The President of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Abdelkader Gouri announced a forthcoming meeting on Thursday at the Palace of Exhibitions in Algiers with the Minister delegate in charge of Foreign Trade Aissa Bekkai, to discuss the content of the differential agreements and foreign trade agreements signed by Algeria with the European Union, the Arab Free Trade Area and Tunisia.
To this end, the results of the implementation of these agreements will be evaluated over the past years by monitoring their shortcomings and how to review them during the next stage.
The latter stressed: “We will seek to cancel the concessions for anyone who rejects Algerian goods or imposes obstacles on their entry into their own territory”.
Mr. Gouri said in a statement to “Echorouk” that it is time to overhaul all what is included in the agreements signed with the Arab countries, the European Union and Tunisia, especially since these countries have major advantages in the Algerian market, notably by enabling their goods to enter the region and benefit from a few customs exemptions, while Algerian products do not have the same advantages in their markets and collide with several obstacles, making them prevented from having a foothold in the markets of these countries.
Mr. Gouri added: “We will discuss the file with all its details with the Minister in charge of Foreign Trade, and in the presence of businessmen and economic dealers, and we will strive with all our strength to make these agreements more balanced”.
The President of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry explained that the review is not limited to the European Union only, although the latter floods the Algerian market with its products, and in return places barriers, obstacles and strict standards in front of Algerian products, but also a number of Arab countries, so the partnership agreements with them, he said, did not help Algeria in anything, as major losses were incurred by the procedures of customs exemption, as well as the differential agreement with Tunisia, whereby the other side will be frank with the necessity of granting facilities to Algerian goods, or they will be deprived of the privileges that they enjoy in the Algerian market.
Our interlocutor wondered about the reason for Tunisia’s import of potatoes from foreign countries at a time when the Algerian potatoes are refused entry into Tunisia, stressing, “All these matters should be reviewed and tomorrow these agreements will be implemented letter by letter and article by article.
As for the upcoming program of the Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry during the next stage, Mr. Gouri explained that a general assembly will be prepared any time soon, in which exhibitions and show-rooms will be duly organized shortly inside and outside the country.