The official launch of the Israel-Malta Chamber of Commerce was held in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The inauguration event was attended by Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela, Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi, and the Chamber’s President Shmuel Ben-Tovim.
The launch was attended, inter alia, by representatives of the Israeli Federation of Bi-National Chambers of Commerce; the Israel-EU Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Malta Enterprise; the Malta Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise, and Industry; and by Israeli entrepreneurs who are interested in trading with Malta.
Minister Carmelo Abela described this budding Chamber of Commerce as a new vehicle for cooperation that demonstrates a clear will and commitment to take trade relations between Malta and Israel to another level. He said that this crucial initiative will serve to increase the flow of information relating to business opportunities, improve collaboration in terms of marketing, and facilitate participation in promotional events such as trade shows and conferences.
“There has never been a better time to consider Malta as a business partner as now. I am confident that entrepreneurs from Malta and Israel will make good use of this new mechanism to explore opportunities for cooperation between them to meet their needs and ambitions”, stated Minister Abela.
During a one and a half day official visit to Israel, Minister Abela held talks in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Benjamin Netanyahu, and delivered the keynote address at the official launch of the Israel-Malta Chamber of Commerce in Tel Aviv.
The cordial talks with Prime Minister Netanyahu focused on regional and international challenges, including migration and terrorism. Another topic of discussion was Malta and the European Union’s role in the revival of the Middle East Peace Process. Both Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister Abela agreed that this second bilateral meeting between them in just six months confirms that both Malta and Israel want their relations to continue being strengthened.
Prime Minister Netanyahu and Minister Abela also attended the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Water Sector by Malta’s Ambassador to Israel Cecilia Attard-Pirotta and Israel’s Ambassador to Malta Eyal Sela, on behalf of the Ministry for Energy and Water Management of Malta and the Ministry of Energy of Israel respectively. This agreement is expected to lead to further bilateral collaboration in the exchange of expertise in water technology.