In brief [Archives:2007/1104/Local News]

November 19 2007

– Tourism promotion delegation moves on to Paris

Nov. 18 ) A Yemeni delegation participating in a promotional campaign for Yemeni tourism within European tourist markets headed to Paris, France on Thursday following its participation at the International Tourism Marketing exhibition in London.

Headed by Tourism Minister Nabil Al-Faqih, the delegation will hold a press conference for journalists and heads of tourism and public relations firms to improve Yemen's tourism image and alleviate the sharpness of warnings issued against its security and stability.

The delegation will hold similar press conferences in Milan, Italy and Frankfurt, Germany for the same purpose.


– German support for NGOs to ease pollution, poverty

Nov. 18 ) The German Embassy has granted YR 2.52 million to Abyan's “Friends of the Environment” to finance an eight-kilometer pipe in Zingibar to deliver recycled mosque water for irrigation, which will help protect the environment.

The embassy further granted $10,000 to finance the purchase of laboratory equipment for the “Dar Atta'am” Association, which will help preserve the health of poor families in the Akhdam community.


– Industrial zone to be established

Nov. 18 ) Khalid Awadh, director of the Industry and Trade Ministry bureau in Hadramout governorate, revealed on Thursday that an industrial zone will be established in Al-Shehr city in January.

Awadh said Egyptian experts soon will complete special studies on the industrial zone, noting that the project will be one of the important strategic projects in the governorate, which currently is completing infrastructure in economic investment.

– Emirati, Malaysian diplomats visit

Nov. 18 ) Sa'eed Ba-Yamain, secretary-general of Hadramout governorate's local council, discussed with Ali Saif Sultan, the United Arab Emirates' ambassador to Yemen, investments in the governorate by Emirati businessmen. The Emirates is supporting Hadramout by drilling 40 wells to provide drinking water for citizens in the governorate's rural regions.

Ba-Yamain also met with Malaysian Ambassador to Yemen Abdul-Samad Othman regarding fields of cooperation to improve the capabilities of the local authority, the tourism sector and technical institutes.


– Lahj seeks to improve citizens' living conditions

Nov. 18 ) Local council members and social figures in Lahj governorate on Thursday discussed numerous issues related to residents' living conditions there and how to complete approved projects in electricity, health, communications and other vital projects.

Lahj Governor Abdulwahab Al-Dorrh, as well as members of Parliament and the Shoura Council representing the governorate, affirmed the importance of uniting their efforts to promote and consolidate security and stability in the governorate.


– Humanitarian aid for Sa'ada discussed

Nov. 18 – Sa'ada Governor Mutahar Rashad Al-Masri spoke with the political affairs officer of the Netherlands Embassy in Sana'a regarding cooperation aspects between the two countries on humanitarian aid being offered to the governorate by the Netherlands.

They discussed the current conditions of the displaced, most of whom have returned to their homes, in addition to what the Dutch aid program can offer them.


– Yemen intensifies testing of imported meat and birds

Nov. 18 – Yemen is intensifying precautionary measures by conducting critical testing of animals and birds imported from the African Horn for fear of Rift Valley and HIN5 viruses.

Fadhl Al-Eryani, head of the General Authority for Animal Wealth, says his agency has directed all of its veterinary centers nationwide to conduct intensified testing on all imported African animals and birds and to report any cases involving these two viruses.