Symposium on national industries [Archives:2004/782/Business & Economy]

October 18 2004

Ahmed al-Bukhari
Taiz Bureau

A National Symposium on the situation of Yemen's national industries and the role of quality and standards, was held on October 10th – 11th 2004 at al-Saeed Cultural Forum in Taiz. This symposium was organized by the Ministry of Economy and Trade, under auspices of the Minister, Dr. Khaled Rajeh Sheik, Chairman of the Yemeni Authority for Qualities and Standards and the Yemeni Industrialists Society. The symposium was attended by industrialists and representatives of Associations, Trade Chambers, Government Authorities and many companies and factories.
The first session of the symposium was presided by Dr. Abdulwahed al-Afori while Eng. Ahmed Abu Taleb was the secretary. The second session was headed by Dr. Abdurahman al-Zabeedi and the secretary was Dr. Ali Abdullah Qaid. The first session on the second day was headed by Shawqi Ahmed Hayel and Jamal Moh'd was its secretary, while Abdullah Abdulwali and Ahmed Ahmed were respectively the head and secretary of the second session.
“The symposium coincided with the world standardization day on October 14th, under the slogan “Standards Connect the World with Each Other”. Eng. Jamal Moh'd Abdulrahman, Manager of Taiz Office of the Authority of Quality and Standards, said, “This symposium comes simultaneously with the celebrations of the anniversaries of the Yemeni revolutions'. It is also for the sake of reinforcing cooperative relations and promoting effective partnership between the Authority of Quality, Standards and Control, and Yemeni Industrialists Society. We stressed cooperation for it was based on unifying all efforts of the authority and the association wishing to reach a modern system of standards and quality control. The long-term goal is to determine the relationship between all of the people who are concerned with standards, industrialists, consumers, authority tc,” he declared.
“What's been achieved in Yemen in this respect can't be compared to the efforts of other countries that have reached a high level of standardization, though it is of the most important concepts leading to development in all fields. That's reflected in all activities, and industry in particular, for industrial production is significant for development. The actual challenge in the present condition is to respect the consumer and provide their requirements at lower cost. Not only that but to elevate the level of local industries in order to achieve this goal, because our success will enable us to compete internally and externally,” he added.
He explained in his statement that: Of the overall objectives of the symposium is identifying standardization and its significance in scientific and technological development (and in reinforcing the consumer's trust in) national products. What's more, showing the role of the authority and the association in the national field and their contribution to raising awareness in the community. The symposium was intended to highlight the significance of the integration of all sectors aiming to achieve sustainable development and motivating them to implement the standard qualities.
The symposium discussed two basic themes: the first one was the role of quality in reinforcing the capabilities of national industries. Standardization mentioning its history and stages of its development is considered one of the main factors of transferring technology.
It is of the elements of health and peace in the world. The second theme focused on the situation of national industries in the shadow of the international changes and the situation of industrial development, sustainable development, and situation of agriculture in Yemen.
Additionally the symposium discussed strategic views on industrial development with its obstacles, in the framework of international agreements and treaties.
At the end of the symposium recommendations were discussed. The concluding celebration featured many speeches by Eng. Abdusalam Ghaleb al-Qamish, Dr. Ahmed Hayel Saeed, Judge Ahmed Abdullah al-Hajri, Dr. Khled Sheik, and Ali Moh'd Saeed. All the speeches emphasized the cooperative relationships that make such activities successful and encouraged Yemeni industries and the strengthening of the economy.
Dr. Ahmed Hayel Saeed declared that the Hayel Saeed Group believes in endless expectations and ambitions, so they have concentrated their efforts for years on exporting products and finding new markets for them.
Those efforts have been successful enough to get Yemeni products to more than 35 countries, in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He expects that these products to amount to US$ 50 million by the end of 2004. Not only that, but there will be a 10% rise in exports.