Export Development for Palestinian Businesses in the West Bank

Brief Description

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The export development project aims at increasing export opportunities for  Palestinian businesses, especially businesses owned by women, in sectors with export and income-generating potential in the West Bank.
The project is focused on ensuring the sustainable provision of high quality export support services that meet the needs of Palestinian firms and enable them to export successfully.
Through the project, PalTrade will receive targeted assistance from UNDP and International Trade Centre, to enhance its capacity in delivering services to the local business community, in line with global best practices.
By the end of the project, targeted private sector companies will have progressed in becoming export ready, accessing new markets, increasing their exports and local market share, greater role for women, and readiness to address environmental concerns.
PalTrade will have become a more sustainable and stronger trade promotion organization to serve Palestinian export and potential export
firms. Immediate outcomes include

  1. Improved organizational and strategic management capacities of PalTrade to respond to the needs of exporting businesses including employment-generation sectors.
  2. Enhanced knowledge of PalTrade for engaging the public and the private sectors in trade policy dialogue.
  3. Improved access to and quality of Trade information to Palestinian private sector to useful trade information, especially for women-owned businesses.
  4. Increased access to and quality of export development services, especially for women-owned businesses.
  5. Enhanced exposure and networking for Palestinian firms in targeted markets, especially for women-owned businesses and sector with employment generating potential.


With the support provided by the project, export ready firms in employment generation sectors and women owned businesses in the West Bank, and their local sub-contractors and suppliers, are expected to become more competitive in the international market, hence raising their capacity to expand their workforce, contribute to economic development and growth, and improve the living standards of their employees and their families, thereby significantly contributing to poverty reduction and social inclusion.
The progress between the launch of the programme and December 2012 is focused on initial preparatory work and preliminary tools shared to identify products with export potential, assess the current market and capacities of partners. So far, the project managed to

  • Identify and hire UNDP Project Manager and PalTrade focal point as well as ITC project coordinator
  • Complete project Performance Measurement Framework (PMF)
  • Review project Logic Model (LM)
  • Develop Project Implementation Plan (PIP) and Inception Workplan
  • Finalize project management structure and prepare Project Technical Committee terms of reference
  • Sign agreements with project partners ( PalTrade and ITC)
  • Assess the capacities of PalTrade and identify its organizational and training needs study
  • Launch a rapid mapping of opportunities for engaging with women entrepreneurs and promoting women led businesses with export potential
  • Identify private sector export development demands, with focus on export and potential export firms, whether PalTrade members or not
  • Carry out export potential assessment and select priority sectors based on their potential for export development and contribution to poverty reduction

Challenges and Constraints

The economy in the oPt lacks sovereignty and is contained and fragmented. Territorial fragmentation curbs the performance of the private sector in the West Bank. It inhibits the expansion of businesses beyond urban centres, chokes off markets in areas that are physically and administratively contained, separates sellers from consumers, and prevents small businesses from achieving economies of scale because of increased transaction costs.

Finances and Delivery

Donor Amount contributed (USD) Amount Disbursed (USD)
Canadian International Development Agency
USD 550,000  
Canadian International Development Agency
USD 2,100,000 USD 500,000
Canadian International Development Agency
USD 2,600,000 USD 2,000,0000

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