The Israeli-Palestinian International Economic Forum kicks off Wednesday, February 20, with an Economic Symposium – an entire day of top experts and business leaders in Israel presenting and evaluating business opportunities in four areas: Technology, Industry and Energy, the Environment, Tourism and Transportation, and Water and Waste.

Regional Development Funding Initiative

At the heart of these discussions is the Regional Development Funding Initiative, proposing investment opportunities for businesses, philanthropists and governments to accelerate development in the West Bank. The size and scope of these ventures have the potential to transform the region and provide economic benefits to all West Bank residents.

With many more registrants than anticipated by event planners, the audience will likely include a sizable contingent of Palestinian businesspeople, as well as an international delegation from the U.S., Canada, and Hong Kong, in addition to those from Israel.

Thursday, February 21 the Economic Forum focus will be on presentations by political and diplomatic leaders – from Israel will be Dr. Michael Oren, Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office. Representing the U.S. are Ambassador David Friedman and Senator James Lankford. Judea Samaria Chamber of Commerce and Industry founders Ashraf Jabari and Avi Zimmerman will also share their vision for the future of the region.