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A. Division on Globalization and Development Strategies
3. Special programmes
(a) UNCTAD's assistance to the Palestinian people
22. Development context: Since the establishment in 1994 of the Palestinian Authority (PA), it has been engaged in a sustained programme of economic reconstruction and development, with wide international involvement. UNCTAD's assistance to the Palestinian people has accordingly focused on operational activities in support of PA efforts to elaborate trade policy, enhance trade facilitation, enable enterprise activity and investment and improve the management of financial resources for development.
23. Objectives: In line with the provisions of the United Nations Medium-term Plan for 1998-2001, UNCTAD aims to continue its work, in accordance with its mandate, in assisting the Palestinian people to develop capacities for effective policy-making and management. UNCTAD's programme of technical cooperation in this area aims to provide concrete assistance with a view to bolstering Palestinian public institutional development and helping to create an enabling environment for the private sector. Working in close cooperation and co-ordination with other concerned international agencies, the secretariat has responded to PA requests for assistance since 1995 in 15 project areas, through deploying streamlined and selective operational activities, especially advisory and consultancy services, group training and technical support.
24. Output: The first three quarters of 2000 witnessed further progress in projects already commenced, new advisory missions and project preparation in other areas and identification of new extra-budgetary resources to implement some pending project proposals. However, deterioration in field conditions since October 2000 forced a suspension of ongoing or planned technical assistance activities in the following areas: