World Trade Center Spotlight: Ramallah, Palestine

Although the website is not current and my good friend Bassem Nijem is no longer the General Manager, I wanted to highlight this World Trade Center.  Why?  Because I had the honor to visit it personally in October 2009.  Robert Thompson and myself visited many of the Palestinian businesses (West Bank) there in a trade mission.

We were able to see for ourselves the quality manufacturing plants and products: olive oil, soap, ceremics, chemicals, textiles,cosmetics, cabinets, granite and more.  I was very impressed with the quality and perserverence of these business men.  (They face huge trade challenges because of Israeli restrictions.)

Not only did Bassem plan tours for us to see businesses, but also a memorable visit through the Holy Land.  It is a trip I will never forget not only for the wonderful people I met, but for the beauty and richness of the land and culture.


Officers:  Bassem Nijem, Former General Manager; Ghazi Abu Nahl, Group Chairman for NEST Investments Ltd.

Mission:  To promote international trade and strengthen economic ties between Palestinian businesses and foreign enterprises. To conduct customized Educational Programs covering crucial topics to enhance the practical skills of the business community.  To be the most effective commercial data provider in the region for local & worldwide sourcing. To serve the Palestinian Community through its worldwide links & contacts. To remain a unique establishment with strong brand recognition internationally.

Background: Founded in 1995.  Owned by NEST Investments Ltd. based in Cyprus.  NEST with General Manger Ghazi Abu Nahl owns 15 WTCs in Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

Trade Focus:  WTCP is an effective Trade Leads provider.  There are many sectors listed on the website as well as lists of products/countries under the columns of “Offers to Buy” and “Offers to Sell”.

Export Merchandise:  Stone, olives, fruit, vegetables, limestone. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, January 2011 exports totalled $66.8 million (13% increase from December 2010).

Import Merchandise: Food, consumer goods, construction materials, petroleum, chemicals (January 2011 imports totalled 421.7% (4.4% increase from 12/2010).

Top Export Destinations:  Israel (93% of exports)

Services: Customized programs covering topics such as International Trade, Microsoft applications, financial education, managerial skills and language.   Reliable trade information is provided on specific foreign markets, products, services and industry information as well as lists of Palestinian manufacturers. Secretarial services are also provided for local and incoming business entrepreneurs. WTCP also hosts outbound and inbound missions.

Contact Information:

World Trade Center Palestine
P.O. Box 3872 – Al Bireh – Palestine
Location: Al-Birdh – Ramallah / Jerusalem St.
Trust Insurance Bldg – 3 rd. Floor
One of the most amazing cities in the world.

One of the many quality businesses we visited in Palestine.

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