Ma'an News Agency
May 18, 2011 - 12:00am

The World Bank released a report Wednesday, commending the Palestinian Authority for its work in creating strong public institutions, but recommended continued reforms to prevent corruption and better public services.

The report was released as Palestinian officials continue to push a program of state building in conjunction with diplomatic efforts to have a state recognized by the UN in September. In an opinion article in the New York Times on Tuesday, President Mahmoud Abbas noted that Palestine fits the international guidelines for statehood.

In its assessment of the Palestinian Authority government, the World Bank found a handful of issues in the government structure which included management of state land assets, transparency in licensing and business rights, and public access to government information.

"The PA should jump-start reform efforts in these areas, while solidifying recent achievements and continuing to make progress on reform efforts currently underway," the report said.


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