Birzeit students examine public management up close in visit to the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park

Public administration students visited the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park on Sunday, October 7, 2018, as part of a field trip organized through the Public Projects Management course. Through the trip, students were introduced to real-life examples of public project management. 

During their tour, the students reviewed a 3D-model of the park and the stages of construction, as well as the park’s future prospects. Park staff and representatives introduced the park’s investor-friendly infrastructure as well as the government subsidies available to entrepreneurs who choose to invest their capital there.  

The staff also explained the naming of the park, as all potential projects in the park must include agricultural inputs in its operations to be approved for investment. Currently, there are 37 investors with 15 ready-for-production factories in the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park, with plans to expand the scope of investment to include non-agricultural industries as well, the representatives added. 

The students also visited several factories and production lines during their visit, such as the PalOlea factory, which produces herbal extracts from olive tree leaves for the treatment of high blood pressure and diabetes, and the F.M.H Plastics factory, where polyethylene is turned into plastic rolls for food preservation.