On 7-13 November, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in partnership with the Ministry of Environment, VentEko company of environmental technologies, as well as the Honorary Consul of Latvia in Jordan Khaled Khalil Miqdadi and the Honorary Consul in Lebanon Gerard Assad Renno organise training in the field of environmental management for the Palestinian National Authority staff.
Under the European Neighbourhood Policy, Latvia supports the development of EU's neighbouring regions, which contributes considerably to raising competitiveness, also through building intuitional capacity. Environmental protection is a priority for Palestinians also within the framework of the Union for the Mediterranean. One of the six posts of Deputy Secretaries, namely, the portfolio of water and environmental issues in the newly established Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean has been assigned to Palestinians.
Latvia as an EU Member State has expressed support to the plan by Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority, Salam Fayyad, for establishing the state. Consequently, through a development co-operation project in the field of environmental protection, Latvia also provides practical assistance to enhancing institutional capacity in the Palestinian National Authority.
The training programme has been developed as a public-private partnership project for promoting an integrated economic and social policy. The aim of the project is to share with the environmental institution staff of the Palestinian National Authority the experience accumulated by Latvia in the field of environmental management and technologies.
As part of the programme, a company of environmental technologies, VentEko, in association with the Ministry of Environment will deliver lectures, and hold practical workshops and site visits to waste treatment and purification facilities.
The project idea was discussed on 18 June this year, during the visit to Riga by the Foreign Minister of the Palestinian National Authority Riad Al-Malki. Latvia has already earlier carried out similar assistance projects. Last June, when Latvia implemented the project The rehabilitation programme for traumatised children from the Gaza Strip, 18 Palestinian children underwent a two-week rehabilitation course at the Social Integration State Agency of Latvia in Dubulti.