An organization of established Yemeni and non-Yemeni professionals was created last year with the sole purpose of accelerating delivery and absorption of aid pledges during
The Mutual Accountability Framework resulting from this donors' conference laid the foundation for a historic agreement between
A total of
Shiaban categorizes these constraints into two issues: The inability to coordinate, facilitate, monitor and report on aid, and the lack of capacity to absorb and manage projects. He believes that it is ultimately about human resources and therefore, the
It is not only the government that is lagging behind—there are a number of donors who have not yet delivered their pledged support to
"We will have a meeting with donors and the Yemeni government in March in Sana'a to report the on the progress of six MAF pillars," Shaiban said.
The pillars of the MAF were proposed namely on the basis of the
The pillars are: to coherently work with the priorities of the budget, the Public Investment Plan (PIP) and the
MAF proposes key actions of mutual accountability to be carried out by the government and donors during the transitional period.
Shaiban believes that MAF could very much be
In other words, the Yemeni government has given a clear map of where each and every pledged fund will go. Now it has to capitalize, optimize and mange these resources with the help of the
Not only will the bureau help the Yemeni government make use of the funds for the country's benefit, it must also ensure that this happens in a public, transparent manner. A website in Arabic will be created and information will be regularly posted, describing where donor money has gone and how.
"It will be a transparent, efficient process. You want change? This is change," said Shaiban.
Shaiban said that the
"Attention should be on the economy, enough [with the] politics. At the end of the day, people want jobs and livelihoods," Shaiban said.
He wants decision makers to establish a dedicated economic team within the Cabinet, led by a deputy prime minister for economic affairs. The Yemeni government urgently needs to introduce champions of economic reform, he said, men and women who are highly professional and are accountable to the public.
"The time is right for president Hadi to choose the right people," he said.
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