October 05, 2018

Deputy Premier And Trade And Export Development Minister To Travel To Israel On Trade Mission

Deputy Premier Gordon Wyant and Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison will conduct a week-long trade mission to Israel.  The mission includes stops in both Jerusalem and Tel Aviv where the Deputy Premier and Minister will meet with senior government officials, private industry and a number of Israeli academics and research organizations.

“This mission to Israel offers us a chance to showcase Saskatchewan’s world class agriculture sector, business environment, mineral industry and more,” Wyant said.  “It also allows us to learn about the way the Government of Israel, the private sector and research organizations work together effectively to foster an environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship.  Saskatchewan and Israel have a lot to offer each other in terms of trade, business and innovation, and this trip will allow us to explore further opportunities for collaboration and co-operation, so we can improve the lives of our residents.”

The mission will allow the delegation to showcase Saskatchewan’s agriculture sector; seek opportunities to increase trade; highlight investment opportunities in the province; promote the Protein Industries Canada supercluster; and encourage Israeli companies to look to Saskatchewan as a place to establish a presence in North America.

Highlights of the mission include:

  • identifying new trade opportunities within the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement;
  • encouraging Israeli companies with cutting edge agriculture technology to establish a presence in Saskatchewan;
  • highlighting opportunities for Israeli companies to participate in the Protein Industries Canada Supercluster;
  • meetings with Israeli education organizations; and
  • more than 20 meetings with government officials, business, technology and research leaders.

Over the last five years, Saskatchewan’s exports to Israel have grown by 30 per cent in value.  Lentils are Saskatchewan’s top export to Israel, the export rate of which has grown 82 per cent since 2013.  Other top exports include chickpeas, canola seeds, peas and beans.

In 2017, Saskatchewan exported more than $19 million in goods to Israel.