20 Years of Cooperation [Archives:1998/43/Local News]

October 26 1998

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Yemeni-Dutch development cooperation, the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Sanaa commissioned a series of photographs by the young Yemeni photographer Ms. Boushra Al-Mutawakel, which was exhibited in the Nuba Tower of the National Museum in Sanaa. The exhibition, held on the 24th October, was opened by Mr. Abdul-Qader Bajamal, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and H.E. Arend Meerburg, Ambassador of the Netherlands. 
The photographic exhibition shows only a selection of the wide range of activities where the Netherlands are involved in. For this occasion a brochure was made with an introduction by Ambassador Meerburg and Mr. Ahmed Sofan, Minister of Planning and Development. The exhibition was organized with active collaboration of the staff of the National Museum in Sanaa. 
The Dutch-Yemeni relationship dates back to the 17th century with the coffee trade through Mokha. An “Agreement on Technical Cooperation” between Yemen and the Netherlands was formalized in 1978. It constitutes the legal framework for the development cooperation. 
Over the years the Netherlands development cooperation with Yemen included many activities in different fields, like agriculture, culture, health and population, women in development, democracy and good governance, education and training, water and sanitation and the environment. The program also involves many small-scale local activities.