International Conference on Yemen: Can Yemen Face Up to Future Challenges? [Archives:1998/16/Reportage]

April 20 1998

Organized by the Arab Gulf Studies at the University of Exeter, the international conference on ‘Yemen: The Challenge of Social, Economic, and Democratic Development’ was held in Exeter, England during 1-4 April. The topics of discussion included economics and demography, oil and energy, agriculture, law, state and society, education, health and social security.
The opening address was made by Sir Geoffrey Holland, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Exeter.
The participants at the conference included Dr. Abdulkareem Al-Iryani, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister; Dr. Kamil Mahdi, theDirector of Islamic and Middle East Historical Studies; Mr. Hussain Al-Hubaishi, the former minister of legal affairs; Dr. Nader Fergany of Cairo University; Dr. Nora Colton of Drew University; Dr. Yahya Al-Mutawakil of Sanaa University; Dr. Mutahar Al-Saeedi of the Ministry of Planning and Development; Dr. Salah Haddash, Yemen Times Managing Editor; Prof. Mikhail Rodionov of St. Petersburg University, Ms. Sylvaine Camelin of the University Paris X, Nanterre; Dr. Robert Burrowes of Washington University, Seattle, and several othe Yemeni, Arab and international researchers and experts on Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula in general. The British Ambassador to Sanaa, Mr. Victor Henderson and the Yemeni Ambassador to London, Mr. Hussain Al-Amri also attended the conference.

A total of 36 research papers were presented by the participants, covering almost the whole spectrum of current issues concerning Yemen as a country and people.
An agreement was signed by the Exeter University and the Yemen government to strengthen the scientific and cultural cooperation between Exeter University and a number of Yemeni universities.