Enacted by presidential decrees no. 114 in 1994 and no. 13 in 2004, as a national independent self-governing institution, the Palestine Academy for Science and Technology acts as a catalyst for the advancement of science, technology and innovation in Palestine, and for their effective deployment as levers for economic, social and human development. Towards this purpose, the Academy works in sync with all partners from academia, government and business at home and abroad. Synchronizing and streamlining national efforts is especially important in light of the scarcity of available resources and the magnitude of the challenges at hand. The Academy headquarters is in Jerusalem with offices in Ramallah and Gaza.