Prime Minister Basindwa Reviewed Progress Made by the Emergency Capacity Development Facility

28 May 2013

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Sana’a, Yemen - Prime Minister Mohamed Basindwa told UNDP's Emergency Capacity Development Facility (ECDF), “I count on ECDF to strengthen government capacities and accelerate socio-economic reforms during the transition period.” His statement came while reviewing progress made by ECDF during its first year of operation in a meeting held this morning. The urgency of making progress in this key area of government intervention and its importance for millions of Yemeni citizens was shared by the other participants in the meeting:  UNDP Senior Country Director Gustavo Gonzalez, the Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Mr. Hasan Hubaishi, the Director of the Prime Minister’s Office Mr Salem Bin Talib, and the ECDF team of expert.

Mr. Gonzalez noted the innovative approach of this initiative stressing that ECDF was able to mobilize the support of multiple partners and quickly deploy critical expertise and technical support to strengthen the capacity of Government institutions to achieve key benchmarks stated in the Transitional Programme for Stabilization and Development and the Mutual Accountability Framework. 

ECDF was launched in May 2012 as multi-donor platform funded by USAID, DFID, the US State Department of Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Italy, the Government of Yemen and UNDP. ECDF provides support  to key public sector institutions (i.e. President and Prime Minister Offices, Ministries of Planning, Finance, Industry and Trade, and Interior) to deliver on their mandate during the transition period and contribute to the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Implementation Mechanism and of the Government Transitional Program for Stabilization and Development (TPSD), 2012-2014.