Conference Agenda   (Location: At Hall 243 - Extension of Institute of Law in Birzeit University)
8:30- 9:00 Registration and Reception 
9:00 - 9:50 Opening Session

Prof Dr Khalil Hindi: President of Birziet University
H.E. Dr Salam Fayyad: The Prime Minister
H.E. Dr Safa Nasser Eldin: The Minister of Telecommunication and Information Technology
Mr Hasan Qasem: Palestinian Information Technology Association of companies (PITA)
Dr Mustafa Jarrar: The Palestinian e-Government Academy, Sina Institute - Birzeit University
H.E. Mr. Samir Hulileh CEO of PADICO HOLDING Company

10:00 - 10:20 Coffee Break 
10:20 - 11:40 Keynote Speakers (Chair: Eng Sulieman Zuhairi)

Best International Practices in e-Government Security / Prof. David Chadwick (Kent University, UK)
The Importance of Implementing e-Government in Palestine and its Horizons / H.E. Dr Sabri Saidam (Adiviso rof the President of Palestine)
Zinnar - The e-Government Interoperability Framework / Dr Mustafa Jarrar (Sina Institute –Birziet Univeristy)
The Real Challenges facing Implementing e-Government in Palestine / H.E. Dr Mashour Abu Daka

11:40 -12:00 Coffee Break 
12:00 - 13:00 Projects and Experiences
Chair: Dr. Mahmoud Saheb
(Hall 243)


Experience of Connecting Taxes Databases In Italy /   Prof. Dr Paulo Bouquet, University of Trento, Italy
e-Payment Services / Eng Iyad Qumsieh
12:00 - 13:00 Governmental Initiatives
Chair: Eng. Hazem Qawasmi
(Hall 317)


Infrastructure Projects within the e-Government Framework / Mr Amjad Abu Zaid
Re-Engineering Processes for Better Public Services / Jihad Atiani

12:00 - 13:00 E-Government and Law
Chair: Eng. Sulaiman Amarneh
(Hall 343)


E-Transactions and E-Signature Law /Ms. Jumana Abed Rabeh and Mr. Florid Zorba
Important Laws for enabling e-Government Services / Dr Feras Melhem
13:00 - 13:40 Lunch Break 

13:40 - 15:00 Projects and Experiences
Chair: Eng. Safwan Al-Nazer
(Hall 243)


The Banking Sector and the Future of e-Banking Services / Eng. Hani Amer
Experience in Connecting the Ministry of Interior with Other Ministries / Eng Mohammed Tamimi

Experience in Connecting the Ministry of Transportation and with the Police /Mr Majid Awad
Experience in Connecting Palestinian Courts / Mr Murad Rumman

13:40 - 15:00 Information Security
Chair: Dr. Yahaih Al-Salkan
(Hall 317)


Electronic Signature and the Reality of implementation / Prof David Chadwick
Government Information Security / Dr Haider Qleibo 
The National Cybersecurity Strategy: A Guide to Effective Security / Eng. Rabi' Barakat

13:40 - 15:00 E-Government and Law
Chair: Dr. Jamil Salem
(Hall 343)


The Reality of Telecommunication Sector and its Relation to Law and e-Governance / Dr Samer AlFares - General Legal Advisor at Watania Mobile
The Legal bases of Information Technology and Communications in Palestine / Mr Haytham Al-Zubi, The Legal Advisor of Paltel Group

15:00 - 15:20 Coffee Break 
15:20 - 16:30 Ministerial Discussion Panel – (Moderator : H.E. Dr Sabri Saidam )

H.E. Minister of Finance: Prof. Dr Nabil Kasis.
H.E. Minister of Economy: Dr Jawad Naji.
H.E. Minister of Telecom and IT: Dr Safa Nasser Eldin.
H.E. Minister of Transportation: Prof. Dr Ali Zedan.
H.E. Minister of Local governence: Dr Khaled Al Qwasmi.
H.E. Minister of Labor: Dr Ahmad Majdalani.

This panel aims to discuss the internal and external obstacles facing the implementation of e-services,and approaches to overcome them. Every minister will be given an opportunity to present the e-Government strategy at his/her ministry, followed by a discussion regarding: (i) Policies and obstacles the ministries are facing in providing e-services to citizens; (ii) policies and obstacles faced in data exchange with other ministries; (iii) future plans and policies for enhancing the use of technology as a platform for electronic services.

16:30 - 17:00 Press Release: Signing Memorandum of Understanding between Birzeit University and Palestinian Ministries