Riyadh-GCC’s Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Negotiations Abdul Aziz Hamad Aluwaisheg stressed that the GCC states are committed to reconstructing Yemen and that the legitimate Yemeni government has prioritized this project. He added that reconstructing Yemen is based on regaining stability and security in addition to restoring the government’s ability to finance itself.
Aluwaisheg’s remarks came within the sidelines of a workshop, held in Riyadh on Sunday, on lessons learned from international experiences in recovery, peace-building and reconstruction. The workshop was organized by the General Secretariat of the GCC in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of Yemen and the development partners of Yemen.
The workshop comes within the framework of the implementation of the decision of the Supreme Council of the GCC to prepare for an international conference for reconstruction in Yemen. It is based on HRH King Salman bin Abdulaziz’s vision to boost joint Gulf work after reaching a political solution in Yemen.
Specialists from various international destinations presented different modules for the reconstruction of a number of countries and regions in order to draw the lessons and their applicability in the Yemeni case.
On the sidelines of the workshop, Dr Abdulaziz Aluwaisheg confirmed during a press conference held with Dr Mohammed Al-Maitami, Yemeni Minister of planning and International Cooperation that the international community is willing to provide aids for Yemen under several conditions that include providing guarantees in terms of stability and security, the government’s ability to implement, and a commitment to distribute the burden among regional countries and the world.
Aluwaisheg added that one of the most important factors needed to start reconstructing Yemen is restoring the self-economic mobility and providing security and economic guarantees for the investors.
He added that some of the participants in the presentations of the reconstructing modules included the International Bank, International Monitory Fund, OPEC Development Fund, in addition to officials from the European Union, and two
delegations from USA and Britain.
Dr Abdulaziz Aluwaisheg also said that it is too early to announce a specific date for the reconstructing conference since the political solution the UN is seeking to implement is crucial to the success of the International Conference on Reconstruction.
He also mentioned that the security file will be prioritized along with reconstruction projects as they are both essential for achieving development, regaining economic life, exporting petrol, collecting taxes and practicing economic activities.
On the other hand, Dr Mohammed Al-Maitami stated that the challenge faced by the region nowadays highlights the necessity of developing a common vision to bring peace to the region, including Yemen.
Al-Maitami explained that the Yemen’s reconstruction project will be comprehensive for all the Yemeni society. He added that there will be constitutional and judiciary references as any group or category in the Yemeni society has the judicial right to enjoy life benefits under the name of law and constitution.