Yemen-Germany partnership agreement inked [Archives:2005/841/Local News]

May 12 2005

Hassan Al-Zaidi
SANA'A-Monday 9 May -A cooperation agreement was signed last Monday between Yemen and Germany at the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation's head-office in Sana'a. It was signed by Ahmed Sufan, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation and Prof. Dr. Matthias Weiter, Head of Middle East Division at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

According to the agreement, a number of projects are to be financed and implemented such as the Sa'ada water and sanitary disposal, for which an international tender is to be announced soon.

The German official emphasized that Germany is interested in education by establishing schools and training teachers as well as promoting rural and cultural tourism.

It is noteworthy that Germany provides Yemen with aid of 45 million euros for development. Half of this amount goes for technical support though German organizations such as GTZ and the rest goes to state-implemented projects.

Sufan said that the donors have their own conditions related to foreign aids such as reforms both politically and administratively.

“They also recommend us, not to use our resources extravagantly such as water and oil,” he said.

Sufan pointed out that state imports diesel at 92 riyals/liter, and sell it for 17 riyals/liter and this affects the economy.