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New Zealand’s relations with Algeria are warm, but limited. Security concerns during the civil war (1991-2002) meant that New Zealand’s links with Algeria were minimal during that period. The return of politically stability in Algeria has led to an improvement in bilateral relations, most notably in the trade relationship. Algeria is now New Zealand’s largest export market on the African continent and our 20th largest export market overall.
New Zealand is currently part of the Accession Working Party that is looking at the accession of Algeria into the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Official Name -
People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria
Land Area - 2,381,741 square kilometres
Population - 36.3 million (2011 EIU estimate)
Capital City - Algiers
Language - Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects
Religion - Sunni Muslim (99%), Christian/Jew (1%)
Currency: - Algerian Dinar (DZD)
Exchange Rate - US$1 = DZD 74.8; NZ$1 = 62.0 (January 2012)
Political system - Republic
National government - Council of Ministers presided over by the prime minister, who is appointed by the president.
National legislature - Bicameral legislature; the lower house, the Assemblée populaire nationale, with 380 members, was first elected in June 1997, replacing the Conseil national de transition set up in May 1994; the upper house, the Conseil de la nation, which has 144 seats, was formed in December 1997, with two-thirds of its members elected through municipal polls and the remainder appointed by the President.
Last election - National elections May 17th 2007 (legislative); April 9th (Presidential); October 10th 2002 (provincial and municipal councils)
Next election due - Presidential: April 2014
Head of State - President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Head of Government - Council of Ministers
Key Ministers - Prime Minister: Ahmed Ouyahia; Deputy Prime Minister: Nourredine Yazid Zerhouni; Foreign Minister: Mourad Medelci; Defence Minister: President Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Main political parties - Front de libération nationale (FLN), previously the sole legal party; Rassemblement nationale démocratique (RND);Front des forces socialistes (FFS); Rassemblement pour la culture et la démocratie (RCD).
GDP - US$ 216.4 billion
Real GDP growth - 2.9%
Exports - US$76.86 billion
Imports -US$47.75 billion
Current account balance - US$18.93 billion
Gross external debt - US$ 3.50 billion
Inflation - 3.6%
NZ Exports (FOB) - NZ$500 million
Main Exports - Dairy products(99%)
NZ Imports (CIF) - NZ$0,0 million
Main Imports - N/A
 All figures are 2011 estimates taken from the Economist Intelligence Unit, Algeria country report, March 2012. All figures are taken from the Global Trade Atlas, December 2011.top of page
Algeria is an important destination for New Zealand’s export of dairy products, with trade in that sector having grown impressively over the last few years. There may scope to develop the trade relationship in other areas, notably telecommunications, education, specialised manufacturing and healthcare. The New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) office in Paris works with the New Zealand Embassy in Cairo to cover New Zealand’s trade relationship with Algeria.
There have been no ministerial visits from Algeria to New Zealand in recent years. From New Zealand, the former Minister of Trade, Hon Phil Goff, visited Algeria in January 2008.
The Safetravel website
provides a travel advisory for travellers to Algeria [external link].
Enquiries may be directed to Consular Division (telephone: +64 4 439 8000; e-mail: email@example.com; Facsimile: +64 4 439 8545).