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As part of Indonesia’s commitment to support Palestine in building its capacity development by providing trainings for 1000 Palestinians (2008 – 2013), Directorate of Technical Cooperation, Directorate General of Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is holding “International Training Program on Information and Communication Technology Support for Palestinian SMEs Development, Bandung, from 19 – 27 September 2012.
 
It is organized in cooperation with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development, Bandung Institute of Technology (LPIK ITB).
 
Ambassador Suprapto Martosetomo, Special Advisor to the Minister on Institutional Relations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his Opening Remarks (19/09/12) underlined the importance of independent Palestine not only politically, but also in social-economic development so that the future of Palestine state will be viable and enduring.  “One of the concrete ways to support economic development is through the significant role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
 
 
SMEs create more employment, provide better opportunity and empower local economic potentials, and prove to be able to survive and remain to be the back bone of economic development during economic crises. And Indonesia has valuable experience to share on this with our Palestine brother in today’s training in Bandung, the city of scholar, fashion, cuisine”, said Ambassador Suprapto.
 
In line with that, Ambassador of the State of Palestine in his remarks mentioned that the program of Capacity Building for Palestine by Indonesian Government are various and it is not only limited on the program done by Technical Cooperation Directorate, but also in the framework of New Asia Africa Strategic Partnership (NAASP).
 
For that, the Ambassador conveyed his grateful acknowledgment to the government and the people of Indonesia for their support on the independence and the development of Palestine and wished that in the future Palestine would be able to do the same way as Indonesian does. The Ambassador also encouraged the participants to learn how Indonesian’s SMEs are connected and being competitive. 
 
 
Meanwhile, the Director for Technical Cooperation reported that the training program is one of numerous training programs for Palestine conducted by the Directorate of Technical Cooperation of the Indonesian Foreign Ministry. In the period of 2008-2011 the Directorate has launched 7 capacity building programs. 
 
In the current program, there are 7 Palestinians taking part on the training.  It will make the total number of Palestinians trained under the Directorate of Technical Cooperation programs becomes 42 persons entirely from 2008-2012.
 
For Palestine, The Directorate has designed several scenarios of trainings and other capacity building programs. Many discussions and meetings have been organized. The directorate also plans to hold trainings in Ramallah, Palestine, in order to establish more effective trainings with larger number of participants.
 
 
During the training, the participants will have the opportunity to enrich their knowledge, advance their skills and upgrade their competency particularly related to information and communication technology on SMEs sector.
 
The participants will acquire theoretical, technical and practical courses from number of exceptional speakers, practitioners and experts. The participants are also arranged to have opportunity to visit Museum of Asia Africa in Bandung, Saung Angklung Udjo, and other potential markets from SMEs actors in Bandung.
 
“It is hoped that the training will not only be merely one way education session, but will also be the forum for exchanging ideas and experiences between Indonesia and Palestine in order to build synergies and strengthen cooperation in SMEs development”, said Director Siti Nugraha Mauludiah ended her official report.