Bank of Palestine provided its sponsorship for the activities of the Joint International Conference 2017 on Public Administration under Pressure, which was organized by the General Personnel Council, the International Association of Schools and Institutes of Administration (IASIA) and the Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research network. The conference featured the participation of His Excellency Dr. Rami Hamadallah, the Prime Minister of the State of Palestine, the General Personnel Council Minister Mr. Mousa Abu Zaid, and several ministers and officials from the government and private sectors, in addition to Palestinian and international administrative officials, and representatives of international organizations.

The conference, which focuses on several administrative issues, is considered an important opportunity for the exchange of various concepts, experiences and expertise from all around the world for the purpose of developing the administrative performance of various countries through of participation of 50 countries from all over the world. It is comprised of 54 parallel sessions and eight public sessions, in addition to the demonstration of 30 to 40 best world administrative practices, with the participation of 15 global organizations specialized in the field of administration.

Bank of Palestine presented its experience in the field of public administration, whereby Mr. Thaer Hamayel, Head of the Marketing and Public Relations Division at Bank of Palestine, stressed the importance of the conference, pointing out that good governance entails success, achieving goals, continuous development and the ideal use of assets and human resources at the level of organizations, governments, companies and even individuals. Hamayel pointed out that Palestine is a country that does not own oil or gold, but owns a wealth of individuals who are educated and able to work, achieve and innovate, as well as simple natural resources that may fill the gap between imported and available products, so that good planning and good governance become the basis for the success of these visions. He added that the fast-moving technological advancements all around the world may create a qualitative development in the field of service provision and resource administration in the presence of pressures and obstacles confronted by societies. He pointed out that during the past few years, Bank of Palestine distributed electronic points of sale that enable clients and citizens to shop and pay their bills without going through the hassle of traveling across checkpoints or facing other obstacles.

Hamayel added that the journey of Bank of Palestine began in 1960, when it commenced its operations by opening a small branch in the Gaza Strip. Today, the bank owns the largest banking network in Palestine that includes 70 branches and offices spread across the Palestinian governorates and cities. Despite the difficult political and economic circumstance under which the country lived during the past decades, Bank of Palestine continued to grow and expand carrying a clear vision and a solid strategy and practicing good governance to become one of the best banks in Palestine and the Middle East and receiving several awards from international classification centers and organizations. Bank of Palestine was a pioneering example for good governance that survived under the most difficult and complicated circumstances to become one of the biggest companies in Palestine in terms of assets, and the second biggest employer of youth in Palestine, and proved that any organization working under difficult circumstances and in a harsh environment represents a distinguished example for the application of the basic standards of good governance.  

It is important to note that the bank’s sponsorship for the activities of the Joint International Conference 2017 on Public Administration under Pressure is part of its practice of corporate social responsibility and in harmony with its vision for Palestine as a developed and modern state on the administrative, social and economic levels.