RAMALLAH, August 20, 2013 (WAFA) – The cabinet Monday decided to reduce electricity tariff for consumers of domestic and productive sectors by 2% in addition to reducing 5% for the productive sectors in all provinces of the country.
A statement issued by the cabinet’s office said that it decided to unify the household consumption segment and reduce the tariff by 10% in addition to the reduction of the same percentage for the productive sectors (industry, agriculture, water pumps), for Jericho and Jordan Valley.
The cabinet approved, during its meeting in Ramallah chaired by Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, the national strategy for the development of official statistics 2014 – 2018.
It listened to a report from the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Mohammad Mustafa, who stressed that the economic track is not a substitute for the political process, and its success requires an Israeli commitment to remove all the obstacles placed in front of the investment opportunities for the advancement of the economic situation.
On the political level, the cabinet considered the escalation of Israeli actions as a confirmation of the insistence of the Israeli government to undermine all the opportunities in front of negotiations.
It called for the international community led by the United States to pressure Israel to halt settlement activities and the policy of Judaization.
It also called to compel Israel to abide by international laws and conventions to remove the obstacles put in the face of the peace process and end the occupation in order to achieve the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders.
On the other hand, the cabinet condemned the continued violations carried out by the Israeli army and settlers against Palestinian civilians and their properties in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.
The cabinet reaffirmed full support for the efforts of President Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian leadership to achieve the legitimate national rights in addition to the advancement of the economic situation with the continued consultations to form the sixteenth government.
It commended the US for supporting the general budget of $148 million, calling on donor and Arab countries to provide more support to building state institutions, particularly in the health and education sectors and in meeting the basic needs of citizens.