New government Ministers take office

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ALGIERS – Youcef Belmehdi, Hassane Rabehi, Mohamed Arkab, Raouf Salim Bernawi, Mohamed Miraoui, Tidjani Hassan Haddam, Abdelhakim Belabed, Ali Hamam and Meriem Merdaci took office, Monday in Algiers, at the head of their respective Ministries, namely; Religious and Wakfs, Communication, Energy, Youth and Sports, Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Labor, Employment and Social Security, National Education, Water Resources and Culture.

 

Youcef Belmehdi takes office as head of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs

Youcef Belmehdi took office, Monday in Algiers, at the head of the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Wakfs to replace Mohamed Aissa.

In a statement at the handover ceremony, the minister praised “the efforts made by Mohamed Aissa in the service of the sector,” pledging to “spare no effort for Algeria, with the collaboration of all executives and ministry officials, in the service of religion and the fatherland “.

Born in 1963 in M’sila, Belmehdi holds a PhD from the University of Algiers.

The Minister, who has held several positions in the Religious Affairs sector, was Deputy Director of Hajj and Umrah, Director of Religious Guidance and Quranic Teaching, University Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Sciences and Assistant to the Faculty of Law at the University of M’sila.

Since 2016, the Minister has held the position of Secretary General of the League of Ulemas, Preachers and Imams of the Sahel (LOPIS).

Rabehi takes office at the head of the Ministry of Communication

The new Minister of Communication and government spokesman, Hassane Rabehi, took office Monday replacing Djamel Kaouane.

In a statement at the handover ceremony held at the ministry’s headquarters, in the presence of his department’s executives and public media directors, Rabehi pledged “to spare no effort to live up to challenges, especially at this time that requires more efforts, efficiency and commitment “because, he said, it is” to meet the expectations of citizens in matters information and communication “.

Affirming that this is an “important” sector, the minister pledged to “work for the stability and social and economic development of the country”.

For his part, Mr. Kaouane “congratulated” his successor, wishing him “a lot of success”.

Mr. Rabehi has held several positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs including Secretary General and Ambassador to Ghana and China.

Arkab takes office as Minister of Energy

Mohamed Arkab took office Monday as Minister of Energy, replacing Mustapha Guitouni.

Held at the ministry’s headquarters, the handover ceremony took place in the presence of several managers and executives from the Energy sector.

Arkab, who held the position of CEO of the national company of electricity and gas (Sonelgaz) was named, last Sunday, Minister of Energy by the president of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in a new government led by the Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui.

Mr. Arkab is a state engineer in mechanical energy sciences, and holds an MBA in business administration.

He joined the ETTERKIB industrial assembly company in September 1990. He held various positions of responsibility: mechanical engineer (from September 1990 to March 1992), then site manager (from April 1992 to January 1997), then site director (from February 1997 to October 2003).

In November 2003, he was promoted to Works Manager at ETTERKIB, responsible for the realization of all power plant projects and industrial projects, until June 2006, when he was appointed Sonelgaz’ CEO.

Since September 2010, Mr. Arkab has held the position of CEO of the Electricity and Gas Engineering Company (CEEG), a subsidiary of the Sonelgaz Group, mandated to carry out the entire program of  development of Sonelgaz Group’s business subsidiaries.

In August 2017, he was appointed CEO of the national electricity and gas company (Sonelgaz).

Born on 19 February 1966 in Hussein-Dey (Algiers), Mr. Arkab is married with three children.

 

Youth and Sports: the new minister, Raouf Salim Bernaoui, takes office

The new Minister of Youth and Sports, Raouf Salim Bernaoui, took on Monday in Algiers, his new position to replace Mohamed Hattab, during a ceremony that was attended by senior officials of the ministry.

“As president of a sports association under the aegis of Mohamed Hattab, I would like to thank him for all the work he has done in a year at the helm of this very sensitive department. For my part, I hope to continue on the same path but with the help of all actors of the sector of youth and sports, “said Bernaoui.

The new minister expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, for the confidence placed in his person, expressing willingness to continue the work initiated by his predecessor.

Mohamed Hattab also thanked the President of the Republic for his confidence, while wishing the new minister every success in accomplishing his missions.

“It was a difficult mission but at the same time enriching through the various projects carried out or are being carried out at the national level. We chose the participative management with all the actors of the sector of the youth and the sports. “Moralization of the sector is essential to meet the expectations of Algerian youth. We have significant skills in the management of sports and youth infrastructure,” said Mohamed Hattab.

For the now former Minister of Youth and Sports, “the sector has taken another turn through the organization of the Estates General of Sport and Youth, a very beneficial experience for the leaders of the sector who began to draw a road map based on the recommendations made during these two meetings “.

“I hope that my successor will implement the recommendations made during the conference on sport and youth, Algeria needs its children and that is why we must unify our efforts to make progress”, he said.

The new head of the youth and sports sector is a former fencer of MC Alger and the national team, representing the colors of Algeria at the Olympic Games (1996) in Atlanta (USA) and 2004 in Athens (Greece).

Born November 11, 1975 in Algiers, Bernaoui held the position of President of the Algerian Federation of Fencing (FAE) since 2013 and that of member of the Executive Bureau of the Algerian Olympic and Sports Committee (COA), in charge of the Education and Culture Commission .

He has been appointed head of the Algerian delegation to the Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Miraoui takes office as head of the Ministry of Health

Mohamed Miraoui took office, Monday, at the head of the Ministry of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, replacing Mokhtar Hasbellaoui.

During the installation ceremony, Mr. Miraoui said that he “will spare no effort to promote health services”, presenting, on this occasion, his thanks to Mr. Hasbellaoui for “all the efforts made over the last two years for the development of the health sector”.

The new minister called on all managers in the sector to “intensify efforts and ensure all conditions to achieve a health system that meets the needs of citizens.”

Born in 1963, Mr. Miraoui, who holds a doctorate in medicine, was previously the health director of the province of Algiers, and before that health director of the province of Relizane.

Tidjani Hassan Haddam takes office at the head of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security

Tidjani Hassan Haddam took office Monday, at the head of the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security, replacing Mourad Zemali, following the installation of new members of the government led by the Prime Minister, Noureddine Bedoui.

In his speech at the installation ceremony, Mr. Haddam said that he will spare no effort in developing the sector and continuing the efforts of his predecessors, in collaboration with all executives of the sector.

On this occasion, Mr. Haddam invited the sector executives “to intensify efforts and continue to ensure the public service, as well as the proper functioning of institutions and bodies in the sector, especially in this sensitive phase that the country is going through “, emphasizing that” the achievement of the objectives set out requires the coordination of the efforts of all the managers of the sector within the framework of a spirit of collective work “.

Tidjani Hassan Haddam had previously held the post of Director-General of the National Pension Fund (CNR) and then Director-General of the National Social Insurance Fund for Salaried Employees (CNAS).

Belabed takes office as Minister of National Education

Abdelhakim Belabed took, on Monday in Algiers, his duties as Minister of National Education, replacing Nouria Benghabrit.

In his statement at the handover ceremony, Belabed praised “the efforts made by Mrs. Benghabrit in the service of the sector,” saying “he will spare no effort to preserve the achievements and ensure stability of this sensitive sector “.

The minister promised to ensure the preparation of school exams under “stable” conditions, through the treatment of various socio-professional files of workers in the sector “, wishing” to be up to the confidence of the president of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika placed in his person”.

He called, on this occasion, “the executives of the sector to unify the ranks and work, relentlessly, to ensure the proper functioning of this sector and the next meetings”.

Born in 1964, Mr. Belabed holds a degree in computer science, obtained in 1988, when he began a career as an engineering teacher.

The Minister, then, held several positions in this sector, including the Ministry’s Chief of Staff and Director of Studies and Advisor, prior to his appointment as Secretary General of the Ministry of Education in 2015.

He also held the positions of central director at the ministry, director of development of pedagogical and didactic resources, after having held the positions of director of education of the wilaya of Algiers and director of the national office of Literacy and of Adult Education (ONAEA).

Hamam takes office at the head of the Ministry of Water Resources

The new Minister of Water Resources, Ali Hamam, took, on Monday, his duties at the head of this ministerial department to replace Mr. Hocine Necib.

At the handover ceremony, the new minister expressed his determination to “realize new  achievements in the sector”, saying he is aware of the great responsibility that lies with him.

For his part, Necib said that the handover will be “without any difficulty”, because the new minister “is a child of the sector and knows it very well”.

He also recalled the complex “challenges” faced by the sector, especially in the light of climate change, water stress and floods.

Mr Necib also spoke of the sector’s “development”, despite the country’s financial difficulties, adding that the sector “has been placed among the priority sectors that have benefited from considerable programs”.

On the sector’s stocktaking, Necib said, “The sector indicators are all positive, just keep up the work,” he added.

Born on March 13, 1957 in Khenchla province, Mr. Hamam, a state engineer in hydraulics, began his professional career in the sector in 1983, where he held several positions of responsibility.

He was appointed Director of Hydraulics in the province of Biskra (1999/2003), Annaba (2003/2010) and Sétif (2010/2011), then Director of Water Resources of the provinces of Constantine (2011 / 2017) and Bejaia (2017/2019).

Meriem Merdaci takes office at the head of the Ministry of Culture

Meriem Merdaci took office, Monday, at the head of the Ministry of Culture, replacing Azzedine Mihoubi during an installation ceremony held in Algiers.

After expressing thanks to the President of the Republic, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, and Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui, for “the trust placed in the Algerian youth,” the new minister said that “the doors of the ministry are open to any bearer of project and to all cultural actors “.

The Minister of Culture also stressed that Algeria is experiencing “special circumstances conducive to greater cultural dynamics” in Algeria.

For his part, the outgoing minister expressed his pride to see “an intellectual”, who undertook in the field of Culture to head the Ministry of Culture.

Born in 1983, Meriem Merdaci holds a Bachelor’s degree in Information and Communication and a Master’s degree in History.

After working as a journalist in the print media, she created in 2008 in Constantine the publishing house “Editions du champs libre”.

The new minister insisted that the activities of her publishing house will be frozen for the duration of her tenure as head of the Ministry of Culture.

Meriem Merdaci entered the government of Noureddine Bedoui in a cabinet reshuffle on Sunday.

Djamila Tamazirt takes office at the head of the Ministry of Industry and Mines

The new Minister of Industry and Mines, Jamila Tamazirt, took, on Monday in Algiers, office, replacing Youcef Yousfi, during a handover ceremony that took place at the Ministry of Agriculture, Industry and mines in the presence of industry executives.

The new minister Jamila Tamazirt expressed her gratitude for the confidence of the government placed in her person, appointing her to the head of the sector which she described as “strategic”.

She praised the efforts of the former minister, Youcef Yousfi, to lead the sector and the progress made in many projects.

“It is clear that many of the projects were carried out by the industry and mining sector and I look forward to your cooperation in continuing the efforts made in recent years,” she told executives from the ministry.

She added that the industry is “the lungs” of the national economy, adding that she will spare no effort to mobilize internal and external capacity to bring all projects in the sector to completion.

For his part, Mr. Youcef Yousfi congratulated the new minister for this new responsibility entrusted to her in these “difficult” moments, wishing her every success in her new role.

He said that the 19 months spent in the sector were rich, exciting and full of activity especially in the sectors of mechanical industry, steel, metallurgy, marble industry. He also said that this period has seen a remarkable revival of the mining sector.

In addition, he expressed his gratitude to the department’s executives for their support and contribution in advancing the sector’s projects, while asking them to continue working with the new minister.

“I believe that together we have accomplished an exciting job and we must continue, so I ask all who have helped me to give this same support to the Minister to help her accomplish this noble mission for the benefit of our country, “he pleaded.

Born on November 5, 1956, mother of a child, Ms. Tamazirt holds a master’s degree in agri-food management (2006-2007) from the agronomic institute of Montpellier (France) and a degree in financial science obtained at the University of Algiers in 1981. Ella has worked for more than 32 years in the public industrial sector.

Prior to her appointment as head of the Ministry of Industry and Mines in the new government, she held several positions in the public industrial sector, the most recent being CEO of the agribusiness group Agrodiv.

Mustapha Kouraba takes office at the head of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport

Mustapaha Kouraba took office, Monday in Algiers, at the head of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, replacing Mr. Abdelwahid Temmar, and in the presence of central executives and directors general of institutions under guardianship.

In an address at the handover ceremony at the ministry’s headquarters, Kouraba said he “will spare no effort to continue the development of the sector and the achievement of the goals set before, and this in cooperation with all frames. ”

He called on industry executives to combine efforts and ensure the proper functioning of institutions and bodies in the sector.

At the end of the ceremony, the Minister expressed his thanks and appreciation to his predecessors who oversaw the management of this sector.

Slimane Brahmi takes office as Minister of Justice

Mr. Slimane Brahmi took, on Monday, office as Minister of Justice, Keeper of Seals, in replacement of Mr. Tayeb Louh.

During the installation ceremony at the ministry’s headquarters, Brahmi said he will devote all his efforts “with sincerity and dedication to the service of the country and the citizens, within the framework of the noble principles of justice”.

The new minister called on the corporation of the judiciary to “work to guarantee the rights of the citizens within the framework of the respect of the laws of the Republic and the principles of justice, in adequacy with their legitimate aspirations, the preservation of the country and the continuation of the reforms. ”

Mr. Brahmi thanked the President of the Republic for the confidence placed in his person, believing that the mission entrusted to him “is a responsibility and an engagement at the service of the country and the citizens”.

For his part, Mr. Louh expressed his gratitude to the President of the Republic for entrusting him with this “sensitive” sector”.

Welcoming the “achievements” of the sector in recent years, Mr. Louh thanked “all those who contributed to these reforms, despite the constraints and obstacles”, emphasizing “the support provided by the President of the Republic, the magistrates, justice officials and ministry officials “.

Mr. Louh seized this opportunity to congratulate the new minister, wishing him “success in his mission, expressing the wish to see “more reforms” in the sector and “more progress and stability” in Algeria.

Born in 1952, the new Minister of Justice holds a law degree, obtained in 1977.

In 1980, he joined the corporation of the judiciary and held several positions, the last of which was that of advisor to the Supreme Court in 2014.

He was also president of the Algiers court in 2011 and Blida, Setif and Laghouat courts.

Brahmi had held the position of president of chamber at the courts of Boumerdes and Tizi Ouzou and this after having been named adviser to the court of Tizi Ouzou in 1993.

He was also public prosecutor at the courts of Tizi Ouzou and Médéa.

Bouzid Tayeb takes office at the head of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research

ALGER, Apr 1, 2019 (APS) – Mr. Bouzid Tayeb took office, on Monday, at the head of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, replacing Mr. Tahar Hadjar.

In a statement at the end of the handover ceremony, the new minister expressed his thanks to the President of the Republic, for the confidence placed in his paerson “, hailing” the efforts made by Mr. Tahar Hajar ” .

On this occasion, Mr. Bouzid Tayeb called “to intensify efforts to move forward, meet the challenges and develop the sector”.

Born February 3, 1955 in the wilaya of Batna, Mr. Bouzid Tayeb holds a state doctorate in civil engineering. He has held several positions in the field of Higher Education and Scientific Research, including the Dean of Mustapha Benboulaid University in Batna.

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