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03SANAA1699
2003-07-14 11:30:00
CONFIDENTIAL
Embassy Sanaa
Cable title:  

ADEN GOVERNOR ON DEVELOPMENT, E-LEARNING, THE

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						C O N F I D E N T I A L SECTION 01 OF 02 SANAA 001699 

SIPDIS

E.O. 12958: DECL: 07/14/2013
TAGS: PGOV PREL PTER MARR PINR YM MARITIME SECURITY ECON COM
SUBJECT: ADEN GOVERNOR ON DEVELOPMENT, E-LEARNING, THE
YEMEN COAST GUARD, AND USAID

Classified By: Ambassador Edmund J. Hull, for Reasons 1.5 (b) and (d).



1. (C) Begin summary: On July 8, Ambassador Hull met with
newly-appointed governor of Aden, Dr. Yahya Al-Shaibi.
Ambassador and Governor Shaibi agreed on the importance of
sustainable development, discussing Aden's status as a World
Bank Port City, and e-learning. Ambassador highlighted the
re-assurance a professional Yemen Coast Guard will provide
international investors, and discussed possible future
security training for the Aden airport. During the one-day
trip, Ambassador also attended a ROYG graduation for training
conducted by the U.S. Coast Guard, met with the Director
General and Deputy DG of Aden Airport, and bid farewell to
longtime Amideast representative Edward Prados (septel). The
Ambassador was accompanied by OMC Chief, Coast Guard
Representative, Public Affairs Officer, and PolOff
(notetaker). Representatives from numerous media outlets
covered the events (see septel). End summary.



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Governor of Aden


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2. (C) During the 7/8 trip to Aden, Ambassador met with the
new Governor of Aden, and former Minister of Education, Dr.
Yahya Al-Shaibi (bio note para #7), on an early morning
flight and again during a formal office call later that day.
Governor Shaibi began by joking that he and the Ambassador
already covered their agendas on the plane and introductions
were unnecessary, but turned serious, noting the need for
continued improvement in security, employment, investment,
restaurants, and tourism in Aden. Shaibi noted that Aden has
been selected as a World Bank Port City, and said the initial
development plan should be ready next year. He also noted
that he was visiting the Free Zone later that afternoon (7/8)
and hoped future development would turn around the 50% plus
reduction in the number of ships using the port.



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E-Learning


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3. (C) Ambassador congratulated Shaibi on his appointment
and offered U.S. support for initiatives that strengthen
Aden, "a window on Yemen for the rest of the world."
Ambassador announced a $1.5 million E-Learning project that
will install internet in 20 classrooms across Yemen,
including 5 in Aden. He explained that the E-Learning
program provides not only hardware, but installation and
training. The goal, said the Ambassador, with the support of
ROYG and the business community, is to provide an academic
resource to link Yemen with the rest of the world. In
addition, the local purchase of hardware should produce an
added economic stimulus. The governor noted that the
Ministry of Education (MOE) also has a program by which
schools can obtain computers directly from MOE and pay only
3,000 rials ($24USD) a month. In Aden, Shaibi said he is now
trying to create an e-government connected to both internal
and external networks. He added that this connectivity will
help with basic information and administration.



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Yemen Coast Guard


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4. (C) Turning to the graduation ceremony in honor of the
conclusion of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) training, Ambassador
shared the USG observation that the 21 Yemen Coast Guard,
Navy, and Special Forces officers who completed the training
were committed to their professions and enthusiastic -- all
the makings of a "first class operation." He noted that a
professionally competent Yemen Coast Guard (YCG) will
showcase Aden's improved security posture to the world.
Shaibi added that, in addition to the YCG, ROYG considers
remote monitoring an important security upgrade for the port.



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Aden Airport


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5. (C) Ambassador briefed Shaibi on a possible visit by a
USG assessment team during the next six months to look at
Aden Airport's security posture. He also mentioned the
formation of a professional association for graduates of U.S.
institutions; and highlighted the professionalism, as well as
additional USG funding, for ROYG's Aden-based Humanitarian
Demining Program.



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USAID


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6. (C) Shaibi inquired about the return of AID, noting that
he was a USAID graduate in 1978 and that the government
"needed more people with similar backgrounds." Shaibi said
the last batch of graduates are currently in high-level
positions but asked what will happen when they retire.



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Bio Note


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7. (C) Bio note - Governor of Aden Yahya al-Shaibi: Former
Minister of Education, Dr. Yahya al-Shaibi is a
U.S.-educated, USAID Graduate (1978) with a PhD in Chemistry.
He speaks fluent English, and reportedly visited every state
in the continental U.S. during his studies in South Carolina.
He is currently on leave from his faculty position at the
University of Sanaa. End note.
HULL