UK-Algeria High-Level Business Briefing

EVENT SYNOPSIS 

On 21st January we welcomed a full room of delegates for the UK-Algeria Business Briefing in the margins of the UK Africa Investment Summit.

The event was opened by HE Abderrahmane Benguerrah, Algerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom and HME Barry Lowen, British Ambassador to Algeria who announced 2020 as a historic year in both countries for stability and development.  

Lord Risby, British Prime Minister’s Envoy for Algeria and Agli Sami, President of FCE, emphasised the importance of mobilising the private sector and the government’s role in supporting sustainable economic growth. Lady Olga Maitland, ABBC, closed the opening session highlighting how the UK and Algeria have a strong win-win partnership.  

HE Ferhat Ait Ali, Minister of Industry and Mines, delivered the keynote speech revealing Algeria as the gateway to Africa.

Session 1 explored Algeria’s exciting investment potential due to new institutional frameworks and tax allowances that create a competitive and attractive business climate. Discussions with Chief Executives of Sonatrach and Sonelgaz highlighted the countries’ ambition to create innovative solutions to overcome hydrocarbon dependency.

In Session 2 examined Nancer Mohellegi, Director General for Investment, Ministry of Industry and Mines emphasised the importance of access to industry finance. This was followed by Yassine Bouhara, Chairman, Tell Group who explained why Algeria should be a popular destination for the private sector; its connectivity, rapid growth and renewed institutional support.

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors: Petrofac, 123PayEasy, Powertraveller, BP, Tell Group and Oxford Business Group.

 

PROGRAMME 

9:00-9:30 - Registration and Welcome Refreshments 

9:30-10:00 - Opening Remarks 

HE Abderrahmane Benguerrah, Algerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom 
HME Barry Lowen, British Ambassador to Algeria
Lord Risby, British Prime Minister’s Envoy for Algeria
Agli Sami, President, FCE - Algi Sami, FCE, Presentation.ppt
Lady Olga Maitland, ABBC

10:00 – 10:15 – Keynote Speech

HE Ferhat Ait Ali, Minister of Industry and Mines, Government of Algeria   

10:15 – 10:20 – A Series of Algerian Engagements

Atam Sandhu, Chief Executive, DMA

10:15-11:15 - Session 1: Economic Overview 

Chair: Adil Kurt-Elli, Ex-Head of Emerging Markets, HSBC

Kamel-Eddine Belatreche, Secretary General, Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy
Kamel Eddine Chikhi, Chief Executive, Sonatrach - Sonatrach Presentation.ppt
Chaher Boulakhras, Chief Executive, Sonelgaz - Sonelgaz Presentation.ppt

11:15-12:15 - Session 2: Investment-Ready Projects

Chair: Adil Kurt-Elli, Ex-Head of Emerging Markets, HSBC

Nancer Mohellegi, Director General for Investment, Ministry of Industry and Mines - Nancer Mohellegi Presentation.ppt
Sihem Medani, Director, Ministry of Environment and Renewable Energy
Yassine Bouhara, Chairman, Tell Group - Tell Group Presentation.ppt

12:15-12:30 - Closing Remarks 

Lord Risby, British Prime Minister’s Partnership Envoy for Algeria

HE Abderrahmane Benguerrah, Algerian Ambassador to the United Kingdom 

12:30 - 13:30 - Networking Lunch 

 

 

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