The Economic Embargo on Yemen
(Not Edited) General Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Sana’a Chamber of Commerce and Industry in cooperation with the Economic Observatory for Studies and Consultancy arranged a seminar today in the capital Sanaa, on "The Economic Embargo on Yemen" in the framework of Neutralizing the Yemeni Economy from War and Conflicts Initiative.
At his speech, Prof. Yahya Almutawakel chairman of Economic Observatory pointed out that the world treated with passivity and ignorance towards Yemen, all of these passivity and Blackout including all actions which were taken against the Yemeni economy, whether at home or abroad, in particular the economic blockade consequences have affected all Yemeni society.
He added "the aim of the seminar is discussing the issue of the embargo and analysis of the economic situation which is currently under siege, and the duty of the concerned parties to absorbed the current situation".
Stressing that Yemeni people cannot accept to live under this situation, but he should work until this situation is completely terminated for it is impossible for the Yemeni people to live under economic sanctions.
Professor Almutawakel also noted that the situation which Yemen is facing now is illegal and the Saudi Aggression and after more than a year and a half now is laying to the international organizations that it does not impose any blockade on Yemen but it only apply Security Council resolutions to inspect cargo suspected of carrying weapons.
During the seminar a four working papers were presented, first paper presented by Mr. Kamal Al-Khameri dealt with the concept of the economic blockade and its types during peace and war, and its historical development and the most important reasons to impose it.
The second paper presented by Dr. Taha A. Alfusail a professor of economics at Sanaa University, which was entitled "From Economic Embargo to Economic War against Yemen," the economic impact and the importance of political and economic research on economic embargo.
While the third paper presented by Mr. Amer Amin, reviewed some models of economic blockade in other countries, such as "Cuba - Nepal - Iraq - Syria - Sudan - Libya" and the goals of such blockades and its effects on those countries and its people .. pointing out "sometimes the United Nations play a co economic blockade role".
In the fourth paper presented by Mr. Hussam Al-Saidi discussed the similarities and differences between economic embargo on Gaza and economic embargo on Yemen in terms of nature and excuses and the effects of the blockade and the duration and geographical damage and role of the media presence and the humanitarian and human rights organizations.
Mr. Al-Saidi pointed out that the effects of the embargo on Yemen was very serious, because of the vulnerability level which was very high compared to the duration of time, and a large number of the population became in need of care and assistance, especially with the weakness at the health and education sectors in Yemen compared to them in Gaza Strip.
He also pointed out "the situation in Gaza has a media presence more than Yemen, who lives in a media discreet, and the absence of most of the organizations and media institutions, and the international and local relief, and therefore the global reaction was colder in the Yemeni situation".
The work papers also indicates that targeting of the Yemeni economy is not based on any law and that the direct economic war caused a rise of poverty and humanitarian needs level, also created a repulsive environment for investment.
This seminar has been enriched with many interventions and discussions by the participants.
Working Papers (Arabic):
- Aug 03, 2016