In Brief [Archives:2005/834/Local News]

April 18 2005

– A Yemeni security delegation is heading for the Thai capital Bangkok on Sunday, to participate in meetings of the 11th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice set to be held on April 18-25.

– Prime Minister Abdul-Qader Ba-Jammal has formed a committee to tackle overhaul performance of government universities, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research said last Thursday.

– Foreign minister Abu-Bakr al-Qerbi headed on Thursday for Nouakchott to participate in the meetings of Yemeni-Mauritanian ministerial joint committee.

– Saudi cable manufacturer Saudi Cable Co (SCC) has won a 28 million Saudi riyals ($7.5 mln/5.8 mln euro) contract to export electricity cables to Yemen, according to SCC's president Waheeb Linjawi, it was reported on April 10, 2005.

– A World Bank mission arrived in Yemen on Friday 15th to inspect the implementation of agricultural irrigation projects funded by the bank.

– Under a cooperation agreement, Yemen and Egypt was signed last Monday, Yemeni agricultural experts will be trained in Egypt on the use of geographical information system and remote sensing.

– The U.S. Embassy in Yemen has reopened to the public after a two-day closure prompted by a security threat.

– Deputy Premier Ahmed Sofan and Abdul-Kareel al-Eryani, political advisor of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh, will leave for Japan this week to launch Yemen”s wing in the Aichi 2005 expo exhibition. The Yemeni wing, to be opened on April 23rd, includes a number of cultural, art and tourist activities.

– Strategic Information Database, According to Al-Khaleej newspaper (April 12, 2005), official statistics show that the volume of Yemen's fish production grew to 259,000 tons, valued YR 44 billion, in 2004, up from 228,000 tons in the previous year, an average increase of 13.8%.

– The information Resource Center concluded April 11th, a two days workshop on 'Proposal Writing & Submission Techniques', the first module within the 'Becoming the Source in Resource' training program that also includes 'Project Management Essentials', 'International Communication Skills', and 'Advanced Internet Research Techniques'. The training was held at the University of Technology.

– Yemen has taken part in the 6th meeting of the Arab Electricity Ministers Council scheduled held in Cairo in April 13-14.

– Finance minister Alawi Saleh al-Salami headed for Abu Dhabi on Monday to participate in the annual meeting of the Arab Financial Institutions Council held in April 13-14.

– Foreign minister Abu-Bakr al-Qerbi, met on Monday with Jordanian ambassador to Yemen Mohammed Tawfeeq al-Khaledi. The meeting focused on boosting bilateral relations between the two countries and means of enhancing them.

– Minister of Religious Endowments said last Monday thatYemen is seeking to learn from the Indonesian experience in printing the holy Quran.

– The director-general of the OPEC Fund for International Development, Suleiman J. Al-Herbish, has held high-level talks with senior government officials in Yemen. He is leading a fund delegation during a three-day visit last week to Yemen to discuss the institution”s cooperation and future partnership with Sanaa.

– Yemeni Children Parliament took up the issue of child trafficking in their Monday session last week, where they called on neighboring countries to stop child trafficking through dealers from Yemen and Saudi Arabia.