ALGIERS, April 29 (Xinhua) -- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal on Saturday visited a section of a highway in Algeria which is being constructed by a Chinese company, and praised the efficiency of the project.
The section being constructed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) is the entrance of the North-South Trans-Saharan Highway.
The 53-km-long entrance section links the towns of Chiffa and Berrouaghia in northern Algeria. It is regarded as the most difficult and complicated part of the whole highway due to the mountainous terrain.
Sellal expressed satisfaction with the project's high quality and the scientific management of construction. He also praised the Chinese workers for overcoming difficulties while working in mountainous areas and working hard day and night.
The prime minister said the North-South highway, linking the North African nation to Nigeria over a distance of more than 3,000 km, is vital for boosting the economies of Algeria and other African countries along the way.
He said he hoped the Algerian and Chinese sides can strengthen cooperation and complete the landmark project with a high standard.
The CSCEC has to build 14 bridges and two tunnels with each having a length of 2.4 km. The construction projects are due to be finished in 2018.