 2063, the meeting "provided an opportunity to set development priorities for the coming year and to consider the prospects for enhancing Africa's resilience to the Covid-19 pandemic."