Chairman's Annual Report

  • Fifteenth Annual General Meeting, 20 June 2007. It is customary for the Chairman to begin his report by saying that the Society has had an active year. This indeed has been the case but I do believe that it could have been even more active, and this is a theme which I shall return to later. Before I review the past year, let me say that the essential backdrop to the... read more
  • Fourteenth Annual General Meeting, 22 June 2006. The Society has had another active year at a time when there are some signs that our government is putting more effort into developing bilateral links. This has been noticeable in the business field, where a small government-backed scoping mission, organised by the British Consultants and Construction Bureau, visited Yemen in... read more
  • Thirteenth Annual General Meeting, 8 June 2005. I am pleased to report that travel to Yemen has been made easier by both the British and Yemeni governments. Foreign Office travel advice is now less restrictive, and with Yemen declaring 2005 as ‘The Year of Tourism’, it is now easier to obtain visas; and, apart from travel to certain areas, it is no longer necessary for... read more
  • Twelfth Annual General Meeting, 9 June 2004. The highlight of last year’s Autumn programme was the Society’s Tenth Anniversary Luncheon held at the Royal Garden Hotel on Monday 8 December. This was attended by over a hundred members and their guests. We are most grateful to Dr Abdul Karim Al-Iryani, Adviser to the President and Secretary-General of the ruling General People... read more
  • Eleventh Annual General Meeting, 12 June 2003. The Society was formed in February 1993, so this year marks its tenth anniversary Cultural highlights of the past decade have included the Yemen Festival of 1997, and the British Museum’s Queen of Sheba exhibition last year. Running concurrently with the exhibition were various events to which our Society contributed in no... read more
  • Tenth Annual General Meeting, 25 June, 2002. At our last AGM we said goodbye to our Honorary Co-President, H.E. Dr Hussain al-Amri, who has returned to Sana’a but remains an honorary member of the Society. In his place we are very pleased to welcome H.E. Dr Mutahar Abdullah Al-Saeede, who presented his credentials as the new ambassador of the Republic of Yemen at the end of... read more
  • Ninth Annual General Meeting, 21 June 2001. Since the last AGM held exactly a year ago to the day, the Society has been active with a full programme of meetings and events. The autumn programme last year began with a lecture by Christopher Ward of the World Bank’s Rural Development, Water and Environment Department, on the water crisis inYemen. In October, Dr Salma Samar... read more
  • Eighth Annual General Meeting, 21 June 2000. As you know, I took over as Chairman from Stephen Day in September 1999. I should like to take this opportunity to thank him for his period of stewardship. Since the last AGM, the Society has held regular meetings which for the most part have been well attended. I will not mention details of the lecture programme up to the end... read more
  • Seventh Annual General Meeting, 21 July 1999. The Chairman, Mr Stephen Day, noted that the past year’s programme had included some well-attended lectures, an excellent tour of Yemen in November, and a successful Christmas Appeal for the Al-Noor Centre for the Blind and Disabled in Mukalla, which had raised £2,735. Discussing the security situation in Yemen since the... read more
  • Sixth Annual General Meeting, December 1998. The major events of the year have been the visit of President Ali Abdullah Salih to Britain in November 1997, which HE Dr Hussain al-Amri has confirmed was a great success, and the Yemen Festival; both events demonstrated the very marked improvement in Yemeni-British relations. The Festival was limited by financial constraints... read more
  • Fifth Annual General Meeting, December 1997. Your Committee decided that the magazine in its original format had become too expensive and alterations were agreed at the AGM. The Committee would welcome comments. We are very grateful to Georgina Simpson who has taken on the duty of Editor. The series of lectures continued with three last winter and a further four in the... read more
  • Fourth Annual General Meeting, November 1996. The visit to Yemen by members of the Society late last year, organised by Jim Ellis, was a great success. We were honoured to meet HE. the President, the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister and other members of the Government. We also met leading members of the business and academic communities in Sana... read more