|| issue 6, year XIX, 2012
H.E. AHMED BOUTACHE, AMBASSADOR OF THE PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF ALGERIA
Interview by Valentin Kostov
AFRICAN AMBASSADORS MEET THE PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA
The Bulgarian president Rosen Plevneliev and the African ambassadors discussed the ways of encouraging the bilateral relations between Bulgaria and the countries in Africa.
ALGERIA'S TURBULENT PAST, PEACEFUL PRESENT AND BRIGHT FUTURE
In the 16th century, Algeria became part of the Ottoman Empire. In 1830, France invaded the country. To free their homeland from French colonial rule, the Algerians founded the National Liberation Front (FLN) in 1954. Independence was declared on 5th July 1962. Ahmed Ben Bella, a prominent FLN leader, became independent Algeria's first president. In 1988, the Algerian government embarked on a series of reforms, to respond to mass protests. In 1999, Abdelaziz Bouteflika was elected president of Algeria.
50 YEARS OF ALGERIA - BULGARIA BILATERAL RELATIONS
After a decade of relative stagnation, the bilateral dialogue between Algeria and Bulgaria was renewed in late 1990s. The 2007 and 2011 sessions of the Intergovernmental Committee for Economic, Commercial, Scientific, and Technological Cooperation, the exchange of high level visits and cultural cooperation between the two countries gave a new start to bilateral relations. Several bilateral agreements between Algeria and Bulgaria have been signed and others are being finalized.
ALGERIA RANKS AMONG THE 5 BEST DEVELOPED ECONOMIES IN AFRICA
Algeria is one of the biggest oil producers in the world. The oil industry is the main source of revenue for the country. Algeria has a very low external debt and a small deficit. The country's inflation rate is one of the lowest in the Arab World. Annual growth is about 4-5 percent. The country offers very attractive opportunities to foreign investors.
LEADING ALGERIAN COMPANIES
Europe 2001 Magazine presents leading companies in the Algerian economy.
ALGERIA'S MINERAL WEALTH
Algeria is rich in resources other than oil and gas such as ores and phosphates. According to some experts, many of Algeria's mineral deposits are located in remote areas lacking adequate transport infrastructure and have thus remained unexploited. The Algerian government has undertaken a sustained effort to develop the mining sector to its full potential.
ALGERIA: THE COUNTRY AND ITS NATION
Over the centuries, Algeria has been invaded by different ethnicities. The Arabs and Berbers are those that form the Algerian population today. Currently, the country is facing the challenges of the 21st century: the struggle for economic diversification, better infrastructure and lower unemployment.
ALGERIA - THE MED'S COMING HOLIDAY HOTSPOT
Situated in the heart of North Africa, Algeria is an attractive tourist destination. The Algerian government is keen to promote Algeria's image abroad and develop the tourist industry. Here is a short list of places worth sightseeing: Algerian national parks, Beni Hammad Fort, the Great Mosque of Tlemcen, the Roman ruins of Djemila, Timgad and Tipasa, the Casbah and the stunning Algerian beaches.
ALGERIAN SITES ON UNESCO'S WORLD HERITAGE LIST
Seven Algerian sites are included in UNESCO's World Heritage List. Here is a short description of each of them. The Tassili n'Ajjer mountain range is famous for its prehistoric rock art. The Roman ruins of Tipasa, Timgad and Djemila are of particular interest. Beni Hammad Fort, also called Al Qal'aa of Beni Hammad, was once a fortified Muslim city. The M'zab Valley is known for its small towns with ancient mosques. The Casbah - the old part of Algiers - offers a walk through the past of Algeria.
THE CITIES OF ALGERIA
Algiers is a megalopolis offering many opportunities of sightseeing, of which the Casbah, the city's famous old part, is a particularly worth visiting.
Constantine is one of the world's oldest cities. Situated on a cliff, the city was once a military fortress.
Annaba is a typical Mediterranean city and a famous tourist destination.
Oran is the second largest economic hub of Algeria and a university center.
The cities and towns in the Sahara Desert are oases, perfectly suitable for normal life. Locals still respect the old customs.
GhardaГЇa is a settlement in the M'Zab Valley.
THE MUSE IN THE ALGERIAN ART BETWEEN THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES
This is a story about the best Algerian artists and their masterpieces.
The text is about foreign artists having drawn inspiration from the beauty of Algeria.
Algeria is a country where handicrafts are a flourishing activity. They vary across regions and are influenced by European, African and Oriental cultures.
NATIONAL ALGERIAN CUISINE
The national cuisine of Algeria was formed by the different ethnicities, which inhabited this area. Couscous is certainly the most famous Algerian dish and a national pride. Here is the menu of H.E. Ahmed Boutache and Mrs. Fatima Boutache: lamb soup with green grits, pasta with chicken and zucchini sauce, homemade anise bread, lamb Tajin with apples and plums and a dessert, called "El Fakhur".
FAMOUS PEOPLE FROM ALGERIA
SOUHILA BEL BAHAR
MOHAMED RACIM -
A MASTER OF ALGERIAN MINIATURE
Mohamed Racim is a famous Algerian artist. He was born on 24th June 1896 of a family of famous artists. In 1914 the popular artist Etienne - Nasreddine Dinet noticed the work of Racim. Only 5 years later, Racim staged his first exhibition. At the age of 37, he was awarded the Grand Prix des Beaux Arts de l'Algérie.
During the independence war, many writers and poets contributed to the affirmation of Algerian identity. Modern Algerian literature is focused on the problems of Algerian society. In the last decade, many writers fought for the freedom of expression in Algeria.
LITART PRESENTS: ALGERIAN MASTERS OF THE NOVEL
ATELIER PRESENTS: ELIZA KOVACHEVA AND HER PAINTINGS
By: Dotchka Kisiova-Gogova
MEETING WITH THE ARTISTS SEVERINA AND VLADIMIR CONEVSKI
By: Ognyan Stamboliev
|Translated by Ilina Vasileva