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Tackling disadvantage for all Israel’s citizens

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently met Aiman Self, the Director of economic development for the Arab, Druze and Circassian sectors in Israel. These sections of the Israeli population constitute approximately 20% of the population; however their contribution to national Gross Domestic Product is only 8%.

He explained that his department was set up in 2007 to address economic disadvantage, particularly amongst women. Currently he is responsible for overseeing a budget of NIS 2 billion to develop plans and invest resources in the development of economic tools which will assist in the enhancement of economic activity within the minority communities. This includes tackling low labour participation, closing the socio-economic gap and raising the standard of living by improving skills and supporting entrepreneurship all key to strengthening the economy as a whole.

Meg said:

"This is an issue that has too little publicity in the UK. It was very interesting to hear about steps that are being taken to ensure that all of Israel’s citizens can participate fully in the economy.

Aiman Self is clearly very committed to turning the situation round and is interested in examples of how we in the UK have helped disadvantaged communities to become more economically active."

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