Interior Minister, Noureddine Badoui and his French counterpart Gérard Collomb, will inaugurate a meeting of the Algerian governors of the Republic with their French counterparts at the Palais des Congrès, Abdellatif Rahal, to discuss three issues, led by the management of crises and major risks, and the local governance in the areas of regional attractiveness and economic development.
Interior Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday that, “In the context of the decentralized exchange and cooperation between the two ministerial departments of the Algerian and French Interior Ministries, under the joint presidency of the Interior and Local Communities Minister, Noureddine Badoui, and the Minister of State and Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, a meeting will be held by Algerian governors and their French counterparts.”
“The meeting will be an opportunity to enrich and strengthen the relationships of mutual exchange between the two ministerial departments with regard to local governance in the fields of attractiveness of the region and economic development, management of the major urban centers and the conduct of crises and major risks.”
In addition to the meeting of the Algerian and the French governors, the French Interior Minister, Gerard Collomb, will hold talks with the Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, and Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments, Mohamed Issa, in the context of “activating the close partnership between the two countries, especially in security issues, counter terrorism and the immigration file”.
“Decentralized cooperation agreements between regional groups between Algeria and France have doubled, moving from 7 agreements in 1989 to 13 in 1999, while more than 50 cooperation agreements that concluded between the Algerian and French regional groups at all institutional levels on a variety of topics such as urban governance, environmental protection, local governance, cultural exchanges and youth.”
For example, there was a “cooperation between the Annaba city (eastern Algeria) and the urban society of Dunkerque, Setif province and the city of Lyon, between Adrar and the General Council of Gironde, and beween Alggiers and the municipality of Paris and between the municipality of Oran and the municipality of Bordeaux.”
The principle of decentralized cooperation between the Algerian and French government actors is governed by the Law No. 11-10 of June 22, 2011 and No. 12-07 of February 21, 2012, respectively on municipal and state law,.
This support was strengthened by the framework document of the partnership that was signed between the parties in 2007 to facilitate contracts and cooperation projects and twinning between the regional groups of the two countries, and it was agreed to renew this commitment for 2013-2017″.
At a press conference that was held by Noureddine Badaoui at the time, he said that Algerian-French cooperation gives “good results”, adding that Algeria “wants to take advantage of the French gains and skills in the local communities so that the municipalities become productive of wealth.” “We are fully convinced of the added value this kind of cooperation can bring and that our communities and territories can benefit from it in mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty,” he said.