Collaboration. Partnership. Global Reach.
PITA continues to work with global organizations, who recognize the value of leveraging of Palestine’s greatest asset: it’s people. Given today’s technology, access to the global, social Internet, and an entrepreneurial culture, Palestine’s strategic location in the Middle East makes it an ideal location for innovation.
Palestine Information and Communications Technology Incubator
The Palestine Information and Communications Technology Incubator (PICTI), is an independent Palestinian organization that has been created through the initiative and support of the Palestinian Information Technology Community. PICTI and its partner organizations have as their mission the revitalization and the sustainable growth of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector in Palestine. The strategic core components of PICTI include the establishment of an Incubator facility that will offer professional business services to Palestinian entrepreneurs who have mature concepts for unique and innovative ICT products assessed to have strong market potential.
These core elements will form the backbone of PICTI’s operations and its support to the ICT sector in Palestine as well as address many of the unique challenges facing its development, growth, and expansion. As the incubator itself matures, PICTI looks forward to working with Palestinian ICT firms to jointly identify, develop, and implement new initiatives that will be of significant benefit to the sector.
PICTI is eager to join with the ICT community to ensure that the Palestinian people become a dynamic participant in the global spread, adoption and utilization of information technologies with all the resulting benefits that can be obtained.
German-Palestinian Business Council
(Deutsch-Palästinensischer Wirtschaftsrat DPW)
The German-Palestine Business-Council (DPW) was founded with the aim to promote business ties between the private sectors of Germany and Palestine. The council operates as intermediary between companies that are interested in cross-border co-operations between Germany and Palestine. That can be trade affairs, investments or joint ventures. The other part of the councils work is the promotion of Palestine as business- and industrial location in Germany to enlarge the interest of German companies to do business with Palestine.
To achieve these objectives, the council is building a network between interested businessmen from both countries and decision makers of the fields of economy and politics.
· Configuration of a comprehensive network between entrepreneurs and decision makers of the private sector.
· Promotion of economic dialog and co-operation between businesses from both Germany and Palestine and establishing of an atmosphere of mutual trust.
Demonstration of heretofore unknown opportunities and advantages for entrepreneurs.
Enlargement of the popularity of both Palestinian products and companies in Germany.
· Support of the civil society of Palestine via development of an independent and sustainable private sector.
AFD Agence Française de Développement
AFD is a financial institution and the main implementing agency for France’s official development assistance to developing countries and overseas territories. It finances projects, programs and studies through grants, loans, guarantee funds and debt reduction-development contracts and provides capacity development support to its partners in developing countries.
The Primary Objectives of AFD’s 2007-2011 Strategic Orientation Project
· Provide a diversified range of services including advice, capacity building and financing, and devote 10% of net banking income to the creation of knowledge, technical training and consulting.
· Aimfor AFD’s financing commitments to contribute to at least 40% of each of its three primary goals: promoting economic growth, fighting pov-erty and preserving
“Global Public Goods,” which means fighting climate change and pandemics, and preserving biodiversity.
· Dedicate at least 80% of all grant monies and 60% of France’s development aid contribution to AFD’s budget to interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, while extending lending activity to all African countries. In 2009, the French Interministerial Committee for International Cooperation and Development re-affirmed that 60% of France’s development aid contribution to AFD’s budget would be devoted to sub-Saharan Africa. It also defined a new objective for AFD to focus at least 50% of its grant monies (excluding grants to countries in crisis) on 14 poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
· Implement a strategy for interventions in emerging countries based on managing Global Public Goods of benefit to all humanity, i.e. fighting climate change and pandemics, and preserving biodiversity.
· Direct 50%of financing commitments to non-sovereign entities, such as local governments and authorities, businesses and non-governmental organizations.
World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA
Founded in 1978, the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is a leading consortium of ICT industry association members from 82 countries/economies around the world. WITSA’s members represent more than 90 percent of the world ICT market
WITSA was incorporated in 1998 in the Commonwealth of Virginia within the United States of America.
As the leading recognized voice of the global ICT industry, WITSA aims to drive transformation and grow the industry given that ICT is the key driver of the global economy:
· Advocating international public policies that advance the industry’s growth and development;
· Facilitating international trade and investment in ICT products and services through our global network of contacts;
· Promoting industry cooperation and strengthening our national associations through the sharing of knowledge, experience, and critical information;
· Working closely with internationally recognized organizations to promote and facilitate growth;
· Publishing the Digital Planet – a research document focusing on global trends and ICT spending;
· Awarding signature events – WITSA World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) and WITSA Global Policy and Trade Summit (GPATS) – to member countries from around the world;
· Organizing Global ICT Excellence Awards to recognize outstanding ICT users.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States federal government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. President John F. Kennedy created USAID in 1961 by executive order to implement development assistance programs in the areas authorized by the Congress in the Foreign Assistance Act. The Congress updates this authorization through annual funds appropriation acts, and other legislation. Although technically an independent federal agency, USAID operates subject to the foreign policy guidance of the President, Secretary of State, and the National Security Council. USAID’s Administrator works under the direct authority and foreign policy guidance of the Secretary of State.
USAID seeks to “extend a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country.” USAID’s stated goals include providing “economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States”. It operates in Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, and Eurasia.