Algeria and Japan—A relationship marked by a long history of friendship and a promising future


H.E. Mr. Mohamed El Amine Bencherif
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to Japan

As I officially started my service as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to Japan on April 28 2015, I am pleased to be given this opportunity to address the readers of this esteemed magazine. Through this message of friendship, I sincerely wish the Japanese people further progress and prosperity.

Algeria and Japan share excellent relations on political, economic, scientific and cultural sectors, which are all deeply rooted in history dating back to 1958 during the struggle of the Algerian people for independence. We received support from many Japanese friends who put down the milestones for a strong cooperation and enduring friendship.

Serving in Japan as the Ambassador of Algeria is surely a thrilling mission. It started with the launch of the new multiannual investment program (2015-2019), into which the Algerian government invested USD 260 billion. Priority is given to industry, agriculture and tourism infrastructure in order to diversify our national economy. Based on mutual interest—given the quality of Japanese products and their technology, which is widely trusted and appreciated—I am deeply convinced that Japanese companies will have a wide range of investment opportunities in Algeria through this program, and that their involvement will be a huge contribution to the development of the Algerian economy.

The political stability of Algeria and its growth potential should be a source of encouragement to Japanese businesses to come and invest in the country in order to benefit from different incentives put in place by the Algerian government for foreign investors. Besides the possibility of financing their projects by the local government, foreign investors also benefit from tax exemption for three years or six years respectively in the highlands and the south of Algeria with the possibility of transfer of dividends at any time. In fact, given the rapid growth of Algerian Japanese economic relations, it is important to further facilitate relations among scientific, technical and cultural fields. The deepening and intensification of bilateral relations, especially on economic and scientific fields, will be the core of my priorities as Ambassador of Algeria to Japan.

I seize this opportunity to pay tribute to many of our Japanese friends, who devote much of their time and energy for the promotion of our relationship and make Algeria, with its potential and cultural richness, a better-known country to the Japanese public.

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