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At the working meeting today (Wednesday, 8 May 2013), between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang , Finance Ministry Accountant-General Michal Abadi-Boiangiu signed an agreement with the Chinese Finance Ministry on expanding the amount provided for in the bilateral financial protocol by $400 million.

The protocol is a bilateral financial agreement that allows for the growth of Israeli exports to China by means of state guarantees in support of long-term export deals. In this framework, exporters' financing costs go down, which makes Israeli deals more attractive and allows Israel to stay relevant and interesting in the sphere of international exports.

The Cabinet, at its weekly meeting today (Sunday, 21 April 2013), approved the European-Mediterranean Sea ("Open Skies") aviation agreement between the State of Israel and the EU and its member states. Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz will respond to the questions that were raised in the Cabinet discussion within 45 days.



A fascinating attraction for the Israeli tourist, perfect for both summer and winter vacations for the whole family: 

Andorra – the Magical Principality of the Pyrenees.

 Senior officials in the Andorran tourism industry are to arrive in Israel on April 24th, 2013, to promote the tourism ties between the two countries and their respective tourism industries, and to reveal Andorra as an attractive destination for the Israeli tourist, in summer as well as winter.

 The media is invited to a special meeting, to be held at the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel, on April 24th at 12:30 PM.

THE GOVERNMENT APPROVES SIGNING OF OPEN SKIES AGREEMENT

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau: “ The cabinet made the right decision for the citizens of Israel, for the Israeli economy and the tourism industry in Israel. I wish to congratulate and strengthen the people in the Tourism Ministry, headed by the Director-General Noaz Bar-Nir for their bold lead in this process. Within a short space of time, we will begin to see a strong flow of incoming tourism, an increase of revenue for the state coffers and the tourism industry will create many new jobs in cities and the periphery.”

TOURISM MINISTRY TO HOST SENIOR MEMBERS OF USTOA, THE UNITED STATES TOUR OPERATORS ASSOCIATION

TOURISM MINISTER DR. UZI LANDAU: “WE WELCOME THE TOUR OPERATORS ARRIVING FROM THE STATES, THERE IS A SPECIAL CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR COUNTRIES, WHICH IS ALSO EVIDENT IN TOURISM. I AM SURE THE VISIT WILL FURTHER THE EXISTING COOPERATION BETWEEN THE AMERICAN TOURISM INDUSTRY AND ITS ISRAELI COUNTERPART AND LAY THE GROUNDWORK FOR FUTURE FRUITFUL COOPERATION.”