MSMEs in palestine

MSMEs in palestine


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Palestine Economic Policy Research InstituteMSMEsinPalestine; Challenges and Potential Editor Nidal Rashid Sabri Authors
Ahmed JaladAntonSabellaFathiSroujiFirasMelhemIbrahimHantashIssamAbdeenMohammadKhalifaMuhannadHamed NasrAbdelkarimNasrAtayniNidalRashidSabriObaidaSalahSaraAlHajAli 2010
The Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS) Founded in Jerusalem in 1994 as an independent, non-profit institution to contribute to the policy-making process by conducting economic and social policy research. MAS is governed by a Board of Trustees consisting of prominent academics, businessmen and distinguished personalities from Palestine and the Arab Countries. Mission MAS is dedicated to producing sound and innovative policy research, relevant to economic and social development in Palestine, with the aim of assisting policy-makers and fostering public participation in the formulation of economic and social policies. Strategic Objectives Promoting knowledge-based policy formulation by conducting economic and social policy research in accordance with the expressed priorities and needs of decision-makers. economic and social policies and their impact at different levels for Evaluating correction and review of existing policies. a forum for free, open and democratic public debate among all stakeholders Providing on the socio-economic policy-making process. up-to-date socio-economic information and research results. Disseminating  Providing technical support and expert advice to PNA bodies, the private sector, and NGOs to enhance their engagement and participation in policy formulation. economic and social policy research capabilities and resources in Strengthening Palestine. Board of Trustees Ghania Malhees (Chairman), Samer Khoury (Vice chairman), Ghassan Khatib (Treasurer), Luay Shabaneh (Secretary), Nabil Kaddumi, Raja Khalidi, Rami Hamdallah, Radwan Shaban, Sabri Saidam, Samir Huleileh, Samir Abdullah (Director General). Copyright © 2010 Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)P.O. Box 19111, Jerusalem and P.O. Box 2426, Ramallah Tel: ++972-2-2987053/4, Fax: ++972-2-2987055, e-mail:info@pal-econ.orgWeb Site :
Palestine Economic Policy Research InstituteMSMEsinPalestine; Challenges and Potential Editor Nidal Rashid Sabri Researchers
Ahmed JaladAntonSabellaFathiSroujiFirasMelhemIbrahimHantashIssamAbdeenMohammadKhalifaMuhannadHamed NasrAbdelkarimNasrAtayniNidalRashidSabriObaidaSalahSaraAlHajAli 2010
MSMEs in Palestine; Challenges and Potential Researchers:Ahmed Jalad Anton Sabella Fathi Srouji Firas Melhem Ibrahim Hantash Issam Abdeen Mohammad Khalifa Muhannad Hamed Nasr Abdelkarim Nasr Atayni Nidal Rashid Sabri Obaida Salah Sara Al Haj Ali Editor:Rashid Sabri Nidal Layout:Abdallah Lina Funding: This study was funded by The International Development Research Center (IDRC). Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)Jerusalem and Ramallah
Preface Between October 2008 and October 2010, the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), with the generous support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), engaged in a research program entitled“Poverty Reduction through Private-Sector Development: Policy Research for MSMEs”. It was the primary objective of the project to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the current status of Micro, Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (MSMEs) in Palestine, the challenges that the proprietors of such operations face and the potential contribution of Palestinian MSMEs to the achievement of the national development vision. The program involved the production of fourteen separate research studies (ten policy-papers and four critical law reviews). These aimed to examine the legal and regulatory environment in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, as well as particular opportunities and challenges facing MSMEs, such as the challenges associated with successfully marketing products, access to financial services, the current degree and character of female entrepreneurship and labor force participation, and the availability and quality of relevant vocational education. This report is an overview of the primary findings of the research program. It summarizes the results of the various studies that were conducted and provides a general introduction to the issue of MSMEs, both in general and within the unique context of the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Finally, I would like to express my thanks for the MAS research staff for their reviews and comments on the various chapters presented in this book. This includes Andrew Hunter, Rami Totari, Abdelwahab Abdelaziz, Salim Al Husari, Shahrazad El Far, Sana Kamal, Qusai Al Saifi and Mai Jodeh. Also I would like to extend gratitude and appreciation to our partners the International Development Research Center- IDRC for their generous and continuous support. Samir Abdullah Director General
Table of Contents IntroductionChapter I: MSMEs and the Palestinian Economy1.1 Introduction 1.2 MSMEs and Palestine 1.3 Entrepreneurship in the Palestinian Economy 1.4 Taxation in the Palestinian Economy: 1.5 Doing business in Palestinian 1.6 MSMEs and Palestinian Business Culture 1.7 References Chapter II:Problems of MSMEs in Palestine2.1 Introduction: 2.2 Governmental Institutions Supporting Palestinian MSMEs 2.3 Summary of the Problems Facing MSMEs 2.4 Recommendations to Support and Promote MSMEs 2.5 References Chapter III: International Experiences in Supporting MSMEs: Lessons for Palestine3.1 Introduction 3.2 Types of Support for MSMEs in other Economies 3.2.1 The Legal Environment for MSMEs 3.2.2 Supporting the Access of MSMEs to Finance 3.3 Supportive services provided to MSMEs 3.4 Country Experiences 3.4.1 Japanese Experience 3.4.2 Indian Experience 3.4.3 German Experience 3.4.4 The Singaporean Experience 3.5 Recommendations 3.6 References Chapter IV: Review of Draft Law on MSMEs in Palestine4.1 Introduction 4.2: Methodology: 4.3 The Proposed Law 4.4 Comparison with Other Related Palestinian Laws 4.5 Conclusions and Recommendations
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4.6 References Chapter V: Evaluation of Legal Environment in Palestine5.1 Introduction 5.2 Methodology 5.3 The Legal Environment and Palestinian MSMEs 5.4 Legal Aspects of Commercial Chambers 5.5 Conclusions 5.6 Recommendations 5.7 References Chapter VI: Enabling Palestinian MSMEs to Meet International Product Standards6.1 Introduction 6.2 Standards and Mandatory Regulations 6.3 International Trade Agreements and the Paris Economic Protocol 6.4 The Role of the Palestine Standards Institution (PSI) 6.5 Product Standards that Exist in Palestinian MSMEs 6.6 Conclusions 6.7 Recommendations 6.8 References Chapter VII: Improving Palestinian Investment Legislation to the advantage of SMEs7.1 Objectives 7.2 Investment promotion Law 7.3 Laws Related to Investment 7.3.1 The Corporate Laws 7.3.2 The Intellectual property laws 7.3.3 Tax legislation 7.3.4 The Palestinian Investment Promotion Law: Pros & Cons 7.4 Recommendations Chapter VIII: Compliance of WTO Requirements to Palestinian Standards and measures8.1 Introduction 8.2 The Legal and Institutional Framework for Standards and Measurements 8.3 Evaluating the Standards Law 8.4 Standards and Measures Compliance with WTO Requirements 8.5 Conclusions
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