RAMALLAH, Thursday, September 23, 2021 (WAFA) – Palestine and Denmark today signed a $72 million grant agreement over the next five years, which Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh described as part of the process to reach independence.
The agreement was signed at the Prime Minister’s office in Ramallah by Minister of Finance Shukri Bishara and Denmark’s Representative to Palestine Ketil Karlsen and in the presence of the prime minister along with the ministers of agriculture and local government.
Describing the grant as “very generous”, Prime Minister Shtayyeh said after the signing of the agreement that it will cover the sectors of local government, agriculture, civil society and other fields.
“We are grateful for the spirit of partnership between Palestine and Denmark,” he said, adding that this is not the first assistance, but “it is a process of partnership for peace and justice and development to alleviate poverty and unemployment and help build Palestinian institutions and to widen the capacity of the Palestinian economy that would enable us to disengage gradually from the colonial dependence that was imposed on us due to the fact that we are under occupation.”
Shtayyeh said that what is happening today is that “we share with you not only priorities but also the ultimate goal …. on the way to end the occupation and establish the Palestinian independent, sovereign, viable state to live side-by-side with all its neighbors.”
The Danish Representative said that the agreement signed today is a launch of a new partnership program that includes not only the $72 million signed today but $154 million for the period 2021-2025.
“This is support provided for the provision of fundamental rights and values and this is the spirit and the gest of doing development differently.”
Karlsen said his office has been working closely with the ministries of agriculture and local government on development projects, mainly creating clean and climate-friendly jobs while “supporting value change, increasing efficiency, and increasing productivity and by that substituting dependence on products coming from other countries.”