Synergies and partnerships are crucial in ensuring the success and growth of cleantech startups. Having multiple partners recognizing cleantech strategic relevance and providing a comprehensive support system for startups is essential for enhancing the global presence of the Palestine cleantech ecosystem
Here is what key speakers had to say during the Palestine CleanTech Champions Day – 2nd Edition 2022:
“I'm proud of the Palestine CleanTech Innovation Program's pioneering efforts in promoting the idea of clean technology and advancing the growth of the cleantech industry sector in Palestine. The Competition has been a superb opportunity to present Palestinian talent and demonstrate what Palestinians are capable of” - H.E. Mr. Khaled Osaily, Minister of National Economy
"Startups are today a vital asset to any country. Yet, there is maybe another asset that is even more important: energy. Without access to energy, any player from the private sector will be able to strive. The relevance of energy is also crucial for our communities. It guarantees an emancipated, prosperous and fulfilled society” - H.E. Mr. Usama Saddawi, Minister of Entrepreneurship and Empowerment
“Climate change and current events worldwide remind us once again how crucial clean energy is for the security and economic stability of our societies. Clean energy minimizes the impact on the natural ecosystem, has the advantage to be locally produced, and allows the industrial system not to be stifled by erratic and overpriced energy supply. This is particularly important here in the occupied Palestinian territory where the Palestinians are suffering due to the lack of control over their natural resources and their complete energy dependency. To address this challenge, we have been working closely with UNIDO, the Palestinian Ministry of National Economy and the partners. The MOUSTADAMA Programme is a successful demonstration of this strategic partnership. Our joint work is providing substantial and sustainable support for new startups while offering the new technologies implemented by Cleantech” - H.E. the EU Representative in Palestine Sven Kühn von Burgsdorff.
“The Palestine CleanTech Innovation Competition is an important opportunity to enable participation and strategically support Palestine. Startups are essential to the dynamism of the economy. They play a central role in the green transition, and favor qualified job creation. Through the generation of new ideas, they can offer tailored solutions to face the energy challenges in Palestine” - H.E. Ms. Lynn Hastings, UN Resident Coordinator in Palestine
“The Palestine CleanTech Innovation Competition is an important opportunity to enable participation and strategically support Palestine. Creating new businesses is not only about the economy but can be an extraordinary and very rewarding adventure. Startups are essential to the dynamism of the economy. They play a central role in the green transition and favor highly-qualified job creation. Through the generation of new ideas, they can offer tailored solutions to face the energy challenges in Palestine” - Mr. Tareq Emitarah, Director of UNIDO Energy Department
“Over the past year, we have worked hard to consolidate the cleantech ecosystem that the MOUSTADAMA Programme has helped build. With new post-acceleration services, dedicated educational materials, fablabs for hardwear design, and mentorship that specializes in cleantech needs, and, most importantly, with a system of national ownership that can embrace and flourish this model, we are confident that Palestinian companies in the sector can thrive and contribute to energy competitiveness and the fight against climate change“ - Mr. Ahmed ElFarra, UNIDO Palestine Senior Programme Officer.
In the picture above, H.E. the Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Palestine, Ms. Lynn Hastings at the Palestine Cleantech Innovation Competition 2nd Edition 2022 – Credits MOUSTADAMA, UNIDO Palestine.