In Brief [Archives:2008/1208/Local News]

November 17 2008

French navy ship “Var” arrives Aden’s seaport

ADEN, Nov. 15 (Saba) – The French Navy Ship “Var” arrived in the Aden seaport on Saturday.

The French warship’s visit comes to reinforce the military cooperation between Yemen and France, particularly in areas of combating terrorism and piracy acts.

“Var” is one of the French military fleet located in the international waters of Arab sea.

The vessel, which is 158 meters in length, 22 meters in width, and 18,500 tons, has 167 crew and 25 officers.

Yemeni oil revenues increased up to $ 3.8 bln

SANA’A, Nov. 14 (Saba)- Yemeni revenues of oil increased up to $ 3.8 billion during the third quarter of the current year compared $ 2 billion in same period of last year , a report of central bank of Yemen said.

According to the report, reason of such increase was increase of production during this period to 35 million barrels as well as raise in price of oil.

The report said that the foreign assets of the Yemeni banking body raised up to YR 1.9 trillion until last September against YR 1.7 trillion for same period of 2007.

During third quarter of this year, the budget of the commercial and Islamic banks increased to YR 1.4 trillion compared YR 1.2 trillion last year.

Parliament approves $ 10.6 mln loan agreement

SANA’A, Nov. 15 (Saba)-The Parliament approved on Saturday the loan agreement which has been signed between the Yemeni government and International Fund for Agricultural Development IFAD at sum of $ 10.6 million .

The loan would be used for funding project of the rainfall agriculture and livestock wealth in the country.

The Parliament asked the government to present periodical reports on the work process in the project, and comply with recommendations of the parliament over this agreement.

Panel court sentences Iranian drug smuggler to death

SANA’A, Nov. 15 (Saba)- The penal court sentenced on Saturday an Iranian to death and other 11 Iranians and a Pakistani 25 years in jail in charge of drugs smuggling and entering Yemeni waters illegally.

Headed by Judge Muhsan Alwan, the court found the first convict, Iyob Mohamed Hawt guilty sentencing him to death.

The court also issued jail sentences of 25 years each against 13 other Iranians and the Pakistani. The prosecution said it would appeal the sentences. The court asked to confiscate the boat which was carried drugs .

Last March, the Yemeni coastguards in cooperation with the international forces seized the boat that carried three tons of drugs.

New version of reforms agenda to be discussed on Sunday

SANA’A, Nov. 15 (Saba)-An extended meeting would be held on Sunday chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation over new version of reforms agenda that will be carried out by the government in two coming years.

Saba learned that the several ministers will participate in the meeting that will discuss new version before sending it to the cabinet.

The new version contains five main tends; developing judiciary, modernizing civil service, economic reforms, combating corruption, and political participation and democratic development.

Yemeni-Chinese agreement to grant parliament U$ 300.000

SANA’A, Nov. 15 (SABA) – Yemen and China will sign an agreement, under which China grants USD 300.000 for supporting the Yemeni Parliament.

Director of Relations and Ceremonies at the Parliament Mohammed al-Matery told the ruling party-run that the Chinese National People’s Congress delegation includes 25 persons (Congress Members and others) will hold talk session with Yemeni Parliament’s leadership to discuss the joint cooperation ties between the two legislative bodies.

On the sideline of the talks, the Chinese delegation will meet with several parliament’s members.

SEMC organizes seminar on risks of money laundering

SANA’A, Nov. 14 (Saba)- The Studies and Economic Media Center (SEMC) is organizing a seminar in Sana’a on “risks of money laundering on national economy” next Tuesday in cooperation with cooperative and agricultural credit Bank (CAC Bank.

In a statement to Saba, head of the center Mustafa Nasr said that the seminar would focus on efforts exerted to combat money laundering inside and outside of the country.

Participants from the Central Bank of Yemen and National Committee of Combating Money Laundering, Banking Studies Institute and Sana’a University and CAC

Bank would present a clear view over efforts of Yemen in this regard.

Nasr expected that the seminar would come out with key recommendation to enhance awareness about risks of such act.

Anti- polio national campaign to be launched next Monday

SANA’A, Nov. 14 (Saba)-Ministry of Public Health and Population is to launch a anti- polio national campaign next Monday. Minister of public health said.

Abdul-Kareem Rasa told Saba that the campaign targets 4.1 million children across the country, saying that the campaign comes within efforts of the government to make Yemen free from this various.

Some 40,000 health workers and volunteers will take part in the campaign, he said.

The minister added that the UNICEF will offer required vaccination for the campaign, calling on

preachers in Sana’a capital and other governorates, parents and local councils to cooperate with the teams to bring the campaign into success.

Yemen coastguards seize 7 tons of drugs

SANA’A, Nov. 14 (Saba) – Yemen coastguards in coordination with the Forces of the International Alliance seized seven tons of drugs on a boat in the Yemeni regional waters near from Socatra Island, according to the media center of interior ministry.

On the other hand, the penal court is to sentence in the case of 13 Iranian sailors in charge of bring 3 tons of drugs to Yemen and interning Yemeni waters illegally. Last October, the court started trial of the 13 Iranians.

83 Somali refugees transported to Kharaz refugees camp

SANA’A, Nov. 14 (Saba)-Yemeni authorities have transported 83 Somali refugees to Kharaz refugees camp in Lahj governorate, the media center of interior ministry said on Thursday .

Last week, the police in Taiz governorate transported 19 Somali refugees including seven women who were in Dhabab district of Taiz governorate to the camp in cooperation with the Red Crescent.

Other 64 have been transport recently from Bir Ali region in Shabwa governorate to the camp.

Fund for Small Industries financed 1094 projects

SANA’A, Nov. 13 (Saba)-The Fund for Small Industries FSI offered loans for 1,094 projects during the period from January to September, 2008 at sum of around YR 939 million.

According to a report of the fund, Taiz governorate has first at 322 loans at amount of YR 302 million and then Sana’a governorate at 228 loans.

Since its establishment in 1991, the fund offered loans for 7,793 projects at sum of YR 5.2 billion.

Security source declares campaign to prevent arms bearing continues

SANA’A, Nov.13 (Saba) – A security source declared on Thursday that the interior campaign will continue to prevent arms bearing in a code with the law.

The source pointed out what has been achieved in the prevention of arms bearing to reduces crimes and problems resulting from carrying weapons.

Children Parliament discusses children kidnapping issue

SANA’A, Nov. 13 (Saba) – Children parliament is to hold its first session next Monday for discussing children kidnapping issues, the weekly 26 September reported on Thursday.

Head of the Democracy School Gamal al-Shami told the weekly that the session will address the issue of children kidnapping and its economic and social impacts, noting that the session will be attended by officials from the education ministry, Social Fund for Development and Hajjah governor.

Al-Shami said that the parliament members will discuss the children kidnapping phenomena and its reasons, indicating that they will come out with a comprehensive report assists the government in tackling the problem.

Ibb launches workshop on family planning statistics

IBB, Nov. 12 (Saba)- In collaboration with UNFPA, Office of Public Health and Population launched on Wednesday a session on statistics and information on family planning and reproductive health for 25 medical cadres in each of the Capital Secretariat and the provinces of Saada, Hajjah, Jawf, Sana’a, Raymah, Hadramout and Hodeidah .

During the workshop, which will last for the three days, the participants will be acquainted with an overview on the importance of information system and health indicators, how to prepare and report on family planning, indicators of mother and child services and improvement of the health services in the medical services.

Yemen, France to set up workshop on fine arts in Aden

ADEN, Nov.12 (Saba)- Cultural attache at the French embassy to Sana’a agreed on Wednesday with officials of the Fine Arts Institute in Aden province to hold a workshop on fine arts and theater.

They discussed visit of the world French painter in December to submit technical paintings of the Yemeni and French historical civilization.

The French cultural attache listened to detailed explanations of artistic activity, music and theater in institute.

He expressed his satisfaction with the latest artistic development at the Fine Arts Institute.

Chinese, Enma’a companies to build Housing Complex in AFZ

ADEN, Nov. 13 (Saba) – The Aden Free Zone (AFZ) chairman Abdul Jalil al-Shuaibi discussed with the two delegations a Chinese company and Enma’a Company for Real Estate Development the possibility of establishing a complex of Housing towers and commercial mall in the (J) sector at AFZ.

Al-Shuaibi has confirmed the importance of implementing the project rapidly, voicing AFZ’s readiness to provide all facilities to support its accomplishment. The project will be implemented within 2009 by a Chinese company in cooperation with Enma’a Company.