Mrs. Lina El Hadweh
Mrs. Lina El Hadweh, general secretary of the Palestinian Shippers' Council, declared that, "The Palestinian women still need to be supported in the field of trade. Just as the PSC 2015 slogan says to "Facilitate Palestinian Trade”, there must be a wide area through which the Council can support the Palestinian businesswomen in opening fields of import and export to and from other countries through smooth, clear, and simplified mechanisms, Mrs. El Hadweh also brought attention to the Palestinian Shippers' Council which includes in its board of directors, a number of large firms operating in Palestine. Among these companies, she notes that Palestinian businesswomen’s ownership rate still encompass a very small fraction. Most Palestinian businesswomen are head of departments or divisions in either the public or private sector or engaged in acts that are not of an import or export nature.
This specialized training program can be used as a channel for establishing and promoting new ventures in the local economy for the Palestinian businesswomen and as an example for opening up customs clearance offices in Palestine.
Mrs. El Hadweh also pointed out that the businesswomen forum holds a large number of businesswomen members. And through the signed MOU between PSC & BWF in 2013, we must strive to expand our cooperation amongst each other and with other relevant authorities in order to provide comprehensive activities to serve the Palestinian businesswomen. Collectively, we can offer opportunities including workshops, advanced training courses on facilitating Palestinian trade, and focused training on projects that promote the expansion of economic activity. The PSC is able to play a leading role in collaboration with the public sector to oversee adjustments to current tax laws so as to promote businesswomen to expand their trading projects. It is also an entrance to encourage the Palestinian women on accessing to the Council and to encourage them to open their trading projects, especially that most of the consulting services of the Council illustrate the mechanisms of import and export, customs tariff, cost and all the necessary required information. As Mrs. El Hadweh added that the Palestinian women and through its accession to the Council will be able to get a reference to enable them to resort if any conflict happened relating to export or import process, customs clearance or any disruption have occurred whether with the Israeli side or Palestinian side, through the legal unit of the Council, which provides legal advice in international trade, international contract and follow-ups at all levels.
Mr.Yousef Al Safady
The deputy chairman of the Board of Directors of the Palestinian Shippers Council, Mr. Yousef Al Safady stated during his intervention about activating the council’s role in Gaza “ That can be applied through appointing an executive management staff of the PSC branch in Gaza that enables them to provide timely and immediate services to communicate with members, focusing on the development of short -term strategies with verifiable targets to make a positive impact on the image of the council, promoting and activating the role and status of Shippers' Council both internal (membership fees) to achieve stable financial inputs contribute to the process of the council's work on the long-term, and external were shippers’ sector interact with the urgent issues that facilitate business operations with the participation of the private sector, governmental institutions as well as international organizations.
In the context of Mr. Al Safady describing PSC role with private sector in Gaza, he declared that PSC is an integral part of the Coordinating Council of the Private Sector Institutions, involved in the Coordinating Council’s meetings and this is essential and powerful entrance to install the role of the council and enhance the role of members. PSC will enhance its role by introducing initiatives and providing position papers of the difficulties facing the Palestinian traders on the crossings and ports.
As for the challenges that facing the private sector in Gaza Mr. Al Safady see that the logistical challenges facing the Palestinian investors and traders can be overcome through developing a strategy describes the importance of the partnership between the council and the public sector which represents the Palestinian political and economic framework, under the complexities of the legal status of the crossings and the use of others ports, the creation of a permanent channel contact with the relevant ministries so that the council can take its leading role, creating the technical support unit for logistics and transport "in house" finally the need to provide technical and legal support.
As part of the integration between PSC role and the public sector in Gaza reconstruction stage, PSC represent a vital and important sector contributes directly to the development of various business sectors of the Palestinian economy, which depend largely on the services sector, were the Palestinian economic system and reconstruction process compose the cornerstone of the restoring the economy’s wheel, which is partially stopped in previous years until got to where we are right now.
PSC considers that the role of government should be accompanied by the role of the private sector efforts towards restoring the economy’s wheel and vitality who suffered a setback from 2006 till now."
Technical unit’s role in the empowerment of Palestinian women in the trade sector