Algeria negotiations with WTO omitting national sovereignty issues

Algeria access to WTO raises controversy

Algeria negotiations with WTO omitting national sovereignty issues

El Khabar, 21 april 2008

The negotiations between the World Trade Organization, WTO, and Algeria, have neither approached the national sovereignty issues, nor the audiovisual sector opening, said Mr. Said Djelab, a member of the Algerian negotiators, while the controversy related to the expense of Algeria access to the WTO, is still underway, according to the General Secretary of the Minister of Trade, Mr. Khiredine Dahmani.
Intervening in a press conference held at the Senate headquarters, the UN Trade and Development Coordinator has indicated that some laws concerning importation are not in line with the current ones adopted by the WTO members.
In his turn, the private secretary of the Minister of Trade, Mr. Khiredine Dahmani, said the controversy arisen now in Algeria, is dealing with the expense of Algeria’s access to the WTO, such an expense could not be assessed by the Government, so Algeria will adhere to this organization without evaluating the shortfalls likely to affect its economy.
Moreover, Mr. Said Djelab added that Algeria has sealed agreements with 5 countries among the 16 countries, during the bilateral negotiations with these countries. The main countries, who hesitate concluding an agreement with Algeria, are the U.S, and the E.U.

 

21-04-2008
By S.B / Translation Section