Algerian PM presents Gov't plan of action to Upper House

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-25 23:39:08|Editor: yan
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ALGIERS, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia on Monday presented the government's plan of action (POA) to the Council of the Nation (Upper House) in a plenary session, official Algeria Press Service news agency reported.

Ouyahia unveiled several measures the government will take after the approval of the plan from parliament.

He pointed out that the country is facing harsh financial situation, such as the declining foreign exchange reserves, increasing unemployment rate and bankruptcies of more companies.

He said the government will announce all privileges granted to investors in the country. The government will support every municipality that needs to build economic zone on its soil.

The government stressed the importance of giving priority to national products in public transactions and encouraging them to fortify the national market.

This plenary session of the council, chaired by President of the Council Abdelkader Bensalah, will be followed by a two-day general debate, during which the prime minister will answer questions from members of the Council of the Nation on Wednesday.

The POA focuses on several fundamental issues, including consolidation of democracy, preservation of social achievements, a diversified economy free from oil dependence, preservation of security, stability and unity of the country and the pursuit of a dynamic diplomacy.

The government's plan, which aims to promote President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's social development program, was passed by a majority of the People's National Assembly (Lower House) last Thursday. 341 members of the parliament supported the plan, 64 voted against and 13 abstained.

The POA will still need approval from the Council of the Nation before going into effect.