American Consul General Michael Ratney Joins in Inaugurating a Joint American/Italian Car Dealership in Hebron

Touts Hebron as a Place for Business and Profit

American Consul General Michael Ratney joined Palestinian Authority Deputy Prime Minister Muhammad Mustafa, auto executives from the American/Italian auto company Chrysler/Fiat, as well as local dignitaries to inaugurate a Dodge/Jeep/Chrysler car dealership in Hebron on November 6. Under local management and ownership, the new dealership is an additional auto showroom for the American brand’s cars in the Palestinian market and marks investor confidence in the Hebron as a place for business and profit.

Consul General Ratney commented that, “Hebron is a vital center of industry and commerce in the West Bank, and I am proud to see American cars being sold here.

During a visit to Al-Salam Cooling, a frozen food company which has received USAID funds to prepare and package local fruits and vegetables for local sale, Consul General Ratney learned about the opportunities and challenges local companies face in sourcing their inputs and in transporting their goods to market. Consul General Ratney noted the broad impact that individual companies, such as Al Salam Cooling, which purchases the vegetables it uses from West Bank farmers, can have in generating employment and creating economic opportunities for others.

“I commend those Palestinian entrepreneurs who, through hard work and perseverance, generate jobs and bring enormous benefits to the businesses that supply them and to their communities,” Consul General Ratney said.

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