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Newsletter February 2015

About PSC

The Palestinian Shippers' Council (PSC) was established as an independent, non- for profit organization that represents the interests of Palestinian Shippers, importers and exporters, in addition to local industries as the end-users of maritime shipping, air freight and land transportation.


The PSC also seeks to contribute to the development of the Palestinian economy, through expanding and facilitating trade at all stages of the logistical supply chain.


Trade Facilitation is a key component of Palestinian trade as it’s the vital element towards economic growth, knowing that most of the challenges that faces Palestinian Shippers are reduction of time and transaction cost, which will impact the local economy and eventually will allow them to be competitors in the international markets after overcoming these

challenges.

 In this issue:

  • About PSC
  • Training unit’s role in the empowerment of Palestinian women in the trade sector
  • Technical unit’s role in the empowerment of Palestinian women in the trade sector
  • Legal unit’s role in the empowerment of Palestinian women in the trade sector
  • Interviews with PSC Board of Directors Members
  • Interview with  PSC Member
  • Environment and Trade Facilitation  

Expectations of  External Trade Sector 2015:
In the Base Scenario it will be:

  • Decrease  In the value of Palestinian imports by 3.7%
  • Increase in Palestinian exports by 2.9%

(Source: Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics -PCBS)

 

The Training unit’s role in the empowerment of Palestinian women in the trade sector


The PSC training unit aims at building capacities of female Shippers’ though professional training. The training unit believes that women play an important role throughout the different stages of the supply chain, therefore directly and indirectly contributing to the Palestinian imports and exports.
Through a practical approach and quality training, and through a Professional Training Program entitled “Supply Chain Management” that has been developed in cooperation with the Ministry of National Economy, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Continuing Education in Birzeit University (CCE), the training unit targets female shippers and university students who aim at entering the Palestinian business market to encourage and facilitate their participation. Moreover, provide an equal opportunity to a more liberalized trade.

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For any further information please contact Training Unit/PSC

 

Interviews

Mrs. Lina El Hadweh
General Secretary of PSC Board of Directors
 

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.
Mrs. El Hadweh encourages the Palestinian businesswomen to take advantage of the training courses offered by the PSC, especially the specialized training program known as “Supply Chain Management". This program was developed in response to the needs of PSC members, businessmen and public sector in general, with a special focus on the needs of businesswomen in order to empower their role in the trade sector.


Through this training unit, an emphasis is placed on transferring technical and practical knowledge regarding the supply chain trade management. Such specialized training programs are to enhance Palestinians capabilities, encourage their participation in international trade, and highlight gender equality through facilitating procedures and connecting with local ministries and trade related parties. Additionally, this program aims to enable female entrepreneurs to independently and efficiently manage whole supply chains using their own knowledge and awareness, analyzing customs declaration, and achieving the lowest possible cost for import and export.

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.


The Council's attention and continuous support over women’s element can easily be seen through the executive structure of the PSC, where women comprise 50% of the executive management.
Worth mentioning, that Mrs. El Hadweh occupied multiple senior positions over length her professional career."

 

Mr.Yousef Al Safady
Deputy Chairman of Board of Directors

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.

In the context of Gaza’s reconstruction Mr. Al Safady added that PSC must play an integrative and participatory role with the private sector institutions.

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


The technical unit believes in the importance of gender role in the supply chain, the unit provides full technical support for the gender progressing in the supply chain.
The unit seeks to provide many of the services and facilities to the business women by providing them with all tools, for facilitating the managing of supply chain.
Consequently many results have been achieved through increasing the effectiveness of managing supply chain managed by businesswomen, notably that the Palestinian business women are characterized in the supply chain, they provide accurate documentation and follow-up for all stages and procedures during the preparation stage of the supply chain, and after.

 

 


 
For any further data and information don't hesitate to contact the PSC / Technical Unit
 
 
 
 

 

Contact us
Ramallah, Palestine
Tel: +970 (2) 297-6286
E-mail: pr@psc.ps
 

 

Legal unit’s role in the empowerment of Palestinian women in the trade sector


Proceeding from its beliefs and so out of the institution's policy, the Palestinian Shippers' Council is paying particular attention to gender mainstreaming and women empowerment on trade sector, this concern comes from the fact that the PSC believes in the importance role of women in building the society on one hand, and from the fact that the PSC realizes the various obstacles and challenges that women on trade sector are facing on the other hand. In this context the legal unit, had determined four main directions through which it can achieve its goals:

1. Reviewing of legislation, regulations and relevant conventions in order to highlight the direct and indirect legislative and procedural obstacles, which would either reduce the capacity of women to exercise their commercial work, or discriminate women on the basis of sex;

2. Highlighting the obstacles facing this marginalized category of community and work to find solutions;
3. Provision of advisory services that will enable women to work in the field of trade and provide the necessary support to them in order to simplify trade and reduce expenses and various risks;

4. Providing legal support for women working in the field of trade and in all stages, while facing legal and technical challenges.

Hence, the legal unit motivates women, both working in the field of international trade, or who aspire to work in the field of import or export, to take advantage of the various Palestinian Shippers' Council services. The support of the PSC could be the right choice for successful and distinctive projects, taking in consideration that the PSC provides support for women in all stages, whether at the planning stage, or during the implementation of the project as well as while facing a particular problem.


For any further information please contact PSC / Legal Unit

 

Environment and Trade Facilitation:


Trade facilitation and environment are associated in mutuality splash through, key four trade facilitation aspects are:


• Port efficiency: which measures quality of infrastructure for air and maritime;
• Custom’s environment: which measures the direct custom costs and administrative transparency of customs and border crossings;
• Regulatory environment: deals with the institutional issues and regulations;
• Service sector infrastructure (E-business): represents the extent to which an economy has the infrastructure of telecommunications, financial intermediaries and logistic firms.

Interview with Member-PSC

In an interview with Dr.Said A. Sabri, CEO & Co- Partner in A.M.S for contracting and construction, Dr.Sabri clarified the reasons why the company has joined PSC," As an organization that provides several aspects and solutions for trade facilitation, PSC provides a comprehensive services: legal, technical in addition to training as far as our company’s interest, second angle, we will be able stay in the loop with all progress on border and commercial crossings through the PR unit that supplies us with recent developments and procedures".