The West Bank and Gaza is focusing on strengthening its education system: provision of schooling is relatively equitable and increased decentralization is planned. West Bank & Gaza (WB&G) spent 1.3 percent on public education as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This year, the Palestinian Authority (PA) published a report entitled Homestretch to Freedom, which outlines the objectives for the coming year, along with the Education Development Strategic Plan, 2008-2012 (EDSP). Most notably, it will proceed with plans to modernize the education system. The importance of government spending in the economy is evidenced by the changing composition of GDP: the share of the mostly government-funded sectors (health and social work, water and electricity, education, and public administration and defense) rose from less than 21 percent in 1999 to almost 30 percent in 2009.