Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), met with Palestinian agricultural producers on Wednesday to discuss the local agricultural sector. During the meeting, representatives from 13 agricultural producers presented the Administrator with their products and discussed their relations with international buyers.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah attended the Hi-Tech Hub event at the Movenpick Hotel in Ramallah on Tuesday evening, where young Palestinian entrepreneurs pitched business ideas. The competition, announced in August, called for solutions for the tourism and gaming sectors. Eight startups, founded in response to the competition, presented their prototype solutions to a panel of judges who evaluated their proposals.
Hi-Tech Hubs bring together Palestinian students, entrepreneurs, international speakers and tech enthusiasts, providing a forum to connect, innovate, lead and build momentum for entrepreneurship. USAID supports Hi-Tech Hub events where young entrepreneurs can interact with investors, learn and develop skills necessary for running their own companies. This is the third Hi-Tech Hub USAID has organized. Here, eight startups will present their prototype solutions in the tourism and gaming sectors to a panel of judges. Winners will receive USAID subcontracts to further develop their products.
The Palestinian Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector has grown rapidly over the last three years to approximately 250 mostly small-sized companies, employing approximately 6,000 professionals. Nearly 2,000 students graduate from Palestinian universities annually in ICT-related fields – a number that is rapidly increasing. Recognizing the potential of this sector, USAID’s efforts link leading American companies with Palestinian entrepreneurs to promote economic development in the West Bank.
The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Agriculture launched last week, onJune 7, 2012, the first government laboratory for the testing of meat and dairy products for international export, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Last updated: April 15, 2014