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Conferences and Symposia convened in 2003

ATF initiated a group of discussion activities aiming at providing a democratic forum to all levels of Palestinian decision-makers, including Palestinian National Authority officials, independents and opposition parties. Critical issues are discussed and analyzed in these forums, while findings and important recommendations are disseminated to all concerned parties


Main Speakers

The Situation of the Agricultural Sector during the Intifada

Feb 15

·   Salah Fruch, Assistant Manager of Ministry of Agriculture

·   Abdel Karim Ashour, Assistant Manger of PARC

Unemployment and the Role of Labor Officers in the West Bank

April 16

·   Ghassan Khatib, Ministry of Labor

·   Heads of the Labor Offices in the West Bank

The Commercial Sector: Reality and Challenges

April 27

·   Mohammad Qudweh, Governor of Gaza , and Head of Chamber of Commerce,

·   Mohammad Ali Abu Shahali, Businessmen Society

Prisoner Problems on the Palestinian Agenda

Sept 6

·   Kadoura Faris, Member of PLC

·   Ahmad Sayad, lawyer, Mandella Society

·   Ghassan Al-Ourie, lawyer, Union of Lawyers

·   Ahmad Jabara, freed prisoner

Role of Small Projects in Development

Sept 19

·   Omar Shaban “ Economic Expert

·   Nebras B Sesso “ Director, Palestine Banking Corp. in Gaza

New Teaching Curriculum

Nov 12

·   Zeina Al-Wazir, Ministry of Education, Gaza

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