Hebron was historically named after the prophet Abraham, since he lived in it 6000 years ago. Since then, consecutive civilizations inhabited the city, such as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Chaldeans and the Hyksos, until the Canaanite Arabs came and built most of its historical landscapes. The city has had many names over history, including the city of vineyards.
The city’s landscape is mountainous, as it has the biggest mountain chain in Palestine. Some of its mountains are over 1032 meters higher than sea level. The city’s mountains extend from Hebron to the Palestinian cost, and from Beit Ummar to Al-Dhahiriyah in the south, and their heights vary from 300m in the western areas, to 1000m in the center of the governorate.
The governorate has a moderate Mediterranean climate. The average temperatures vary between 21 degrees in summer to 7 degrees in winter, and the average annual rainfall reaches 589mm3.
Hebron’s history extends for over 7000 years. It is a holy city in the three monotheistic religions. It has monuments and shrines for a number of prophets and companions of Prophet Mohammad. It also has a number of historical and religious locations such as the Ibrahimi mosque, where the shrines of prophets Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph lie next to the shrines of Sarah, Prohpet Abraham’s wife and Rifka, Prophet Isaac’s wife.
2- About Hebron
The governorate has a population of over 750,000
- The city itself has a population of about 250,000
- The youth make up over 60% of the population
- It is the largest West Bank city in terms of population and area
- It has three Universities which graduate 4,000 students annually
2.2 Economic Indicators
- 38 - 40% Contribution to the Palestinian GDP
- Most of the economic activities are commercial and industrial
- More than 3,200 industrial establishments
- 98% are considered Micro and Small Businesses
- Most are family owned businesses
- Unemployment rate in the city is 22%
2.3 Hebron’s Contribution to Palestinian Economy
- 38 - 40% of Palestine’s GDP
- 55% of Palestine’s commercial activities
- 28% of the agricultural and food industries sectors
- 60% of the natural stone reserves
- 45% of Palestine’s industrial sector output
- 75% of the leather and shoes industry sector
- 22% of industrial establishments
- 60% of the jewelry and goldsmith manufacturing sector output.
Hebron, the citadel of Palestinian National Economy.
Distinguished, excellence model private sector representative organization that offer innovative services to the business community; advocate their interest, facilitate business enabling environment to improve the members’ competitive advantage and capable of leading sustainable local economic development in the district with full social responsibility.
Our Strategic Goals
Transform HCCI to a new Organizational Excellence Model.
Offer innovative services to business community.
Contribute to the improvement of Business Enabling Environment.
Image building and branding of HCCI.
Improve membership at HCCI.
Future Plans and Initiatives
- Reviving the old city of Hebron and turning it to a free trade area.
- Contribute to Creating a modern industrial zone.
- Establish a national exhibition and convesional center in Hebron.
- Establish a business incubator in Hebron.
- Encouraging investment in strategic projects.
- Transform HCCI in to an E-Chamber to be the first in palestine.
- contribute to establishing a central testing lab for industries in palestine.
Under the patronage of His Excellency Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas “Abu Mazen”, HCCI is seeking the oportunity looking of holding The “International Conference on Sustainable Economic Development”, in partnership with a number of local and international organizations. The conference comes as part of HCCI’s fulfillment of its vision “Hebron, the citadel of the Palestinian economy, led by a distinguished chamber of commerce”. The conference aims to shed the light on Palestine and specifically Hebron governorate. The idea behind this distinguished economic activity is to mark sixty-year anniversary of establishing HCCI, which falls on 05/21/2013.
HCCI, the organizer of this activity, has in mind the requirements of the organizations, institutions involved in economic affairs to develop a network of relationships, and to share the experiences and knowledge of businessmen, who will tell the stories of how they started and how they reached where they are now.
Accordingly, this conference will be an international economic event distinguished by its attendance, content and expected outcomes. HCCI is working to lobby economic institutions, Chambers of Commerce, Local, Arab, regional and international businessmen.
Several activities will also be held during the conference, including the local industries exhibition and B2B meetings gathering local and international businessmen.
- To shed the light on Hebron as a center of economic activities, which has a bright potential and a promising future.
- Provide an opportunity to businessmen and businesswomen to expand their business network and provide them with a platform to explore investment opportunities with their Arab, Regional and International counterparts.
- Establish strategic partnership between local economic organizations and their Arab, Regional and International counterparts.
Conference’s Focal Points
1. Role of Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture and related economic organizations in Sustainable Economic Development
Exploring Arabic, Regional and International business models and success stories in that regard
Local experience under focus
This Module represents a platform to discuss and explore success models and stories of Arab, regional and international chambers of commerce, industry and agriculture and economic organizations to energize economic growth. This would provide a chance to draw lessons and explore options for potential cooperation and knowledge exchange.
- Strategic investment opportunities in the governorate of Hebron
- Investment incentives programs worldwide
- Investment tools and mechanisms and the opportunities to utilize them locally (PPP, Private Equity, …etc)
- Investment guarantee mechanisms and how to utilize them in the Palestinian context
This Module represents a platform to explore investment promotion programs, investment mechanisms and tools used worldwide. The discussion will include mechanisms and tools utilized along with the investment guarantee mechanisms available in the Palestinian context. Strategic national investment opportunities in Hebron will be presented for interested investors.
3. Industrial and productive sectors
- SME’s support programs in the Arab world, regionally and internationally and how to benefit from them in the Palestinian context.
- Energizing export growth.
- Role of donor countries’ programs in supporting the private sector in Palestine, a special focus on export support.
This Module is a platform to present the vital role of the industrial production sector and mechanisms implemented in the Arab world, regionally, and internationally to support SME’s, representing most enterprises locally.
The discussion will focus on export growth tools and mechanisms and the different business models adopted regionally and internationally.
An important element of the discussion will concentrate on the role donor countries and international aid agencies play in Palestine to support the private sector and export growth.
Conference Management and Secretary
Wataniya: +970 569 770099
Jawwal: +970 597 770099
Phone: +970 2 2228218