Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will be leading a trade mission to Israel and the West Bank May 24-27, with plans to stop in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah and Bethlehem. The trip is intended to expand the province’s research cooperation with Israel and build more economic partnerships in health care. The premier also hopes his trip will enable Ontario to tap into Israel’s expertise in turning good high-tech ideas into good high-tech jobs.
A press release from the premier’s office said that Ontario’s exports to Israel have grown by more than 70 percent since 2004. “This is an important market for Ontario and this trade mission will strengthen cultural and commercial ties while creating jobs for Ontarians,” McGuinty said at a press conference in late February.
He added that this will be his first ever trip to the Middle East. “I think it’s high time and I’m very much looking forward to it,” he said.