In Brief [Archives:2008/1177/Local News]

July 31 2008


Yemen, GTZ discuss supporting parliament committees

Parliament Deputy Speaker Mohammed al-Shadadi reviewed Tuesday with the GTZ Office Director in Sana'a Thomas Hart means of availing from German experience in supporting the parliament's committees.

The German official acquainted the Deputy Speaker with its country's experience in the legislative field, particularly laws related to health insurance and public health.

The meeting also discussed aspects of bilateral cooperation and exchange of expertise in the aforementioned sectors.

SJC approves 2009 budget of judiciary

The Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) approved on Monday a budget of judiciary for coming year.

The budget will be used to set up a building of the Supreme Court and other judicial institutions.

The council, headed by Judge Isam al-Samawi, also approved plan of replacement for 270 judges and prosecutors in accordance with suggestion presented by minister of justice and general attorney.

Then, the council discussed a report on performance of the council and its achievements during the pervious period of the current year.

Cabinet agrees on STC's draft bylaw

The cabinet agreed, in its regular meeting held on Tuesday, on the draft law of the Supreme Tender Committee (STC) and directed concerned authorities to complete law measures required for its issuance.

The bylaw aims at enhancing STC's measures for protecting public fund, country processions, combating corruption in conducting tender and affirming justice and equality between contesters as well as controlling and naming measures and enhancing economic competence in tender process.

It also organizes the committee's meetings, mechanisms of issuing its decisions, system building and its technical and administrative apparatus.

Cabinet agrees on Ministry of Industry and Trade's by law

In its meeting held on Tuesday, the cabinet agreed on the draft republican decree over Ministry of Industry and Trade's bylaw and directed concerned officials to complete law measures for issuing the decree.

The bylaw, that contains 58 items, organizes the ministry's activities, enhancing its efforts for realizing strategy of improving trade balance of the republic, enabling meddle and

small-sized facilities of competition, including Yemen's economy in regional and international economic alliances and realizing stable prices of basic goods.

The bylaw includes also making strategies and policies for developing industry, encouraging industrial investments and other aims for providing continuous environment to business sector.

Reducing unemployment rates high priority of government: al-Arhabi says

Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul Karim al-Arhabi emphasized on Tuesday that the government's top priorities in the future are to reduce the unemployment rates and provide youths with job opportunities.

Al-Arhabi held talks with the Regional Director of the International Labor Organization (ILO) Beirut Bureau Nada al-Nashef on the general principles of the National Strategy for Employment.

The strategy aims to carry out several projects, activities and projects in order to reduce rates of unemployment and children labor besides improving workers' conditions.

The two officials also reviewed the strategy's executive plan and means of sustain its projects.

Five republican decrees and a law issued

Two republican decrees No. 147/2008 and No.148/2008 were issued to appoint Ahmed al-Himiari, assistant deputy governor of Dhamar and Nasar Amabd as head for Abyan


Moreover, a republican decree No.149/2008 was issued to appoint Yahya al-Shami as advisor for the ministry of endowments and guidance.

Other two decrees No.150/2008 and 151/2008 were issued to assign Mohammed Abdul-Salam Mansor as advisor for ministry of culture and Mohammed Hadi Salam as advisor for ministry of


On the other hand, a Law No. 44/2008 was issued to approve a loan agreement signed between Yemen and Saudi Fund for Development last November, 2007 to finance a project of Central Hodeidah Hospital at sum of $30 million.

Social insurance foundation to apply work injury insurance

Chairman of Public Foundation for Social Insurance Ahmed Saif said on Tuesday that foundation is preparing to apply insurance of work injury during the few coming period.

Upon his departure to Syria, chairman Saif said that the aim of the visit is to get acquainted with Syrian experience in the field of insurance and work injury.

He added that visit comes to implement cooperation protocol which was signed between the Yemeni-Syrian Insurance Foundation during the meeting of 8th session of the Supreme Yemeni-Syrian Joint Committee held last May.

He expressed his wishes for outcomes of the visit to be successful at the level of exchanging experiences and expertise to improve insurance performance goals between the two countries.

HCT says 119 tenders approved in first half of 2008

The Higher Committee for Tenders ( HCT) approved 119 tenders during the first half of 2008, a report of the committee said.

According the new report, the cost of these tenders was at YR 56 billion to set up development and services projects across the country.

Tenders were in fields of public works and consultative services, the report added.

Recently, the committee sent letters to all concerned authorities to comply with law of tenders No.23/2007.

Evaluation workshop on YWU's elections began

Under the sponsorship of International Care Organization, Yemeni Women Union (YWU) began on Tuesday an evaluation workshop on the election process of the union 2008.

The two-day workshop aims at evaluating strength and weakness points of the union's election program 2008 aiming to improve skills.

In the workshop opening, the chairwoman of the union Ramziah al-Eryani affirmed the importance of increase the society awareness on women issues.

She made reference to the necessity to spread awareness among the Yemeni women on their elections right and their participation in the elections that would be held next year.

Cabinet refers amendment draft of election law to parliament

The cabinet approved in its Tuesday meeting headed by prime minister Ali Mujawar referring an amendment draft of some articles of law No. 13 for 2003 over general elections and referendum to the parliament for finalizing its issuance.

The amendments come to avoid the shortcomings of the law appeared last period, reinforce guarantees to hold free elections and to benefit from the European Union's recommendations issued after the 2006 presidential elections in addition to adopting what the political parties agreed on.

The amendment draft included issues concerning fields of challenges and the right of challenges against the candidates of parliament and local elections during the nomination period.

It also enhanced the media neutrality during the election campaigns and the right of offering administrative complaints during the elections processes as well as regulating the election's security and the right of monitoring election either local or foreign.


SNACC discusses protecting public fund in Hodeidah

Governor of Hodeidah Ahmed al-Jabali held talks here on Tuesday with the member of the Supreme National Authority for Combating Corruption (SNACC) Mohammad al-Matari on aspects of maintaining the public fund.

The meeting discussed means of applying rules and regulations in the various sectors and executive offices in the governorate.

Al-Matari hailed the governorate's efforts to facilitate the SNACC's mission to discover the corruption and do whatever needs to uproot it.

WNC, Oxfam review girl education reality in Hodeidah

Under the sponsorship of Oxfam organization, Women National Committee of Hodeidah governorate reviewed on Monday the explanatory report on girls education from gender perspective.

Chairman of Women National Committee in Hodeidah Branch Fairouz Taher said that the purpose of the report is to be familiar with the problems that face girls and prevent them from enrolling to school during basic education as well as the ways to overcome these obstructions.

The report aimed to offer accurate statistics showing easily the actuality of girl education in addition to organizing programs to improve such reality.


Indian company allocates $30 million to invest in iron

The Broad Chairman of Indian company for the Iron and Mines Trade Ali Gafar announced on Tuesday that the company intends to invest $30 million as a first stage in the extraction of iron and minerals in al-Dalei province.

During the meeting of al-Dalei governor Ali Taleb with chairman of Indian company, he briefed the governor on the preliminary results of the search for iron metal in the area which studies show the existence of large quantities in the region.

He pointed out that the volume of investment in the project would cost, until the end of the last phase, up to $100 million which will provide 2500 job opportunities for local laborers.

The governor welcomed Indian investment in the area of iron and steel, affirming to provide all the facilities for the company to implement the project within the framework of advantages of Investment Law.

He directed concerned institutions to provide land required to the project in the area.


Taiz deputy governor hails UNICEF's activities in the governorate

Taiz deputy governor Ali Abdul-Latif Rajeh hailed coordination level among UNICEF, civil society organizations and official institutions in creating effective partnership to serve life, health and education of Yemeni children and their future.

During the consultative and coordinating meeting with UNICEF officials,Rajeh expressed his hope for continuing these activities and coordination, confirming that the local council does not retreat to solve all obstacles which may hinder its activities in the governorate.


Omani delegation in Maharah for grant-funded project talks

A delegation from the Omani Health Ministry is currently visiting the province of Maharah to familiarize with the site where a central hospital would be set up with funding from Oman.

The delegation will discuss with the concerned authorities in the province issues in relation to conducting studies and designs of the project.

The province Local Council secretary general appreciated the Omani support for developmental projects in Yemen, expressing Yemen's keenness to forge ties with its neighboring state of Oman.