A meeting was held between representatives of the Israeli government and the World Bank, in its capacity as coordinator of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) of the Palestinian Authority donor states, on economic-humanitarian aspects of the disengagement plan.

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

On Thursday afternoon (August 5), a dialogue was held at the Israel Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem between representatives of the Israeli government and the World Bank, in its capacity as coordinator of the Ad-hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) of the Palestinian Authority donor states, on economic-humanitarian aspects of the disengagement plan.

In the intial contacts between Israel and the donor states, several inter-ministerial teams were set up, which will meet with representatives of the World Bank and USAID experts, the European Union and United Nations agencies, for a detailed technical discussion of humanitarian and economic issues relating to the disengagement plan.

The current dialogue is the first in a series of meetings to be held during the month of August, with the aim of reaching understandings with the international community prior to the expected convening of the AHLC, alongside the 59th session of the United Nations General Assembly in the latter half of September in New York.

The International World Bank published a detailed report on disengagement and the Palestinian economy on 24 June 2004.