SAN SALVADOR – Within a context based on exchanging human resources and knowledge with Latin America, PICA implements the first agricultural development program in El Salvador, using distinguished palestinian expertise.

The agricultural program which was implemented in Nicaragua has been transferred to El Salvador, in order to meet the needs as expressed by the competent authorities in El Salvador. The program aims at improving breeds through artificial insemination techniques, bio-agriculture, rural development, food processing, greenhouse management and pest control.

This mission is part of a series of strategic programs implemented by PICA in Central America, which will contribute to promoting the identity of the State of Palestine internationally and achieving 2030 agenda and its SDGs, within the framework and mechanisms of South-South and triangular cooperation.

El Salvador recognized the State of Palestine in 2011 and signed a diplomatic exchange agreement with Palestine in 2013 . The Embassy of the State of Palestine was opened in San Salvador in 2018.

Nicaragua reaffirms its unequivocal support for the Palestinian people and their leadership to establish the independent and sovereign State of Paleatine with East Jerusalem as capital.

The Government of the Republic of Nicaragua reaffirmes its unlimited support for the efforts of the Palestinian leadership, led by H.E President Mahmoud Abbas, to realize the legitimate and inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and the establishment of their sovereign and independent state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with East Jerusalem as eternal capital.
This came during meetings held between PICA and the Nicaraguan authorities to discuss mechanisms of developing and enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries, especially since PICA is currently implementing the third phase of agricultural development programs, through specialized experts from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

Managua / Nicaragua

PICA launched the third phase of agricultural programs in Nicaragua, aiming at developing and building the Nicaraguan agricultural capacities, targeting more than 120 veterinarians and agricultural engineers in 4 different ministries in addition to a considerable number of farmers.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that the 3rd phase, which will last for 10 days, is implemented in close cooperation with distinguished experts from the Palestinian Ministry of Agriculture.

The envisaged outcomes of this development program are mainly centered around genetical improving ruminant strains using modern artificial insemination techniques in addition to aquaculture and animal food substitutes, greenhouses management, agricultural pest control, rural development, food processing and others, Al-Zuhairi elaborated.

This development program, like many others implemented by PICA, comes within the framework of South-South Cooperation in order to promote 2030 agenda and UN SDGs.

Maseru – PICA concluded its first development program in the Kingdom of Lesotho in the field of communications, in cooperation with the Embassy of the State of Palestine in South Africa. PICA delegation implemented a capacity building program for the staff of the telecommunication and technology departments from 26 different ministries in the field of information security and e-government. The program mainly aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to empower its employees in dealing with the growing challenges in the field of technology.

A graduation ceremony was held at the end of the training for all 94 participants.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, reiterated the positive impact of such exchange programs in supporting the efforts of Lesotho government in pushing forward their development efforts and in enhancing the services they continue to provide to their citizens.

Windhoek – PICA concluded its first development program in Namibia pertaining to water in close cooperation with the Embassy of the State of Palestine to South Africa. PICA conducted a three-day technical visit to transfer Palestinian expertise to help the efforts of the government to face the prevailing water scarcity in the country and the persisting drought.

PICA Director General, Imad Al-Zuhairi, considered this mission as a means to strengthen relations between the two countries, building on expanding development in cooperation with regional and international partners.

PICA technical delegation examined several water dams to provide recommendations and technical report, which will be submitted to the government next month. Moreover, the Palestinian experts are planning to develop a capacity-building program in the field of water management and soil development to enhance the performance of Namibian competent authorities.

Believing in the necessity to benefiting from the distinctive and pioneering experiences of the State of Palestine, and within the scope of interest to transfer and exchange qualified Palestinian expertise with different parts of the world and due to the fact that the capital of the State of Palestine is mainly based on specialized human resources,
The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency was honored to sign today a cooperation agreement with
Dr. Nizar Hajjah, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon, to become Head of Pediatric Surgery Knowledge Transfer Program established by PICA, through which development programs will be carried out for countries in need within the framework of the contribution by the State of Palestine to implement the International Development Goals 2030.

We are very proud to welcome Dr. Nizar Hajjeh in PICA’s family, which includes the best experts in Palestine and looks forward to the implementation of development programs which reflect the spirit of solidarity and cooperation between the countries of the South.

PICA team welcomes Dr. Nizar Hajja and wishes him and colleagues all success in serving the interests of our country. We remain confident that his contribution to our work will contribute to the promotion of the identity of Palestine worldwide and will help our efforts to gain more solidarity with our legitimate and inalienable rights.

Maseru – The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) has started implementing its first telecommunication development program in the Kingdom of Lesotho in cooperation with the Palestinian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, the Embassy of the State of Palestine in South Africa, the Ministry of Communication and Information in the Kingdom of Lesotho and independent Palestinian experts. This program consists of building capacities in the fields of information security, e-governance and domain systems to support the government’s efforts in enabling its employees to deal with the growing challenges in the world of technology.

The Director General of PICA, Imad Al-Zuhairi, stated that this program comes in accordance with the guidance of President Mahmoud Abbas to strengthen ties of cooperation with the countries of the African continent due to the historical ties between Palestine and our friends in Africa. He also added that PICA’s programs in Africa expanded to include the field of communications in line with its strategy to promote South-South cooperation as the State of Palestine is a key and an active partner in contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals through its bilateral and Triangular programs that contribute to SSC.

PICA will continue implementing development programs in Africa by using Palestinian expertise in this field, it is also very important to mention that Palestinian experts in the field of communication are now competing to work in the best international companies specialized in communications and information systems.

This training program will last for one week and aims at training more than 80 employees from 24 different ministries working in the information systems departments, which enhances the collective performance of the government agencies involved in this training and enables them to achieve their objectives.

A delegation consisting of First Secretary Hassouna Al-Dreemly from the Embassy of the State of Palestine in South Africa, Diplomatic Attaché Khaled Abu Qare’ from PICA, Dr. Ahmed Al-Dabbani, Salim Zoghbi expert in the field of e-governance and Mahmoud Younis from the Palestinian Ministry of Communications will participate in this mission.

In presence of H.E Dr. Riad Malki, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency, and H.E Majdi Saleh, Minister of Local Government and Secretary General of the General Union of Palestinian Engineers, PICA and GUPE sign today a strategic cooperation agreement.

The agreement aim at strengthening cooperation between both institutions in contributing to the UN Agenda 2030.The cooperation includes benefiting from palestinian expertise from the diaspora the fact that will enable the State of Palestine to become more visible and active on the international level.

H.E Dr. Riad Malki stressed the importance of transferring the expertise from the General Union to the countries of the South through the implementation of bilateral and triangular projects, which will contribute to the achievement of the common objectives, Dr. Malki added that exchanging knowledge with countries of the south by deploying palestinian experts in the fields of energy, electricity and infrastructure is one of PICA’s main pillars.

H.E Minister Majdi Saleh asserted that the State of Palestine has valuable human resources that are capable of providing full support in different situations. He also added that the Union is ready to support the programs of PICA and is wiling to provide the needed experience for PICA to be able to carry out its operations and achieve its main objectives.

The agreement will also contribute to building the capacities of Palestinian cadres and to provide them with additional expertise in various disciplines, in addition to opening horizons of labor for trained Palestinian personnel. The implementation of training programs and the participation in specialized workshops and panel discussions on topics related to engineering development is another component of the agreement which also included the implementation of pioneering development activities and projects in partnership with friendly countries, institutions, international bodies and specialized agencies providing innovative engineering solutions that serve the needs of the targeted countries by PICA in line with set plans.

TURIN – PICA participates in UN Catalytic Support to South-South & Triangular Cooperation in Implementing the 2030 Agenda, held in Turin, Italy from 29th to 31st Oct 2019.

The course is organized by the UN System Staff College in close cooperation with the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

The training targets UN staff and development practitioners; governments and institutional focal points on South-South and Triangular Cooperation.

The course aims mainly at building a common understanding of the theory and practice of South-South and Triangular Cooperation as a means of development cooperation. It equiped participants with the key principles, tools and methods needed to comprehend the challenges and opportunities inherent in the approach, as well as to better understand the roles of actors involved and to mobilize relevant partnerships.

Morover, the three-day training explored the catalytic role the UN can play in helping to further promote the South-South Cooperation agendas of its member states and development partners as a whole. This was done through intensive lectures, interactive activities and groupwork.

As PICA was established on the back of the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and its new paradigm for development, this training contributed immensely to the capacity building of PICA representative; and is in line with PICA culture of harnessing continuous learning , innovative mindsets, and an ability to aquire and share knowledge pertaining to working within the framework of SSC and TC.

The Palestinian International Cooperation Agency (PICA) concluded today a three days training program on psychosocial support for the members of the Palestinian Rapid Response and Rescue Team (PRRRT) with an aim to building and enhancing the capacities of the members of the team. Doctors from the Palestinian Ministry of Health, paramedics and nurses from the Palestinian Red Crescent Society and members of the Palestinian Civil Defense participated in the program.

The three-days training, was delivered by specialized trainers from PCPM to build the capacities of local ambulance staff, paramedics and emergency personnel, in addition to developing their skills and to enhancing their effectiveness in crisis situations and overcoming fear and feelings of anxiety so that medical personnel can better deal with the casualties properly.

The training consisted of theoretical and practical aspects of how to breathe properly, support colleagues and peers in crises, improve communication with people in the ER and ambulances, as well as to provide insights on crisis management procedures dealing with injuries and traumas during emergencies.

Within the same context, PICA held an expanded technical meeting with national and Polish partners, in the presence of the Polish Ambassador to the State of Palestine, H.E. Mr. Przemyslaw Czyz and a delegation from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, visiting Palestine to assess the various projects financed by Poland and implemented by the Polish Center for International Aid.

The Polish Ambassador and delegation had an important exchange with representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Firas Al-Atrash Director General of Control, and Dr. Mustafa Al-Qawasmi, Director General of Ambulance and Emergency, and representatives of the Palestine Red Crescent Society, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Ghoula, Director of Ambulance and Emergency and Rasha Bakir, who explained the cooperation between with Polish Center for International Aid and also discussed training programs to be implemented during the coming period.

Director General of PICA, Imad Al-Zuhairi, welcomed Ambassador Mr. Przemyslaw Czyz and his accompanying delegation, stressing the importance of cooperation between the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency, the Representative Office of Poland and the Polish Center for International Aid.

Al-Zuhairi stated that since 2017, PICA started its cooperation with Poland through the implementation of many important programs, one of which is to support the Palestinian Rapid Response and Rescue Team’s ability to intervene and respond in urgent situations.

Al-Zuhairi also stressed the need for the implementation of new bilateral and triangular programs during the year 2020.

His Excellency Mr. Przemyslaw Czyz expressed his satisfaction and contentment for the great accomplishments achieved by PICA in a short period of time, stressing that Poland will continue its support to the State of Palestine, through its various programs, especially those implemented by the Polish Center for International Aid aimed at building the capabilities of the Palestinian personnel in the health sector, and improve the access to health care services.

Counselor Mervat Hassan, Director of the Eastern European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates,
Third Secretary Shirin Al-Far, and Diplomatic Attaché Lama Hijjawi, attended the meeting.