In Brief [Archives:2008/1179/Opinion]

August 7 2008


– Sana'a University, Military Academy sign cooperation protocol

Sana'a University and the Higher Military Academy signed on Tuesday a protocol on the academic and scientific cooperation.

The protocol, which was signed by the rector of Sana'a university Khalid Tamim and the academy's director Abdu-Rabu al-Kushaibi, aims at enhancing the academic and scientific cooperation and exchanging experiences between the two sides.

Al-Kushaibi hailed cooperation between the two foundations, mentioning interest of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the academic and scientific aspects.

For his part, Tamim made reference to the achieved efforts which have been done by the academy and its outcomes that serve the development issues and strategic building.

It is worth mentioning, Higher Military Academy was established in 2003.

– 19 tons of drugs captured in 2008

Security authorities of al-Baidha'a and Hodeidah provinces captured about 55 kg of drugs during the few days ago.

An official source at the Interior Ministry said to Saba that about 40 kg of drugs were captured in Hodeidah province and 15 kg of drugs in Rada area in al-Baidha'a governorate as well as 94,147 drug tablets.

The accused were referred to the prosecution, according to the sources.

About 19 tons of drugs and 1,278 drug tablets were captured in a number of governorates during 2008.

– Yemen, Cuba further medical, educational cooperation

Deputy governor of Abyan Mohammed al-Dahbali and the Cuban charge d'affaires Michael Borto discussed here on Tuesday means of reinforcing mutual cooperation relations in scientific and medical areas.

The meeting also discussed possibility of re-qualify hundreds of Yemeni students have already studied in Cuba, most of them are from Abyan governorate.

Al-Dahbali voiced the local authority's readiness to work side by side with Cubans to promote activities of the Cuban medical missions in the governorate.

The Cuban diplomat, for his part, expressed the readiness of Cuba to offer all assistance in field of receiving Yemeni students in the Cuban universities.


– Awareness program for water users began in Taiz

The General Authority for Rural Water in Taiz inaugurated on Tuesday the social awareness program for the water users that is financed by the Dutch Support Program for 2008.

Governor of Taiz Hamoud al-Sufi said during the inauguration ceremony that Yemen is suffering from water shortage, valuing the Dutch grant for the water projects in Yemen.

He affirmed that the continuation of water projects would not be achieved without a real partnership between the public and official efforts.

For his part, the Dutch ambassador to Yemen, R.H. Buikeman expressed his happiness in the program inauguration, mentioning that the Netherlands will keep on its support for the water field.

It is worth mentioning, the Dutch program targets 346 projects distributed in 177 distracts in 20 provinces.


– Yemen, France discuss irrigation cooperation

Governor of Hodeidah Ahmed al-Jabali discussed here on Tuesday with technical experts of the French Agriculture Nimes Institute the last stages of Irrigation project.

The experts briefed the governor on the objectives of project, which is implemented by the Agricultural Serdood Institute in the framework of the technical cooperation between both institutes.

The irrigation project aims to spread awareness among farmers of importance of rationalizing water consumption and how to distribute it via the implementation of modern irrigation systems.

Governor of Hodeidah pointed out that the French Institute is to implement a new project in 2009 to train farmers close to the Serdood Institute how to use irrigation nets.


– 50 participants avail from family planning in Aden

About 50 male and female participants in Aden province have gained advantage from two-day awareness activities on family planning and women's rights.

The activities organized by the Women National Committee (WNC) in collaboration with United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) aimed to provide health information on family planning and reproductive health in general for the largest number of citizens.

Additionally, the participants have been introduced to several issues related to safe maternity, current situation of the country in terms of reproductive health services and the motherhood and childhood mortality rates.


– $18 mln aquaculture project in Hadhramout to be implemented

A German investment company is carrying out the final arrangements to start construction activities in the last quarter of 2008 to build an aquaculture project in Hadhramout to be the first of its kind in Middle East at $18 million, 26 September reported on Monday.

The German company signed contracts with al-Zabi Corporation to implement the project. According to the contract, the corporation shares 50% of the capital of the project.


– Hajjah launches course on women's rights

Hajjah launched on Monday a training course in raising awareness of women's rights and their role in development for 20 women which is organized by the Ministry of Religious Endowment and Islamic Affairs in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). During the training, they will provide a number of religious and legislative concepts on women's rights in the holy Koran and the Yemeni constitution, their role towards issues of social and economic development, the principles of equality between men and women in rights and duties, the importance of rural girls education and the position of Islam towards violence against women and reproductive rights. The course aims to rise awareness among participants on the aspects of reproductive health and gender from an Islamic perspective and the importance of reducing illiteracy in the community.