Algeria opens its doors to Dutch businesses

Algeria is interested in working more closely with the Netherlands on economic matters. Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen noted this on Thursday in Algiers, where she is on a visit with a delegation of Dutch businesses. There are currently just a small number of Dutch companies active in Algeria. ‘It’s not the easiest market to gain a foothold in,’ said the minister. ‘That’s why we’re here: to establish contacts and tear down trade barriers. All the meetings I’ve had here have shown that Algeria wants to open its doors to our businesses.’

Opportunities

Ms Ploumen has entered into an agreement with the Algerian government on a strategic partnership to enhance mutual trade. She also expressed her support for Algeria’s efforts to join the World Trade Organization. Algeria offers a great many opportunities for Dutch companies, in areas such as maritime infrastructure, agriculture and horticulture. ‘Algeria has a thirst for knowledge and technology,’ Ms Ploumen said. ‘Companies that build sustainable greenhouses can do business here, as can experts in the fields of water management and cattle breeding.’

Energy

The minister views Algeria as an important country, in a tumultuous region. ‘We have wide-ranging relations with Algeria, and our countries share many interests,’ she said. Strengthening our economic ties will allow us to work together better on issues like security and energy.’

During her visit, Ms Ploumen met with the foreign minister, as well as the trade, energy and agriculture ministers. She expressed her appreciation for Algeria’s efforts to contribute to peace and stability in Mali. She was also briefed on human rights, migration and the position of women in Algeria. Ms Ploumen also opened a trade forum for companies from both countries and visited state-owned oil and gas company Sonatrach.