The Municipal Economic Cooperation project prepares and implements joint mechanisms to advance cooperation and address issues relating to land and infrastructure between neighboring Arab and Jewish local authorities in Israel. The concept is based on the recognition that there is significant potential for such cooperation in terms of economic and social gain to both communities. For example, Baqa el Garbiyaa and Menashe share municipal borders, enabling the development of initiatives that create new "shared spaces" for the benefit of Arab and Jewish citizens. The program provides an effective platform where such initiatives can be conceived, developed and implemented. In addition, experience has shown that there is a need for forums wherein municipal issues (i.e., planning, infrastructure, economic, zoning) between the two municipalities can be discussed, reviewed and resolved.