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March 26 2007


Political parties discuss several issues

March 25 ) The political parties and organizations involved in the political dialogue approved during a Saturday meeting their agenda of several issues to be discussed during the first phase of the dialogue. These issues include constitutional reforms and developing the parliamentary work and election systems. The meeting was chaired by Abdulqader Bajammal, Secretary-General of the General People Congress, and other party leaders. The meeting participants decided to implement recommendations reached by the EU Election Observation Mission's report on Yemen's most recent elections.


Women leaders awarded

March 24 ) The Administration of Sheraton Hotel & Resort hold last Wednesday an awarding ceremony for women in coordination with the Social Affairs and Labor Office in the governorate. Several women leaders were awarded certificates of merit in recognition of their role and contribution to the society development. Inaugurating the event, Aden Governor Ahmad Al-Kuhlani gave a speech praising women's role and effort in developing the Yemeni society. Many women working in the health sector and other government institutions were awarded at the ceremony, which was staged in the presence of senior government officials.


Natural factors threaten Otma Protected Area

March ) 25 – Abdulhakim Nasser Al-Ishawi, Associate Professor at the Geography Department in Taiz University, listed numerous factors that threaten Otma Protected Area, which lies some kilometres west of Dhamar city. These factors, according to Al-Ishawi, include the heavy rains that sweep fertile soil away from the agricultural farms and the chopping of trees by citizens. The latter threatens the green coverage and biodiversity of the protected area while the use of fertilizers leaves negative effects on the soil. This came in a lecture by Al-Ishawi at Al-Saeed Foundation for Science and Culture.


Ibb to host national book fair

March 25 ) Dr. Faris Al-Saqqaf, Chairman of the General Book Authority clarified that a national book fair is due to be staged in Ibb governorate on the occasion of the 17th Anniversary of Yemen's Reunification, in addition to other cultural, popular and artistic activities. Al-Saqqaf added that his authority is currently working with the Higher Committee for Sana'a International Book Fair to hold the Sana'a 24th Book Fair this year. He noted that the committee has set a date for staging the Sana'a Book Fair, from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 this year.


British team visits Abyan

March 25 ) A team from the British Department for International Development visited Abyan governorate on Thursday. During its visit, the team, headed by the DFID Resident Representative Sarah Wiffe, met the head of Abyan Office of Yemeni Women Union and discussed several issues associating with women activities in economic and political areas. Wiffe expressed her appreciation of Yemeni women productive activities, which prove that Yemeni women are more able and eligible to participate in different development areas.


Taiz Education Office's budget discussed

March 24 ) Taiz Governor Ahmad Al-Hajiri and Ibrahim Al-Dowairi, an expert from the World Bank, discussed the preparations so far taken by the Ministry of Education for approving the 2008 budget of Taiz Education Office. The meeting highlighted several education issues such as providing schoolbooks and different educational equipment for students in the governorate. The WB expert met with some Taiz Education Office officials and discussed with them ways of approving and implementing the budget.