Public authorities attach a “particular interest” to border areas as evidenced by the development programmes launched there, affirmed Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia.
Speaking in a plenary session at the People’s National Assembly (Lower House) devoted to oral questions, in a response to MP Youcef Bekkouche’s question (El Moustakbal Front party) about the measures taken by the Government to develop the country’s western border regions, the PM stressed that “public authorities attach a great interest to medium and long-term programmes with a view to developing these areas and improve the living conditions of their populations.”
In his response, read on his behalf by Minister of Relations with Parliament, Mahdjoub Bedda, Ouyahia recalled the “the allotment of significant budgets to the creation of new jobs and new productive commercial activities in these regions.”
“Efforts for the promotion of border areas in the country’s western regions are part of the national policy for the development of border areas,” said the Premier.
“Programmes have been drafted to back the development processes of these areas at the economic, security, social and cultural levels, and enhance their own development capacities while taking the necessary measures to overcome obstacles,” he stated.
“Public authorities focused on smoothing out the geographical and territorial difficulties hindering their development process through drafting several planning studies in consultation and coordination with domestic economic players and partners,” he continued.
Based on the National Planning Plan 2030 (SNAT), which provides for the planning of 9 border areas, the relevant authorities conducted studies specific to each of these regions and drafted many planning and development programmes as well as well as roadmap to implement them.”
Stressing that public authorities seek to plan these territories in order to favour the creation of small activity zones and small and medium investment projects, the PM said that “a series of measures have been taken to open up border regions and boost their development.”
The PM also recalled that “public authorities allocated a budget worth DZD4.4 billion to the funding of several agglomeration development plans for communes in 12 border provinces and drafted several investment programmes aimed at improving living standards and supporting infrastructures, like Bechar, Tlemcen, Tindouf and Naama.”
Besides, public authorities prepared new development operations and intend to unfreeze operations planned under sectoral programmes financed by various special development funds, notably the Special Fund for the Economic Development of Highlands and the Special Fund for the Development of Southern Regions. They also encouraged investment in these regions through the distribution of lands for industrial and economic activities.
The PM finished his response by emphasizing “State’s efforts to achieve comprehensive and balanced national development countrywide while taking into consideration financial, economic and geographical considerations.”
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