Government meeting: Five draft executive decrees, renewable energy programme

The government, in a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Noureddine Bedoui on Sunday, examined five draft executive decrees and listened to a briefing on the implementation of the national renewable energy programme, the Prime Minister office said in a statement.

"The government started the meeting by examining a draft executive decree amending and supplementing the executive decree 96-298 of 8 September 1996, on increasing school allowances, set in 1994 at DZD400, to DZD3000 for every child in the primary, intermediate and secondary education."

The provision has been approved and the prime minister ordered its immediate application in the school year 2019-2020. Nine million pupils benefit from the allowance. In addition, the prime minister has decided to "raise from DZD3000 to DZD5000 the school solidarity allowance, intended for deprived families, and to which three million pupils are eligible.

The government also examined and approved a draft executive decree on the creation of communal delegations in the communes of Constantine (431-km east of Algiers) and Oran (432-km west of Algiers).

It discussed another draft executive decree on the creation of a modern port platform for data interchange. The fifth draft executive decree examined by the government meeting was relating to the creation of a hospital specialized in neurology in Cherchell, province of Tipasa (70-km west of Algiers).

The last point on the meeting's agenda was a renewable energy programme. "Our country has developed an ambitious renewable energy programme by 2030," Bedoui said, urging for considering the current relevant approach.

"Our country will have to fulfill its international commitments to reduce to 7% greenhouse gas emission by 2030."

The prime minister instructed the government to take urgent measures to "speed up the installation of a body for renewable energy and energy efficiency before the end of September 2019. The body will have to "develop a national strategy for renewable energy and promote its use by all social groups."