Algeria, Indonesia share historic ties |
Capital, Volume III, No. 30
November 12-25, 2001
celebrated its 47th Anniversary of the November First Revolution
- marking the outbreak in 1954 of the struggle for national liberation
- in Jakarta with its ambassador to Indonesia, Soufiane Mimouni,
holding a cocktail party at the Meridien Hotel.
Megawati Sukarnoputri took time out from her busy schedule to
attend the full-packed occasion, which was also attended by several
ministers, high officials and scores of Jakarta-based senior diplomats.
Her presence attests to the close ties between Algeria and Indonesia
as well as her personal relations with ambassador Mimouni, which
go back even to before she was Vice-President.
President Abdurrahman Wahid, who came with his daughter, almost
stole the show as he held court to foreign ambassadors and former
officials wishing to listen to his reading of the latest domestic
Megawati Sukarnoputri was the guest of honor
at the recent Algerian national day cocktail party hosted
by Ambassador Soufiane Mimouni.
his speech, Ambassador Mimouni said that "On that day, the
National Liberation Front proclaimed the revolution and issued
an appeal to Algerian calling them to take up arms to regain their
freedom and dignity and to restore the sovereignty of the Algerian
November is therefore cherished because it symbolizes a major
historic event in the life of the nation, a heroic struggle that
led to the independence of the country on July 5th 1962. The celebration
of this glorious event comes this year at a time when Algeria
is embarked upon a vast scheme of national renewal, he added.
under the leadership of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the country
is entering a new era of stability and development. It is consolidating
civil concord, strengthening and deepening its democracy, restoring
the people's confidence in the state and establishing firm foundation
for an efficient, performing and competitive modern economy."
and Indonesia share historical relations. The longstanding friendship
between the two countries lies in their similar experiences of
struggle for independence. Indonesian supported Algerians during
their liberation war, a move that strengthened relations,"
Ambassador Mimouni told Capital last week.
two countries are bound by ties of faith and have forged close
relations in the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), the
Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the Group of 15 where they share
same positions on many issues," he added.
the economic field, Algeria and Indonesia have promoted close
bilateral relations, with several bilateral agreements concluded.
This legal framework will boost bilateral cooperation, widen its
scope and increase significantly opportunities offered by the
vast potentials of both countries. The positive results achieved
so far remains below the potentials of the two countries and underscore
the need to optimize opportunities of cooperation."
view of their longstanding friendship and their strong commitment
to foster their relations, I remain confident that Algeria and
Indonesia will succeed in taking the best of their respective
potentials and in extending, diversifying and enhancing bilateral
cooperation," he said.
will lead to a comprehensive cooperation which will meet the aspirations
of their respective people."
week after the cocktail party, Ambassador Mimouni held an exhibition
of beautiful Algerian ceramic works at the Embassy in Kuningan.
It is the second of its kind he has held this year, the first
one being a photo expo on Algeria-RI relations that was opened
by President Megawati.
recent times Algeria undertook structural and institutional reforms
aimed at laying the foundation of a new economic system. The legal
framework has been reviewed and adapted to liberalize the economy
and promote free enterprise. The reforms were strengthened by
further measures aimed at accelerating the restructuring and privatization
process of state corporations, modernizing the banking system
and motivating private investments.
efforts paid off, as today Algeria has gained back its stability
and restored its audience. The economy is indeed growing with
a balanced budget, as inflation has been checked at 2,2%. External
debt has dropped to US$ 22.5 billion from US$ 32 billion in 1996,
representing today only one fifth of export revenues.
country posted its fifth straight year of growth (4.1%), with
trade surplus of US$ 12 billion in the first half of 2001 while
foreign reserves stand at US$ 17.7 billion, up from US$ 4.2 billion
build on these positive achievements, the government recently
put in place an ambitious plan designed to bolster the economy.
The plan, amounting to nearly US$ 8 billion of public funds over
the next three years, aims at initiating a dynamic growth and
is now set to finalize by the end of this year talks on a global
partnership agreement with the European Union, and is preparing
its entry to the World Trade Organization, reaffirming its ambition
to become an important player in the world economy.
is indeed determined to ensure its successful integration in the
global economy and to take advantage of the opportunities offered
by globalization. To this end, it is resolved to adapt its economy
to the new realities of the world. It has already liberalized
the general framework of its economy and is offering foreign investors
all the facilities to develop their activities.
second largest economy in Africa, with a unique industrial and
basic infrastructure in the region and a proven competitive manpower,
Algeria represents a promising market. With its ideal geographic
location and huge potential natural resources, the country offers
new attractive perspectives for foreign investors.
recent surge of foreign delegations in Algeria shows clearly that
foreign partners and international financial institutions are
interested in the Algerian market and the business opportunities
With a recovered political stability and an economy
with an immense potential, Algeria is emerging again as an active
player in regional and international scene. It is currently promoting
the partnership for African renewal an initiative launched by
President Bouteflika, President Mbeki of South Africa and President
Obasanjo of Nigeria.
initiative is based on the conviction that Africa must rely first
of all on itself to settle any and all of its problems and that
a genuine partnership with the developed countries based on mutual
interests and shared commitments would make a decisive contribution
to the recovery of Africa.
is also presiding over the Union of Maghreb Arab and undertaking
efforts aimed at building this important regrouping which remains
an absolute necessity with regard to the challenge of globalization.
It is moreover initiating a promising dynamics for an Euro-Mediterranean
short, Algeria is recovering its place and vocation on the international
scene and playing an active role in accordance with its history,
its potentials and its strategic location.