Indonesian FM opens training program on business planning for women

Amman, Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, on Tuesday opened a training program that focuses on providing Palestinian women in refugee camps with the know-how and training on business planning and entrepreneurship.

The program, dubbed the International Training of Trainers on Business Planning for Women in Refugee Camps, aims to train 30 participants to teach refugee women how to plan and implement projects thereby achieving sustainable development goals.

The participants are trainers/mentors, facilitators and volunteers from the UNRWA Palestine, UNRWA Jordan, Hashemite Charity Organization (JHCO), East Jerusalem Young Men Christian Association (YMCA), Women’s Centre Al Thouri Silwan, WAFAA Group-Palestine who has been collaborating in different refugee camps in Palestine and in Jordan.

During the opening ceremony, Marsudi said the Palestinian cause is “at the heart of our foreign policy,” adding that Indonesia continues to coordinate and consult with Jordan to support all endeavors aimed at solving the Palestinian issue.

Indonesia has consistently called for providing economic, development, and capacity building assistance to Palestine in various multilateral forums, she stated.

Jakarta, she noted, has for long “championed” for capacity building programs for Palestinians, adding that the training of trainers program is a reflection of the efforts Indonesia exerts in this regard.

The minister pointed out that her country works on developing entrepreneurship and business planning skills that will empower the Palestinian people, and women in particular, to be active contributors in nation-building.

Indonesian ambassador in Amman, Andy Rachmianto, said the training program shows the country’s unwavering commitment toward the Palestinian cause.

It is also an implementation of the Three-Year-Activity Plan adopted during the 3rd Conference on Cooperation of East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD) in Thailand last year.

Assistant Minister for the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mazen Shamieh, commended Indonesia’s support and cooperation with Jordan to empower Palestinians and its support for the Palestinian cause.

On the sidelines of the ceremony, Shamieh and Rachmianto signed a memorandum of understanding in which Indonesia will provide Palestine with medicinal and economic aid.

Source: Jordan News Agency