Last week Canadian Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver came to Israel and met with numerous Israeli leaders of clean-tech and environmental policy, including Uzi Landau, Israel’s Energy and Water Minister, Shalom Simhon, Israel’s Industry, Trade and Labor Minister; representatives from the solar company HelioFocus and researchers at the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology. Oliver also met with oil shale developers at Israel Energy Initiatives and Eitan Parness, head of Israel Renewable Energy Association.
Oliver and Ladau have agreed to enhance their cooperation on energy security, environmental sustainability and economic development. Today an average of $1.4 billion in annual trade exists between Canada and Israel, including considerable Canadian investment in Israeli agritech. Oliver told the Jerusalem Post he hopes this number will increase soon.
“We have a lot of experience in offshore drilling and…the extraction of non-conventional oil,” Oliver said, referring to the newfound natural gas deposits off the coast of Israel. “Israel is a hotbed of innovation and technological activity. I think we can learn from each other.”
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