Gaza, Al Ray - Minister of Labour Ma’mon Abu Shahla estimated the cost of the reconstruction of the war-torn coastal enclave at $20 billion.
Abu Shahla's statement to Al Ray followed the first's consensus government’s first meeting, held Monday in Ramallah. The four Gaza ministers attended the meeting via video conferencing.
Israel’s ‘Cast Lead’ and ‘Pillar of Defense’ onslaughts on the besieged Gaza Strip, carried out in 2008-2009 and 2012, respectively, left surmountable damage to thousands of homes, offices and government buildings.
International donors failed to meet their aid pledges for the reconstruction of Gaza. In March 2009, 70 countries under the International Conference in support of the Palestinian economy for the reconstruction of Gaza pledged unmet five billion dollars for the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip.
Abu Shahla said that the Rafah crossing should be opened to commercial traffic and people, stressing the need to attract foreign investment on a scale commensurate to the aftermath [2008-2009 and 2012] wars on Gaza.
He added that his ministry will work hard to employ the graduates through starting a new business cycle, where they will be placed in the right positions.
The new Palestinian government has held its first meeting on Tuesday morning in the central West Bank city of Ramallah. Four ministers from Gaza attended the government meeting via video-conference after ‘Israel’ denied them access to the West Bank.
On April 23, Hamas and Fatah signed a unity pact agreement to end a seven-year-long division.
Around three weeks later on June 2, 2014, Palestinian President has sworn in a consensus government, headed by Rami Al-Hamdallah, the PM previous Ramallah government, with 13 ministers from the West Bank, and four from the Gaza Strip.