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The establishment of industrial zones throughout Judea and Samaria; the export of Palestinian agricultural products to Israel and abroad; projects designed to develop the regional economy and promote cooperation between the various populations

The Civil Administration is a division of the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) and is charged with, among other things, supporting and developing the Palestinian economy in Judea and Samaria. Nearly 100,000 Palestinians from the area have licenses that allow them to work inside of Israel or the Israeli settlements. This number is constantly growing. In December, the Israeli government approved an additional 22,000 work permits for the first quarter of 2017. These permits are specifically designated for Palestinians working in construction, agriculture and industry.

Beyond permits, the Civil Administration is actively involved with a variety of projects designed to improve the welfare of Palestinian residents. One such project is the 'Japanese Industrial Zone', thus called as it has been primarily financed by JICA, the official international development agency of Japan. The industrial complex was built as a strategic component of the peace corridor project between Jericho and Jordan. The project aims to support processing and marketing Palestinian agricultural products abroad. Dozens of factories are expected to be built within the compound, and about 5,000 jobs will be created. The Civil Administration has worked to coordinate the construction of the industrial area, connecting water and electricity, designing different access routes and providing assistance to interested investors

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 Another area that contributes to the Palestinian economy is the export of agricultural products from Judea and Samaria to Israel and abroad. Strawberry and cucumber are the most plentiful and profitable agricultural product, generating millions in profit every year.  Cucumber crops in Nabulus, Tubas and Jenin created revenue of 67 million NIS for the farmers, and 14,5 million NIS for merchants.  In total the harvest created 272,000 days of work or 27 million NIS of value Seasonal berries generated a profit of roughly 5 million NIS

"We believe in the great importance of business cooperation and trade between the Israeli and the Palestinian sides, which greatly contribute to the advancement of the Palestinian economy, especially when it comes to new varieties of crops that exist in the region and can replace the traditional ones that do not lead to productivity and financial gain- notes Sami  Moadi, the representative of the Agriculture Affairs of  Civil Administration.