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Setting the Record Straight
Determined to Reach a Common Objective
“We knew at the outset that the task would be difficult. We acknowledged that publicly and privately. We knew this would be a road with many bumps— and there have been many bumps—and that continues to this day. But we are not deterred. We are, to the contrary, determined more than ever to proceed to realize the common objective, which we all share, of a Middle East that is at peace with security and prosperity for the people of Israel, for Palestinians, and for all the people in the region. We will continue our efforts in that regard, undeterred and undaunted by the difficulties, the complexities or the bumps in the road.”—George Mitchell, special envoy for Middle East peace, remarks with Prime Minister Netanyahu, September 29, 2010
No to a Third Intifada — Hussein Ibish, senior fellow, American Task Force on Palestine (Common Ground News Service)
The Road Forward on Middle East Peace
Event: October 1, 2009 - 12:00pm-1:00pm
Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress
Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL)
Moran Banai, U.S. Editor of Middle East Bulletin
Promoting Public-Private Partnerships –
Middle East Progress works to strengthen and develop actors invested in achieving stable and sustainable political outcomes throughout the Middle East. We do so, in part, through practical innovative economic private-public partnerships.
We seek out individuals, organizations and activities whose efforts we can bolster through our communications, regional, political and/or convening leveraging abilities. We sometimes have a leading role; at other times, we help bolster existing capacity. We encourage others to join us with these efforts, and stand ready to expand our efforts to include similarly worthy projects. To date, our efforts include working with:
Palestinian Political Risk Insurance (PPRI)
, led by Middle East Progress (MEP), focuses on developing a political risk insurance product to meet the needs of the Palestinian business community, encourage investment and sustain and create jobs. The idea was born on the plenary stage at the first annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in September 2005, and taken to the next level at the 2007 CGI Annual Meeting. On May 22, 2008, an agreement
was signed at the Palestine Investment Conference in Bethlehem, helping the PPRI to establish a facility funded by public and private capital that will include the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
and the Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII). PPRI will provide affordable political risk insurance covering trade asset damage resulting from political violence.Middle East Investment Initiative (MEII)
, an independent nonprofit organization initiated by the Aspen Institute
, formed to help revitalize the economy in the Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the region by developing specialized financial products to stimulate economic activity, create jobs and expand home ownership.
MEII is engaged in three programs designed to support the Palestinian economy. Along with its partners, OPIC, the Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF)
, and CHF International
, MEII currently operates a $228 million loan guarantee program for small and medium-sized businesses in the Palestinian territories. MEII also is working to create an affordable mortgage program intended to help Palestinian families finance the purchase of a home, in addition to helping to provide political risk insurance designed to facilitate exports from Palestinian businesses.
The Aspen Institute’s Middle East Strategy Group (MESG)
supports pragmatic economic initiatives that advance prospects for peace. The group includes prominent American, Israeli, and Palestinian leaders in the public and private sectors united by a common vision of a two-state solution to the conflict – prosperous, secure, and democratic Israeli and Palestinian states living side by side in peace – and the desire to help develop programs and policies that create momentum toward realizing that vision.
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