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Promoting a technology-driven Palestinian economy

18.10.2022 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
Switzerland invests in the digital transformation of Palestinian businesses and launches a new partnership between Birzeit and Al Najah universities and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL).

Innovation: a key component of Swiss support in oPt

06.04.2022 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The visit of SDC Director General Patricia Danzi to the oPt underlined SDC’s engagement to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Danzi considers that the digital economy has future because it opens horizons, opens borders and offers economic perspectives for youth.

Towards a Citizen-Centered Civic Service: Municipal One-Stop Shops Transform Public Services in the oPt.

11.03.2022 — Article Occupied Palestinian territory
Thousands of Palestinians benefit from the over 90 one-stop shops newly established in municipalities across the West Bank and Gaza. They offer an efficient way to deal with citizens requests and enhance the service oriented attitude of municipal administrations. Switzerland contributes to strengthen and modernize Palestinian municipalities in the frame of SDC’s Local Governance Programme in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Governance (MoLG), and the Municipal Development and Lending Fund (MDLF)

Supporting employment of Palestine refugees: matching emerging market needs with youth aspirations

15.12.2021 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
UNRWA provides young Palestine refugees in the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan with technical and vocational skills to access the labor market and to fulfil their aspirations. UNRWA Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme (TVET) is renowned for both its quality and its pioneering role in curriculum development, and lately started engaging with digital transformation. SDC has recently established support to the programme, which is in line with our commitment to increase job opportunities by better linking private sector demand with the required skills of Palestine refugee youth. 

SDC Consultancy on Culture

16.09.2021 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The cultural sector in Palestine:  SDC consultancy sheds light on opportunities and challenges

EU local statement on the death of activist Nizar Banat

28.06.2021 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The European Union Representative issues the following statement in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem and Ramallah. The Heads of Mission of Canada, Norway and Switzerland associate themselves with this statement.

Job creation through innovation

17.05.2021 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
SDC is harvesting positive results from promoting innovation in the agro sector: two success stories from the Westbank

Escalation of violence in Jerusalem: Switzerland reiterates call for calm to all parties

10.05.2021 — Press release Occupied Palestinian territory
The Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is very concerned about the escalation of violence in Jerusalem, particularly on the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount and in Sheikh Jarrah. On 3 May, the FDFA called for calm in these fragile times, and today calls again on all parties to take immediate action to defuse the tension.

FDFA calls for Palestinian elections to be held without further delay

05.05.2021 — Press release Occupied Palestinian territory
The FDFA notes with regret the decision to postpone the Palestinian legislative and presidential elections, scheduled for 22 May and 31 July. Holding these elections is essential to restore the legitimacy of Palestinian institutions, re-establish Palestinian political unity and preserve a two-state solution. Switzerland calls for restraint during this volatile period and for a date for the elections to be set as soon as possible.

Palestinian Innovation Ecosystem

23.12.2020 — Local news Occupied Palestinian territory
The Representative Office of Switzerland recently launched an innovation project aimed at supporting the Palestinian innovation ecosystem, while seeking to develop sustainable linkages with the Swiss innovation scene. The project was twofold; a preparatory workshop was held on October 20, 2020, gathering all Palestinian ecosystem stakeholders in order to investigate the needs of the ecosystem, and a virtual tour and Swiss-Palestinian panel discussion was held on November 4, 2020. The report and infographic came as a result of the preparatory workshop, and provide insight into the needs of the ecosystem, and recommendations for possible interventions. 

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