Fighting corruptionGerman experience to help Yemen [Archives:2005/808/Business & Economy]

January 17 2005

Yemen will get help from German experiences for fighting corruption. It comes after a German delegation conducted discussions with the Yemeni side in the Higher Committee for Combating Corruption COCC.

The talks focused on supporting the coordinative capabilities of the COCC.

Ali Mohammed al-A'nsi, director of the residency office, the deputy chairman of the COCC and protection of public property, said corruption is a “development-killing octopus and an enemy having no features. It changes its colour and forms and places as well as it has a world identity and has no specific homeland.”

On their part, the minister of civil service and securities Hamoud Khalid al-Soufi Mr Abdulmalik al-Ma'lami, minister of communications and information technology and Dr Abdullah al-Sanafi, head of the central apparatus of monitoring and auditing, affirmed the necessity of developing institutional mechanisms to monitor and fight corruption.

The consultative meeting was chaired by al-A'nsi and included a number of ministers, parliament members and officials.

Prime minister Abdulqder Bajammal noted,” We have to go further. The topic of decentralization is an essential and a major one and it goes directly in the direction of destroying corruption as a direct task. Those who stick to a big group of authorities in the center would have an evil intention.”

The government policy of restructuring some ministries aims at encircling of corruption on administrative and financial machinery.

There is also a plan and intention to by the Yemeni government to merge some ministries and establishments and to cancel function of some establishments or adding them to other establishments.

The Yemeni government also believes that economic reforms are directed against corruption.

An example of that is wheat. It has become diversified and there are no less than 11 types of wheat available in the market and importation of rice in Hadramout has dropped by around 30-40%, although Hadramout is a major consumer of rice.

That is because others have been prevented from smuggling this commodity to external markets.