By: Tahani al-Sabri
Alan Duncan, the British Minister of Development, recently reaffirmed the support of United Kingdom for Yemen’s political transition process, including major reforms such as the National Dialogue Conference and its outputs. These outputs will be incorporated in Yemen’s new constitution, after which Yemen will hold free and fair elections.
At a press conference held yesterday in Sana’a, Duncan expressed his condolences for Thursday’s attack on the Ministry of Defense in Sana’a. Duncan called for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict area of Dammaj and the Sa’ada provinces, and the allowance of international relief teams to provide their services in those regions.
The British official emphasized Yemen’s need to continue promoting economic growth and making real changes in the lives of Yemeni people.
“The opening of an executive office for donor countries in Sana’a will play a significant role in attracting funding for projects, which will drive economic growth faster and improve the quality of people’s lives. Where donors have pledged to pay 7 billion dollars, this amount must turn into projects on the ground, through the offices of the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation… I have met a number of businessmen, who have given me insight into the challenges faced by workers in Yemen.”
Duncan added that the real hope lies in the growth of the private sector, which will provide jobs and opportunities to those who need to control their own future.