Second session of Algeria-Netherlands Joint Cooperation Commission


ALGIERS, March 8 (AE&B) --The second session of Algeria-Netherlands Joint Cooperation Commission will take place in The Hague on Wednesday, said Monday the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.   The session will be co-chaired by Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ramtane Lamamra and his Dutch counterpart Bert Koenders. The two delegations will assess bilateral cooperation and examine means and ways to strengthen and diversify it.                                                                                                                                                                                               The two sides will also exchange views on many regional and international issues of common interest.  This session will be preceded by a meeting of experts and an Algerian-Dutch business forum on 7 and 8 March, said the statement.                                     The session will culminate in the signing of a cooperation agreement in the field of agriculture (plant protection and quarantine) and a memorandum of understanding in renewable energy.                                                                                                                                           During his visit, Lamamra will be received by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.  He will also hold discussions with Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade, Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen and Minister for Migration Klaas Dijkhoff.

In 2015, the Netherlands was Algeria's fifth trading customer and its 12th supplier.  Algeria's exports to the Netherlands totalled US$ 2.281 billion (6.04% of its overall exports), while its imports from the Netherlands hit US$ 922 million (1.8% Algerian overall imports) in 2015.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            In January 2016, the Netherlands was Algeria's fourth trading customer as its exports to the Netherlands totalled US$ 179 million.


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