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Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC)

The Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) is a 15-member committee that serves as the principal policy-level coordination mechanism for development assistance to the Palestinian people. The AHLC is chaired by Norway and co-sponsored by the EU and US. In addition, the United Nations participates together with the World Bank (Secretariat) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The AHLC seeks to promote dialogue between donors, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Government of Israel (GoI).


The AHLC was established on 1 October 1993 by the Multilateral Steering Group of the multilateral talks on Middle East peace in the context of the Washington Conference. The Washington Conference followed the signing of the Declaration of Principles in Oslo by the GoI and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1993. The first meeting was held in Paris on November 5 1993 and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Johan Jorgen Holst.


The AHLC was established to:

  • coordinate and promote assistance efforts of individual donors to the Palestinian people;
  • promote transparency in the activities of donors, Secretariat and recipient;
  • take particular responsibility for fostering private sector trade and investment;
  • provide a forum for a dialogue regarding assistance activities in order to promote cooperation among donors;
  • inform on a regular basis the relevant groups of the multilateral forum of its activities;
  • monitor developments in the Palestinian economy as a whole;
  • review reports by the Secretariat and pledges made by the donors;
  • respond to the needs for assistance to the Palestinian people in the context of the Declaration of Principles.
  • Following is a list of meetings of the AHLC in the last seven years:


    September 2013 in New York - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

     

    March 2013 in Brussels - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

     

    September 2012 in New York - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by the UN and Under-Secretary General Jeffrey Feltman and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide.

     

    March 2012 in Brussels - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Store.


    September 2011 in New York - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by the UN Under-Secretary General Lynn Pascoe and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Store.

     

    April 2011 in Brussels - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by the EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Store.


    September 2010 in New York -
    the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Store.


    April 2010 in Madrid -
    the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by Spanish Foreign Minister Moratinos and chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Store.


    September 2009 in New York - the meeting was held at working level and was hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

    June 2009 in Oslo - the meeting was hosted by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store.


    September 2008 in New York - the meeting was held at ministerial level and was hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The AHLC revived the Joint Liaison Committee (JLC) in order to strengthen three-party cooperation between the PA, GoI and international donors at the local level.

     

    May 2008 in London - the meeting was held at ministerial level with the Quartet and its Representative attending. A number of bilateral invitees attended as well. The meeting was chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store and Foreign Secretary David Miliband (host).


    September 2007 in New York - the meeting was held in New York in the margins of the opening of the UN General Assembly and at ministerial level with the attendance of the Quartet and its Special Representative Mr. Tony Blair.

     

    December 2005 in London - the AHLC approved the current structure of donor-coordination and opened the possibility of inviting other bilateral donors to the meetings of the AHLC.


    Composition


    Chair:
    Norway

    Co-Sponsors: European Union (EU) and United States (US)

    Members: Palestinian Authority (PA), Government of Israel (GoI), Canada, Egypt, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Japan, Jordan, United Nations (UN), Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia
    Bilateral invitees: Subject to the agreement of AHLC members

    Secretariat: World Bank

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    Key documents 
    World Bank Economic Monitoring Report for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, 25 September 2013
    IMF Staff Report for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, 25 September 2013
    Government of Palestine’s Report for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, 25 September 2013
    Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting, 25 September 2013
    AHLC meeting – 25 September 2013 – Chair’s Summary
    Office of the Quartet Representative Report for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, 25 September 2013
    World Bank - The Fiscal Challenges and Long Term Economic Costs, for the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee which will be held in Brussels on 19 March 2013
    Government of the State of Palestine – Palestine: A State under Occupation, 19 March 2013
    Office of the Quartet Representative Report for the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, 19 March 2013
    IMF Staff Report - Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza, 19 March 2013
    United Nations Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, 19 March 2013
    Executive summary of the United Nations Report to the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee meeting, 19 March 2013
    Summary of Palestinian Report to AHLC Palestine: A State Under Occupation, 19 March 2013
    PA report - Moving Beyond the Status Quo: Safeguarding the Two-State Solution, 23 September 2012
    World Bank Economic Monitoring report - Fiscal Crisis, Economic Prospects: the Imperative for Economic Cohesion in the Palestinian Territories, 23 September 2012
    IMF – Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza, 23 September 2012
    UN – Palestinian State-Building at Stake: Preserving the Two-State Solution, 23 September 2012
    World Bank Economic Monitoring Report - Stagnation or Revival? Palestinian Economic Prospects, 21 March 2012
    PA Position Paper - Equitable Development: Moving Forward Despite the Occupation, 21 March 2012
    IMF - Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza, 21 March 2012
    AIDA’s Position Paper - Development Principles in the occupied Palestinian territory, 21 March 2012
    UNSCO - Palestinian State-Building: An Achievement At Increased Risk, 21 March 2012
    Office of the Quartet Representative - Summary of OQR Development Agenda to Support Palestinian Economic Sustainability and Institution-Building, 21 March 2012
    IMF - Recent Experience and Prospects of the Economy of the West Bank and Gaza, AHLC 18 September 2011
    UNSCO – Palestinian State-Building: An Achievement at Risk, 18 September 2011
    World Bank – Sustaining Achievements in Palestinian Institution-Building and Economic Growth, 18 September 2011
    PA – Building the State of Palestine – A Success Story, 18 September 2011
    Office of the Quartet Representative - Report for the Meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee On OQR Action in Support of Palestinian Authority State-Building, 13 April 2011
    World Bank - Building the Palestinian State: Sustaining Growth, Institutions, and Service Delivery, 13 April 2011
    UN - Palestinian State-Building: A Decisive Period, 13 April 2011
    IMF - Macroeconomic and Fiscal Framework for the West Bank and Gaza: Seventh Review of Progress, 13 April 2011
    PA report to the meeting of the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) to be held in New York on 21 September 2010 entitled “Building Palestine – Achievements and Challenges” "
    UN - Enabling Palestine State-Building - Foundations for Peace, 21 Sep 2010
    IMF - Macroeconomic and Fiscal Framework for the West Bank and Gaza: Sixth Review of Progress, 21 September 2010
     
     


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