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October 15, 2010

PREMIER WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL MISSION TO ISRAEL


Jewish Federation of Winnipeg Praised for Work in Helping Establish Strong, Productive Relationship

TEL AVIV—Premier Greg Selinger today praised the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg for helping forge strong and productive links between Manitoba and Israel as he wrapped up his five-day mission to Israel.
 
“Our warm reception and our productive meetings in Israel were only possible because of the hard work of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg,” the premier said. “This organization helps build Manitoba’s reputation as province that is warm, generous and always open to new people, new ideas and new opportunities.”
 
Last night, the premier and Paul Hunt, Canada’s ambassador to Israel, co-hosted a reception following the opening night of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet’s (RWB) 70th anniversary tour of Israel. The event included mission representatives, Israeli businesspeople and dignitaries, and former Manitobans who now reside in Israel.
 
“The RWB company is comprised of outstanding cultural ambassadors to our province and the performance and reception provided an opportunity to showcase Manitoba hospitality,” the premier said. “I also want to thank Winnipeg’s Pavilion Investment House for sponsoring the event.”
 
During the mission that was organized by the federation, the premier participated in the finalization of four agreements:
·         Agriculture research: This agreement will help scientists share expertise on cutting-edge agricultural research conducted in Israel and Manitoba including work being done at Hebrew University and the University of Manitoba.
·         Water technology: Manitoba and Israel agreed to work together on the sharing and development of technology designed to improve water quality and stewardship.
·         Ecotourism: Manitoba signed an agreement with Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel on ecotourism focused on birding and guiding.
·         Commercial business development: This agreement will help forge new links between Hebrew University and the University of Manitoba.
 
In addition, the premier dedicated the Park for Peace, a joint project of the Manitoba-Israel Shared Values Roundtable, the Jewish National Fund - Canada and the Tel Aviv Foundation. The province also provided $40,000 for an innovative youth leadership program.
 
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