Cabinet approves its two-year program

Published on 22 December 2011 in News
Ali Saeed (author)

Ali Saeed

A natural water barrier in Hamdan rural district, north the capital Sana’a and the professor have suggested to the new government building similar water barriers nationwide to supply rural areas with water.

A natural water barrier in Hamdan rural district, north the capital Sana’a and the professor have suggested to the new government building similar water barriers nationwide to supply rural areas with water.

SANA'A, Dec 21 –Yemen's cabinet has approved its two-year public program, expected to be endorsed by parliament, in line with the Gulf power transition plan signed in Riyadh late November.

Minister of Information, Ali Al-Amrani told the Yemen Times that the program aims to restore political stability and security in order

provide a good climate for the peaceful and safe power transition in Yemen. It also needs to address the legal demands of the youth in Change Square.

The program proposal stressed the fact that the government will deal with the Gulf initiative, its implementation mechanism and Security Council resolution 2014 as a compulsory and necessary road map for Yemen to cross into a new phase, state-run Saba news agency reported on Monday.

It went on to say that the government will work on this through enforcing good governance and transparency on the leadership, administrative and executive apparatuses of the state's institutions.

There have been several proposals and economic plans by the cabinet during Saleh's 33-rule though all ended fruitless, but this program comes with more hope, coming from the new national unity government. This government, formed by vice president Abd Rabo Mansour Hadi, will also work to resume disrupted services, including resolving the sever power outages and the fuel shortages Yemenis have faced over the past year. It is also tasked with bringing escalating prices under control. And to have financial capacity for priority development projects

nationwide, the new government will work with donors to establish a special fund which will finance and select implementation companies.

Dr. Mohamed Jubran, a professor of economics at the University of Sana’a, said the proposed special fund, which will be financed by donors mainly from Gulf countries, the EU and the five permanent members of the Security Council, “will be successful if it is managed professionally.”

Jubran suggested that this fund should work on three areas to achieve more long-term goals, such as providing small loans to the youth to start their own businesses and creating water supply systems for rural areas to reduce internal migration to Yemen’s cities. “And the fund must implement the projects, not the government, to ensure professional management and prevent corruption,” he added. A separate fund will also be created to provide financial support for the families of martyrs and injured protesters as well as granting them treatment abroad if needed.

To liaise with the youth, a communication committee will be set up to contact those still in squares, rejecting the Gulf deal, to explain the details of the power transition plan and discuss Yemen’s future.

This will be done within open discussion during a comprehensive national dialogue to involve the youth in the political decision making, according to the program.

During the two coming years the government will also work together with the newly-established military committee to end the division at the Yemen’s armed forces, according to the proposal. The committee was tasked with demilitarizing Yemen’s cities within one week – a deadline that will pass on Saturday. While some roadblocks and checkpoints, as well as a number of tanks and armored cars were removed from Sana’a, most still remain and it looks unlikely that the Saturday target will be met.

Under the terms of the Gulf Cooperation Council initiative, the divided army will be reunited and run under one professional, national leadership.

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