On September 22nd, 2015, Employers of Poland hosted an official government delegation from Algeria, led by the Ministry of Industry and Mining, Mr. Abdeslam Bouchouareb. Delegates were greeted by President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski and Executive Vice President Rafał Baniak. The meeting was also attended by, among others, the Ambassador of Algeria in Poland, Mr. Salah Lebdioui and Director of the Department of Promotion and Bilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy Wojciech Pobóg-Pągowski.
Participants of the meeting discussed the current situation of tripartite dialogue in both countries and the exceptional Polish economic performance in recent years and the possibility of transferring some of the good, Polish solutions to Algeria. Minister Bouchouareb stressed that a lot has changed in Algeria since the turbulent years of the turn of the century and now the country is amongst the leaders of the continent and a gateway to the whole region of North Africa. What's more, despite the country’s strong historical links with France and the area of the francophone culture, currently this is not the main direction for entrepreneurs from Algeria – they are looking for an equal partner in Europe, such as Poland, to establish broad cooperation and learn from the lessons and experience of our economic transformation.
President Malinowski noted that he is pleased by the growing cooperation between Polish and Algerian companies in the mining and energy sectors, but also added that we should constantly search for opportunities to extend the joint activity in new areas of the economy – such as investment and cooperation in the area of innovation – especially taking into account our access to the European Funds.
Everybody agreed on the fact that the state and the administration should only open the door to the market and should not impose any excessive regulations on business activity. Ambassador Lebdioui pledged to the continued work on development of economic cooperation between the two countries, also in the aforementioned areas which so far were not considered to be promising.