Inauguration of the Civil Registry at the Bethlehem Court

Bethlehem, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority (PA) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) West Bank and Gaza Mission inaugurated the newly renovated civil registry at the Bethlehem Court Complex.

The newly renovated offices will support improved delivery of services to the public.  USAID invested in this renovation which will serve more than 210,000 residents of Bethlehem and its surrounding villages providing enhanced services to the citizens.

“The achievements being celebrated today were made possible because of the PA’s commitment and dedication to developing more effective and competent justice sector institutions that are accountable to the public” said Jonathan Kamin, USAID Deputy Mission Director.

USAID has been supporting the Palestinian Authority for the past 20 years, to improve the capacity of PA institutions to deliver high-quality services to the public on a sustainable basis, and enhance communication and coordination between the Palestinian Authority, local governments, and civil society organizations.  The High Judicial Council (HJC) is the highest body that represents the Palestinian Judicial Authority.  USAID is supporting justice sector institutions to enhance their efficiency and capacity to provide public services.   Since 2005, USAID has provided approximately $30 million in support of justice sector institutions.

The ceremony was attended by Chief Justice Ali Muhanna, USAID Deputy Mission Director Jonathan Kamin, Chief Judge of the Bethlehem Court Judge Raed Asfoor, and other judges from the Bethlehem court.

The U.S. Government, through USAID, is the leading provider of bilateral development assistance to the Palestinians, having provided more than $4.6 billion since 1994 for programs in the areas of democracy and governance; education; health and humanitarian assistance; private enterprise; and water resources and infrastructure.

For more information on U.S. assistance, please contact USAID Press Office at wbgpro@usaid.gov or call 03-5114845.