Local Development Forum
Private Sector and Trade Sector Working Group (PSTSWG)

Private Sector and Trade Sector Working Group (PSTSWG)

The main purpose of the Private Sector and Trade SWG is to act as a forum for information-sharing and coordination on issues related to the private sector between donors and the PA (MoNE). The work is guided by the Sectoral Strategy for Development of the National Economy (2017-2022), and relevant plans within the framework of the National Policy Agenda 2017-2022.

The key functions of the Private Sector and Trade SWG are as follows:

  • assist donors in aligning assistance in relation to national plans and strategies for the sector;

  • support the development and updating of sector strategies within the framework of national plans and budgets;

  • coordinate and harmonize donor assistance to prevent duplication;

  • carry out coordinated and strategic dialogue with the purpose of identifying PA priorities and the readiness/availability of the donor community to fund related programmes;

  • function as the main source of information for needs and achievements, donor funding and gaps;

Membership in the group is limited to relevant donors, civil society and private sector representatives who can add substantial financial or analytical value, as well as relevant PA institutions.


Ministry of National Economy (MoNE)

Deputy: World Bank

Donors: Belgium, Germany, USA, Japan, Sweden. EUREP, France, UK, Italy, China, Canada, Turkey

UN Agencies: UNIDO

PA institutions: Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Ministry of Finance and Planning (MoFP), Ministry of Labour (MoL)
Private Sector institutions: Palestinian Private Sector Coordination Council (PPSCC)

Civil Society Institutions:  Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute (MAS), ASALA
Secretariat: Local Aid Coordination Secretariat (LACS)