Government and Private Sector of Yemen hold dialogue in support of Yemen's economic development

WASHINGTON, DC -- A Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of Yemen and the Yemeni private sector was signed today in Washington DC to foster an enabling environment for business creation and youth employment.

“This is exciting news,” John D. Sullivan, Executive Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) remarked. “This is a first of its kind partnership between the Yemeni government and private sector to establish a working framework that will support the critical transition process in Yemen.”

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Yemen – Private Sector Taskforce President Ahmed Bazara attended a Ramadan breakfast meeting hosted by new U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Matthew H. Tueller. In attendance were Yemeni Deputy Minister of Finance Hossam Sharjabi and members of the Yemeni executive branch Amat-Alim Alsoswa and Raafat Alokhali, as well as representatives from the private sector and the government. During the meeting, attendees discussed the economic situation in Yemen and potential ways to promote economic cooperation between the United States and Yemen.

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Weekly Update: MENA

Yemen – From September 14-16, CIPE supported Yemen’s private sector leaders to convene a Constitutional Transition Workshop in Sana’a, Yemen. Private sector leaders along with participants representing civil society, the judiciary, finance, and academia identified institutions and processes that must be established by Yemen’s new constitution to support democracy, stability, and economic development.


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