Algerian Delegation to Attend SPIEF 2023
Advisor to the President of the Russian Federation Anton Kobyakov met in Moscow with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Algeria to Russia Smail Benamara.
During the meeting, the parties discussed expanding commercial and economic cooperation between Russia and Algeria, joint infrastructure projects, strengthening cooperation in education and culture, and Algeria’s participation in major international projects: the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum and the Russia–Africa Economic and Humanitarian Forum to be held in St. Petersburg on 26–29 July. Russia and Algeria are also working closely together as part of OPEC+ and the Gas Exporting Countries Forum.
Kobyakov emphasized the noticeable strengthening of multifaceted strategic cooperation between the countries: “Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries, and we can say with all certainty that the bonds of friendship and cooperation between our countries and peoples have stood the test of time. The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria has proven itself a reliable partner. I am sure that the Algerian delegation’s upcoming participation in SPIEF will facilitate further all-encompassing Russian-Algerian cooperation”.
One important task involves increasing and diversifying trade between the countries. Algeria has been one of Russia’s most important trading partners in Africa for many years now. As of the end of 2022, Algeria ranked third in terms of trade turnover among Russia’s African partners, though great potential still remains for further commercial and economic interaction.
“It means a lot to us that our Russian partners also attach such importance to our delegation’s attendance at the Forum and that they would like to further develop relations between Russia and Algeria. We will do everything we can to accelerate mutually beneficial projects,” Benamara said.
The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum will take place on 14–17 June 2023 at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg.