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The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, in collaboration with the Palestine Capital Market Authority, organized a workshop as part of the An-Najah weekly economic meeting titled “The Palestine Capital Market Authority: Role and Future Plans.” The workshop was attended by Mr. Amjad Qabaha, the Manager of Legal Affairs at the PCMA, Dr. Rafat Al-Jallad, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Dr. Doha Al-Tanbour, a lecturer in the Department of Financial and Monetary Sciences, which took place on Thursday 16/2/2023, the event attracted a large number of college students majoring in relevant fields and individuals from various segments of the community who are interested in this matter.

During the workshop, Mr. Amjad Qabaha discussed important introductory topics related to the Palestine Capital Market Authority, its goals, and its role. He also presented key topics regarding the basic standard for distinguishing between banking and non-banking financial institutions based on the established international definition of the financial sector. Additionally, detailed explanations about the financial leasing sector were provided, including its components, products, and financial services. The workshop also covered the legal framework and supervisory authorities related to the mortgage sector.

This meeting had a positive impact on the students in attendance who, in turn, posed important questions and inquiries regarding the securities and finance sectors, seeking direct answers related to the content and subjects of their studies.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Mr. Amjad clarified how the PCMA keeps up with international and local developments, and how it executes its strategy through key programs. Among these programs, the most prominent ones are promoting the use of financial technology (FinTech) in the non-banking financial sector, promoting Sharia-compliant financial instruments in Palestine (Islamic finance), and ensuring the sustainability of financial sectors under the supervision of the PCMA, while enhancing their stability. He also addressed the topic of regulatory oversight of the financial sector through the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and the International Union for Housing Finance (IUHF), based in Europe.

The Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at An-Najah University aims to organize periodic meetings like this one to discuss current economic, financial, and social topics that are of interest to firstly students and secondly the local community. This is achieved by hosting experts, academics, and decision-makers to provide scientific and practical recommendations, as well as by strengthening relationships with Palestinian institutions and enhancing the students’ abilities and capacities through discussions of such topics.

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