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Economic Development Minister to visit Israel

3 January 2013

Economic Development Minister, Senator Alan Maclean, will be in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 March 2013 to meet senior Israeli Government officials and leading finance and business representatives.

Senator Maclean will be accompanied on the visit by officials from Economic Development and Locate Jersey. They will be looking to develop Jersey’s existing relationships with Israel, particularly in the financial services and digital sectors. 

The itinerary for the visit includes: discussions with the Ministry of Trade and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; meetings at the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) and with Naomi Tsur, Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem; meetings with senior representatives from leading Israeli banks and investment houses, as well as with the Bank of Israel and Israel Securities Authority. The Director General of the Jersey Financial Services Commission, John Harris, will be joining the group for these two meetings. 

Senator Maclean will also be talking to prominent business figures, including Uriel Lynn, President of the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce. Similarly, informal meetings with key media contacts at the Jerusalem Post and the country’s foremost financial newspaper, Globes, will help to raise Jersey’s profile in Israel.

Senator Maclean commented: “We have already seen some promising business flows from Israel in the digital and financial services sectors, and we are hoping to build on this foundation and encourage further investment in Jersey. This is also a particularly valuable time to be having face to face meetings with the Israeli Government as it moves into a new administration.”