Japanese ambassador inaugurates Taiz handicrafts & skills development center [Archives:2004/749/Local News]

June 24 2004

Taiz Bureau
The Japanese Ambassador, H.E. Yuichi Ishii, accompanied by the Secretary General of Local Council of Taiz, Mr. Mohamed Al-Haj, inaugurated the Handicrafts and Skills Development Center in Taiz. The center is affiliated to the National Youths Cultural Center.
The center consists of sewing machines and ceramic work sections, donated from the Japanese embassy in Sana'a, as part of the Japanese government's annual aid contribution to non-governmental organizations. 1500 persons will benefit from the center through three phases.
The center will assist in easing the rate of unemployment and poverty among a broad segment of youths of genders.
In a statement the ambassador expressed his joy at the continuation of support to several non-governmental organization projects, in particular the National Youths Center, which was qualified and capable of contributing to education and practical social integration.
Mr. Al-Haj, on his part, stated that the Japanese assistance is valued, and would contribute to creating more job opportunities for those who will be working at the center.