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April 10 2008

Arab engineering company lunches its services in Yemen

ACES is a specialized engineering service company, was formed in 1983 by Dr. Izz Eddin Katkhuda and Dr. Omar Abdulhadi, both recognized as experts in geotechnical engineering and material technology. ACES is a limited liability private company with visionary and dynamic leadership, which enables it to be a highly competitive, successful, and forward thinking.

The Company lunched its services to Yemen in a press conference on Sunday, March 30, at the Sheraton hotel. The event was attended by Dr. Izz Eddin Khatkhuda, Director of ACES; Dr. Amjad Barghouthi, Area Manager; Dr. Ali Al-Qadi Sana'a office Manager; Samir A. Said, Corporate Marketing and Business Development Manager; and a number of governmental and non-governmental figures, private engineering, and real estate companies attended the event.

The celebration started with ea welcome key note by Mr. Samir Said after that there was an introduction to the company by Dr. Khatkhuda, and a lecture titled the role of the soil testing and construction materials in engineering services by Dr. Amjad Barghouthi.

“ACES was established in Amman, Jordan, initially as a geotechnical and materials testing engineering organization.” Khatkhuda said.

ACES provides a complete range of specialized consulting services. These include quality control of projects, special studies, environmental studies and testing, and land and marine surveying – amongst others. ACES has carried out thousands of projects for its clients in the Middle East and elsewhere. All projects, regardless of the size, are approached with the expertise, technology and equipment required to meet the client's needs.

The quality control system at ACES is comprehensive with a detailed quality policy and procedures to ensure a high standard of service and safety at all times. All tests are performed according to ISO/IEC 17025 and in conformity with recognized British, American, and European Standards.

ACES has won several business awards. King Abdullah II Award for Excellence (2000), Award in Service Sector (Small and Medium Size Organizations) in Amman, Jordan; Dubai Quality Award (2000); Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (2001 – 2002) Quality Appreciation Certificate – Abu Dhabi, UAE. Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (2003 – 2004), Quality Appreciation Certificate – Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Germany grants Yemen's Sanitation $ 14,7 million

Yemen's government and German Bank KfW signed on Tuesday funding agreement of $ 14,7 million related to the open program for sanitation at minor cities in the framework of financial support presented by German government.

Earlier, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul-Karim al-Arhabi and Official of the Middle East and North African Area Department in German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development signed a minute of the annual Yemeni-German Consultations.

The two sides' agreed on the priorities of the German future support to Yemen, which includes sectors of water, sanitation, basic and secondary education, health, economic development, technical and vocational education

The two parts agreed also on increasing size of technical cooperation provided by different German institutions in field of vocational training and on supporting reforms in health sector.

According to the minute, German government promised to keep on working with Yemeni government on implementing the national strategy's action plan for smaller loan.

The two governments agreed on giving priority over consolidate good governance, enhancing investment environment, combating corruption, protecting historical cities and supporting renewable energy.

Japanese support for Hajjah discussed

Assistant deputy governor of Hajjah Abdul-Aziz al-Ghadrah held a meeting on Tuesday with advisor of the Japanese embassy over Japan's support for the governorate.

They also discussed possibilities of extending the support in coming years.

Al-Gadrah appreciated the Japanese assistance to the governorate, in particular, and the country, in general, in various fields.

The Japanese diplomat said that his government has funded many infrastructure projects in Yemen during the 2007-2008 at sum of $ 1.3 million.

He announced a financial gift for a medical unit in Bani Qadam region in the governorate at a total amount of $ 50,000 to sell medical equipment for improving motherhood and childhood.

Shoura chairman receives newly appointed Lebanese diplomat

Shoura chairman Abdul-Aziz Abdul-Ghani received here on Tuesday charge d'affaires of the Lebanese embassy Hassan Abi Akar on the occasion of occasion of assuming his duties in Yemen.

In the meeting, Abdul-Ghani expressed best wishes to the Lebanese diplomat and hoped him success in his duties for serving interests of the two countries.

For his part, Abi Akar voiced happiness of meeting with Abdul-Ghani, affirming keenness on working on improving cooperation relations between his country and Yemen in the future.

Yemen, Dutch company sign free zones treaty

Yemen Port Cities Developing Program and Dutch Company for Researches and Consultations signed on Tuesday a treaty, worth more than US 1.6 million, for studying industrial zones and strategic visions for Aden Free Zone (AFZ).

According to the treaty, the company will be in charge of preparing legal institutional infrastructure to industrial zones, with focusing on including private sector for studying needs of local and international markets of industrial zones in Aden and Hudeida governorates.

The treaty is to review policies and laws concerning developing works of free zones and process of carrying out projects in its framework.

It stipulates achieving its aims in a period do not exceeds ten months, two months of them assigned for revising current strategy of the free zone and improving it, as well as studying the economic zones within free zone.

Climate change poses humanitarian challenges – top UN official

(IRIN) – Global demand for humanitarian assistance is likely to grow in the coming decade because of climate change, warned John Holmes, UN under-secretary-general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator.

In his keynote speech to the fifth Dubai International Humanitarian Aid & Development Conference & Exhibition (DIHAD) on 8 April, Holmes said: “What we are witnessing is not an aberration