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Tourism and Culture Sector Working Group (TCSWG)

The main purpose of the TCSWG is to act as a forum for information-sharing and coordination between donors and the PA related to Tourism and Culture as well as the priorities and strategies of relevant PA institutions in this sector. This group covers issues such as legal frameworks, international treaties, training among others.



The key functions of the WS SWG are as follows:

 

·         assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to national plans and strategies for the sector;

·         support the development and updating of sector strategies within the framework of national plans and budgets;

·         coordinate and harmonize donor assistance to prevent duplication;

·         carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA priorities and the readiness/availability of the donor community to fund related programmes;

·         function as the main source of information for needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps in water and sanitation;

·         develop joint indicators and sector reviews for sector monitoring and programme-based approaches.


Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors and other institutions (e.g. relevant non-governmental organizations) who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


Composition

Chair:
Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities

Deputy: Norway
Technical Advisor: UNDP and UNESCO

Donors: Italy, Spain, Sweden, Canada, Germany EUREP
UN Agencies: ILO, UNESCO, UNWOMEN
Government Institutions: MoFP, MoFA, MoNE

Private Sector Institutions: Holy Land Incoming Tour Operators Association, Centre for Cultural Heritage Preservation in Bethlehem

Civil Society Institutions: Network for Experiential Palestinian Tourism Organizations
Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)

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