Strong Palestinian presence aims to boost local computer industry

The Palestinian IT industry comes to Gitex looking to promote its new office at Dubai Internet City. The office, a joint venture between the Palestine Trade Centre (Pal Trade) and the Palestine Information Technology Association (PITA), aims to promote the interests of its members as well as the Palestinian IT sector as a whole.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  October 13, 2002

The Palestinian IT industry comes to Gitex looking to promote its new office at Dubai Internet City. The office, a joint venture between the Palestine Trade Centre (Pal Trade) and the Palestine Information Technology Association (PITA), aims to promote the interests of its members as well as the Palestinian IT sector as a whole.

The Palestinian Pavilion boasts the participation of 10 IT companies following the strong success of last year's show.

“The strong Palestinian participation in Gitex is aimed at promoting IT products and solutions of Palestine. In addition, it will provide unlimited support to the technology sector and create new avenues for marketing its products and solutions. Gitex Dubai offers an ideal opportunity to explore new markets with the objective of increasing the volume of exports to strengthen the national economy,” said Iyad Joudi, general manager of Pal Trade. “The Palestinian IT companies have developed a diverse range of innovative and bi-lingual solutions that have been widely accepted all over the world,” he added.

“Despite the ongoing political upheaval in the country, the Palestinian IT industry has displayed great capability in providing quality solutions. With a robust infrastructure and a strong communication network, it is poised to make rapid strides in the international market,” he added. “The strong partnership and spirit of co-operation between the public and private sector have significantly contributed in facilitating the work of the private sector. Palestine also boasts of well-qualified and trained IT experts that have acquired widespread experience due to their overseas work stints or through studying abroad.”

Referring to the role of PITA, Dr. Mashour Abu Dakka, executive manager said: “PITA is committed to developing the IT sector by providing its members with techniques for penetrating foreign markets. We are also keen to improve the investment climate in Palestine in coordination with the public sector and decision makers to frame new laws that will provide a strong base to develop the IT sector. We are participating in major fairs and IT events.”

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