KUALA LUMPUR, February 25, 2011 (Bernama) -- Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, will lead a trade and investment mission to Algiers, Algeria from February 26 until March 4, 2011. In a statement Friday, the ministry said the mission aimed to foster closer bilateral ties with the Algerian public and private sectors and to update the business community in the country on the current economic situation as well as trade and investment opportunities in Malaysia. It said the 27-member mission would promote Malaysia's products and services as well as strengthen business networking between Malaysian businesses and their Algerian counterparts. The ministry said a seminar on "Malaysia-Algeria business opportunities" would be held, involving private sectors from both countries. Business-matching sessions had been lined up for the delegation members to interact with the private sector in Algeria, it said. Algeria is Malaysia's 12th largest trading partner in Africa. Malaysia's trade with Algeria expanded over six-fold from US$24.96 million (US$1=RM3.02) in 2000 to US$158.20 million in 2010. In 2010, Algeria was Malaysia's sixth largest export market in Africa. Malaysia's major exports to Algeria in 2010 were processed food (24.9 per cent), electrical and electronic products (16.5 per cent), palm oil (14.1 per cent), other vegetable oil (12.8 per cent) and wood products (12.2 per cent).