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Conferences and Symposia convened in 2000

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

Topic

Main Speakers

Research on the Education Sector in East Jerusalem

18 Nov 2000

10 education professionals to assess the research and to outline any deficiencies before being sent for publication.

Needs of Al Aqabeh Village

9 Sep 2000

Present were Chair and members of the municipal council and representatives from Jenin and Nablus municipal councils, all PNA line ministries, some International and local developmental NGOs, human rights organizations and local citizens.

Made in Palestine

25 Mar 2000

Representatives of the Ministries of Economy and Trade, and Industry, industrialists, professionals, senior public figures, and NGOs concerned with human rights and democracy, participated in the activity.

A Matrix on Democratic Formation in Palestine

3 Mar 2000

Participants included a selected group of political parties senior representatives, academics, researchers and civil society leaders.

The Future of the Economic System in Palestine

29 Feb 2000

Atef Alawneh , Under Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Samih Al Abed, Under Secretary, Ministry of Planing, Mohammed Shadid, PNGO Project Director, the Welfare Consortium, Mazen Sunnuqrot, President of the Palestinian Food Industries Union, Mohammed Al Masrouji, member of the Palestinian Industrialists Union and Odeh Shehadeh, Director, Palestinian Food Industries Union.

Youth Needs in Palestine

10 Feb 2000

Participants represented the students of five secondary schools in Jerusalem and its vicinity.

Tourism in Palestine beyond Bethlehem 2000 Project

8 April 2000

Representatives of the Ministry of Tourism, PECDAR, Committee of Bethlehem 2000 Project, several line ministries, tourist industry, professionals, senior public figures, and NGOs concerned with human rights and democracy, participated in the activity.

Urban Planning

22 May 2000

Representatives of the Ministries of Local Government, Interior and Civil Affairs, local councils, engineering firms, planing professionals, senior public figures, and NGOs concerned with human rights and democracy, participated in the activity.


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