The Netherlands and Algeria join forces in energy and horticulture

Algeria and the Netherlands will extend their partnership in the horticulture and energy sectors. This is the result of talks between Minister Verhagen from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and his Algerian counterpart, Minister Yousfi, which took place in The Hague on Wednesday, 23 November 2011.

Top sectors

Horticulture and energy are two of the nine designated top sectors of the Dutch economy. As such, they can count on government support in promising foreign markets. The Netherlands is the fourth-largest destination for Algerian exports, at 2.3 billion Euros annually. Dutch exports to Algeria amount to 400 million Euros.

Algerian students in the Netherlands

The two ministers agreed to study the possibility of large-scale horticulture projects in Algeria. Algeria would also like to see an increase in the number of students attending Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands. Algeria and the Netherlands will expand their partnership on sustainable energy. Dutch companies with expertise on generating sustainable energy have been active in Algeria for a number of years now.

Terminal for liquefied natural gas

Minister Yousfi visited the new LNG terminal at the Maasvlakte near Rotterdam. Algeria is a major producer of natural gas and can become an important supplier of liquefied natural gas. The Netherlands strives to become a key location for the transport, storage, and trade of this form of natural gas.