The ministerial committee on minorities on Tuesday approved a number of projects proposed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Labor to encourage industry and business development among the Druse, Circassian and northern-based Beduin communities. The ministry said the project would operate with a budget of NIS 40 million until 2009 for the Druse and Circassian communities while the development of Beduin businesses in the North would receive NIS 31m. A total NIS 40m. would be transferred from the budget of the Prime Minister's office and the remainder from that of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. The framework of the program ranges from the development of planned infrastructure of the industrial areas in which they operate to expanding the existing area and establishing new ones for the communities.