Statement at Ceremony at the Al-Shorta Hospital in Sana'a

August 1, 2006

Mr. Riyadh Al-Qirshi, Deputy Minister of Health and Population, Ladies and Gentlemen.

It gives me a great pleasure to take part in this delivery ceremony at the Al-Shorta Hospital in Sana'a during which we deliver medical equipments valuing US$75,442 provided as a grant by the Government of Japan under the Japanese scheme called "Grant Assistance for Grass-roots Human Security Projects".

We are confident that these equipments will contribute to develop the medical services extended by the hospital, and I am pleased to see that these equipments are working in an excellent way to serve the people through qualified and expert medical staff.

The Government of Japan has provided economic and technical assistances to Yemen over the last three decades, in particular focusing on Basic Human Needs such as health, water and education.

Japan intends to provide assistances to help Yemen achieve the development goals varying from improving health services, eradicating poverty, and achieving universal primary education.

Japan, together with international organizations and other donors, will stand shoulder to shoulder with the Yemeni Government and will support its efforts for development.

We trust that the hospital's medical staff will maintain and work on these equipments efficiently.

Thank you.

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