A strong and sustainable Palestinian economy is a vital component of a viable future Palestinian state. Many challenges remain towards achieving this. This report, commissioned by Chancellor Gordon Brown in September 2005, identifies the necessary conditions for economic progress and determines how the international community should offer support.
The report concludes that sustainable economic growth in the OPTs can come only from the private sector, whose development is currently held back by a number of barriers. While these are numerous, five building blocks of an economic roadmap for sustainable progress have been identified. Realising this economic roadmap will require adopting a number of recommendations, divided between those that can be implemented straight away and those that are conditional upon political progress.
|Economic Aspects of Peace in the Middle East by Rt Hon Ed Balls MP and Jon Cunliffe (PDF, 1mb)|