In partnership with GIZ’s Local Governance Sector Reform Program, the Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA) launched the financial management technical hub to exchange expertise between local authorities in order to increase the experience and knowledge of the maximum number of staff at local authorities on new and important technical topics. This comes as part of the second phase of the “Technical Hubs” program that targets staff and officials at Palestinian local authorities.
APLA’s executive director, Eng. Abdallah Anati, highlighted the importance and role of the financial management technical hub in supporting local authorities in reforming financial frameworks and promoting the revenue of local authorities, which ultimately leads to improving services provided to the public. He stressed on the importance of this hub, as it targets developing the financial capacities of local authorities, particularly since financial challenges facing them constitute the main obstacle before their provision of the best services to the public.
Eng. Anati stressed that the work plan to be developed by the members of the technical hub should be practical and applicable in order to achieve tangible results and clear development to build on towards realizing the maximum benefit for local authorities in Palestine. He clarified the importance of increasing communication and networking between financial managers at local authorities in order to exchange experiences and expertise, which will open the floor for local authorities to think realistically of the best solutions applied at some local authorities and not others.
On his part, Mohammad Yaghi from GIZ presented the concept and goals of the financial management technical hub and the proposed structure to build and develop the hub’s work, its committees and the roles vested in them.
During the workshop, the participants presented the topics that will be proposed through the financial management hub. It was agreed that the hub’s work is focused on the development, monitoring, and promotion of local authorities’ budgets; seeking sources of revenue; financial analysis and studying costs; and activating investment projects with the private sector. The work committees for each topic were identified, provided that clear work plans are developed to ensure the maximum benefit for participants. Moreover, Mr. Rifaat Iqneibi from Hebron Municipality was selected as coordinator for this hub.
It is worth noting that the technical hubs program in the current phase includes five hubs: the Finance Hub, Engineering and Planning Hub, Public Relations Hub, Village Councils Technical hub and the Creativity and Innovation Hub. The program is implemented in partnership between APLA and GIZ’s Local Governance Reform program.