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

Land/Region Thema Periode Budget
Palästinensische Behörde
Beschäftigung & Wirtschaftsentwicklung
Landwirtschaft und Ernährungssicherheit
Handelspolitik & Marktsystem
Landwirtschaftliche Entwicklung
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


Ziele Reduce economic losses and transaction costs at Karm Abu Salem KAS through improvement of the in-frastructure at the Palestinian side of the crossing.
Zielgruppen 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)
Mittelfristige Wirkungen 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

Erwartete Resultate:  

Steel shed designed and constructed on

6,000 m2 area1,230 m fence constructed

around the whole site

Resultate von früheren Phasen:   N/A

Verantwortliche Direktion/Bundesamt DEZA
Kreditbereich Entwicklungszusammenarbeit
Projektpartner Vertragspartner
Organisation der Vereinten Nationen (UNO)
  • Other UN Organisation

Andere Partner

United Nations Office for Project Services –


Koordination mit anderen Projekten und Akteuren N/A
Budget Laufende Phase Schweizer Beitrag CHF    870’000 Bereits ausgegebenes Schweizer Budget CHF    798’994
Projektphasen Phase 1 01.10.2020 - 29.02.2024   (Laufende Phase)