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Group: PA losing millions of dollars due to border inefficiency

Feb. 8, 2013 1:24 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 13, 2013 7:30 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority is missing out on millions of dollars in border fees each year as it failed to demand Israel stick to revenue-sharing agreements and has not put in place the proper financial controls, according to a transparency watchdog.

Between January 2008 and January 2012 the government lost 160 million shekels ($43 million) in border fees, the Transparency International chapter in Palestine said this week.

According to a Palestinian-Israeli accord, the exit tax should be shared between Israel, at $14, and Palestine, at $12, the Coalition for Integrity and Accountability (Aman) study said.

The group held a workshop in Ramallah on Wednesday to present its findings, attended by the minister of national economy Jawad an-Naji and the general director of border crossings Nathmi Muhanna.

Aman called on the PA to urge Israel to respect the revenue-sharing accord, while taking several measures to improve oversight of PA financial controls at the borders and increase coordination between the border and finance authorities.
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