Wednesday, April 11, 2012

WB Warns Yemen Oil to Deplete In 12 Years, Water In 20 Years

April 11, 2012                    
The World Bank has said Yemen's oil reserves will deplete in almost 12 years and its water reserves in 20 years.
In a recent report by its Sanaa office, the Bank said, with the current daily oil production, about 270.000 barrels, taken into account, Yemen's oil reserves suffice for 10-12 years at a time when the oil revenues make up about 90 percent of the state budget.
However, according to recent local studies, only 15 percent of Yemen's land has been surveyed which means there are oil basins yet to be discovered if the government tries to develop the energy sector.
Currently, Yemen produces oil only from two basins: the Marib-Shabwa basin and the Masila basin amid persistent attacks by tribesmen against oil and gas pipelines causing financial problems and fuel crises due to production interruptions.
The report said over 47% of Yemen's population live on only $ 2 dollars a day and the poverty rates have increased by 10% due to the global food and energy crises.
When it comes to the water issue, the Bank said only 36% of Yemen's people have access to safe drinking water and, because of water problems, about 46% of the country's children below five suffer from underweight due to malnutrition.
The groundwater resources in urban areas such as the capital Sanaa face depletion threats in the 20 years to come, it added.
The report also highlighted the alarming population growth in the country which increases by 3% a year and the soaring unemployement rates.
Source: Yemen Post

Qatar to resume development projects in Yemen: PM says

SANA'A, April 11 (Saba) - Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa said on Wednesday that it was agreed with Qatar to begin the construction of the Hamad Medical City worth over $200 million in Taiz governorate.
The Premier made the statement in Sana'a coming from Doha after a three-day official visit to Qatar, which he described as successful and serves the common interests of both countries.
We agreed with the Qatari side to complete the implementation of a number of road projects halted before in addition to carrying out new development and investment projects would create many job opportunities, Basindwa said.
He pointed to an understanding reached between the Yemeni and Qatari sides on opening the Qatari labor market for the Yemenis, saying that Minister of Social Affairs and Labor would visit Doha to regulate the labor movement and to draft a joint agreement in this regard.
"We have discussed with Qatari Crown Prince Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the joint cooperation's mechanisms, topped by completing the establishment of the Qatari development institution in Yemen, which will carry out and supervise the Qatari-funded projects in the country", the Premier said.
Moreover, the Prime Minister said that Qatar would send medical teams via the Qatari Red Crescent to assist in treating the wounded of the country's last year events.
Concerning the Qatari role in the coming meetings of Yemen Friends and donors, Basindwa said he was informed that the Qatari participation in the meetings would be considerable, praising the Qatari leadership's keenness to help Yemen to overcome the current challenges.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister met on Tuesday evening in Doha the Yemeni community, who briefed him on their conditions in Qatar and the care they enjoy by the Qatari government as well as their aspirations to see their country has recovered and overcome the current serious challenges.

Al-Qaeda beheads witch in Yemen

By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, April 11, 2012- The head of woman was found on Wednesday at dawn in Rada'a city of Al-Bayda province. Local residents in Rada'a city reported that the woman, Al-Sharefa Amer, who worked as a awich had been slain by Al-Qaeda militants.
Residents said that they found her head hanging on the wall of a cemetery near the house of another sorceress in the same area.
 No more details were reported.
Witchcraft and sorcery are punishable by death in strict interpretations of Islamic law – image supplied.

12 al-Qaeda militants killed in air strike in Abyan

By Fatik al-Rodaini
SANA'A, April 11, 2012- At least 12 al-Qaeda militants were killed on Wednesday afternoon in an air strike in Yemen's southern province of Abyan.
Sources said that an air strike conducted by the Yemeni forces took-out a car believed to be carrying al-Qaeda militants between Lawdar and Amaen cities, killing all passengers.
Yemeni government soldiers backed by tribesmen battled al-Qaeda militants in a third day of clashes in heavy fighting killing at least 31 people.
The clashes took place at Jebel Yasuf district, some 10 km from the town of Lawdar, where dozens of people have been killed since Monday, raising the death toll from three days of clashes to at least 158.
Yemen's Defense Ministry said in a statement that it had destroyed a number of checkpoints set up by militants on a main road linking Lawdar to the neighboring province of Al-Bayda, re-opening the route.
The ministry mentioned that Saudi Arabian, Pakistani and Somali nationals were among the militants killed in the Lawdar area.
On Tuesday at least eight soldiers were killed and four others wounded during an attack at an army checkpoint by armed men believed to be al-Qaeda militants in Yemen’s eastern province of Mareb.
According to analysts, al-Qaeda in Yemen is considered a serious and growing threat for Yemeni government and for the United States.
President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi vowed to fight al Qaeda and its affiliates when he took office earlier this year after his predecessor quit under pressure from anti-government protesters and foreign powers anxious to halt a slide into mayhem.
Militants have since stepped up their operations against the army, carrying out a string of deadly attacks that have cast a long shadow over the country's first months post-Ali Abdullah Saleh.
In return, the Yemeni air force has launched air strikes on suspected militant strongholds and the United States has joined in with drones.
The United States and Saudi Arabia - both targets of al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing - fear Yemen is becoming a major front in its campaign against the militant network, which has been dealt a number of blows over the past year, not least the killing of its founder and leader Osama bin Laden.