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PA Economy Ministry to boost Palestinian products

March 16, 2016 5:20 P.M. (Updated: March 16, 2016 5:20 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma’an) -- The Palestinian Authority Ministry of National Economy announced Tuesday it was making efforts to develop and support Palestinian products and consumers.

The ministry said it would soon amend a law to crack down on those violating consumer protection regulations in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The first amendment to be made to the Consumer Protection Law, the ministry stated, will be to publish the names of companies and products in violation of the law.

The ministry also plans to impose increased penalty against those violating the law, the ministry said.

The ministry stated the amendments were part of a continuous process of spreading awareness of safety regulations and whether specific products are “adequate for human consumption.”

Most spoiled products in the occupied Palestinian territory are allegedly Israeli products, the ministry said, adding that 477 tons of spoiled Israeli products were destroyed in 2015 as a result of at least 5,000 searches conducted in Palestinian markets and industrial institutions.

In addition to making efforts to protect the safety and economic rights of consumers, the ministry said they are also focused on developing and supporting national products.

The Palestinian economy has taken a heavy blow due to restrictions imposed by the decades-long Israeli occupation.

Israeli authorities earlier this week banned Palestinian products from entering Jerusalem and Israel from the occupied West Bank.

Five Palestinian food production companies protested near Ofer prison in the occupied West Bank in response, while an official in the Palestinian Ministry of Economy told Ma’an the ban “is a flagrant breach of Paris Protocols,” referring to an agreement signed in 1995 between the PLO and Israel that regulates economic relations between the occupied West Bank and Israel.

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