As the political situation in Yemen stabilizes, the government of Turkey is pushing its government agencies, commercial firms and diplomatic missions to help Yemen overcome its major challenges.
One example of this took place On March 31st where the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Fazil Corman, in cooperation with Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), launched the Agency’s operations in Yemen at a press conference at Sheba Hotel.
Mr. Corman, the Turkish ambassador said the visit of TIKA team to Yemen represents Turkey’s commitment to supporting the Yemeni people during the transition period and beyond.
Mr. Corman said that they are trying their best to support developing countries and Yemen has the most potential of all their partners. “It is my duty to convey a real message about the needs of Yemen. However, their needs require serious and faithful work,” said Corman.
Mr. Cüneyt Esmer, a TIKA expert, said that the mission of TIKA is to contribute to poverty reduction through sustainable economic development projects and technical assistance.
“TIKA will establish more development projects in areas of health, sanitation, education, electricity and water,” Corman said, adding that the office would begin to implement three centers for kidney disease in Mukalla, Taiz and Sana’a.
Priority Areas which TIKA interest to develop are institutional development, education health water supply and sanitation, agriculture and cultural cooperation.
TIKA was established in 1992 with the mission of coordinating and implementing Turkey’s efforts aimed at poverty eradication and sustainable development in partner countries. At the heart of this effort lies Turkey’s own expertise and experience. Turkey shares its own expertise and experience by tailoring them to fit specific needs and development priorities of partner countries.
TIKA currently has operations in Cambodia, Kiribati, Nepal, Timor-Leste, as well as Afghanistan – the largest recipient of Turkish development assistance.