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The Japanese Government has provided over €260,000 to support Ostry for Agriculture Development Company operating in the Jericho Agro Industrial Park (JAIP). Ostry produces eggs and fruits carton trays from recycled carton and paper. This company is the tenth beneficiary under the Palestinian Authority's Partnership for Regional Investment, Development & Employment (PRIDE) Programme of Incentives to JAIP. The Japanese contribution is being channelled through the PEGASE mechanism.
"We are proud of our partnership with the government of Japan on the JAIP programme. We believe that this is one way for small ideas and start-up businesses to prosper and grow. For years now, we have been determined to work hand in hand with the Palestinian Authority and other donors to empower the Palestinian economy. Our joint efforts have enabled many Palestinians to achieve their business aspirations. This, by itself, is the drive behind our continued commitment to supporting Palestinians," said the Deputy EU Representative Tomas Niklasson.
“JAIP is a flagship project of Japan's "Corridor for Peace and Prosperity" initiative launched in 2006. Japan has been extending financial, technical, and human resource assistance to enrich the already fertile soil of the City of Jericho, which amounts to approximately 100 million USD including the building of the relevant infrastructure in the city. Given the strategic importance of Jericho in the region, this project could serve to not only strengthen the Palestinian economy but stabilize the entire region.” said the Ambassador for the Palestinian Affairs Mr. Takeshi Okubo.
In order to attract investment in JAIP, the Palestinian Authority (PA) is offering a range of incentives, including tax breaks to its tenants. In this context, it has established a programme called PRIDE to provide financial assistance to JAIP tenants to help them start their operations in the park. The EU uses its PEGASE programme aimed to channel funds to the abovementioned PA PRIDE programme (EU support: EUR 2 million, Government of Japan support: EUR 3.2 million). The programme provides financial assistance to eligible JAIP tenants to purchase equipment, machinery, tools and building materials for their operations in the park.
Most of the European Union's assistance to the Palestinian Authority is channelled through PEGASE, the financial mechanism launched in 2008 to support the PA Reform and Development Plan (2008-2010) and subsequent Palestinian national plans. As well as helping to meet a substantial proportion of its running costs, European funds support major reform and development programmes in key ministries, to help prepare the PA for statehood. Since February 2008, around €2.5 billion have been disbursed through the PEGASE Direct Financial Support programmes. In addition, the EU has provided assistance to the Palestinian people through UNRWA and a wide range of cooperation projects.
Japan has strongly been supporting economic development efforts exerted by key ministries both financially and technically in order to help Palestinians prepare for the future statehood. With this in mind, Japan has been extending such assistance to JAIP, a flagship project of Japan’s “Corridor for Peace and Prosperity” initiative launched in 2006. Furthermore, Japan has been providing support through humanitarian assistance provided by UNRWA, UNICEF and other UN agencies, as well as grassroots development projects through local organizations. The Government of Japan has so far provided approximately USD 1.8 billion worth of assistance to Palestine since 1993.
 Mécanisme Palestino-Européen de Gestion de l'Aide Socio-Economique (PEGASE)
The Office of the European Union Representative:
Shadi Othman (02 5415 867, 0599 673 958)
Representative Office of Japan to the Palestinian Authority:
Hiroshi Set : 059-2919170, 02-298-3370/1