Mr. Jamal Jawabreh
Federation of Palestinian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture "FPCCIA", Secretary General Mr. Jamal Jawabreh, declared out in his speech expressing their sincere vision and mandate, “An important pillar of FPCCIAs vision and mandate is to facilitate and promote Palestinian trade and products locally and internationally. FPCCIA and PSC have strong coordination and cooperation to raise awareness to Palestinian businesses through training seminars and workshops highlighting SME's needs and interest.
Mr. Jawabreh believes that PSC's should expand services to cover lobbying against Israeli imposed impediments that hinder Palestinian trade from one hand, and lobby with PA government to support Palestinian export from second hand, through proposing and implementing business modules that can be applicable to support export.”
In his closing, Mr Jawabreh, expressed his gratitude to PSC performance during the last years, he said:" PSC in the last three years have shown progress in providing quality services and expand their beneficiaries as a result of the strong cooperation with all Palestinian chambers of commerce.
In addition to, services have been expanded to reach a wide range of businesses specially those operating in marginal areas.”
Mr. Jawabreh, is a prominent private sector figure, whom has long experience in developing the private sector through his capacity as General Secretary of the FPCCIA.
Q&A Session – Mrs. Randa Jamal
The economic officer in the assistance to the Palestinian People Unit, Division of Globalization and Development Strategies, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development – UNCTAD.
Below you will find the full interview with Mrs. Randa Jamal.
• Could you define the role of UNCTAD in strengthening and enhancing the Palestinian Shippers Council (PSC)?
The role of UNCTAD in the provision of technical cooperation is significant, not only in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT), but world-wide. While UNCTAD has technical cooperation projects already defined and have been implemented in many countries in the World, the project on developing Palestinian trade facilitation capacity was specifically tailored to the special needs of Palestinian traders. This was achieved through a two-pronged approach: 1) consolidate the institutional capacity of the Palestinian Shippers' Council by increasing the awareness among Palestinian (exporters and importers) and also to strengthen the national capacities of other Palestinian agencies through the provision of training and advisory services. The overriding objective of the project is to exert all efforts to reduce the overall cost of Palestinian trade, which is extremely costly due to measures imposed by the occupation authorities. To a great extent, this objective has been achieved through a process of learning by doing for the PSC as well as the knowledge conveyed to and gained by the Palestinian Private Sector operating in the field of trade facilitation.
Recently during a graduation ceremony, held in Ramallah, on 5 March of 2015, to provide certificates to over 12 students and professionals, one graduate indicated that his company saved more than one million NIS due to the training and know-how gained through working with the UNCTAD and the PSC. UNCTAD's expertise in providing the knowledge and top experts in these domains made considerable gains. These gains have indeed made the Palestinian government, UNCTAD and the PSC partnership worthwhile, all towards empowering the Palestinian private sector.
• After more than three years of supporting PSC capacity building and activities, how do you observe the evolvement of the PSC?
This is perhaps one of the most important questions to respond to after three years of implementation, day in and day out. With confidence, it could be said that our collective efforts and contributions transformed the Palestinian Shippers' Council from a small organization with a few staff to an institution that has a clear mandate, various units, serious human capital in place, and mainly tangible services to offer the Palestinian private sector. This transformation, along with the achievements that came with it, had made this project a prime example for successful technical cooperation in the face of arguments deeming such attempts as fruitless. Indeed it was the approach oriented towards the local context and its needs that proved a success. For example, international expertise were solicited when there were no capacities available locally; however and ultimately, their know-how needed to be
• How do you see PSC role towards providing wider range of services to the Palestinian business women?
With gender mainstreaming workshops and presentations on the role of women in international trade, the PSC is well equipped to deal with gender issues and are sensitive to their needs. The PSC, along with UNCTAD, ensured to consistently solicit female participants across all the workshops and activities held under the project, in addition to the training programme. In a nutshell, the participation of females was always a priority. More importantly, the PSC, throughout the implementation of the project, provided incentives to females that were not offered to their male counterparts. For example, female students were entitled to a discount when enrolling in the training programme. Also the UNCTAD and the PSC forged key partnership with organizations that are dedicated to women's issues; such as, the Palestinian Business Women Forum, providing significant knowledge on the trade facilitation supply chain. Additionally, the legal and technical units of the PSC gave female business women priority in having any of their legal or technical concerns addressed.
• What is your message to PSC members?
My messages to the PSC members are several, although the most important one would be that in the case of the Palestinians, national aspirations should remain on the top of the entire trade facilitation supply chain. What I precisely mean by this is that Palestinian trade cannot be discussed, without first and foremost addressing Israeli occupation and all the hurdles it imposes on the movement and access of Palestinian people, good and trade, not only with the outside World but also within the occupied Palestinian territory. This should be the main topic that needs to be addressed in any messaging that comes from the PSC members in particular and/or the Palestinian private sector in general.
Technical unit - Cargo Insurance - Technical Advice
Insurance of Goods + Shipping Charges:
Sample insurance of goods + freight charges:
Total CIF Value = $10,560.00 x 110% = $11,616.00 = Amount to Insure