Upgrading Karm Abu Salem Crossing - Gaza

Switzerland will support improving the export/import conditions of goods to and from the Gaza Strip.

The project, implemented by UNOPS, will upgrade the poor infrastructure at the Palestinian side of

the only functioning commercial crossing between Gaza and Israel. The existing infrastructure con-

ditions are causing around 10% of damages to the transiting commodities thus incurring substantial

economic losses that are affecting the living conditions of two million people in the Gaza Strip

Pays/région Thème Période Budget
Autorité Palestinienne
Emploi & développement économique
Agriculture et sécurité alimentaire
Politique commerciale & system de marché
Développement agricole
01.10.2020 - 29.02.2024
CHF  870’000

oPt unemployment rate reached 24%,

and exceeds 50% in the Gaza Strip (Q4


24% of Palestinians live below the pov-

erty line in the oPt, whilst they exceed

50% in the Gaza Strip

Since 13 years Gaza is under closure

with restriction of movement of people

and goods.

Karm Abu Salem is the only functioning

border crossing for goods. The poor

infrastruture on the palestinian side leads

to substantial losses and damage to

products in particular food and medical


Objectifs Reduce economic losses and transaction costs at Karm Abu Salem KAS through improvement of the in-frastructure at the Palestinian side of the crossing.
Groupes cibles Direct: 5,000 -10,000 establishments1 that use KAS on regular basis for import/export purposes. The number of individuals working for these establish-ments are estimated at 50,000 – 75,0002. Indirect: Around two million people living in the Gaza Strip (50% females)
Effets à moyen terme Increased protection of food and medical supplies from damage due to weather conditions, and from vandalism during export/imports at KAS. Increased level of safety and security at KAS

Principaux résultats attendus:  

Steel shed designed and constructed on

6,000 m2 area1,230 m fence constructed

around the whole site

Principaux résultats antérieurs:   N/A

Direction/office fédéral responsable DDC
Crédit Coopération au développement
Partenaire de projet Partenaire contractuel
Organisme des Nations Unies (ONU)
  • Other UN Organisation

Autres partenaires

United Nations Office for Project Services –


Coordination avec d'autres projets et acteurs N/A
Budget Phase en cours Budget de la Suisse CHF    870’000 Budget suisse déjà attribué CHF    798’994
Phases du projet Phase 1 01.10.2020 - 29.02.2024   (Phase en cours)