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Shabwa, Yemen – The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies held a workshop to assess and discuss the most urgent challenges facing the governorate of Shabwa, addressing security, political, economic, and service issues..

During the workshop, held on August 17 and 18, a range of local officials, activists, community leaders, women’s organizations, civil society groups, and journalists identified a number of issues as priorities for the governorate.

Participants stressed the need for local management of oil companies, steps to improve the security situation, and ending the military presence in civilian facilities.

The Secretary-General of the Local Council in Shabwa Governorate, Abd Rabbo Hashala, said the project contributed to addressing local issues, promoting dialogue and opportunities for peace, and enhancing the role of the local authorities in serving the community.

The workshop, organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and Saferworld, an independent organization working on conflict resolution, looked for ways to strengthen the role of the local government in serving the community and to increase the involvement of local organizations in Yemen’s peace process.

The Executive Director of the Sana’a Center, Maged al-Madhaji, said that the Center always urges dialogue to determine the priorities of the local community on development issues and to promote peace.He added that the Shabwa workshop provided a positive platform in which all voices could be heard.

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is an independent think tank that seeks to foster change through knowledge production, with a focus on Yemen and the surrounding region. The Center’s publications and programs, offered in Arabic and English, cover political, social, economic, and security developments, aiming to impact policy locally, regionally, and internationally.

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