Political Analysis

Prime Minister: Security and Economic Challenges are Government’s Priorities

National Yemen

By NY Staff

On November 30th, Prime Minister Khalid M. Bahah directed all ministries to prepare sectorial action programs that will be implemented in 90 days. The programs should reflect the urgent executive functions that will be included in the general program of the government, and it will be a benchmark for evaluating and measuring the performance of the Cabinet.

During an internal panel discussion with the participation of all ministers, the Prime Minister and his ministers handled the proposals and views to double the government’s performance efforts to overcome the current complications experienced by Yemen.

“We have a lot of special vehicle challenges, mostly the security and economic challenges which are the priority and concern of the government and citizens, and must achieve concrete things in this aspect,” Bahah said.

In the panel discussion, the Ministry of Finance presented a report about the preparation of the state budget and classified aspects. The report provided a full explanation of the economic units and the steps needed to improve its performance and end imbalances in these units.

The Strategic Advisor to the executive device of donor pledges, Dr. Salam Fayyad, pointed out that Yemen is in an extremely difficult situation, but there are many countries in similar conditions and the transitional government managed the cooperation of all of the social and political components. “Everyone has to realize that there was a feeling in the international and regional realms of the non-success of the National Dialogue in Yemen, but Yemenis have proved the opposite.”

Earlier in November 29th, Bahah issued a decision on the formation of an economic committee including qualified experts to study the economic and financial situation.

According to the decision and the principles of the peace and partnership agreement, the committee will examine the economic and financial situation in Yemen through a review of the state budget and spending as well as making recommendations on how to use savings in order to benefit poor areas that have been marginalized.

The committee is also responsible for developing a comprehensive, detailed, and clear program for economic reform that aims to clear sources of corruption in all sectors and address the general budget and rationalize spending imbalances.

It also reconsiders the current price of fuel and diesel that is set at 3,000 Riyals for twenty liters within two months, with real price reforms based on scientific and economic bases that meets the aspirations of the people, in addition to cancelling double dippers and delusional jobs as well as applying the fingerprint system in all civil, military, and security state institutions.