The World Bank will continue providing economic and social services to Palestinians, according to a bank press release.
“We have been operating in the West Bank and Gaza for the past 15 years and will continue to walk with the Palestinian people on their path to prosperity,” World Bank Managing Director Juan José Daboub said at the conclusion of his two-day visit to the West Bank March 11.
During the visit, Daboub met with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Quartet envoy Tony Blair, Palestine Monetary Authority Governor Jihad Al-Wazir, Palestinian Investment Fund CEO Mohammad Mustafa, and private sector and civil society leaders.
Mariam Sherman, the new World Bank country director for the West Bank and Gaza, said rebuilding and developing the Palestinian economy is a priority for the agency.
“Recovery and reconstruction, as well as the easing of access, will enable long term economic development for the Palestinian people,” Sherman said. “We will continue our engagement with the [Palestinian Authority] and the donor community in this effort.”