Thursday, 25 February 2010

Donors meet in Riyadh to help Yemen

By Nasser Arrabyee/25/02/2010

The representatives of the international and GCC donors will meet in the Saudi capital Riyadh on Saturday February 27, 2010, for discussing mechanisms of implementing the pledges of the donors to help Yemen overcome its major challenges.

The meeting is a follow up for the London conference held late last January, after a call from the British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

The Yemeni Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Abdul Kareem Al Arahbi, who will head the Yemeni delegation to Riyadh, said Thursday that ministers of finance and representatives of funds of GCC will attend the meeting.

Representatives from US, EU, UN and WB will also attend the meeting, said Al Arahabi who leaves Sana'a for Riyadh on Friday.

The meeting discusses the status of the donors pledges, and difficulties facing the projects funded by them, the official said. The mechanisms of coordination and communication between Yemen and the donors will be discussed.

The needs of Yemen for reforms during 2011-2015 will also be discussed in the meeting. The meeting will pave the way for the meeting of the friends of Yemen which will held in Berlin next month.

On the same day, the Yemeni Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Mujawar, and the Saudi Crown Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Azeez, will sign six agreements to finance development projects in Yemen.

The development projects include roads, electricity, education, health, and vocational training.

The meeting is the 19th round of the Yemeni-Saudi coordination council.

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