Brief
The Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) is an independent and non-profit organization with public benefit, which represents the private sector in the governorate, and has an important role in the economic scope of work as well. BCCI is one of the leading associations that strengths the economy in the governorate, and in spite of all obstacles it is attracting new investments in collaboration with investment associations to achieve sustainable development. It dedicates all efforts to help members of its General Assembly to withstand the hard conditions and encourage them to grow and expand.
The BCCI falls under the umbrella of the Palestinian Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry based in Ramallah, which includes 14 other chambers in Palestine. The first Chamber established in Bethlehem was in the early fifties of the twentieth century, where the first Board of Directors was elected in 14/4/1952, and then, in 30/8/1965, a new board was elected and continued the process in integrating efforts. As the Governorate of Bethlehem was extensively preparing itself to celebrate the Second Millennium, and simultaneously witnessing a conspicuous entry into a new period of construction and structural renovations, the Minister of Economy issued his resolution to appoint the current Board of Directors that includes a top-level group of businessmen and economists. Hence, the Chamber started a new phase of its history targeting to accelerate local commercial growth, and to promote a needed commercial cooperation with regional and international chambers of commerce.
In July of 2011, a third election in the history of the BCCI occurred. The number of members of the Board of Directors elected was ten and all work to serve the BCCI's members of the General Assembly as well as to develop its programs. The new elected Board included, for the first time on the national level, a woman.
The new Board, headed by Dr. Samir Hazboun who occupied this position previously, pledged to raise the performance level of the Chamber, present the best services to its members, and support the local industries and products in order to achieve sustainable local economic development.


Board of Directors

The Board of Directors which was elected in 2011 includes the following businesspeople:
1. Dr. Samir Hazboun Chairman
2. Mr. Saqer Ramadan Senior Vice President (2012 – 2013)
3. Mr. Khaled Al-Dara'awi Senior Vice President (2014 – 2015)
4. Mr. Sami Thaljyeh Second Vice President
5. Eng. Issa Musa Secretary
6. Mr. Rabee'a Al-Hilu Deputy Secretary
7. Mr. Sami Abu Aita Treasurer
8. Mr. Iyad Al-Hroub Deputy Treasurer
9. Mrs. Majedah Jadallah Head of the Businesswomen Committee
10. Eng. Dirar Abdeen Member


BCCI's Structure




BCCI Strategic Document
Vision
A Chamber with an outstanding performance to achieve sustainable economic prosperity.

Mission Statement
We work on providing better services to our members and the community through counseling, guidance and capacity development using technological methods. We also work on an effective representation for our members and defend their interests. Besides, we work on activating the partnership with civil society organizations and the public sector. We also focus on empowering marginalized groups, entrepreneurs, youth and women.
In addition, we work to raise the quality of the national products and promote them internally and externally. We strive to raise the capacities of our employees so that their institutional performance is distinguished in order to achieve the highest standards of transparency, openness and freedom of opinion.

Philosophy & Value
The philosophy of BCCI is to encourage the spirit of cooperation and initiative among the members & staff and the institutional cooperation to achieve sustainable economic development in the community. BCCI considers its activities derived from the needs and priorities of its members and has committed itself in a set of values to help achieve its vision. Among these values: integrity, accountability, transparency, integration and adaptation to change, openness, social responsibility, professionalism and adherence to international standards in performance.

Strategic Objectives
1. Strengthen the economic activity for the business community in the governorate.
2. Improve services delivery and enhance communication with members.
3. Increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the performance of BCCI.
4. Improve BCCI financial resources through fundraising.

General Goals
1. Organize commercial and industrial interests of the private sector associations in the governorate affiliated to the Chamber, and representing them at the various stakeholders within & outside the country, and defends the various issues related to taxes, customs, import & export and laws & regulations.
2. Support and develop local industries (consultations, training courses, exhibitions).
3. Develop and increase the size of exports of the national products to external markets, and establish solid business relationships with the Chambers of Commerce & Industry of Arab and foreign countries.
4. Promote the culture of the private sector through the issuance and exchange of statistics and distribution of business pamphlets and brochures.
5. Arbitrate in commercial disputes.
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