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Algeria's population to reach 51m in 2030

Algerians shop at a busy market in Algiers, Algeria on 17 April 2012 [Magharebia/Flickr]
Algerians shop at a busy market in Algiers, Algeria on 17 April 2012 [Magharebia/Flickr]

Algeria's population will reach 51 million people in 2030, the Algerian Minister of Health, Population and Hospital Reform, Mokhtar Hasbellaoui, announced on Tuesday.

Speaking at the inauguration of a symposium which was held at Algeria's National Institute of Public Health, Hasbellaoui said that the country's total population was 41.7 million inhabitants on 1 July 2017, warning of greater "population needs".

Given the new demographic trends that the North African country is facing, Hasbellaoui called on the National Population Commission (NPC) to reconsider the population policy adopted by the government, and to work on adjusting its strategic objectives "in order to achieve a balance between the population growth and the country's economic and social development." It will also help attain the government's 2030 Social Development Goals (SDGs), he added.

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The minister urged NPC members to ensure that the "demographic transitions" are being considered within all government sector programmes.

The state committee, he added, should monitor and evaluate the implementation of the government recommendations at "regional and global levels" as well as improve the "multi-sectoral approach" for resolving the inhabitants' issues within the framework of the local development action plans.

On the occasion of the United Nation's World Population Day that was held under the theme of "Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing Nations", Hasbellaoui stressed on the importance of adopting "family planning" policies.

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