U.S.-Palestinian Partnership Leaders to Travel to the West Bank
Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs James K Glassman, together with American Task Force on Palestine
President Ziad Asali and Case Foundation CEO Jean Case, will lead a delegation to the West Bank from November 15 through
18. As co-chairs of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership (UPP), they will attend the inauguration of a youth development and
resource center in the village of Beita. This is the first of four youth development and resource centers that UPP is
working to expand with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Palestinian
Authority’s Ministry of Youth and Sports.
These youth development and resource centers will provide young Palestinians with training in information technology,
English language, athletics, and leadership and life skills to prepare them for full and productive participation in
Palestinian society. The four primary centers, together with a network of more than 60 affiliated youth centers, also
will benefit from revised standards, network-wide professional development, and internet connectivity. More than 7,500
Palestinian youth will benefit from this program.
Recognizing a stable economy creates hope and opportunity and a climate for peace, the delegation also will meet with
public and private sector leaders to discuss additional investment opportunities and explore promising commercial
enterprises in the West Bank. This visit underscores the important role President George W. Bush and Secretary of State
Condoleezza Rice have asked the U.S. private sector to play in support of the Palestinian Authority’s effort to create
economic opportunity for the Palestinian people.
UPP was created in December 2007 by President Bush, Secretary Rice, and USAID Administrator Henrietta Fore. This
public-private initiative helps create economic and educational opportunities to make a difference in the daily lives of
the Palestinian people. In addition to its work to expand youth development and resource centers, UPP supports
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s efforts to attract international
investment and is developing quick-impact projects to promote job creation in the West Bank.
UPP co-chairs are joined on this trip by several U.S. business leaders who are exploring business and social investment
opportunities in the region. Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, Citigroup Chairman Emeritus Sandy Weill,
and Henry Crown and Company Chairman Lester Crown also serve as co-chairs for UPP but are unable to join this