The Palestinian Authority on Thursday said it plans to host an investment conference in June.
Minister Hassan Abu Libdeh said the conference in the town of
Bethlehem seeks to pair local and foreign investors with small and
medium-sized businesses that make up most of the Palestinian economy.
conference jibes with the government's two-year plan to build
Palestinian institutions in preparation for independence, regardless of
progress in peace talks with Israel.
Donors pledged $1.4 billion
in the first conference in 2008. Not all of the money was delivered and
many projects were slow to get off the ground because of Israeli
restrictions on Palestinian trade and movement. Some restrictions have
since been eased.