The Palestinian and German officials at the signing of agreements in Ramallah. (WAFA Images)
RAMALLAH, Tuesday, December 17, 2019 (WAFA) – Palestine and Germany today signed at the Prime Minister‘s office in Ramallah agreements worth 76 million euro to support the implementation of vital projects in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The agreements were signed by Foreign Minister Riyad Malki, Finance Minister Shukri Bishara, the head of the Water Authority, Mazen Ghoneim, Nablus Mayor Samih Tubaileh and the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Coastal Municipalities’ Water Authority in Gaza, Majed Abu Ramadan, on the Palestinian side, and the German Representative in Palestine Christian Clages and the Director of the German Development Bank in Palestine (KFW) Jonas Blume, on the German side.
Commenting on the signing, the Prime Minister said: "What has been signed today are agreements worth 76 million euros aimed at implementing vital projects in the education, vocational training, sanitation, and water sectors in the Gaza Strip, as well as local government, the private sector, loan guarantees, the tourism sector, information technology, food industry, and to complete a sanitation project east of Nablus."
Shtayyeh thanked Germany for this “generous and important support in light of the difficult conditions we face, and for what you provide to us and UNRWA (the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) in the European Union. Germany is our partner in strengthening the Palestinian national economy and Palestinian institution-building leading towards statehood and independence."
Clages said: "We are strong partners with you, and we are confident that we will apply what we signed today on the ground to meet the various needs."