It rarely happens that whole wished for realities could be manifested by one single small action. The act of opening a new Border Passage at Neot HaKikar can bring with it many vital benefits to all residents of the region. This border passage can create regional tourism in one single ticket that isn’t limited to a single side of the border. The border passage creates a new resource of local, trained manpower for agriculture in the Arava while advancing the employment and raising the standard of living on the Jordanian side.
The passage can open new markets for the Dead Sea industries, both Jordanian and Israeli, whilst promoting possibilities to streamline manufacturing, outlet adjustments and joint marketing.
The border, like many others worldwide, can host a Free Trade Zone in its proximity and a room for joint Hebrew-Arab High-Tech entrepreneurship on a Tax Free, Offshore framework. This kind of entity, run by both governments, will become a magnet for worldwide investments due to its area-based potential and the incentive of a provincial existence.
The border passage can create a space of true peace with tangible benefits for all its obvious partners in Israel and Jordan as well as for partners in Jericho and the cities of the West Bank.
Tamar Regional Council, Masada Institute, Ministry of Regional Cooperation
The feasibility studies and planning work of inter-ministerial team is estimate in USD 500,000.