President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, on Monday, said that Alcomsat-1 satellite was “a tool to promote space technologies for peaceful purposes and will enable Algeria access to services that were the preserve of foreign companies”.
In a message on the occasion of the celebration by the Algerian Space Agency (ASAL) of the successful launch of the Algerian space telecommunications satellite Alcomsat-1, read on his behalf by Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic, Habba El-Okbi, the Head of State stressed that new satellite “will enable various national public and private companies to access to costly services that were the preserve of foreign companies and were paid with foreign currency”.
“Our country will be autonomous in this sensitive field and will take advantage of services and applications likely to boost socioeconomic and cultural development”, said President Bouteflika.
For the Head of State, “economic development requires the mastery of modern technologies. Disparities between developed and under developed countries are due to differences in terms of rapidity in the use of technologies”.
In this regard, President Bouteflika hailed the role played by ASAL’s engineers “who proved through their achievements that the use of technology is within our reach. We are no more constrained to purchase others’ products”.