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Embassy of India
Algiers

India-Algeria Bilateral Relations(As oon 25 October 2017)

Political Relations

The diplomatic relationship between India and Algeria was established in 1962, the year Algeria gained independence from colonial rule.  Since the beginning, the relations between the two countries have been warm and cordial. Both countries have been supporting each other on vital issues at bilateral and multilateral levels.

Important bilateral visits

  • * Hon'ble Vice President of India, Shri M.Hamid Ansari visited Algeria from 17 to 19 October 2016 accompanied by Mrs Ansari, Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers,  4 Members of Parliament  and seniors officials.

  • * Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi visited Algeria in 1973 to attend the NAM Summit,

  • * Prime Minister Shri Rajiv Gandhi visited Algeria in June 1985.

  • * President of Algeria ChadliBendjedid visited India in 1982, 1983 and 1987

  • * President Bouteflika of Algeria visited India on 24-29 January 2001 as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day Celebrations. 

  • * EAM visited Algeria in 2000 and Minister of P&NG  visited Algeria in 2007.  Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Jitin Prasad visited Algeria in May 2011 as Special Envoy of PM.

  • * Shri E. Ahamed, Minister of State for External Affairs visited Algeria on 17-18 April, 2013 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Algerian independence and to mark fifty years of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Algeria. 

  • * Smt Sushma Swaraj, EAM and Mr Abdelkader Messahe, Algerian Foreign Minister  discussed matters of mutual interest on the sidelines of UNGA on 23 September 2017.

  • * Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman,  Minister of State (IC) of Commerce & Industry led  Indian delegation for the 9th Session of the India-Algeria Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) for Economic Trade, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation held on 25-26 May, 2015 in Algiers.  Algerian delegation was led by Mr. BoudjemaTalai, Algerian Minister of Transport.

  • * Dr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State for Agriculture visited Algiers from July 11-13, 2015  as Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for delivering invitations for IAFS-III to be held in October 2015 in New Delhi to the Algerian President Bouteflika and the Foreign Minister Lamamra respectively.

  • * Minister of Trade BakhtiBelaib participated in the 3rd India-Africa Trade ministers' meeting in New Delhi, India on 23 October 2015.

  • * The Minister of Commerce BakhtiBelaïb, represented Algeria, on 27 October 2015  in New Delhi in the proceedings of the meeting of Foreign Ministers of the 3rd India-Africa Summit.

  • * Minister of Maghreb Affairs, the African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel represented Algeria in the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit Meeting held in New Delhi on 29 October 2015 on behalf of President Bouteflika.

  • * Dr Salah Khebri, Minister of Energy attended the 4th India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference in New Delhi inaugurated on 21 January 2016  by the Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas(I/C), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan. 

  • * Secretary, Petroleum and Natural Gas, K.D.Tripathi attended 15 International Energy Forum(IEF) Ministerial meeting on 27 and 28 September 2016.

  • * The 5th round of India-Algeria FOCs was held in New Delhi on 7 May, 2015. The Indian side was led by Shri Sandeep Kumar, JS (WANA), MEA.

  • * An Indian delegation led by S K Lohani, Joint Secretary, Department of Fertilizers, and comprising of  representatives of  Indian Bureau of Mines, National Fertilizers Limited, Rashtriya Chemical Fertilizers Limted, NMDC, Gujarat State Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited, and MEA visited Algeria from 18 to 22 December 2016 to discuss further cooperation in fertilizer sector.

  • * A 7-member delegation from Algerian department of atomic energy(COMENA) led by Mr. NasserddineDjeghri, Algerian Atomic Commissioner visited New Delhi from from 7 to 10 March 2017. They discussed the draft MOU in cooperation in peaceful uses of Atomic Energy on 8 and 9 March with 7 member MEA-DAE delegation led by Dr. Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (D&ISA), Ministry of External Affairs. The Algerian delegation visited Narora Atomic Power Station (NAPS) on 10 March.

  • * India-Algeria Parliamentary Friendship Group was established in 2008.  Two Young Algerian Parliamentarians visited India in March, 2013 under the “Leaders of Future” programme.   Mr. Ali Melaghsou, MP from the ruling party FLN, visited India from 8-15 March, 2014 under this programme.

  • * Mr Hamid Saidani, Senior Journalist of “Liberte” who was nominated to represent Algerian media in IAFS III Familiarization visit arranged by XP Division of the Ministry of External Affairs for IAFS III,  participated in Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s interaction with African journalists on 23 October 2015.

  • * The President of the Algerian Forum of Heads of Enterprises, Mr. Ali Haddad who was  appointed as Vice-President of the India- Africa Business Council represented the African Continent in the 3rdmeeting of this council that was held on 23 October 2015 in New Delhi during 3rd India-Africa Trade Ministers Meeting.

Bilateral Agreements

India has signed the following agreements with Algeria:

1.         Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement-Not ratified and still not operational
2.         Phytosanitary Agreement.
3.         Veterinary Sanitation Protocol Air Service Agreement
4.         Agreement between Press Trust of India and Algerian Press Service

  • Agreement on Cooperation in Small and Medium-scale Enterprises
  • Cultural Exchange Programme

7.         MoU of Foreign Office Consultations
8.         MoU between AIR and Algerian National Radio, and a MoU between  Doordarshan and Algerian National Television

Economic and Commercial Relations

Bilateral trade between India and Algeria had shown significant growth from US$ 55 million in 2001 to US$ 3.33 billion in 2011.  In 2016 it came down to US$ 1.374  billion, mainly due to fall in international oil prices coupled with fall in Algeria’s hydrocarbon exports to India and various measures taken by Algerian to curb imports due to falling revenues of the government.  India’s exports to Algeria in 2016 were US$ 0.920  billion and imports from Algeria was US $  0.510 billion.  There still remains a potential for further expansion of our exports as the imports from India constituted only 1.96% of Algeria’s total imports of US 46.727 billion  in 2016. 

 The following table provides statistical figures of India’s trade with Algeria over the previous 10 years: (US$ million)

 

2007

2008

2009

2010

'11

'12

'13

'14

'15

'16

June’17

Indian exports 442 755 805

772

1084 1101 1305 1196 1115

920

557

Algerian exports 958 1287 265 1565 2307 1067 815 626 259

510

475

Total 1400 2042 1070 2337 3391 2168 2120 1822 1374

1430

1032


Major import items from India
: Frozen bovine meat, chickpeas, milk powder, rice, spices, cashew nuts, Automobiles  spare parts, agricultural and industrial machinery and equipment, pharmaceuticals, mobile phones and accessories  and cosmetic products.

Majors export items to India: Oil, gas, lubricants and phosphate.

Indian companies in Algeria:

Public Sector:  Engineers India Ltd., and IRCON International Ltd. are executing projects related to their respective fields. Algerian Oil PSU. EIL signed an agreement with Sonatrach for study and assistance on revival of petrochemical unit in Skikda.

Private Sector: L&T, KEC International and Kalpataru are active in power transmission sector. Other companies like Vijay Electricals, an Indian company manufacturing power transformers, Dodsal Engineering and Construction FZE, Construction company Shapoorji Pallonji and.  Indian pharmaceutical companies like Zydus Cadila, Dabur, Sun pharma,  Cipla,  and Hetro Drugs are present in AlgeriaPharmaceutical companies like Pharmaccess are executing EPC projects for Algerian companies. Dodsal was awarded a contract of US $ 1.1. billion by Algerian Oil National company, Sonatrach

Recent bilateral events

India participated at the 48th Algerian International Fair on the invitation of the Government of Algeria, as “Guest of Honour” country which coincided with 9th JCM on 27 May 2015. The Indian Pavilion entitled “Salaam Namaste” was set up up in collaboration with FICCI where more than 70 Indian companies participated in the Fair. Mr. Abdelmalek Sellal, Algerian Prime Minister inaugurated the Indian Pavilion on 26 May 2015 alongwith Indian Minister of State for Commerce and Industry by lighting the ceremonial lamp and also witnessed together the performance of the Rajasthani Cultural Troupe.

A symposium on the topic “India- Algeria Trade Relations-Challenges and Opportunities ahead” organised by Embassy of India was held on 03 March 2016 at Hotel Hilton, Algiers which was attended by more than 60 persons including eminent Algerian and India Businessmen, senior officials from Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Ministry of Commerce.

13 Indian companies showcasing a wide variety of Plastics Machinery and Plastic raw materials, packaging materials participated in “Plast and Printpack Alger 2016”  Exhibition which took place in Algiers from 5-7 April 2016 at Safex(Exhibiton Centre), Algiers.

The Embassy of India participated in International Bazaar in Hotel Hilton on 21 May 2016 by putting up a stall for promotion of Indian Tea,

A 13-member CAPEXIL (Chemical and Allied Products exports promotion council) delegation from India comprising of Indian businessmen from Ceramics, granite, printed books, glass beads, rubber convyer belt companies visited Algeria from 27th to 31st August 2016.
            Three Algerian satellites (ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N) were successfully launched by Indian launch vehicle PSLV C-35 from Sriharikota on 26 September 2016

A Buyer-Seller Meeting(BSM) was organised by Plastics Exports Promotion Counci(Plexcouncil) of India on 7 November 2016 in Algiers

Twenty-Five Pharmaceutical companies participated in the annual Maghreb Pharma expo held from 8 to 10 November 2016 in Algiers.

Seven Indian companies participated in Equip Auto Fair 27 February-3 March 2017 in Algiers

Cultural

  • The performance of the famous Rajasthani “Sapera” Dance Group was witnessed and applauded warmly by the Algerian and international dignitaries during the inauguration of 48th Algerian International Fair from 26 May-2June 2015,  The Indian Pavilion “Salaam Namaste “ in the Fair attracted thousands of visitors from 27 May-02 June 2015,  who also enjoyed the performances of 7 member Rajasthani Sapera Dance Group and 3-member Puppet Group especially arranged for the occasion through ICCR.

  • A 13-member Bhangra and Gidda Dance group   performed on the occasion 61st Anniversary of Algerian Revolution to appreciative audience in places like Bord BouArreridj, Setif, Mila, Constantine and  Algiers  from 1 to 05 November 2015.

  • A five member dance group led Odissi Dancer Ms Radhika Samson enthralled the audience with their performances in Algiers, Oran, Constantine and Setif from 17 to 20 September 2017. The event was organized to commemorate 70th Anniversary of Independence of India and supported by Ministry of Culture of India and Algeria

Indian Community

Indian Diaspora in Algeria is very small.  There are about 3770 Indians  working in various projects and establishments serving the country, most of them technically skilled persons working on projects in remote areas. Only a handful of Indians live in the capital city of Algiers including some country heads of companies.

Useful resources

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