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Director General message to the friends and partners of (MAS)

03 jan 2023

 

Dear Friends and Partners,


As this year comes to a close, we would like to offer our most sincere wishes for a restful holiday season and a peaceful new year, and to express our gratitude to all organizations that have been persisting in important programmes to assist the Palestinian people. In 2022, despite some recovery and less upheaval than the preceding two years, the Palestinian
economy still languishes under the same restrictions and structural imbalances that have governed the Palestinian economy for more than five decades. As the past twenty-five years have shown, the ongoing “interim” period of Palestinian self-government has provided incomplete and palliative treatment of the core problems undermining development in Palestine. Our “Prospects for Development in Palestine” Report issued this year probed deeply to reveal the underlying predicaments of our economic deformation, social development deficit and stalled governance. If you haven’t had the opportunity, I highly recommend it as rich holiday reading.


Prospects for Development in Palestine


As we all can appreciate, the political horizon has not only grown darker but indeed portends a hurricane. Under the leadership of the most extreme forces now in command of the Israeli establishment, an unprecedented Israeli settler colonial push is declared policy, targeting Judaization from the Galilee to the Negev, not to mention the two-thirds of the West Bank and East Jerusalem under direct Israeli tutelage. For the new year to come, we can only reiterate the well-known conventional wisdom, that ending the occupation and establishing a sovereign Palestinian state will remain the prerequisite and basic condition for advancing the development process in Palestine. Anything we can all do towards that end is needed. 
Despite the ambiguous prospects for the coming year, on the global, regional, and local levels, we look forward to working with development partners to continue to produce analytical research of distinguished quality on economic policy options available to the Palestinian decision-maker, and to other actors in the Palestinian development and economic arena.

 

Raja Khalidi
Director General
Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS)
Date: 27/12/2022