The steering committee of the refugee camp improvement programme held its first meeting today on Zoom technology to examine the criteria for priority Camp projects to be selected for implementation in camp improvement plans funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and the head of the Refugee Affairs Department, Dr. Ahmed Abu Houli, Japanese ambassador for Palestinian affairs Mr. Masayuki Maguchi, principal representative of the JICA office in Palestine Toshiya Abe, representatives of the Ministry of Finance, and the JICA expert group for the project "improving the refugee camp in Palestine Phase II (PALCIP2)".
For his part, Dr. Abu Houli welcomed members of the steering committee of the Japanese grant that will cover vital projects in the camps will be selected from the implementation guide for camp improvement projects identified as a priority through the participatory approach of the community segments within the targeted camps .
Dr. Abu Houli said that the project implemented doesn't conflict with the assistance and authorization of other supporting agencies or donors, or support from the Palestinian Authority and doesn't conflict with projects implemented by UNRWA.
He thanked the government of Japan for funding vital projects in Palestinian camps in the West Bank as part of the 10 million dollars (JPY billion) camp improvement plans implementation programme.
 Dr. Abu Houli praised the supported that given from Japanese to the Palestinian people, especially in light of the covid-19 pandemic and its political positions in support of their legitimate rights, which have been endorsed by international legitimacy and its support for the two-state solution .
For his part, Toshiya Abe, chief representative of the Gaika office in Palestine, said that the Palestine refugee camp improvement program provided one billion Japanese yen ( 10 million dollars), to implement the camp improvement plans developed through a participatory framework.
He pointed out that this program will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN Agenda 2030 in reducing inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, promoting peace, justice and strong institutions represented in the goals (10)، (11)، (16) from the plan .
On the other hand, the representative of the Ministry of Finance Director General of international relations and projects of Lily's strange progress in financial management for assistance.
The Refugee Service developed the steering committee in the form of progress in the preparation of camp improvement plans (CIPs) and reported that it was making efforts to strengthen institutional capacity .
 Stressed the importance of a fair and balanced distribution of the Japanese Grant among the Palestinian camps .
At the conclusion of the meeting, the steering committee confirmed the achievement and progress in strengthening the holistic and participatory planning approach to camp improvement, including agreement on selection criteria for candidate projects to be funded by the programme.