RAMALLAH – Led by DG Mr. Imad Al-Zuhairi, a meeting took place today between PICA and the Palestinian Minister of Culture, H.E Dr. Atef Abu Saif, and teams at the Ministry’s premises.

Both parties discussed prospects of future cooperation such as highlighting the importance of jointly organizing Palestinian cultural events and projects in multiple countries in Latin America and Africa, aiming at promoting the Palestinian identity internationally.

PICA is proud to have the Ministry of Culture as essential local partner. Such partnership will enable PICA to integrate the cultural dimension within its mission and programs. Thus, such cooperation strengthens PICA’s vision to promote 2030 development agenda and its SDGs.

H.E. the Minister of Culture expressed the Ministry’s readiness to be part of PICA’s missions aiming at serving our national interests

RAMALLAH – PICA and AAUP signed a cooperation agreement today at the University HQ.

The agreement opens the door for joint cooperation programs to be implemented between both parties through deploying specific expertise the University will designate in educational programs and missions that PICA will be conducting in areas of education.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that a number of development programs will be implemented in close cooperation with Palestinian educational institutions in a number of African countries. Hence, AAUP distinguished experts will be a of great asset in promoting the Palestinian identity internationally.

On the other hand, AAUP President, Prof. Ali Abuzuhri, reiterated the University’s readiness to participate in PICA missions in the upcoming year as in line with the University’s vision and mission.

ISTANBUL – Represented by PICA, the State of Palestine participated in 2019 High-Level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation (DG Forum), held in Istanbul, Turkey. The Forum is organized by UNOSSC, IsDB, JICA and TIKA to discuss cooperation agencies scope of work that is related to SSTrC.

DG forum is a platform to discuss means and possibilities of implementing BAPA+40 recommendations, particularly with regard to strengthening national institutional frameworks in favor of technical and development cooperation in the framework of SSTrC, in addition to assessing the impact of development work by international cooperation agencies, and strengthening partnerships between UN member states.

PICA, represented by its Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, moderated the 2nd session about good practices in national institutional arrangements with the participation of panelists from Morocco International Cooperation Agency, General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal, Chilean International Cooperation Agency for Development (AGCID) and China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA).

On the sidelines of the forum, PICA held meetings with different cooperation agencies to discuss possibilities of implementing joint programs and projects in the upcoming year, in addition to participating in the 4th dialogue meeting of the development and international cooperation agencies of IsDB member states.

BAMAKO – PICA started the implementation of its second development program in Mali pertaining to capacity building in the field of e-governance and media for the benefit of Government employees, media personnel and journalists. The program is organized in close cooperation with the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Mali and the Malian IT agency.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that this program is one of the development programs that PICA implements in Africa, aiming at enhancing SSC, bilateral and trilateral cooperation with African countries. The program reflects the contribution by the State of Palestine to international efforts to promote 2030 agenda and its SDGs, Al-Zuhairi elaborated.

Hadi Shebli, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Mali, reiterated that this program comes within the framework of the bilateral agreement signed between both countries, leading to a solid base for launching a series of activities and programs to be implemented by PICA in the Republic of Mali and other African countries.

BAMAKO – A cooperation agreement is signed today between PICA and the IT and Media Agency of the Republic of Mali at the agency HQ in Bamako.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that the agreement aims at launching a joint cooperation program through organizing two workshops related to capacity building, led by PICA through harnessing Palestinian experts in the field of media and e-governance.

Hadi Shebli, Ambassador of the State of Palestine to Mali, illustrated that following the signing of the agreement, a two-days workshop on media are announced today one for the benefit of Mali IT and Media agency while the second will focus on e-governance for the benefit of senior officials and will be conducted in the facilities of Prime Minister’s office.

This program is the second of its kind that PICA implements in Mali. Other development programs to be implemented in the Republic of Niger, Chad and Burkina Faso in the first third of next year, in close cooperation with IsDB, agencies of OIC member states and the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Mali.

EL SALVADOR – H.E Félix Ulloa, Vice President and Acting President of the Republic of El Salvador, assured El Salvador’s unconditional support to the State of Palestine during a meeting with PICA team in the presence of ambassador of the State of Palestine to El Salvador, Marwan Bourini, at the Presidential Palace in the capital, San Salvador.

H.E Félix Ulloa reiterated his ultimate support to PICA programs and missions implemented in the country.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, assured the continuation of such programs and their strategic dimension within the framework of SSC, bilateral and multilateral relations, promoting further solidarity with the Palestinian cause through public diplomacy and sustainable development programs and missions led by PICA.

It is worth mentioning that PICA concluded its first agricultural development mission that lasted for seven days in the Republic of El Salvador, which aimed at building capacities in the field of agriculture by harnessing Palestinian expertise and knowledge in the subject matter.

ABIDJAN – PICA concluded the implementation of its second development program in Cote d’Ivoire. The program concentrated on capacity building in the field of media, in close cooperation with Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and Communication and Media Ministries in Cote d’Ivoire.

A graduation ceremony for 40 trainees of rural radio employees took place yesterday at the National School of Media, in the presence of the Embassy of the State of Palestine in Cote d’Ivoire and representatives of the Ivorian Ministry of Communication and Media.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that this program is the second development program implemented by PICA in Cote d’Ivoire, following the implementation of the Palestinian Medical Week in Abidjan last year. Such programs reflect the interest of the State of Palestine in strengthening development relations with Africa, Al-Zuhairi reiterated.

ABIDJAN – PICA implements its second development program in the field of Media aiming at developing the performance and enhancing the capacity of radio staff and employees.

The program is conducted in close cooperation with PBC, Embassy of the State of Palestine to Côte d’Ivoire, the Ministry of Communication and Media in Côte d’Ivoire.

This program reflects the Palestinian leadership’s interest in strengthening relations with Africa in general and Côte d’Ivoire in particular, the fact that leads to enhance the presence of the State of Palestine internationally.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, praised the presence of female trainers from PBC, affirming the importance of the distinguished role of Palestinian women in all PICA missions.

The training was launched today with an opening ceremony in the presence of senior level Ivorian officials.

ISTANBUL – within the framework of the cooperation agreement between PICA and SESRIC, PICA participated in a training course on Conflict Resolution and Mediation for OIC Junior Diplomats.  The course lasted for three days, targeting more than 40 diplomats from 34 OIC member states.

Organized by SESRIC in partnership with the Diplomacy Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, the training aimed at enhancing the diplomatic capacities and skills of young diplomats from the OIC Member States and helping them acquire necessary knowledge about the role of the OIC and understand the major regional and international issues.

On the sidelines of the training program, PICA discussed with SESRIC technical team procedures of implementing capacity building programs and activities in the year 2020 for various Palestinian institutions, within the framework of the signed agreement between both parties.