Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry celebrates its 70th anniversary
Bethlehem Chamber of Commerce and Industry celebrated the unveiling of its mural on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of its founding, Since 1952, every board of directors is represented on the mural. The celebration of the mural and the honoring of several businessmen and property owners, according to Bethlehem Governor Mr. Kamel Hamid, are a crystal-clear demonstration of the greatness of the Palestinian people and the status of Bethlehem, whose Chamber of Commerce was able to overcome all coercive conditions brought on by the Israeli occupation and transform the city's economy. The foundation of the chambers of commerce, he continued, helped coordinate efforts to achieve goals that had previously been attained through engagement with the private sector.
In response, Dr. Samir Hazboun, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, spoke about the Chamber's progress since it was founded in 1952 by Bishara Saleh Qanawati, which had a significant impact on improving the economic situation and addressing some economic issues like import and customs. Hazboun highlighted Bethlehem Chamber's pioneering role with all of its former and current members, which includes about 2,000 members from 36 districts in the governorate ,besides the traditional roles of assisting the local economy, collaborating with the government, taking on social responsibility, and assisting the community. At the conclusion of the program, 63 recipients who have been associates of the Chamber of Commerce for more than 30 years were recognized.