ALGIERS- Minister of Environment and Renewable Energy Fatima-Zohra Zerouati on Tuesday stressed Algeria's strict compliance with the commitments contained in the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

 Tuesday, 17 September 2019

ALGIERS- Algeria saved more than one billion dollars, thanks to the measures taken to rationalize the soft wheat imports and support the domestic wheat and barley production, Minister of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fishing Cherif Omari said Tuesday in Algiers.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

ALGIERS- Minister of Environment and Renewable Energies Fatima Zohra Zerouati affirmed Tuesday, in Algiers, that the taxes on hazardous waste, petroleum products and plastics bags will increase as part of the finance bill 2020.

In a press conference on the sidelines of the celebration of the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, Zerouati said that there are several types of taxes related to the environment, including the tax on the destocking of special hazardous industrial waste as well as the tax on petroleum products and plastic bags.

In this respect, the minister cited the tax on plastic bags which will rise to DZD200/kg as part of the finance bill 2020.

Zerouati pointed out that the tax on plastic bags has increased four times since its institution.

The increase in the tax on plastic bags per kilogram remains “insignificant,” considering that the kilogram is equivalent, according to the estimations, to 1,000 plastic bags, she said, adding that the raising of the tax aims to reduce the use of these bags.

Several units specialized in the plastic industry are working “illegally,” she said.

Concerning the tax revenues on plastic bags, Zerouati said that they will be paid in the national environment fund, as well as the local authorities’ funds and the Public Treasury.


 

In a question on abandoning the use of plastic bags, the minister said that the operation was done progressively.  

Acknowledging “the difficulty” of replacing the small companies specialized in the manufacturing of plastic, created in the 1990s as part of the micro-credit mechanism, she said that the consultations are underway with these companies to manufacture paper bags.  

On this occasion, the minister announced the launch, as from 21 September, coinciding with the World Cleanup Day, of a month of campaign against plastic waste, involving governors, civil society, economic companies and the concerned sector to ensure its success.

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

ALGIERS- Head of State Abdelkader Bensalah on Sunday convened the electoral body for the presidential election, set to be held on December 12th.  

Bensalah, in an address to the nation, said that "in line with his constitutional prerogatives, he has decided to set the date of the presidential election for 12 December 2019," noting that "it's time for everybody to put the higher interests of the nation above any other considerations," as this is about the future of our country and our children."

"In accordance with the constitutional and legislative provisions," the head of State said he signed today, Sunday, a presidential decree convening the electoral body.

Bensalah called for "mobilization to make this event a starting point for our State's renovation process, to work jointly and effectively to make a success of this election as it will allow our people to vote for a new president meeting the legality requirements."

The new president, he added, "will guide the destiny of the country and fulfil the aspirations of our people."

The head of State stressed the importance of the presidential election, dubbing it a "unique opportunity" that is likely to build confidence in the country and pave the way for a promising period, in which our people may live a real democracy and a new reality.

Bensalah called Algerian citizens to participate, on December 12th, in building their country's history by making a good choice in the presidential election, for a better future, which had been the dream of their forefathers and fathers as well as their children's today."

In addition, the head of State said the two laws on the national independent authority for elections and the electoral system "have brought important, unprecedented, radical changes to the electoral process in our country."


See also: Head of State signs two organic laws on National Independent Authority for Elections, electoral system


The changes "come as a straight answer to the sceptics and as a response to the legitimate aspirations of our people for it will allow them to choose freely the president they want to lead the change and meet all their demands."

Those steps, Bensalah stressed, "show that the State is determined to go forward in carrying out the systematic change aspired by the Algerian people, "through the fight against corruption and impunity and the normal function of institutions through free and fair elections."

"Those gains and this positive development could not have been achieved without the extensive coordination between the various public institutions, the head of State said, expressing "appreciation and gratitude" to the members of the People's National Army, especially its high command, for the sincere and ongoing efforts to preserve the constitutional way and their commitment to accompanying our people on the path of change, favoring dialogue and insisting on the presidential election as a strategic goal."

Bensalah said the presidential election is "the only democratic viable solution," reiterating his commitment to "meeting all the conditions necessary for a free, fair and transparent presidential election."

Sunday, 15 September 2019

ALGIERS – Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah, Deputy Minister of National Defence, Chief of Staff of the People’s National Army on Wednesday in Constantine, voiced his certainty that the presidential election will be held within the "deadlines," thanks to the " people's good understanding of certain parties’ agendas, which bear no relation to the Algerians' interest."

 "To put the country back on the right path unavoidably requires the definition of priorities, and there is no doubt that the priority in such a situation is holding the presidential election within the established timeframes. Previously, we spoke about the need to accelerating the organization of the presidential election, but today we are absolutely confident that they will be held within the established timeframes, thanks to the people’s good understanding of the agendas of certain well-known parties, which bear no relation to the interest of the Algerian people," said Gaïd Salah in an orientation address during a meeting with the personnel of the 5th Military region.

 For him, "these agendas are dictated by parties hostile to Algeria, who make all the tendentious efforts to hinder the constitutional solution; namely the holding of presidential election."

On a visit to the 5th Military region, the Army chief inspected the units of the 1st Armored Division of Barika.

Gaid Salah stressed that, in a situation of crisis, these parties find themselves confronted with two options; "either to accept the result of the elections or stand aside from the popular choice, which they will never accept".

"This is why, he said, they look for a third option which may have unknown consequences and unpredictable repercussions."


 

This option which is nihilistic, sterile and without perspective makes Algeria security and stability exposed to "countless dangers," he said.

 The "People’s National Army faces these dangers with unchanging strength, determination and resolution. It faces them thanks to its noble missions, based on its constant compliance with the constitutional legality…"

In this regard, the Lieutenant General reassured the Algerian people about the "huge" capabilities that the Army possesses and will use to serve the nation and the people.

 "The Algerian people should be fully confident that their army will continue to support them throughout the national territory, and throughout such a sensitive phase to allow the holding of presidential elections in peace and serenity," he concluded.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

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