Nablus – PA Prime Minister Dr. Rami Hamdallah, American Consul General Michael A. Ratney, and USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission Director Dave Harden, visited the Nablus Governorate on Thursday to celebrate the completion of the 8-kilometer Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf Road rehabilitation project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development.
The Ministry of Public Works and Housing identified the Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf Road as a top priority for reconstruction and the road is on the Palestinian Authority’s list of High-Impact Micro-Infrastructure Initiative projects announced by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry designed to provide tangible benefits to the lives of Palestinians and support the Palestinian economy.
The Nablus-Beit Iba-Deir Sharaf Road is a major route serving residents of the Nablus, Jenin, and Tulkarem governorates and is a link for commerce between the northern and southern parts of the West Bank. The newly rehabilitated road improves commercial traffic, boosts trade, and grants greater access to health facilities and higher education including An-Najah University, one of the largest Palestinian institutions of higher education.
Through this project, which is the largest U.S. Government investment in a single road in the West Bank, USAID is providing access to higher education, increasing job opportunities, and promoting economic development. A significant portion of the commercial activity in the Nablus Governorate is centered along both sides of the road. The road rehabilitation project has improved access to business opportunities and trade between Nablus, Tulkarem, and Jenin governorates.
Over the past ten years, USAID infrastructure projects alone have created more than 127,000 temporary jobs for Palestinians, in addition to generating economic growth and improving living conditions in the West Bank. 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.