In Brief [Archives:2009/1226/Local News]

January 19 2009


Talks held to improve Yemeni universities

Minister of Higher Education Scientific Research Saleh Ba-Surrah discussed on Saturday with board chairman of Saudi Al-Rashid Foundation for Information Technology Ahmed al-Hamdan needs of Yemeni governmental universities to improve information technology, education and electronic libraries.

The minister reviewed developments in the Yemeni higher education in different areas, noting that Yemen government universities contain more than 240 thousand students and more than 5 thousand teaching staff.

For his part, al-Hamdan affirmed keenness of his foundation to reinforce and improve relations between the two countries and exchange expertise as well as implement development projects in the field of education technologies in the universities with a Gulf-Yemeni finance.

Louvre museum to restore two Yemeni archeological statues

Chairman of General Organization for Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) Abdullah BaWazir said on Saturday that the two Yemeni antiquities would be shipped to Paris for restoring in Louvre museum.

The move is in accordance with the agreement signed between the GOAM and the French museum last October.

The two objectives are two bronze statues of lions, BaWazir said.

He added that it is scheduled that Yemen would get back the two statues by end of this year after showing them in the museum.

The two statues would be transported by the Yemenia airway to Paris.

Doha Insurance Company to invest in Yemen

The Doha Insurance Company has announced it has planned to set up an insurance company in Sana'a in cooperation with strategic investors in the country.

In a statement published on the Doha Stock Exchange website, the company said it had agreed on all details of the establishment of the company with support from its partners in Yemen.

The statement noted that the company is currently finalizing the foundation documents to be submitted to the relevant authorities in Yemen for approval.

The Doha Insurance Company will provide technical leadership and consultancy to the would-be company in Yemen.

Training course for lawyers concluded

A training course on reinforcing capacities for 30 lawyers who are still under training was concluded on Friday in Sana'a.

The course was organized by Yemeni Lawyers Bar, Sana'a branch.

The course aimed at providing the trainees with legal knowledge on the legal practice as well as introducing legal profession law No. 31 for 1999 and conditions of proxy in the proceedings.

Head of Yemeni lawyers Abdullah Rajih affirmed that the syndicate has qualified 600 lawyers inside and outside Yemen since 2001.

Workshop on AIDS national strategy held in Sana'a

A workshop on the National Strategy for Protection from AIDS and combating it for 2009-2015 was held in Sana'a on Saturday.

The workshop, organized by the National Program in cooperation with the United National Program on AIDS (UNAIDS), comes within the frame of introducing the national strategy for combating AIDS and represents an extension to prior steps achieved during the last years for modernizing and developing the national strategy.

The Undersecretary of Ministry of Public Health and Population for First Health Care Majed al-Jonaid pointed out that the strategy,which was prepared in participation of the main partners, donor organizations, and civil society organizations with studied plans, represents a sole reference for all parts who contribute in combating AIDS in Yemen through different activities and it is a launching point for reducing AIDS.

Al-Jonaid also stressed on the significance of gathering all efforts of concerned authorities, international organization, and donors to make the strategy an extensive work plan and assessing it constantly.

For her part, coordinator of Joint UN Program on AIDS in Yemen Dr. Fauziah Gramah pointed to the importance of highlighting the three principles of assorting the national response for combating AIDS in the country which includes providing a unified planning frame basically for the participation and support of all partners depending on the national priorities, assuring the significance of promoting the national response, the political obligation and the social dialogue and strengthening human capabilities and the accurate understanding for this epidemic .

Demining approves 2009 plan

The National Committee for Demining NCD approved on Saturday its plan of action for this year.

The meeting also discussed issues associated with helping victims of landmines and spreading knowledge about risks of landmines.

The committee also discussed level of carrying out its central plan for last year at different phases of survey, clearance and awareness.

It also reviewed obstacles facing its activities.


Free zone customs increase at 32% in December

Revenues of the Aden Free Zone (AFZ) customs reached YR2 billion at an increase of YR491 million in December 2008 compared to 2007 at a percentage of 32%.

Director of AFZ customs Abdul-Malik Ghashim told Saba that the amount of Yemeni exports through Aden Containers Port has reached YR2.1 million.

He noted that 3, 385 goods containers have been marketed in the domestic market for local consumption.

Ghashim referred this increase in the volume of revenues to the growing navigation activities witnessed by Aden Port.

Pirates kill Yemeni fisherman

A Yemeni fishermen was killed and other two injured due to clashes in Aden Gulf with Somalia pirates on Tuesday, media center of interior ministry said.

The center said that a boat of the Yemeni coastguard found three injured Yemeni sailors on board of two fishing boats- close to a Russian frigate in the sea.

One of the three injured was died and other two have received first aide in the frigate and then have been transported to the Aden seaport

According to the center, the authorities started to investigate to know the circumstances of the incident.


Workshop on girl education

A workshop for 20 workers in Technical Council for Coordinating Support for Girl Education in Hodeidah and Hajjah governorates was opened on Saturday in Hodeidah city.

The workshop was organized by the Girl Education Department at the Ministry of Education in cooperation with the UNICEF.

According to the organizers, the workshop aims at enlightening the participants about the bylaw of the council and its capacities to use database and indications in field of girl education in order to evaluate condition of girl education.

The participants would receive lectures about planning and implementing activities of the council in coordination with the concerned bodies as well as preparing reports associated with the council to determine problems facing its activities, the organizers said.