Finance Minister Michael de Jong is leading a trade mission to Israel to strengthen intergovernmental relationships, with a focus on the life sciences and cyber security sectors.

On this trip, de Jong will be meeting Israeli government officials and stakeholders in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Be’er Sheva, and Haifa, as well as Palestinian Authority representatives in the West Bank territory. de Jong will also meet with government and industry stakeholders to further British Columbia’s relationship with Israel’s sophisticated life sciences and high tech sectors.

This mission will connect B.C. with some of the top life sciences organizations in Israel and the world, including Technion University, the home of three Nobel Laureates, which has been credited worldwide for its ability to generate start-ups and for its significant impacts in clean tech, life sciences, and more.

Trade missions are an important part of British Columbia’s international engagement strategy to support economic growth in priority sectors as well as BC Jobs Plan objectives. Under the BC Jobs Plan, government recently added four new sectors: clean tech, life sciences, digital media, and advanced manufacturing. Israel is recognized as a world leader in fostering innovation and commercialization of advanced technology, particularly in the area of life sciences.

de Jong will be in Israel from Nov. 13–17. de Jong will be travelling back through London where he will meet with representatives of the international financial community. On Nov. 21, de Jong will open the London Stock Exchange, where B.C. is being honoured for innovation in financial capital markets, most recently for being the first foreign government to issue a Masala bond into the offshore rupee market.