In Brief [Archives:2008/1173/Local News]

July 17 2008


– JYGC commences 7th meeting

Joint Yemeni-Gulf Committee (JYGC)commenced its seventh meeting in Sana'a on Tuesday.

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul-Karim al-Arhabi, who opened the meeting, described the recent gulf summit's decision to make special study for gearing up Yemen's joining to GCC as wise.

He affirmed importance of accelerating this decision that would contribute in naming the roadmap for Yemen's inclusion in the Gulf organization, expressing Yemen's pleasure for considerable progress in allocating gulf donations announced about in London Donor Conference.

He clarified the meeting's priority for discussing obstacles facing donor's commitments that do not realize any progress since 2006, a matter that needs to be accelerated for honoring commitments and signing treaties for enabling Yemeni government keeping pace with development claims.

The final declaration of the joint meeting of Yemen Foreign Minister with GCC Foreign Ministers held in Riyadh last March had called for completing measures of including Yemen in Gulf Organization for Industrial Consulting, and GCC Standardization Organization and setting up mechanisms for investing in the country.

– Arab regional tourism office to be opened in Yemen soon

Chairman of Arab Tourism Organization Bandar al-Faheid said on Tuesday that they have agreed with officials of Tourism Ministry to open the Arab regional tourism office during the coming in Yemen .

Upon his departure, al-Faheid told media that they have realized with

officials of Tourism Ministry a good result serving the tourism sector in Yemen, particularly in the field of rehabilitation, training, tourism promotion and activating Arab investments.

During his meeting with Prime Minister Ali Mujwar, he briefed him on all plans and agreements agreed on with officials of Tourism Ministry.

– Draft law of electricity refereed to parliament

The Cabinet approved in its weekly meeting- on Tuesday a draft law of electricity presented by minister of electricity and energy.

The cabinet referred the draft to the parliament to discuss it and take legal measures to issue it.

The objective f the drat law is to enhance efforts of the government to insure enough power to cover need of the nation and open door for other resources of power such us renewable energy.

Meanwhile, the cabinet also agreed on draft of national strategy for rural electricity which includes setting up an authority for the rural electricity.

The cabinet affirmed its support for the strategy to improve structure of the rural electricity in the country.

Moreover, the cabinet approved a draft of making amendments of the law of customs No. 14/1990 to deal with current faults in this law.


– WHO's delegation arrives in Aden

A World Health Organization's delegation arrived Aden on Tuesday within a visit to Yemen lasting for two weeks.

The visit aims at discussing means of improving health services with Aden Health Office, said WHO's regional director of Africa and Eastern Mediterranean countries Hali Badigan.

Badigan who also heads the delegation added that she would also make field visits to a number of health centers and hospitals for inspecting services they provide, specially those concern delivery and infants.

She noted that the visit comes in the framework of the organization's intention for improving family health.

– Awareness course on AIDS launched in Aden

Women Development Charitable Foundation, in collaboration with United Nation Program to Combat AIDS, organized on Tuesday an awareness course on AIDS in which 27 women are to participate for two weeks.

During the course, the participants will be introduced to aspects of the dangers of this disease, early prevention of AIDS and creating a healthy generation armed with science and knowledge.


– Drilling works in block S2 in Shabwa to be finalized soon

The American Nepras Company is about to finish within fifteen days its drilling works in the block S2 of Austrian OMV company in Shabwa governorate.

The governor of Shabwa Hassan al-Ahmadi paid a visit to the location on tu of the well where he listened from the officials over the work process and modern techniques used in drilling.

He was briefed on geological scurvies done by one of Chinese companies in new areas in the block.

The governor highlighted level of the works of the Austrian company in the block, pointing out to the support of the governorate's leadership for activities of the company.