Understanding Algeria to create real value for societyTo improve quality of life for all Algerians alike, overpopulation and high unemployment are some of the main challenges that have to be addressed. We have been investing in the Algerian economy, education system and infrastructure to help the country move toward a bright, sustainable future.
Considerable progress has already been made: According to the United Nations, human development is highest in Algeria compared to all other countries on the African continent. Life expectancy at birth is around 75 years, owed in large part to an above-average health system that has been providing free medical care since the 1970s. Education is generally accessible, and economically, Algeria is in a position of strength based on its large oil reserves.
Going forward, however, fluctuating oil prices, rising shale gas potential and climate change initiatives might impact Algeria’s export revenue (which is almost exclusively accounted for by hydrocarbons) and the country’s economic backbone. Algerian policymakers have already started responding to this new reality and launched reforms based on improving the business climate, opening up the economy to more trade and investment, accelerating access to finance and developing capital markets, and strengthening governance, competition, and transparency.
Improving social and economic welfare in Algeria will be driven by high-class skills development and by matching the skills produced by the education system to those needed by the private sector. In this respect, we play an important role by actively participating in the education and training of local talent. For example, we cooperated with the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research to launch a Master in Automation course at the University of Sciences and Technology Houari Boumediene (USTHB). Since its inception in 2014, more than 180 students have graduated from the course, 95 percent of which found a job within six months. Due to the program’s success, it has since been extended to the National Polytechnic School of Oran, and we are in talks with other Algerian universities as well.
On the level of our own operations, we support Algeria in facing the special challenges that come with the rapid urbanization along its densely populated coast. For instance, we led the consortium that built the first metro line in the country, making Algiers the second African capital after Cairo to have a metro system. And to help meet Algeria’s increasing energy demand in a sustainable manner, we delivered equipment for several state-of-the-art power plants. This includes Hassi R’Mel, one of the world’s most innovative combined cycle power plants, which generates electricity from solar energy and natural gas. In combination with numerous other power stations across the country equipped with Siemens products and solutions, it accounts for the electrification of millions of Algerian homes.
These are just some examples of how we use our engineering expertise to contribute to the economic and social well-being of the Algerian people. We will continue to work closely with research centers, universities and the government to improve people’s lives based on a real understanding of the challenges the country continues to face.
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Faster and more flexible productionDigitalization is dramatically transforming manufacturing. Both process and discrete industries are benefitting from seamless integration of data from product development, production and supply chain. This helps manufacturers to respond flexibly to the specific needs of their customers.
Satisfying individual customer demands and strengthening industry around the world
Competition for industrial enterprises is more intense than ever. Digitalization is putting manufacturing processes on a new track: Plants, products and machines will become more and more networked in an integrated value chain. The main challenges for discrete and process industry are the same: shorten time-to-market, increase flexibility and efficiency.
More and more customers today desire customized products that are affordable, and yet still manufactured to a professional standard and delivered in a timely manner. In order to fulfill these expectations, industrial manufacturers and SMEs must produce goods with a high degree of flexibility and manage the whole process from ordering, product development, production and delivery.
Siemens’ innovations enable manufacturers to upgrade to the latest digital product development and production methods. As a result, companies can significantly improve flexibility and speed, and thus increase customer satisfaction.
Energy! The elixir of our modern world. At home as well as at work. Residential and office buildings, industrial complexes and transport systems – all depend on a safe, clean and efficient energy supply.
Today’s energy markets are changing rapidly as a result of efforts to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and the growth of renewable energy sources. Alternative business models and innovative technologies are therefore essential to successfully transition to a new energy landscape.
It all begins with efficient energy production. Wind turbines on land and at sea, as well as turbines that convert energy from gas or coal into electricity – all must function at the highest possible degree of efficiency.
Delivering power requires low-loss and secure transmission and distribution systems. Intelligent networks will reliably integrate decentralized and fluctuating renewable energy supplies into the grid. Decentralized power plants and storage solutions will be connected together, creating virtual power plants that help stabilize the power grid. Finally, state-of-the-art control technology will boost the flexibility of power stations.
The lowest-priced energy is energy that is not needed. Therefore, energy-efficient technologies are key to reducing energy consumption in areas like buildings, production and transportation.