Emmanuel Macron, former French Minister of Economy and candidate for the upcoming presidential elections in France, wound up his two-day visit to Algeria on Tuesday. He was received by the Algerian authorities with honors and the high regard reserved to the heads of State.
Welcomed Monday upon his arrival at the Houari Boumedienne international airport of Algiers by the Minister of Industry and mines, Mr. Abdesselam Bouchouareb, visiting Emmanuel Macron was first received by Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, who explained that “Emmanuel comes as a friend”.
The leader of the movement “En Marche!” was subsequently received by Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal in person at the Premiership premises. Macron also met on Tuesday with the president of the Forum of the Heads of Enterprises (FCE), Ali Haddad.
Mr. Emmanuel Macron has not visited Algeria empty-handed. He explained his vision of how the partnership between Algeria and France should be buttressed and fostered if he were elected president.
A partnership based on three axes: education, culture and of course the economy, a major strategic aspect for France in its relations with Algeria, especially during the five-year term of President François Hollande.
The Macron project for the Franco-Algerian relationship is not particularly revolutionary, even though he pointed to two vital aspects which should be Algeria’s priority, namely the promotion of training and renewable energies,
Emmanuel Macron’s project however lacks, according to observers, concrete measures and is for the moment restricted to mere declarations of ‘intent’.
During his meeting Tuesday with Ali Haddad at the headquarters of the FCE in Algiers, the candidate for the 2017 French presidential elections highlighted the importance of further strengthening the partnership between Algeria and France in various sectors of activity.