Dutch government representative and COGAT sign agreement regarding new merchandise scanners to be stationed in Judea and Samaria and the Gaza Strip
Date: 29/02/2012, 2:34 PM Author: COGAT Website
Mr. Caspar Veldkamp, representative of the Dutch government met with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, Maj. Gen. Eitan Dangot earlier this week. The two officials signed an agreement memorandum between Israel and the Dutch Government regarding the stationing of new merchandise scanners at merchandise crossings in Judea and Samaria and coordinating with the Gaza Strip.
According to Lt. Col. Dr. Uri Maman, head of the COGAT Headquarters Financial Branch, “The stationing of the advanced devices at these crossings will increase the amount of merchandise scanned merchandise leaving Gaza as well as Judea and Samaria, thus significantly improving import and export capabilities and potentially enlarging the amount of merchandise leaving the Palestinian Authority for overseas markets by approximately 30%”.
Before signing the agreement, discussions were held to coordinate locations of the devices and provide updates between COGAT, the Minister for Regional Cooperation, Silvan Shalom, representatives of the Palestinian Authority, senior Foreign Ministry officials, representatives of the Dutch Government, the Quartet, and the Ministry of Defense’s Crossing Authority.
A COGAT spokesman said that “within the framework of the civilian-economic policy to which the Government of Israel is committed and subject to an appraisal of the security situation, the office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories shall continue to act in cooperation and coordination with the international community in order to realize and expand exports from the Gaza Strip.”
“I welcome the Dutch contribution and this fruitful and commendable cooperation which serves the overall interests of all the parties, ensuring the preservation of security on the one hand as well as the continued improvement and stabilization of the Palestinian economy in Gaza on the other ,” concluded Maj. Gen. Dangot.
During the current season, over 460 tons of strawberries, 40 tons of peppers, 17 tons of cherry tomatoes and 1.5 million units of carnations were exported from Gaza to markets in Jordan and Europe.