Spider’s web [Archives:2007/1061/Opinion]

June 18 2007

By: Dr. Ali Abdulkarim
We are resuming talk once again about the significance and necessity of progressing toward creating the suitable climates for the process of cooperation and coordination, and then joining the bloc of our brothers in the Gulf Cooperation Council.

This time, we stress that the texture of relations with our brothers in the Gulf is rigid, and one can notice stronger bonds based on the clarity of specified vision and reachable goals. In addition, there is a real perception and mutual understanding of any persisting problems here and there, plus the extent of incompatibility and its degrees in different areas, showing the gap that needs to be filled and the timeframe needed for filling the gap. Other available resources and facilities are required to be provided for this purpose.

It is clear that what is required is an abnormal and unfamiliar web or texture; a solid texture that doesn't seem to be like the spider's web, which is flimsy and fragile, and may be torn up easily at any time.

These are the ties we seek and attempt to reach with our brothers in the age of superpowers' influence and the various internal and external crises that have a negative impact on the structure of any state or surrounding. Such ties want us to take a group of therapeutic procedures and proper policies in all the political, economic, social, and cultural areas, mainly suggesting possible solutions to issues affecting stability of the internal structure, the pillars of which are not based on any respect for public freedoms or human rights. It is often asked question such as what are the requirements for tackling such issues? Can these issues be gradually resolved or not?

In order for these issues to be resolved, there should be a political will to carry out comprehensive reforms. This will functions as the strong foundation upon which we build the spider's web, which has a role and a tale in our Islamic history. All of us know the famous tale that is based on credibility, faith, will, and determination.

Like our brothers in the GCC bloc, we perceive the wide gap between our country and the Gulf states in various areas, the most important of which are those associating with living standards and the average per capita income. The situation necessitates that we deal with this gap with total responsibility and commitment, and not to escape facts or real data. We are needed to work hard to meet the requirements of future circumstances and climates that are essential for cooperation and coordination before being fully admitted to the GCC.

All these requirements ensure the influx of investment projects and the selection of the best mechanisms that help attract investments to the vulnerable country. In return, these investments ensure the existence of open markets, thanks to the increased production and the diverse investment projects. Broader horizons will be opened for mutual trade between Yemen and the GCC member states, which is the main goal we care to reach as part of shaping a future of good ties. By this, I don't mean the flimsy ties that are not different from the spider's web. Through our experience in the joint Arab work nationally and regionally, we listed numerous indicators that warn us of the fragility of the spider's web in order for us not to take it as the base of our ties. In event of failed ties, the result will be unprecedented failure and helpless justifications.

We have to deeply think how the GCC prepares to take a new state along with its market and vulnerable economy to the final stage of requirements, however, this state has been trying to meet these requirements for more than 20 years but reaped no fruit. Various material, administrative, technical, and security-related problems and obstacles are still hindering efforts of the Yemeni government to improve its ailing economy and hostile investment environment.

Source: Al-Seyasia Weekly