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Yemen: Legitimate Govt Promises to Pay Wages in Houthi-Controlled Areas

Yemen: Legitimate Govt Promises to Pay Wages in Houthi-Controlled Areas

Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 - 09:15
Meeting between Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik, Minister of Finance Ahmad al-Fadhli, Governor of the Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) Mohammad Zimam, and other officials (Saba News Agency)
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Yemen’s Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik promised Tuesday to pay the salaries of university and health workers in areas controlled by the Houthi group during his meeting in Aden with UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, Lise Grande.

Saba News Agency reported that the PM discussed with Grande a number of humanitarian issues and challenges as well as relief operations in Yemen.

During the meeting, they discussed the latest political developments in Yemen as well as field developments related to the UN-sponsored Stockholm consultations.

Official sources also indicated that the meeting discussed Houthis' continuous violations and failure to reach a lasting and comprehensive peace, as well as their insistence on wasting peace opportunities that the Yemeni people aspire to.

The government devotes all its programs to the development of the economy and the preparation of a general budget, as well as work on the implementation of practical plans through a package of measures and financial and administrative reforms, indicated Abdulmalik.

The Prime Minister informed the UN official that the government continues to consolidate security and stability in all liberated areas, especially the temporary capital, Aden. He stated that officials were also working regularly and continuously to ensure public servants receive their wages, which he described as a “moral duty and a national responsibility that requires the government to carry out its national tasks despite the scarcity of resources.”

“Houthis are still taking over a lot of financial revenue and using it to finance the war instead of paying salaries.”

Abdulmalik also told Grande that the government would pay the salaries of health workers, professors, and faculty members of Yemeni universities located in areas under Houthi control such as Sanaa, Dhamar, Ibb, and Amran.

Grande confirmed UN’s readiness to provide all forms of support to Yemen, and reiterated the role of the UN in supporting the implementation of the Swedish consultations to overcome the difficulties facing Yemeni people.

Meanwhile, Central Bank governor Mohammed Zamam announced that UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator informed him of the two-stage international plan to deposit funds of international and humanitarian organizations working in Yemen with the Bank.

During his meeting with Grande, Zamam discussed transferring the funds of non-governmental organizations and international organizations through the Central Bank of Aden. He also explained the Bank's procedures for granting documentary credits for importing food commodities and the total withdrawals from the Saudi deposit.

The Governor reported the positive results of Saudi Arabia’s support to the Central Bank, the $200 million financial grant and the monthly $60 million fuel grant for power plants.

"To date, $441 million has been withdrawn from the Saudi deposit to cover documentary credits for importing commodities, of which wheat was 47 percent," Zamam said.

The governor stressed that Saudi Arabia was the only country to provide financial assistance to the Central Bank, which helped the government and the bank strengthen public finances and fully pay salaries of retirees in Yemen, in addition to supporting the government in building a power plant capacity of 60 MW in Aden.

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