THE STONE & MARBLE INDUSTRY IN PALESTINE
According to the available studies and literature, the stone and marble sector is considered to be one of the most significant and most active industries in Palestine. This sector contributes approximately 25% to Palestine’s overall industrial revenue and 4.5% to the total Palestinian GNP.
The stone and marble industry is also distinguished for having the largest percentage of employment of the Palestinian labor force with more than 13,500 workers engaged in the sector. The total annual revenue of this industry is estimated at $450 million, 65% of which comes from exports to Israel and about 15% come from direct exports to international markets (USM Statistics) and 20% in the local market . However, a significant percentage of the Israeli share is re-exported to other markets.
Table 1: Number of companies by location
Figure 1: Distribution of companies per type
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