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Algerian PM to youth: ‘Defeatists should not influence you’

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal

The youth in Algeria must work to develop and promote the country’s economy, the prime minister said yesterday, stressing that the government will continue to encourage projects which strengthen enterprises.

Speaking at the first “Small Enterprises, a Tool for the Diversification and Development of National Economy ” conference organised by the National Federation of Young Entrepreneurs, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said the state “will continue to bring its help to project holders and to strengthen the capacities of small enterprises, particularly those operating in the sectors of high added values such as information technologies and communication, the engineering industry and food-processing.”

He added that President Abdelaziz Bouteflika “has always called on youth to work for the development and promotion of national economy.”

The prime minister reaffirmed the “readiness of the government to go further in favour of a constructive vision, particularly through the introduction of special measures to ensure the liquidity of micro-enterprises and to promote their management.”

“We’re not going to give you money, we’re just going to help you bring in money for yourselves.”

Defeatists should not influence you, let nobody stop your pride and belonging to your country, Algeria. Your future is promising and you will be the artisans.

The Prime Minister went on to explain that the mechanisms such as the National Youth Employment Support Agency (ANSEJ) and the National Unemployment Insurance Fund (NACC) have funded a large number of initiatives and created two million jobs.

More than 190,000 micro-enterprises have been created by young university graduates and vocational training centres. “The performance of several young companies and their professionalism have aroused the interest of the operators and made it possible to realise important achievements in the production of goods and services in the framework of win-win partnership projects,” Sellal explained.

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