The General Supervisor of Official Media, Ahmad Assaf, today said that the Palestinian people will have their first national printing press before the end of this year.
He said during a tour of the premise of the press on the outskirts of Ramallah with the Indian Ambassador to Palestine, Sunil Kumar, that the national press building is a vital project for the Palestinian people and that a million and a half Palestinian students will benefit directly from this project as textbooks will be printed there in addition to all the stationary of the ministries and institutions of the Palestinian National Authority.
Assaf referred to the generous support and care by President Mahmoud Abbas, without which the project would not have progressed in this way despite the difficult circumstances with the Corona pandemic and the financial crisis resulting from the Israeli occupation state’s withholding of the Palestinian tax revenues, stressing that despite all this, work is going on according to schedule and that the Palestinian people will have a national printing press before the end of this year.
He said the printing press will be able to meet all printing needs, including postage stamps, and everything related to national and sovereign symbols.
For his part, Ambassador Kumar said that this project will be a model for the rest of the Indian projects offered to the Palestinian people, and it is a reflection of the common relationship between India and Palestine.
He said that what was accomplished in this project and its continuation despite all the obstacles was a result of the efforts and constant follow-up by Minister Assaf and the culmination of joint work between the two sides.
“We are confident that you will continue to work until the end of the project, which will be a model for Indian-Palestinian projects, and for projects presented by other parties as well,” he said, saluting President Mahmoud Abbas for his efforts in terms of guidance and direction so that this project could see the light of day.
It is worth noting that the building of the National Printing Press is funded by the Palestinian National Authority, and the printing machines are provided as a grant from the Indian government.