UN supports Yemen’s economic reforms [Archives:2004/789/Local News]

November 11 2004

It's appears that Yemen's economic reforms under the guidance of international groups will continue, despite the fear they've been raising among the public.
The Resident Coordinator of the UN System's Operational Activities for Development in Yemen, Flavia Pansieri, agreed with Abdulqader Bajammal, Yemen's Prime Minister, on Nov. 6, to continue the programs of development and combating poverty under the supervision of the international organizations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, and The World Food Program.
Yemen-UN relations was also an item on the meeting's agenda.
Different programs are run by the international groups, especially related to education, health and childhood.
Coordination between UN office, the government, and the offices of the other international organizations was also discussed.
A Yemeni official said that any postponement of the administrative, economical and financial reform that was agreed on earlier by the financing organizations will lead to less international aid.
Dr. Abubakr al-Qirbi, Minister of Foreign Affairs, warned that by not executing the economical reforms at the assigned time, Yemen will hinder foreign investment and delay other reforms that should be done in the fields of administration and judiciary.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says that the scope of poverty is growing, that there are now 9 million people barely making ends meet, and 4 million live beneath the line of poverty in a country with a population that doesn't exceed 20 million.