Over the last three years, Chile has been taking important steps to strengthen its relations with Africa, creating opportunities for political dialogue, trade and cooperation.
A key element of Chile's approach in its Africa strategy, have been the seminars for development cooperation, which have taken place in South Africa, Kenya, Algeria and Mozambique. These seminars have been aimed at furthering mutual knowledge and building closer relations with African countries, creating cooperative ties in sectors where we have common interests and good experiences in specific sectors.
The Algiers Seminar was held on June 30 and July 1, 2008, convening representatives from the Maghreb countries (Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania and Tunisia) and the Sahelian countries (Burkina Faso, Mali and Senegal).
The Chilean representation was headed by the Director of Africa and the Middle East of the Foreign Ministry, who was accompanied by representatives of PROCHILE, MIDEPLAN, FOSIS, JUNAEB and the UNDERSECREATRY OF FISHERIES.
In this meeting organized by the Embassy in Algiers, the Chilean social development policy in its various aspects was put forward, as well as export promotion, fishery policies and possibilities of cooperation in mining and energy. As a result of this seminar, contacts with politicians became stronger and African countries mentioned some specific sectors were they would be interested in receiving cooperation from Chile.
This was the first time our country carried out an event of this kind, bringing together, simultaneously, representatives of Maghreb and Sahelian countries.