In Brief [Archives:2008/1196/Local News]

September 6 2008


3rd consultative meeting between Yemen, donors to be held end of 2008

Sessions of the 3rd consultative meeting between Yemen and donors will be held by the end of 2008.

Informed sources at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation have affirmed that the meeting will be represented by a high ranking representation of donor countries and organizations and will be dedicated to review and evaluate what has been achieved regarding allocations of donors in London Conference which was held in November 2006.

The sources note that it is expected that Prime Minister Ali Mujawar will open the meeting with the presence of Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Abdul-Rahman al-Attyiah.

Yemen arrests three wanted for security offenses

Interior Ministry has announced that its security forces arrested three people, aged 18 to 35 years, wanted for security offenses.

The Ministry added that the wanted were captured few days ago while they were travelling in the capital Sana'a.

According to security sources, the arrested people were handed over to the Political Security Office.

Yemen's security forces have been pursuing several suspected members of extremist groups which may seek to target Yemeni and foreign interests in the country.

Yemen to partake in WB, IMF annual meetings in Washington

Yemen will take part in the annual meetings of the World Bank (WB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) which will be held in Washington during October 5-6, 2008.

Yemen's delegation will be headed by Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul-Karim al-Arhabi.

The meetings will discuss a number of issues related to means of developing work mechanisms of the two world institutions in line with development needs for member countries.

On the sidelines of the meetings, al-Arhabi will hold meetings with a big number of senior officials at the WB and the IMF and representatives of donor institutions and funds over means of reinforcing current cooperation between Yemen and those institutions.

YJS postpones general conference

The Yemeni Journalists Syndicate (YJS) announced on Monday the postponement of its general conference scheduled 24 November to 20 December.

In a press release, the YJS's council justified the postponement to participate in meetings of the 11th General Conference of the Union of Arab Journalists and receive from Finance Ministry a budget of the 4th Conference of YJS.

Meanwhile, the council accepted the resignation of Sami Ghaleb as chairman of the Committee of Freedoms in the council.


Yemen captures three tons of hashish

Yemeni coastguards forces have captured in the Gulf of Aden a Pakistani ship carrying on board about three tons of hashish.

According to security sources, a U.S military vessel intercepted the boat in the international water as it was heading for the Yemeni coasts and then handed over it to Yemen's Coastguards Authority.

Meanwhile, about 16 Pakistanis were referred last September to the state security court in Sana'a. the Pakistani men were accused of bringing 12 tons of hashish with the aim of trading with them in Yemen.

200 tourists visited Aden in August

Around 200 tourists visited Aden governorate in August 2008 from different world countries.

Director of Aden Sea Port Passport Office Hamoud al-Matari stated to Saba that 5 tourist yachts had arrived at Aden Port with 30 European tourists.

He noted that the office issued about 71 free tourist visas in August for a number of Arab and foreign tourists for the purpose of attracting investors to visit Yemen.

Aden GIA branch to Inaugurate One Window System

Aden branch of General Investment Authority (GIA) inaugurates next October One Window System for easing measures to investors and improving investment environment in the governorate.

Director General of GIA's branch Adel al-Ashtal indicated that he made the last touch of the building of the system. The building contains a number of offices to more than 12 bodies deal with investment.

He noted that Aden investment office has recently received great number of Yemeni and Gulf investment applications for constructing international hotels and restaurants coincide with hosting Gulf Football Championship in Aden in 2011.

During the first half of 2008, the office granted licenses to 20 projects with cost of YR 42,7 billion.

Aden trade office closed 103 stores during fist half of 2008

Trade and industrial office in Aden closed 103 trade stores in the governorate of Aden during the six months ago.

According to the statistics of the office, the teams of the office paid field visit to the markets to monitor stores and bakeries and to prevent cheating in prices of products and weight of bread.


Taiz police thwart attempt to smuggle diesel

The security forces in Taiz have foiled an attempt to smuggle a diesel load through the Khookha port.

Chief of the Nujaiba checkpoint Ali al-Sharabi said about 27 barrels of diesel were seized on a truck while heading to the port as the truck driver told investigators.

Police sent the load to the Petroleum Company in Taiz and will continue interrogating the driver to refer the case to prosecution.

In last months, Yemen suffered from shortages of diesel.

The government did its utmost to supply this very important material for all governorates. It imported large quantities of diesel from abroad.


Yemeni security forces find ten Somali remains in Ahwar

Yemeni security forces have found ten Somali remains in Ahwar Coast in Abyan governorate said to have been died in the sea before reaching Yemeni coasts, reported Interior Ministry's Security Information Center.

The security forces have informed UN High Commission for Refugees on the incident and took permission from the general prosecutor for burying them.

On the other hand, security apparatus said that 66 Somali refugees have arrived Ahwar Coast among of them six women. Other 36 refugees among of them six women have arrived in Radhom Coast in Shabwa governorate.

The security apparatus indicated that Kharaz Camp for Refugees in Lahj received on Monday 190 Somalis among of them 64 women and four children.


Child killed, another injured in mine explosion in Dhale'a

A landmine in Dhale'a governorate killed a chilled and seriously injured the other, reported opposition owned website Assahwa net.

Informed sources told the website that huge explosion that has shaken Juban city lead to killing the child Husein Humaidan 13 and injuring Ali al-Jubani 12 with serious injuries on which he was hospitalized in critical state.

The sources indicated that the two children were igniting fires in trees in the city where great landmine (for machines) was exited and that the fire led to mine's blast which its blare was heard in the city and nearby areas.

The sources estimated that the mine was planted during the armed political dispute in mid 1970ths and early 1980ths.


3 dams to be established in Hadramout at $30 mln

Hadramout governor Ahmed al-Khanbashi has said that 3 dams will be established soon in al-Waidian close to Ghail Ba-Wazir to provide water for the water basin which supplies the coast areas.

In a statement to, al-Khanbashi said that the required study for the dams will be started after Eid vacation by a Swiss company.

Tenders for the dams estimated at $30 million will be on offer after the accomplishment of the study, he said.

Al-Khanbashi added that the project will be funded by the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).


Workshop on over-population hazards in Mahweet concluded

A workshop on introducing over-population problems and hazards in addition to protective means of AIDS was concluded here on Sunday.

About 25 male and female participants representing local councils and Civil Society Organizations have taken part in the two-day workshop that aims to strengthen the role of the participants in spreading awareness of over-population hazards among local communities.

The workshop was organized by the population activities committee and the population and health office in the governorate in sponsorship with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).


Fisheries exports in Hudeidah reached $9 mln

Volume of the fisheries exports through Fisheries Office in Hudeidah reached $9.1 million during January- August 2008 at 4285 tons.

A report issued by Fisheries Office in the governorate pointed out that the total marketing fees on exports reached YR2.1 while revenues of the office reached YR114.5 million during the same period.

The reported indicated that the overall fisheries and sea livings production reached 14, 457 tons since the beginning of this year.