Ten months after the evacuation of Gaza Strip settlements, 140 of the evacuees had set up businesses and another 170 were in the process of establishing a business, the Industry, Trade and Labor Ministry said Sunday, just ahead of the one-year anniversary of the withdrawal.
In comparison, 620 of the evacuees owned independent businesses prior to implementation of the Disengagement Plan, the ministry noted. While 240 of those who had shut down businesses in Gaza were among those either running a business again or preparing to, the remaining 380 were inactive as entrepreneurs nearly a year after the evacuation. An upcoming survey will examine the success of job training programs and other support tools, the ministry said.
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