Tel Aviv, November 1, 2007

 Sixth annual Prime Minister's Conference for Export & International Cooperation to be held


The Prime Minister’s Conference for Export & International Cooperation is Israel’s leading International Economic Conference, being held on November 1, 2007 for the 6th consecutive year. The 2007 conference, with the participation of approximately 1,200 business persons, half from abroad and half from Israel, will be dedicated to the subject: "International Cooperation for the Development of New Regions," with a particular emphasis on sustainability as a basis for the development of new regions.

The need to develop new or poorly developed regions into thriving economic centers has become a central issue on the agenda of many governments. Invited speakers at the conference are, therefore, top decision makers and experts on the international level or in their own countries.

The conference will open with an address by the President of the State of Israel Shimon Peres on "Negev and Galilee – a Vision and National Program," followed by keynote presentations by
Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni; Minister of Finance Ronnie Bar-On; Minister of the Development of the Negev & Galilee, and Immigrant Absorption Jacob Edery, Prof. Stanley Fischer, Governor of the Bank of Israel; Mr. Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development; and Mr. Gunter Verheugen, Vice-President of European Commission in charge of Enterprise and Industry, who will speak on "The European Experience of Industrial Development in the new Member States."

Following discussions on "The Globalization of the Israeli Market" and presentations by Bi-National Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will deliver the concluding address.