December 2015


Main reports: On 19 November, the Palestinian Minister of Civil Affairs Mr Hussein Al-Sheikh and Israel’s Coordinator of Government Activities in the “Territories” (COGAT) Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai signed an agreement to give Palestinian telecommunications companies permission to enable 3G mobile access in the West Bank.

According to recent PCBS data, in 2014 the current account deficit amounted to $2,150m, a drop of 9.8% compared to 2013.

In Q3 2015, 124,000 guests spent the equivalent of 337,000 guest nights in 107 hotels in the West Bank (88) and East Jerusalem (19).

According to recently released data by the PCBS and the Food Security Sector (FSS), food insecurity in Palestine remains very high, with more than one fourth of the population – 27% or 1.6 million people – food insecure, according to the annual Socio-Economic and Food Security (SEFSec) survey.