Transport and Public Works: Algeria, Niger examine opportunities for cooperation

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Minister of Public Works and Transport Abdelghani Zaalane and Niger’s Minister of Infrastructure Kadi Abdoulaye held a meeting, in Algiers on Tuesday, during which the two sides discussed opportunities for cooperation in the transport and construction sector.

In addition to the two ministers, this working meeting brought together officials from the Nigerien Ministry of Infrastructure with their Algerian counterparts and the Nigerian ambassador to Algiers.

Mr. Zaalane and Mr. Kadi welcomed the “good” relations of cooperation between Algeria and Niger, stressing the need for the two countries to exchange their experiences in the transport sector, particularly in the field of training.

In this regard, Mr. Zaalane affirmed that Algeria and Niger maintain “excellent” relations of fraternity, friendship and good neighborliness, adding that this working meeting is an opportunity to further strengthen this cooperation and make it “more promising” in areas of common interest related mainly to the transport and public works sectors.

Considering that the transport sector constitutes an important lever in the economic and social development, the Minister highlighted that Algeria, in recent years, made great efforts in the field of road, air, maritime transport and railway sectors, while also paying particular attention to the training component.

According to him, all these efforts have allowed Algeria to acquire a know-how and a “solid” experience to be shared with Niger.


For his part, Mr. Kadi Abdoulaye praised the “solid” historical relations between the two countries. “Our visit to Algeria is an eloquent testimony of the political will of our two Heads of State to concretize and consolidate the excellent relations of friendship and cooperation between the two countries.”

The Nigerian Minister explained that his visit to Algeria aims to identify avenues of cooperation and bilateral partnership.

In a statement to the press after the meeting, the Nigerien Minister said that his visit allows him to benefit from the Algerian experience that he described as “convincing” in view of the progress made by Algeria in this domain.

On the other hand, Mr. Zaalane said the meeting with Mr. Kadi was “fruitful” and  several topics, including the Trans-Sahara road project (Algiers-Lagos), were raised.

As a reminder, the Trans-Saharan road is a project that links six countries (Algeria, Niger, Mali, Tunisia, Nigeria, Chad).

Zaalane also said that during the meeting, the two sides stressed the imperative to intensify cooperation between Algeria and Niger in the field of training, through five Algerian training centers available to Nigerian students.

It should be noted that the Nigerien minister and the delegation accompanying him will  visit certain projects launched in the field of Public Works and Transport.

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