Bethlehem, 5 march 2013:- the Applied Research Institute – Jerusalem (ARIJ ) and its board of trustees have hosted H.E. William Shomali as to continue its outreach ongoing efforts with the local stakeholders in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The guest was greeted and welcomed by representatives of the board of trustees, Director General Dr. Jad Isaac and representatives of the various research and development department of ARIJ .

General Director Dr. Jad Isaac explained to the honorable guest on the scope of work and interventions conducted by the institute, noting on the success stories that ARIJ has been able to bring to the local community.

Dr. Isaac noted also on successes stories that the institute was able to introduce to the local community, whether it is of research and development of applied since related to fields of sustaining and development of natural resources or the development of scientific-based policies that will advance the management of the natural resources in the oPt.

The guest H.E. William Shomali praised the work of the institute as a local national R&D institution advancing and creating the change needed for development. H.E Shomali commended on ARIJ  as a key employer within Bethlehem Governorate which has a high unemployment rate closing to 28% and considered to be second higher after Gaza strip.

Towards the end of the meeting the honorable guest H.E. William Shomali was presented with a honorary board membership and series of ARIJ most notable publications, the guest thanked the institute General Director and its board of trustees for this kind gesture calling on them and on the respectful team of ARIJ to continue their efforts towards advancing the human development in the oPt.