Last Sunday, senior representatives of the Dutch government met with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Major-General Eitan Dangot.
Date: 28.02.12 Author: Menachem Adoni | Photography : Itay Malcka
Included amongst the representatives who were present at the meeting, was the Dutch Ambassador to Israel, Mr. Caspar Veldkamp, who together with the Major-General signed a memorandum of understandings between Israel and the Dutch Government concerning the positioning of new merchandise scanners at merchandise crossings in Judea and Samaria and facing the Gaza Strip.
According to Lieutenant-Colonel Dr. Uri Maman, Head of the Economic Branch at the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories ‘ Headquarters “The positioning of the advanced devices at these crossings will enlarge the scanning of merchandise leaving Gaza, Judea and Samaria, thus significantly improving import and export ability and potentially enlarging the volume of merchandise leaving the Palestinian Authority for overseas markets by approximately 30%”.
Before the signing of the agreement, discussions were held to coordinate positions and provide updates between the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, the Minister for Regional Cooperation, Silvan Shalom, representatives of the Palestinian Authority, senior Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of the Dutch Government, the Quartet and the Ministry of Defense’s Crossing Authority.
A spokesman for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories stated that “within the framework of the civilian-economic policy to which the Government of Israel is committed and subject to an appraisal of the security situation, the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories shall continue to act in cooperation and coordination with the international community in order to realize and expand exports from the Gaza Strip.”
During the current season, over 460 tons of strawberries, 40 tons of peppers, 17 tons of cherry tomatoes and 1.5 million units of carnations were exported from Gaza to markets in Jordan and Europe.
“I welcome the Dutch contribution and this fruitful and commendable cooperation which serves the overall interests of all the parties, ensuring the preservation of security on the one hand and the continued improvement and stabilization of the Palestinian economy in Gaza on the other hand”, concluded Major-General Dangot