Ma'an News Agency
October 12, 2012 - 12:00am

RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority economy minister hopes to boost revenues for the occupied territories through increasing trade between Palestine and Arab states.

Jawad al-Naji told Ma’an on Friday after participating in talks at the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation that opening Arab markets to Palestinian products would boost the economy. The Organization for Islamic Cooperation-sponsored conference was held in Turkey.

At the conference, which concluded Thursday, the minister said he presented projects about rehabilitating Palestinian industries, opening new markets and establishing permanent commercial centers and exhibitions.

The director of the Islamic Bank for Development expressed interest in the proposals, the minister added. He said three centers would be set up in Jordan, Algeria and Malaysia.

The bank promised to urge its members, which include 57 countries, to provide financial support to the PA, al-Naji said.


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