Trade-related technical assistance

The European Union (EU) is a key donor to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the area of trade-related technical assistance. In recent years the EU has financed trade policy experts to assist the Ministry of National Economy, and the European Commission has a number of projects underway with the Palestinian Authority in the area of trade facilitation. The main areas currently covered are capacity-building for the Palestinian Customs Authority and technical assistance to develop alternative trade corridors for the PA.  In the pipeline are proposals to further assist PA Customs in developing its capacity and improvements to the PA's quality framework.  By focusing in particular on PA Customs, the EU is acting to enhance the PA's capacity for tax/revenue generation, an important building block in developing the institutions necessary for an autonomous state as well as providing an enabling trading environment for the private sector.

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