Intervention by Mr. Yusra Khan, Secretary/Director of the Policy Analysis and Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia on the 57th Session of TDB-UNCTAD : Agenda Item 10 (b): Report on UNCTAD Assistance to the Palestinian people

September 20, 2010 Economy, Development and Environment

Mr. President,

Mr. Secretary-General,


Allow me to follow the other speakers in thanking you for convening our meeting today. I am sure that through our insightful and frank discussions, we will be able to generate some constructive ideas and recommendations.

We would like to align our statement with the statement made by distinguished delegate of Cuba on behalf of the G-77 and China and distinguished delegate of Bangladesh on behalf of Asean Group.

Mr. President,

Indonesia welcomes UNCTAD’s comprehensive report on “Assistance to the Palestinian people” and we wish to reiterate our commitment to supporting capacity building programmes for the Palestinian people.

As a show of Indonesia’s support for Palestine’s capacity building programs, and within the spirit of the New Asian African Strategic Partnership (NAASP), the Government of Indonesia and the Government of Palestine have, in recent years, signed both the “Memorandum on Capacity Building Programmes” and the “Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation for Human Resources Development.”

This commitment was reaffirmed during an NAASP Ministerial Conference on Capacity Building for Palestine, which was specifically initiated by Indonesia for the Palestinians, on 14 July 2008 which included participation of 1000 Palestinians in various capacity building programmes

Since then, Indonesia has conducted 22 programmes, involving 108 participants form Palestine, which covered a diverse range of subjects ranging from information technology, child and maternal health, women’s empowerment, micro finance, diplomatic training and others.

Fulfilling this task was not always easy and we were met with a number of challenges. The implementation of the programmes was often hindered the ability of the Palestinian participants to attend the training sessions, due to the ability restriction and the closure policies.

Given this success and the undeniable value of capacity building, we urge similar initiatives from other countries and international organizations, such as has been done by UNCTAD which, through its technical cooperation pillar, plays an influential role in strengthening capacity building programmes for the Palestinians.

Thank you.

Geneva, 20 September 2010