Convention Program

Day 1

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Convention Palace


9:00-10:00 Registration

10:00 National Anthem



Welcoming Speech

Mayor of Bethlehem- Ms. Vera Baboun

 “Connect with the 3 BEIT”

Mayor of Beit Jala + short film

Mayor of Beit Sahour + short film


Speech of H. E Minister of Foreign Affairs

Dr. Riyad Al Malki



Performance of Diyar Dance Theater


11:05-11:15 Coffee Break



Bethlehem through past, present

Mr. Khalil Shokeh, photo presentation


12:20 – 12:50

The story of the Diaspora

Prof. Eugenio Chahuan- Director of the Center for Arab studies at the University of Chile



 Break and Back to hotel


17:30 Grand Opening at the Convention Palace

 18:00-18:10 National Anthem – Scouts performance

Short film for Bethlehem


Ms. Vera Baboun

 Speech by Mayor of Bethlehem

Mr. Hashim Shawa

Chairman & CEO – Bank of Palestine

Alberto Kassis Sabag

Speech Palestinian Diaspora representative

Mahmoud Abbas

Speech by His Excellency President of Palestine



Traditional Cultural Performance (فرقة دلال)

Day 2

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Manger Square


9:00 – 11:00
Prayer &  Guided tour to the Church of the Nativity, Star Street, the Milk Grotto and the old city of Bethlehem



Meeting Point at the Catholic Action Club Roundabout


Guided tour to explore Beit Sahour

Beit Sahour: Shepherd’s field, the quarters of Beit Sahour, Oush Ghirab, old buildings


15:15 – 17:00

Guided tour to explore Beit Jala

Beit Jala: to the St. Nicolas Church, Beir Una, Cremisan, al Makhrour, and the Seminary



Break and back to hotels

Day 3

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

Convention Palace


9:00 – 11:00
Tour to Bethlehem Industrial zone

Welcoming Speech

BMIP Presentation- Dr. Sameer Hazboun

PIPA Presentation- Mr. Elie Shehadeh

Speech CEO PIEFZA - Dr. Ali Shaath


10:00 Coffee Break


10:15 -11:00

Tour of the Industrial Estate


11:15 -12:00

Official Inauguration for

Bethlehem Monument



Economy in Palestine and the role of the Diaspora as development actors in their homeland/ Convention Palace

Trading Environment (PalTrade)
Banking in Palestine (BoP)

Tourism as a technique to connect with the Diaspora (HILTOA)


B2B meetings on viable investment projects and joint ventures

Bethlehem Municipality

Invest in Palestine


Beit Jala Municipality

Beit Sahour Municipality





17:15-19:15 Back to Hotels


19:30 Closing Ceremony @ Bethlehem University