United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Arab States and Resident Representative in Yemen visit officials in Aden and inaugurate UNDP Sub-Office in AdenMay 7, 2014
Mr Mourad Wahba, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Deputy Regional Director for Arab States and Mr Paolo Lembo, Resident Representative visited on 7 May the Port city of Aden, accompanied by Ms. Mikiko Tanaka, Country Director. Their visit aimed at meeting with Governorate officials, to get briefings from Land Claims Settlements and Dismissals and Forced Retirement commissions, while also looking at longer term development solutions such as youth employment.
Mr. Murad Wahba, Mr Paolo Lembo and Ms. Mikiko Tanaka met with HE Abdulkareem Sha'ef, Vice-Governor of Aden, as well as Judge Saleh Nasser Taheer Kassem, Chairman of the Land Claims Settlement Commission and Judge Sahel Mohamed Hamzah, Chairman of the Dismissals Commission.
Mr. Wahba encourage the effort of both commissions, as they constitute key milestones for Transitional Justice at a long term, as well as building confidence to the affected population and hoping that this Yemeni experience could be useful in other countries going through transition.
“We are thankful for the support received from UNDP and the constant communication which helps us maintains our momentum,” said Judge Sahel Mohamed Hamzah, Chairman of the Dismissals Commission.
HE Abdulkareem Sha'ef, Vice-Governor of Aden, emphasised the importance of Aden as an economic capital, with ports facilities and free zone, but, pointed out that many private investment are suspended because of securrity uncertainties and expressed concerns for high unemployment rate in the city expecially among the youth. "We welcome you in our beautiful city, we are very happy that you are opening a sub-office and hope, with your support, to be able to create a conducive environment for renewed development and economic growth." he said.
Mr. Lembo stated that UNDP often operates sub-offices to better cover all areas and Aden is one such example to ensure long presence of UNDP in this strategic city. "We intend to support decentralization so that the new federal and decentralization laws are implemented efficiently for the benefit of the people of Yemen", he added.
UNDP officials joined Aden Vice Governor Officials in cutting the inaugural ribbon at UNDP new sub-office in Aden, in the presence of several UN agencies and international organizations, highlighting the strengthening the long presence of UNDP in this economic capital of Yemen.