The Executive Committee of the Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA) approved the final version of the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. The Plan and its strategic objectives and interventions aim to strengthen the role of APLA as a key player in the local government sector in Palestine and to enhance the capacities of local authorities to deliver better services to citizens, according to the Executive Committee. Additionally, the Executive Committee stated that it looked forward to working with local and international partners to implement the strategy and realize its objectives.
The Executive Committee applauded, during APLA meeting at APLA headquarters chaired by Mr. Mousa Hadid and attended by members of the Executive Committee and Executive Director of APLA Mr. Abd Allah Anati, the inauguration of the permanent headquarters of APLA to ensure completion of institutionalizing APLA and building its capacities as national representative body of all Palestinian local authorities. The Executive Committee invited the heads of local authorities across the country to visit the permanent APLA headquarters to improve communication among APLA and members and to be closely familiarized with its areas of function in service of its members and to benefit from such service.
The Executive Committee also approved APLA’s Financial Committee Report and endorsed its recommendation concerning a selection of bidder to audit APAL’s 2018 accounts.
The Executive Committee reviewed the programs and activities of APLA for the coming period including the meeting of the Committee on Environment of the United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), which will be held in Ramallah this month, the meeting of the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) at the end of June 2019, the Conference of New Trends in Managing Municipalities and Improving their Performance, which will be held in Hebron in July 2019, and the Fourth Conference of the Palestinian-German Municipal Partnerships Project to be held in Germany from September 21 to 27, 2019.
The Executive Committee decided to go ahead with signing a memorandum of understanding with Teacher Creativity Center to expand the work of the local authorities in Integrity Clubs and to view the experience of local authorities in accountability and transparency and to benefit from such experience.
The Executive Committee also approved the agreement to enhance international partnerships between APLA and Belgian Development Cooperation. The agreement includes giving full support to APLA especially in areas of capacity building and strengthening APLA’s role in developing rules and regulations for the work of the local authorities. The agreement is part of the partnership between APLA and the Belgian Development Cooperation in the European Union project “Area (C) Resilience Development initiative (ARD)”.
The Executive Committee also reviewed issues related to challenges local authorities face especially those related to income tax. The Executive Committee affirmed the continuation of dialogue with the Government and the Ministry of Finance to address all obstacles facing local authorities as a result of related procedures.
The Executive Committee discussed the challenges facing local authorities dealing with the crafts and industries law and decided to continue working on preparing position paper to look into problems and find solutions to facilitate the work of local authorities and empower them to perform their assigned tasks.