Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Institutional affairs
Organiser: European Commission
The annual spring meeting of the donor coordination group for the Palestinian people, the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC), will be held in Brussels on Tuesday 19 March 2013. The meeting is hosted by EU High Representative Catherine Ashton, and presided over by Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide in his capacity as the Chair of the AHLC. This is the third consecutive year that the spring AHLC meeting will be hosted by the High Representative in Brussels.
Since its establishment in 1993 the AHLC has served as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people. The strategic role of the AHLC is to underpin political efforts to achieve a two-state solution by supporting the strengthening of the institutional foundations for Palestinian statehood. At its last meetings, the donor group has reaffirmed its assessment of the state readiness of the Palestinian Authority (PA) on the basis of the institutions studied.
At the upcoming meeting, the outlook for 2013 will be assessed with a focus on ways to address the serious financial situation of the PA, including strengthening its fiscal sustainability, improving the regularity and predictability of financial resources provided to the PA, increasing private sector- led growth, promoting access and movement throughout the Palestinian territory, facilitating Palestinian exports and improving the situation in the Gaza Strip. Developments since the last AHLC meeting in New York in September 2012 will be assessed based on evaluation reports from, among others, the World Bank, the IMF and the UN.
Annual spring meeting of the donor coordination group for the Palestinian people.
Doorstep statements by HR Ashton and FM Eide at VIP corner, Berlaymont, at 14.30.
Tour de table at the beginning of the meeting at 14.55 (meeting point for interested Photographers/cameramen at registration desk at the reception of the Berlaymont at 14.50).
Concluding remarks by FM Eide at the end of the meeting at approximately 18.30, foyer in front of the Schuman room, and availability for the press of selected participants.
Images will also be available on EbS.
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