Yesterday, Saturday, in the Egyptian capital Cairo, a consultative workshop was held to discuss the economic and social development plan of the Taiz governorate for the years 2024-2026, with wide local and international participation.
The workshop, which was organized by the local authority in Taiz, in collaboration with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), discussed four pillars to achieve development: “governance, public administration, peace and security, service provision in various sectors, and achieving economic potential,” while development partners in Yemen reviewed their current projects in Taiz, identifying existing gaps that require coverage and prioritizing them.
In the workshop, in which the Prime Minister, Dr. Maeen Abdul Malik, the Minister of Water and Environment, Engineer Tawfiq Al-Sharjabi, the Governor of Taiz, Nabil Shamsan, the director of Al-Mukha, Bassem Al-Zariqi, the distributor, Sheikh Abdul Karim Haider, and 55 representatives of the local authority, in addition to representatives of the private sector and civil society in Taiz, also participated. In the workshop, representatives of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, the Ministry of Local Administration, and the Director of the Humanitarian Action Cell in the National Resistance, Abdullah Al-Hubaishi, reviewed the draft development plan 2016-2024 and discussed it with development partners, projecting current and future donor projects and activities on the presented plan, and developing . local initiatives that link management with Provide decentralized services and economic development, identifying gaps and agreeing on the next steps to move forward.
Most of the resident representatives of United Nations agencies, funds and programs also participated in the workshop, including the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration, the United Nations Human Settlements, the Office. of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations, and the Office of the Resident Representative. The Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs, and 55 donors, development partners and international financial institutions, including the World Bank.
In the opening of the workshop, Minister Al-Sharjabi pointed out that Taiz suffers from a serious problem in relation to water and energy, emphasizing that there is government support and direction to create a road map for the development of Taiz from the year 2024. to 2026, which will focus on reconciliation within the city of Taiz and its development of the emergency situation and improvement of services in all areas.Taiz areas, including those under Houthi control.
He explained that Taiz is still suffering from the siege imposed on it by the terrorist Houthi militia for eight years from every direction, which has caused the sufferings the governorate is witnessing today.
For his part, the Governor of Taiz emphasized that the workshop is very important, especially since it comes after the efforts of two full years, during which the development plan for Taiz was discussed with international community organizations, civil society organizations and some countries. , under the supervision of the Yemeni government, leading to the preparation of the plan in a stable manner, which was discussed today with The international community in preparation for its launch.
He pointed out that Taiz Governorate has the ability to show a successful model because it possesses great human and industrial capabilities at the level of Yemen, and because it has a dense population that possesses all the natural, industrial and agricultural components, pointing out that the plan that will come out of Taiz, may be applied to all the other governorates of Yemen, for it means not Taiz alone, but the whole of Yemen.
The workshop witnessed several speeches by its participants, in which it was emphasized to continue to support the development in Taiz financially, because Shawqi Hayel Saeed Anam announced the contribution of Hayel Commercial Group in the amount of three billion riyals to support sustainability in Taiz, while the businessman Youssef Al-Kuraimi, Executive Director of the Bank of… Al-Kuraimi, Al-Kuraimi Bank’s contribution of 5 billion riyals to finance small projects in Taiz, expressing his willingness to double the amount during the next stage.