Algeria/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.2 Public actors and cultural diplomacy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is tasked with ensuring promotion of cultural cooperation with foreign governments [Presidential Decree n° 02-403 of 26 November, 2002, setting mandate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs]. Within the ministry, three Directorates are involved in the cultural field [Presidential Decree n° 08-162 of 2 June, 2008, related to the organization of central administration in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs]:

- the General Directorate of Protocol is in charge of issues related to cultural centers
- the Directorate of Ceremonies, Official Visits and Conferences
- the Directorate of Human Rights, Social Development and International Cultural, Scientific and Technical Affairs

Abroad, the ambassador promotes Algerian culture and initiates activities that would strengthen cultural relations in the host country. S/he seeks to ameliorate exchanges between institutions, organizations, and scientific and cultural establishments of the two countries [Presidential Decree n° 02-406 of 26 November, 2002, defining the tasks of Algerian ambassadors].

In every embassy abroad, a consular officer takes care of cultural affairs expected to promote Algerian culture, especially by participating in events focusing on Algeria’s cultural aspects [Presidential Decree n°02-407 of 26 November, 2002, defining the tasks of the heads of Algerian consular missions].

Chapter published: 03-05-2013