The Economy Department at the Civil Administration is entrusted with coordinating the economic activity of the Palestinian Authority with the State of Israel. Within this framework, the department works to develop economic projects, aimed at improving the welfare and quality of life of the residents in Judea and Samaria.

The unit operates through several channels, including dialogue with representatives of the Palestinian Authority, businesspeople and merchants from around the world, particularly with Palestinians from Judea and Samaria, in order to form a deep understanding of the region's economy, figure out its needs and formulate a response accordingly. One of the main action channels of the office is to provide guidance and assistance in establishing economic projects, such as: the construction of factories, companies and more.

The unit coordinates the bureaucratic procedures needed for economic relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, including handling foreign trade procedures – the registration of companies, import licenses and discharges vis-a-vis importers and customs agents.

In addition, the Civil Administration examines issues intended to contribute to and stimulate the economy, such as: lowering the age limit for employment in Israel, coordinating internships for young professionals in hi-tech, increasing the number of merchants and coordinating merchandise crossings.

In recent years the department, in collaboration with the staff officers of the Civil Administration and government ministries, operated to expand the employment circle and reduce the high unemployment rates in the Palestinian Authority. In 2016 the Israeli government increased the quota for employment of workers and it currently stands at more than 80,000 employment licenses. Additionally, there are 30,000 Palestinian workers who work in Israeli settlement areas and industrial zones. This provides an enormous contribution to the Palestinian economy, since the salaries of Palestinian workers in Israel or the settlements are significantly higher than those earned in the Palestinian Authority.

Areas of responsibility and services:

  • Formulating economic situation reports of the Palestinian economy, processing economic information, analyzing the barriers faced by the economy and formulating recommendations for action to remove such barriers.

  • Holding meetings with Palestinian Authority officials and businesspeople to promote projects.

  • Concentrating the activity of committees and forums – the committee for the approval of economic enterprises, forum operators, employment exceptions committee, etc.

  • Promoting economic projects while strengthening Palestinian-Israeli and international coordination and cooperation.

  • Improving succession and continuity of imports/exports in Judea and Samaria, and improving access roads to Judea and Samaria while involving and influencing the crossings' activity.

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Head of Department
Major Shiran Bobo