TEL AVIV, Israel, November 13, 2009 — The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, will arrive in Tel Aviv tomorrow to begin five days of meetings that will focus on Canada–Israel trade relations and developments in the field of water technologies.
“This year marks the 60th anniversary of relations between our two countries and the 12th anniversary of the Canada–Israel Free Trade Agreement,” said Minister Clement. “I am hoping that our visit may lead to even closer cooperation and serve to demonstrate to companies here that Canada is a good place to do business.”
One of the highlights of the trip will be the Minister’s attendance at the International Water Technologies, Renewable Energy and Environmental Control Exhibition (WATEC). The Minister is scheduled to address WATEC on the significant initiatives Canada has undertaken, both domestically and internationally, in the field of water technologies.
Minister Clement is also scheduled to meet Israeli industry and government officials to discuss progress in a number of key sectors, including communications technology, biotechnology, aerospace and defence initiatives. He will discuss bilateral trade opportunities with Israel’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Labour, Binyamin Ben Eliezer, and travel to Jerusalem to visit the Yissum Research Development Company, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s technology transfer company.
The Minister will also attend a round table on Israel’s innovation strategy and travel to Haifa to tour the Intel Development Design Center, one of the company’s largest research and design facilities.
Minister Clement’s evening visit to Haifa on November 16 will coincide with the arrival of HMCS Fredericton, a Canadian frigate en route to taking up patrol duties in the Persian Gulf. At a ceremony aboard the naval vessel, the Minister will host a reception to mark the 100-day countdown to the opening of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Minister Clement is also scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial, where he will lay a wreath.
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Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
Minister of Industry