China and Algeria have embarked on a comprehensive initiative to construct an expansive railway network spanning 6,000 kilometers within Algeria, marking a milestone in the nation’s drive for socio-economic advancement. Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has lauded this endeavor as a pivotal stride towards propelling the country’s progress on multiple fronts.
President Tebboune, in a recent interview with national media representatives, emphasized the pivotal role of strengthening the railway sector in driving development. He noted that “our Chinese friends have agreed to this project, which will cover a distance of around 6,000 km.” The project aims to facilitate the efficient utilization of mineral resources, stimulate trade, and invigorate economic growth across Algeria.
The ambitious railway undertaking forms a part of the broader cooperation between China and Algeria under the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI, a comprehensive initiative proposed by China, seeks to enhance global trade and connectivity through extensive infrastructure development.
A member of the Algerian parliament highlighted the project’s significance, as it will receive support from Chinese technical expertise and construction capabilities. This initiative is anticipated to interconnect cities and regions across Algeria while also laying the groundwork for economic expansion in various African nations.
Said Hamsi, an Algerian MP, underscored the mutually beneficial nature of the partnership, stating that “China views Algeria as a gateway to Africa. It’s a win-win partnership for both sides. This is the spirit of the Belt and Road Initiative and Algeria’s development plan. Algeria views China as a trusted partner.” Hamsi’s comments came during an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN).
Economist Karim Allam echoed the sentiment, expressing his conviction that the extensive railway project would catalyze significant economic growth and job creation within Algeria. Allam emphasized President Tebboune’s intention to entrust the project to Chinese partners due to their experience and expertise in the field. Acknowledging China’s standing as the world’s second-largest economic power, Allam anticipates that the development of 6,000 kilometers of railway infrastructure will propel Algeria towards remarkable economic expansion.
The announcement of this partnership has garnered a positive response from Algerian citizens, with many expressing optimism about the opportunities it will generate. An Algerian student named Riyadh affirmed, “As an Algerian student, I’m very optimistic about this project that will create endless opportunities.” Another citizen, Abdel Kader, emphasized the transformative potential of the railway network: “This railway project between Algeria and the People’s Republic of China will be very important for all Algerian citizens. It will make life easier for everyone.”
President Tebboune’s declaration followed his recent state visit to China, where the two nations solidified their cooperation through the signing of numerous agreements spanning sectors such as aerospace, agriculture, energy, railway transportation, science, and technology.