- A Yemeni-Czech talks session was held on Thursday headed by the Prime Minister Ali Mujawar and his Czech counterpart Mirek Topolanek.
The talks discussed the cooperation relations between Yemen and Czech Republic and means of enhancing them in fields of economy, investment, trade and development particularity in terms of oil, industry, tourism, fisheries and free zones.
It also dealt with the governmental role in supporting the private sector to establish the joint investment companies and enable them to develop the economic and commercial activity to serve the common interests between the two countries.
The talks focused on the efforts of both countries in field of economic reforms and Czech attitude to support Yemen to join the World Trade Organization (WTO).
It also reviewed the latest developments in the Middle East especially in Palestine, Iraq and Somalia and the attitude of the two countries that confirms the Palestinians right to establish their own country.
Mujawar welcomes the Czech delegation, making reference to the Yemeni-Czech historical relations, calling to re-form joint committee for the cooperation between the two countries.
He affirmed appreciation of the Yemeni and Czech governments on the importance of private sector and give it a main role to develop the bilateral economic relations.
He reviewed the latest developments of Yemen's relations with European Union (EU), briefing that EU granted Yemen since 1990 more than $ 180 million to support the development projects in Yemen.
Mujawar briefed that the government carried out a national strategy for poverty reduction financed by the international society, confirming that the 3rd Development Plan for the Social and Economic Development 2006-2010 included Yemen's commitment to keep on the economic, political and social reforms that aim at enhancing the democracy process.
For his part, the Czech Prime Minister talked over the economic relations between the two countries, confirming his country's readiness to increase the aid for Yemen in the development field.
He affirmed his country's support to enhance the coexistence of Czech investors in Yemen particularity in the oil and marine and infrastructure fields, saying "we are welcoming the Yemeni investment in Czech."
In the end of talks session, the two sides singed an agreement to encourage the investment and an understanding memo to facilitate the investment and commercial cooperation.