Economy News [Archives:2001/46/Business & Economy]

November 12 2001

Grant for Financing Underground Waters Signed
A grant for financing a study related to underground water projects and retaining soils was signed at the Ministry of Planning & Development. The USD 331,750 grant, given by the Government of Japan and the International Development Association (IDA), aims at developing the pipe irrigation system, retaining soil, and training the workers needed to explore water resources.
446,000 Permanent Civil Servants
According to the last survey update conducted by the Ministry of Civil Service and Pensions, the total number of civil servants working at the different governmental departments totaled 446,000 permanent employees and 14,880 employees on a temporary contract basis. Dr. Abdulwahab Raweh, Minister of Civil Service, disclosed in a press conference that highly-qualified employees do not exceed 14% of the total number of government employees, while holders of high school certificates and lower levels represent the majority of government’s employees, i.e. 86%. He also noted that the number of the retired civil servants in 2000/2001 reached 17,000.
Yemeni-Jordanian Trade Exchange Discussed
The Joint Yemeni-Jordanian Committee agreed during its meeting in Sana’a on working out a mechanism for implementing the land transportation agreement signed between the two countries in 1995. During the meeting, mechanisms for enhancing and activating trade exchange through land and sea outlets were also discussed.