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BZU and Ministry of Local Government Sign Cooperation Agreement

April 17, 2012
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The Institute of Law (IoL) at BZU signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Local Government on 22 February 2012. The event was attended by BZU President, Dr. Khalil Hindi; Minister of Local Government, Dr. Khalid Qawasmeh; Vice President for Community Outreach, Dr. Munir Qazzaz; IoL’s Director, Dr. Ghassan Faramand; Governor of Qalqilya, Rabeeh al-Khandakji; in addition to the mayors of Jenin, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Qalqilya, Salfit and Beitunia.



The purpose of this MoU is to promote good governance and rule of law on the national and local levels and to ensure communication and collaboration between national institutions.

In his speech, Dr. Hindi emphasized BZU’s readiness to cooperate with the Ministry of Local Government to achieve common national objectives within the framework of institution building. He added: "We are always proud of BZU activities, particularly IoL’s activities and programs regarding cadre training, legislative drafting, consultation and research services. The IoL is a vital source of information and legislation, besides conducting seminars and conferences that address legal issues.”

Dr. Qawasmeh valued these joint efforts. He stated that gender occupies a large part of the Ministry’s course of action, which clearly appears in the local government sector strategy.

Dr. Faramand spoke about the importance of municipalities and their direct relations with citizens, and the need to strengthen the rule of law, despite all the complexities Palestinians encounter. He also thanked the UNDP for their efforts in promoting gender equality and empowering women in the occupied Palestinian territories.

Mr. al-Khandakji underscored the role of women in Palestinian society, saying: "The Palestinian people recognize the important role of women in the political, social and state-building processes.”


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