Jordanian-Palestinian joint meetings kick off in Ramallah

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The joint committee discussed a number of issues aimed at enhancing cooperation in various economic fields. (Photo: Petra)
AMMAN— Preparatory meetings of the Joint Jordanian-Palestinian Higher Committee kicked off in Ramallah on Tuesday, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The meetings were chaired by Minister of Industry, Trade, and Supply Youssef Shamali and Palestinian Minister of National Economy Khaled Osaili, with the participation of ministers of transport, Wajih Azaizeh; energy, Saleh Kharabsheh; digital economy, Ahmad Hanandeh; and agriculture, Khaled Hunaifat; and their Palestinian counterparts, as well as Jordan’s Ambassador to Palestine Mohammad Abu Wendy and a number of officials from both countries.

Minister Shamali said the Jordanian government is keen on developing economic and trade relations between the two countries, and creating trade and investment opportunities for the Jordanian and Palestinian business community.

Both he and Osaili said that in light of the obstacles facing Jordanian-Palestinian economic relations due to unilateral Israeli measures that limit the flow of goods to the Palestinian market, as Israel controls the other side over the border crossings between the two countries, it has become necessary to find a solution to these obstacles and to put in place effective frameworks to develop trade exchange between Jordan and Palestine.

In the first eight months of this year, Jordan exported $115.7 million in goods to Palestine and received $43.3 million in goods in return, marking a 30.2 percent and 53.7 percent increase, respectively, over the previous year for the same period.

“Our goal is to raise the trade exchange to more than $1 billion,” Osaili said.
Shamali said that there is an opportunity to enhance trade exchange and drive it to the desired level, adding that the delegations would be discussing topics ranging from trade and investment to education and tourism, among others.

The committee will continue its meetings on Wednesday and complete the discussion of its agenda and topics that will enhance bilateral cooperation and the documents of the agreements to be signed, and submit the summary of the committee’s work to the Higher Committee, which will meet under the chairmanship of the prime ministers of the two countries in Ramallah on Thursday.

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