Women’s health on event agenda [Archives:2004/736/Local News]

May 10 2004

On Saturday, May 8, the World Bank country office in Yemen, in partnership with UNDP and DHL, will be hosting the first Yemen Development Marketplace (YDM) at Raba'a Al-Adhwiya Girls's school in Sana'a.
This event, focused on a competition and knowledge forum, will show case 25 finalist teams that submitted ideas to the World Bank under the themes of Women's Health, Women's Education, and Qat Awareness.
The finalists were selected from among 95 applicants who participated in the YDM national competition. This competition was open to all organizations, including NGOs, research institutions, and the private sector and proposals were reviewed by the World Bank technical experts.
In addition to the competition, a knowledge forum will also be held. This conference-like part of the day will include three presentations on the themes of Women's Health, Women's Education, and Qat Awareness.
The event's opening ceremony will commence at 9 a.m. Mr. Christiaan Poortman, the World Bank Vice President for Middle East North Africa Region, will give the opening speech. Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Planning and International Cooperation as well as Minister of Social Affairs and Labor will also speak briefly. Representatives from partner organizations will attend.
The opening of the marketplace will take place at 11:30 a.m. with the cutting of the ribbon. Public interviews of the finalists by the jury will follow and continue throughout the day.
Finalist teams, some of which are coming from Aden, Hadramoout, Taiz, Hodiedah and Dhamar, will be displaying their ideas at booths and interviewing with jurors on May 8. Winners of the competition will be announced at 4 p.m. at the event's closing ceremony.