Saudi Arabia, Yemen Sign 12 Solar-Powered Water Projects Agreements
Yemen’s interim capital, Aden, witnessed on Monday the signing of agreements for 12 potable water projects using solar energy technologies in three governorates. The agreements will also enable projects for improving the quality of life for Yemenis in five governorates.
The projects come with a tripartite contribution from the Saudi Program for the Development and Reconstruction of Yemen (SDRPY), the Arab Gulf Program for Development (AGFUND) and the Sela Foundation for Development.
They will target five governorates: Hadramout, Abyan, Lahj, Taiz and Hodeidah.
The signing ceremony was attended by the director of SDRPY office in Aden, Ahmed Madkhali, and several local officials.
During the ceremony, Madkhali explained that Saudi Arabia, through SDRPY, made qualitative contributions in meeting the needs of various basic and vital sectors in Yemen.
Madkhali stressed SDRPY’s keenness to unify efforts to achieve a stable and prosperous future for Yemenis.
According to the director, SDRPY is operating in cooperation with the Yemeni government and development partners in Yemen.
“The SDRPY seeks to contribute to improving the standard of living of the Yemeni people and their daily life, especially in the field of water. This important project will contribute to providing fresh and safe water sources with clean and renewable energy,” said Madkhali.
Participating through videoconference at the signing ceremony, an AGFUND representative explained that the projects were inspired by the need to end the suffering that Yemeni governorates are witnessing in the lack of access to potable water.
Sela Foundation for Development Executive Director Ali Hassan Bashmakh said that the projects will raise the operational efficiency of drinking water projects in the targeted governorates and will meet their daily needs of fresh and clean water.
Bashmakh praised the efforts of SDRPY and AGFUND in financing such sustainable projects in the field of water.
SDRPY has implemented as many as 224 development projects and initiatives in various Yemeni governorates to serve Yemeni people in seven main sectors: education, health, water, energy, transport, agriculture, and fishery, and building the capacity of government institutions and development programs.