Implemented in 1998-1999 to support Palestinian regional integration efforts, this project involved assisting the Palestinian Authority and its immediate neighbours Egypt and Jordan in establishing a common approach to capacity-building in the field of transport and trade-related services.
With funding from UNDP, project activities were geared towards ensuring a research-based, participatory approach that addresses the specific realities and development interests of the sub-region.
In the first place, an assessment was conducted of the major impediments to efficient transport trade-related services in the subregion.
Transport arrangements - e.g. customs rules and procedures - and trade support and information services were examined and elaborated in background technical reports that were used to guide discussions with relevant public and private sector institutions.
The findings of the technical reports were discussed in a workshop that brought together 40 Egyptian, Jordanian and Palestinian experts and representatives of relevant public and private sector institutions.
The workshop, which was held in the occupied Palestinian territory, resulted in a proposed tripartite action plan, with specific recommendations for the Palestinian Authority, Jordan and Egypt to improve transport and trade-related services in the subregion.
Both the text of the tripartite action plan and the findings of the technical reports were published as UNCTAD documents.