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Cablegate: Yemen's Nomination for the Foreign Press Center's

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UNCLAS SECTION 01 OF 02 SANAA 001590

SIPDIS

FOR PA/PR/FPCW - SILAS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KPAO OPRC YM
SUBJECT: YEMEN'S NOMINATION FOR THE FOREIGN PRESS CENTER'S
REPORTING TOUR TITLED, "ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: SMALL BUSINESS
DEVELOPMENT AND BUSINESS INCUBATORS."

The following is Yemen's nomination for the Foreign Press
Center's Reporting Tour titled, "Economic Development: Small
Business Development and Business Incubators," August 30 -
September 17, 2005:

A. Full Name (as in passport): Shaker Mohammed Al-Molsi
Date of birth: 5/11/1980
City of birth: Ibb
Country of birth: Yemen
Passport Number: 01298861
Country of Issuance: Republic of Yemen

B. Mailing Address:

Sana'a, Republic of Yemen
Yemen Times
Hadda Road
P.O. Box: 2579, Sana'a

C. Office Telephone Number: + 967 1 268 661
Home Telephone Number: + 967 1 283 032
Cell Phone: + 967 73 474 286

D. News Editor/News Reporter

E. E-mail Address: shakermolsi@yahoo.com

F. Emergency notification name: Muharram Muhsen Mohamed
Phone Number: + 967 1 283 032

G. Shaker works for the Yemen Times weekly. It's independent
and was the first English language newspaper published in
Yemen. The Yemen Times is considered an influential news
organization and the principal English language newspaper
which covers various issues including economic, political
and social issues and concentrates on political, economic
and social developments. It features fairly straight
reporting of international developments. In terms of size of
circulation, Yemen Times ranks third amongst all government,
private and political party newspapers with a bi-weekly copy
run of 20,000 copies.

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The Yemen Times publishes economic, cultural and family
affairs coverage on a weekly basis. The newspaper also
features opinion essays and analysis reports. It is read by
literate urban, young Yemenis and is found on the desks of
virtually all government officials, intellectuals and
elites.

H. The focus of the reporting tour meets one of the
requirements of the media interests in Yemen. The Yemen
Times is one of few national newspapers that addresses
economic issues and plays a major role in raising/shaping
public awareness regarding a multitude of issues. More than
40% of the population in Yemen lives under the poverty line
and a majority of the population is therefore dependent on
small businesses. The U.S. Embassy is very supportive
through its aid program to Yemen's economic growth and the
participation of a Yemeni journalist on this program will
help in promoting awareness about the significance of small
businesses in the lives of many people.

I. Shaker Al-Molsi has been a news editor for the Yemen
Times since June 2004. In this capacity, he handles
editorial responsibilities, editing news stories, reports
and articles, conducting interviews with local and foreign
officials, and contributing weekly articles. He is a member
of a number of media NGOs, including the Yemeni Journalists
Syndicate. He is skilled in various computer applications
and the Internet, and speaks Arabic (mother tongue) and
English fluently. Shaker holds a BA degree in English
Language from Sana'a University, 2003. He contributes
articles and stories to a number of Arabic-language
newspapers, including the Annas independent weekly.

J. He has excellent knowledge of English with very good
writing and comprehension skills.

K. The candidate traveled only to Egypt in 2003
participating in a conference on distinguished university
students.

L. No dietary or physical restrictions.

M. Name and Address of post action officer:

Timothy Fingarson
A/PAO, U.S. Embassy Sanaa
Office Tel: +967 1 755 2262
Fax: +967 1 755 2282
Cell Phone: +967 73 228 058
Email: Fingarsontj2@state.gov

Name and Address of back-up officer:

Esam Hamoud
Information Specialist, U.S. Embassy Sanaa
Office Tel: +967 1 755 2443
Fax: +967 1 755 2282
Home: +967 1 354 139
Cell Phone: +967 73 213 518
Email: ghorbanieh@state.gov
KRAJESKI

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