Saudi Aid to Palestine

June 15, 2009

The total amount of the donations announced by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to support the Palestinian Authority is US $1.1 billion, excluding $1 billion announced at the Arab Summit in Kuwait for reconstruction in Gaza.  The breakdown is as follows:

1.      Palestinian Authority Budget Assistance

  • The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has fulfilled all its obligations under the Arab League Summit which call for support of the budget of the Palestinian Authority (PA).  Part of this assistance pays the salaries of PA employees, including security officers, and amounts to $7.7 million per month paid by the Saudi Fund for Development (SFD) every two months according to the agreed upon mechanism.  Accordingly: $92.4 million has been allotted to support the budget of the Palestinian Authority for a year, starting from April 2008, according to the resolution of the Arab Summit in Damascus.  Installments have been transferred from the allotted fund to the account of the Palestinian Finance Ministry through the end of December 2008.
  • The last installment, which equals $23.1 million, for the period from 1 January to 31 March 2009, was transferred by the end of February 2009.
  • In addition to the amounts decided by the Arab Summits, a $20 million fund has been transferred to the unified account of the Palestinian Authority in Euros to support its budget.

 2.      Development Aid

      A.  Aid within the international framework

  • At the 2007 International Donors' Conference for the Palestinian State in Paris, the Kingdom has allocated $500 million to finance development projects over a five year period through the Saudi Fund for Development as part of the Reform and Development Program presented by the Palestinian Authority. The following amounts has been transferred from the fund:
    1. $21 million to the Aqsa Fund to finance certain projects.
    2. $70 million to finance the housing project in Rafh.
    3. $15 million to build and furnish housing units for Palestinian refugees who are to be transferred from Al-Walid Camp along the Iraqi-Syrian border to Sudan.
    4. $200 million to finance projects under study, in association with the Aqsa Fund at Islamic Development Bank, UNRWA and the World Bank.

      B.   Bilateral Aid (outside the framework of the Arab League)

  •  A directive has been issued to provide $250 million to support development and rebuilding of Palestine.  The following amounts has been paid:
    1. $7.2 million to support the Palestinian Authority.
    2. $50 million for the urgent needs of the Palestinian Authority on May 11, 2007.
    3. $1.5 million to support the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
    4. $100 million transferred to the Palestinian Authority on August 23, 2008.
  • Allocation of $21 million from the Saudi Fund for Development at the end of 2008 for projects in the education, health, roads and rural development sectors, through the projects of the Aqsa and Quds Funds managed by the Islamic Development Bank.
  • Approval for the state to bear a total the cost of SR 1,951,680 ($520,000) for the studies of nine Palestinians at the Naif Arab University for Security Sciences until their graduation.
  • Approval to exempt Palestinian imports from custom excises and taxes and to ease its entrance into the Kingdom.

      C.   Popular Committee to Relief the Palestinian People

  • The total amount donated over the past five years was SR 762 million ($203 million).
  • The committee donated eight ambulances to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
  • Approval for Tabuk Medicinal Industries to donate medicines to the Palestinian People.
  • The committee has implemented programs to support education in Palestine at a cost of more than SR 130 million ($35 million) to aid 11 universities and to pay the fees of more than 19,000 students.

 AID GIVEN AFTER THE HOSTILITIES IN GAZA

  • The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques announced at the Economic Arab Summit convened at Kuwait the donation by the Kingdom of one billion dollars for the reconstruction of Gaza.
  • The Kingdom provided emergency assistance, including food, medicine, medical supplies and a medical relief airplane to evacuate the wounded Palestinians to be treated in the Kingdom.
  • A 59-truck convoy loaded with food, medicines and urgent needs was dispatched to Gaza.
  • 30 ambulances were sent to support medical services in Gaza.
  • A public campaign to collect donations was launched, and a total of SR 233 million ($62 million) has been collected so far, as well as 80-truck loads of material supplies; distributed as follow:
  • SR 15 million ($4 million) to support World Food Program for Gaza.
  • SR 24.4 million ($6.5 million) to UNRWA to help feed people in Gaza.
  • SR 11.25 million ($3 million) to support Médecins Sans Frontières’s medical services in Gaza.
  • $20 million to be transferred to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to provide emergency shelter to those made homeless by the Israeli attack on Gaza.
  • The rest of the fund paid to repair the damages inflicted upon the electricity, water and sewer sectors.

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