The financial situation in the Palestinian territories is “dire”, a new UN report says citing economic stagnation and persistently high unemployment.
The report released on Thursday by the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, urged for a “coordinated response to address rapid deterioration in #Palestinian economic & fiscal situation”.
It called on Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the international community to work together in the coming months to address the problem.
Amidst a ‘dire’ economic & fiscal situation in Palestine, @UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, @UNSCO_MEPP, said that “short-term fixes” alone are not “not sufficient”.https://t.co/PjPkN1ma1D
— UN News (@UN_News_Centre) November 12, 2021
“Short-term fixes, focused on stabilizing and managing recent crises are necessary, but not sufficient,” said Wennesland.
The report will be presented at the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee; the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for the occupied Palestinian territories scheduled for next Wednesday in Oslo.
“It is increasingly difficult for the PA [Palestinian Authority] to cover its minimum expenditures, let alone make critical investments in the economy and the Palestinian people,” said Wennesland.
On Tuesday, the Palestinian government approved, in an emergency meeting, a number of measures to counter the financial crisis, which may include reducing the salaries of about 140,000 employees.
#UN report calls for coordinated response to address rapid deterioration in #Palestine|ian economic & fiscal situation.
The report is issued by UNSCO for the upcoming #AHLC meeting in #Oslo on🗓️17 Nov 2021.
Full Report: https://t.co/r5jRMRU8q5
— UNSCO (@UNSCO_MEPP) November 11, 2021
The cabinet meeting came hours after a World Bank report warned that it may be difficult for the Palestinian Authority “to fulfill its fiscal obligations by the end of this year”.
In September it was revealed that 2020 was the worst year for the PA since its establishment in 1994 due to the Israeli occupation and the coronavirus pandemic, with the Palestinian economy shrinking 11.5 percent.
(MEMO, PC, Social Media)