Gaza: EU, 14 mln to Unrwa to create 5,000 new jobs

Workers support the agency in education, health, waste removal

23 January, 16:19

(ANSAmed) - BRUXELLES, 23 GEN - The European Union has announced a contribution of 14 million euros to the job creation programme (JCP) of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Gaza Field Office. With this EU contribution, more than 5,000 jobs will be provided to Palestine refugees to support UNRWA and partners in the delivery of basic services to the larger community.

According to the Enpi website (www.enpi-info.eu) JCP workers will support Agency services in vital areas including education, health, solid waste removal and relief services. In addition, over 6,000 jobs will be provided over the next three years to support the private sector, contributing to economic growth in Gaza. These jobs will reduce aid dependency, in addition to providing valuable professional work experience. ''Our new support - EU Representative John Gatt-Rutter said - is a direct response to the high unemployment in Gaza and its dire economic impact''. ''On a larger level, this injection of cash into the local economy will also provide vital support to private industry, thus contributing to economic growth in Gaza'' added UNRWA Director of Operations in Gaza Robert Turner. The European Union is the largest multilateral provider of international assistance to Palestine refugees. Between 2000 and 2012, the EU, excluding EU member states alone, has provided over 2 billion of support to UNRWA. (ANSAmed).

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