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Major improvements in resource efficiency from 10 Palestinian companies to be presented in Bethlehem

On the 27th March, significant saving impacts from 10 Palestine companies of the MED TEST II project will be presented in Bethlehem. The learnings, results, and recommendations from this SwitchMed component, will be shared to inform other Palestine companies on the opportunities of how to reduce their resource consumption and production costs.
Published on Mar 08, 2018

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The EU funded SwitchMed program has since 2015, through UNIDO, implemented the MED TEST II project, to demonstrate a business case for resource efficient and cleaner production in Palestine. 10 companies from the food sector were selected to showcase how the UNIDO TEST concept can work in the food industry sector of Palestine.   

Significant savings in energy, water, and raw materials, have been achieved for the partaking companies and this will enable them to operate with lower production cost – a vital condition for competing on the international markets.

Together with representatives from the Minister of National Economy, the Environment Quality Authority, and the EU Delegation to West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNIDO and Palestine Academy for Science and Technology (PALAST) will present a national roadmap for resource efficiency, showing how the TEST methodology can be applied in other companies and sectors of Palestine.

Join the event to see what the future might bring for your industry!












Opening notes Video presentation

Prof. Imad Khatib, Secretary General, PALAST (05 min)

Ms. Carolina Gonzalez-Mueller, UNIDO Representative (05 min)

Mr. Hashim Shawa, Chairman of the Board of Directors, BoP (05 min)

Mr. Ralph Tarraf, Head of EU Delegation  (05 min)

Ms. Abeer Odeh, Minister, MoE (05 min)

Eng. Adalah Al Atterah, Head of EQA (05 min)

Bassam Walweel, Chairman of PFI &PFIU (05 min)

11.30 -11:50

The regional dimension of the MED TEST II component of SwitchMed, Ms. Roberta De Palma, Chief Technical Advisor, UNIDO


Main results of MED TEST II in Palestine, Eng. Tawfeeq Odeh, Senior Expert, PALAST

12:10- 12:30



Company presentations

  • Siniora Food Industries Company
  • Pal Gardens Company
  • Alhijaz Chocolate Company
  • Al Jebrini Group for Dairy and Food Industries


Scaling Up Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production in Palestine, Prof. Imad Khatib, Secretary General, PALAST


Distribution of certificates to demonstration companies and trained professionals, Ms. Carolina Gonzalez-Mueller, UNIDO Representative  and Prof. Imad Khatib, Secretary General, PALAST


Conclusions - Next steps and ways of synergy, Ms. Roberta De Palma, Prof. Imad Khatib, and Dr. Odeh Shehadeh, Secretary General of PFI