- Provide a wide range of high quality services responsive to private sector needs.
- Coordinate with the private sector to form a national consensus on economic policy.
- Help expand trade relations between Palestine and other countries.
The Ministry’s operations are carried out through the following departments:
- Policy Analysis and Statistics.
- Company Registration and Industrial Licenses.
- Intellectual Property Rights.
- Industry, Trade and Consumer Services.
- IT, MIS and Information & Internet/web Services.
- International Trade Relations.
- Regional Office Management – West Bank.
- Regional Office Management – Gaza Strip.
The law provides investors with guarantees, procedures and incentives for rewarding investments in Palestine within a climate that is free from bureaucracy, routines and complications. PIPA is the concrete interpretation of the vision of the PNA and implements policies for the promotion of the private sector and an environment conducive to investment.
The agency works on building a better future for all Palestinians by providing advanced services to local and foreign investors; by easing communication between the private and public sectors; and by creating a one–stop-shop for investor services. It also provides rewarding incentives for investment and ensures a competitive investment environment in Palestine.
The Partnership between the public and private sectors in the management of PIPA:
The agency’s board is made up of thirteen members, five from the private sector and eight from the public sector. The Minister of National Economy chairs the board, and the vice-chair is the representative of the Ministry of Finance.
Having members from both the private and public sectors represented in the board is important to ensure the necessary cooperation to monitor and implement necessary amendments to the laws and procedures that could impede investment in Palestine. The board also puts in place and recommends the necessary policies to create a conducive climate for investment, and contributes to the implementation of the necessary policies and procedures to achieve a competitive position for Palestine within the global market. The public sector members of the board effectively communicate internal changes made within their respective ministries including the ministries of Tourism, Industry, Housing, Planning, Agriculture, and the Monetary Authority.
The solid cooperation between the public and private sectors, in the board enables the Agency to pursue a unified promotional strategy that benefits all the economic productive sectors.
- Putting into effect and following up the Industrial Estates and Free Zones Law and the Investment Promotion Law in favor of investors in Palestinian Industrial Estates and Free Zones.
- Preparing, promoting and supervising the development of all Palestinian Industrial Estates and Free Zones.
- Providing investors with the necessary services for starting a successful business. Setting up good quality infrastructure necessary to support new investment activities. Offering a one-stop-shop to simplify investment procedures and minimize bureaucratic requirements.
The institution also provides training in different areas related to its scope of work and disseminates information on local and international measurement standards. Finally, the PSI seeks to promote cooperation between the public, private and academic sectors to encourage investment in the fields of product examination, measurement, specification and quality.
The main functions of PCBS include:
- To establish a comprehensive and unified statistical system to serve Palestinian authorities as an instrument of guidance for diagnosing problems and evaluating progress made.
- To serve the instrumental needs of businesses and their organizations for statistical information on states and trends.
- To conduct a population and housing census and agriculture census every ten years or less in accordance with the rules of a special census act issued by the President of the Palestinian National Authority, and to conduct an Establishment census every five years or less.
- To participate in the international cooperation and exchange of official statistics in accordance with international standards which guarantee Palestinian membership in international organizations
- To establish statistical training centers in order to prepare qualified personnel to carry out the statistical activities conducted by governmental or non-governmental departments or agencies.
- To create and maintain a library of Palestinian and international statistics and an archive of Palestinian censuses and surveys covering the areas listed
- To publish a statistical yearbook annually.
- To update the Voting Register based on the Population Register regularly and every three months, and to provide voter listings when needed.
The responsibilities of the Authority include the organization and monitoring of the stock market, insurance companies, leasing and credit companies and mortgage companies. The PCMA works on the implementation of laws relating to these sectors and on the protection of the rights of all their clients. It is also concerned with the provision of a competitive and transparent environment to stimulate an active market.
The PCMA carries out its tasks through the following three administrations:
- The General Administration for Securities:
- The General Administration for Securities monitors and organizes the activities inside the Palestinian Stock Exchange (PSE) focusing on disclosure and transparency. It follows a number of necessary instructions and systems to regulate, develop, and monitor the market. The administration is in charge of licensing companies on the stock market, investment consultants and investment funds.
- The law of the stock exchange (law No. 12 of 2004) regulates the work of this sector in addition to a number of general regulations, instructions and decisions further regulating the market.
The Administration also developed several market regulations, instructions and decisions and helped to solve problems faced by insurance companies. The work of this sector is regulated by the insurance law (No.20 of 2005), in addition to a number of regulations, instructions and decisions. These include regulations on monetary payments, decisions on standards for auto insurance, and many others.
The General Administration for Financing Real Estate Mortgages and Leasing:
The General Administration for Financing Real Estate Mortgages and Leasing is entrusted with the task of regulating, supervising and developing both markets. The administration is currently drafting a law on real-estate mortgages in cooperation with the World Bank. It also worked on the draft leasing law (No. 15), which has already been submitted to the Cabinet for approval.
PalTrade’s Mission is to Develop Trade Through:
- Advocating a competitive, business enabling environment.
- Improving trade competitiveness through trade promotion and capacity building.
- Fostering international business practices and standards among professionals, firms and business organizations.
- Providing trade-enabling knowledge. PalTrade promotes the following major principles:
- Trade Promotion: through assessing and improving capacities of sectors and Palestinian businesses operating in the global markets and increasing the market share in the local Palestinian market.
- Trade Policies: for managing programs to build and develop a legal economic environment and lobbying and establishing a national economic dialogue program.
- Trade Information: essential for providing Palestinian businesses with market research and information necessary for export markets.
PBA organizes and participates actively in conferences, seminars, trade missions, exhibitions and other activities promoting trade and investment in Palestine. The PBA maintains economic ties with the Palestinian business communities in the Diaspora and other business communities in Arab and other amicable countries through the establishment of joint business councils with similar organizations in these countries. The PBA has been the vice president of the Arab Union of Business Associations for several consecutive sessions.
PBA publishes the ‘Palestinian Executive’, a professional journal of excellent quality. The PBA established the Palestinian Centre for International Arbitration to help resolve trade and financial disputes and to assist the Palestinian Judiciary. PBA services are directed to all Palestinian businessmen but give special privileges to its members and the associations and forums under its umbrella.
PITA’s objective is to represent the interests of the private sector in the information and communication field in Palestine. It functions with a view to lead the Palestinian technology and information sector to form a fundamental pillar for the Palestinian economy. PITA aims at advocating business enabling policies, mechanisms and environment through public-private partnerships and promoting the Palestinian IT sector locally and internationally by facilitating access to the markets for the benefit of PITA members. PITA provides a range of services to its members and the IT community, including business development services, training programs, IT policy analysis, and preparation of specialized exhibitions and workshops.
Welcome to our site. Please use the links on the right hand side to visit our members, learn about our Union and its activities, register for updates or send us comments and questions.
Special thanks go to the USAID Market Access Program for their assistance in developing this site The main function of the UPPM is to act as the official representative for the Palestinian pharmaceutical industry. Among its objectives are to:
- Encourage cooperation among the members to promote a quality competitive pharmaceutical industry
- Create target market strategy for the Palestinian pharmaceutical industry nationally and internationally
- Serve as industry liaison with decision-makers in the legislative and regulatory arenas
- Improve consumer understanding of the safety and effectiveness of Palestinian pharmaceutical products
- Build strategic relationships with other regional and international associations
- Quickly communicate key developments in the international pharmaceutical industry through the UPPM information network.
- Attract a highly skilled labor pool and create new job opportunities within the industry.
P.O. Box 574
Telefax: (970)-2-240 7966
The Stone and Marble industry is considered one the most significant and most active industry in Palestine, as this sector contributes approximately 25% to Palestine’s overall industrial revenue and 4.5% to the total Palestinian GNB. There are also about 25 thousand workers whom are employed directly in the industry and thousands of workers who works in the supportive sectors
- To represent the stone and marble sector in Palestine in its relationship with the governmental and non-governmental institutions, and to advocate the needs and interests of the producers
- To advice the government on needed infrastructure
- To foster the development of skills needed to promote the stone and marble production, and export development through training programs and supporting the restructuring of production capacities
- To participate in the world network of exhibitions and conferences related to the stone and marble industry
- To serve as the principle contact point for those who seek investment and opportunities in the stone and marble sector
- To reinforce the role of the USM, as a resource center for information on Palestinian stone and marble industry
- To strengthen and sustain co-operation among members, and seek to address their concerns and complexities that may arise.
Bethlehem- Alkhadir-. Jerusalem / Herbron St near Nassar Investment Co.
P.O Box 980 Bethlehem – Palestine
Tel:+972 2 2776393/4
Fax: +972 2 2741502
AHA was established in Jerusalem in 1962 and currently has 56 members with well over 3709 guest rooms. The expanding role of the hotel industry in the Palestinian economy provides the AHA with many new challenges. Through restructuring planned process the current association includes hotels in Palestine under its umbrella ensuring decentralized representation through its four regions in Palestine. Eventually AHA will represent more than 70 members with more than 5,000 rooms
AHA Strategic goals are:
- Lead and participate in policy management issues related to the tourism sector in general and the hotel industry in particular.
- Provide technical assistance towards sound hotel management and performance.
- Seeking appropriate financial means to members Objectives.
- Providing members with marketing services and information on targeted and competitive markets
Jerusalem P.O. Box 66206
10 Nur Eddin Street
Tel: +972 2 628 3140
Fax: +972 2 628 3118
The HLITOA compromises 43 member Tour Operators working in the (Inbound) incoming tourism. The HLITOA members are the main source of tourism in general and pilgrimage in specific, which as well plays as an active private sector pillar for the Palestinian Economy bringing in foreign currency, and directing business to other tourism service providers such as hotels, transport companies, guides, etc; and creating major employment opportunities. There are many travel agents in Palestine who sell airline tickets (Outbound); however, these are not eligible to become members of HLITOA. Only Incoming Tour Operators are eligible for membership.
The HLITOA was established because Palestinian Incoming Tour Operators (Private Sector) recognized the necessity of working together to develop their business as well as the tourism industry overall. A rapidly changing world offers both challenges and opportunities and individual companies need to act together to respond to them. In Palestine PITO are faced with fierce competition from the Israeli tourism industry which is supported by the institutions of the Israeli Government.
Elections were held on August 13, 2005, where the HLITOA general assembly elected a board of 9 members, and on January 1st 2007 an Executive Director was appointed to run the day to day operation.
Tel : +972-2-6283140
Fax : +972-2-6283118