Workshop discusses democratic reform, its effects on development [Archives:2008/1149/Local News]

April 24 2008

By: Mohammed Bin Sallam
SANA'A, April 22 ) A workshop on democratic reform in Yemen and its effects on economic and social development was organized in Sana'a on Sunday. The event was attended by more than 60 social, political and economic dignitaries from Yemen and other Arab states.

Inaugurating the workshop, Yemeni Social Affairs and Labor Minister Amatarrazaq Ali Hummad affirmed that countries can not have legitimate authorities unless three main parties, represented by the government, private sector and civil community organizations are involved in development.

She highlighted the negative effect of the financial reform program on the poor, stressing that the government must provide social welfare for them. “We don't want people to wait until the end of each month for a low government salary that doesn't cover all the basic necessities of individuals and families